MCHS student participates in Poetry Out Loud contest

SPRINGFIELD — There is rhyme and reason in Poetry Out Loud’s state winners for 2022.

Last September, 28 Illinois high schools and 127 teachers began their participation in Poetry Out Loud. Statewide, 4,597 students competed in eight regions: Central, Chicago-City, Chicago-Metro, Eastern, Northern, South-central, Southern and Western.

Those winners went on to the state contest, which was conducted virtually in March because of the lingering pandemic.

A panel of language-expert judges viewed videos in which each student recited three poems chosen from several hundred approved possibilities, some classic and some modern.

Among the regional winners was Rebecca Drake, a junior at Massac County High School.

Poetry Out Loud in Illinois is a collaborative project of the Illinois Arts Council Agency and seven arts agencies who host regional contests. As a national program, Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through analysis, memorization, performance and competition. The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, in conjunction with state arts agencies, support this nationwide program with participants from all 50 states plus Washington, D.C., the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam and Puerto Rico.

Medley inducted into Phi Kappa Phi honor society

BATON ROUGE, La. — Paige Medley, of Metropolis, was recently initiated into The Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi, the nation’s oldest and most selective all-discipline collegiate honor society.

Medley was initiated at Murray State University.

Medley is among approximately 25,000 students, faculty, professional staff and alumni to be initiated into Phi Kappa Phi each year. Membership is by invitation only and requires nomination and approval by a chapter. Only the top 10% of seniors and 7.5% of juniors are eligible for membership. Graduate students in the top 10% of the number of candidates for graduate degrees may also qualify, as do faculty, professional staff and alumni who have achieved scholarly distinction.

Phi Kappa Phi was founded in 1897 to recognize excellence in all academic disciplines. Today, the society has chapters on more than 325 campuses in the United States, its territories and the Philippines.

SCC announces Young Writers Contest winners

ULLIN — Shawnee Community College recently hosted the annual Young Writer’s Competition, which encourages high school students to submit their non-fiction, short fiction and poetry pieces for the chance to win monetary prizes.

Each year, SCC faculty member Dr. Ryan Thornsberry conducts the contest to offer young authors in the region a creative outlet.

“The contest engages district high school students and familiarizes them with SCC,” Thornsberry said.

The high school writing competition was divided into two divisions — ninth- and 10th-grades; and 11th- and 12th-grades. First- through third-places were awarded in both divisions in three categories — non-fiction essay, short fiction essay and poetry.

SCC faculty and staff members serve as the judges for the event.

Local high school students are recognized for their writing in the 14th annual contest are:

11th- and 12th-grade non-fiction essay — Kobe Moore-Rushing, of Century High School, second place for “Endurance.”

Ninth-grade short fiction essay — Emma Hottel, of Joppa High School, first place for “Ayame”: Marcus Clark, of Massac County High School, second place for “The Murder in the Mist” and Skye Kotter, of Joppa High School, third place for “Excerpt from: The Other Forest.”

11th- and 12th-grade poetry — Laura Parmer, of MCHS, second place for “Nature of Words” and Ava Stephens, of JHS, third place for “Good People.”

Rural Health, Inc. announces scholarship winners

Back in January, Rural Health, Inc., announced it was funding and administering eight health care scholarship opportunities to high school seniors in its service region.

Recipients were chosen based on their desire to pursue a career in health care.

Winners of those $1,000 scholarships were announced in April.

Local recipients are: Darron Searles, Massac County High School; and Rachelle Cox, Joppa High School.

“Rural Health, Inc. is pleased and honored to present these awards and wish the students much success with their chosen field of study in the health care industry,” said Chase Hileman, community outreach coordinator.

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