|Sara Ellingrod (center) receives her first-place award for the Wyoming Poetry Out Loud competition March 1 from Secretary of State Max Maxfield (left) and Wyoming Poet Laureate David Romtvedt.|
Sara Ellingrod, a ninth-grader at
Arvada-Clearmont High School in Sheridan County, will be representing Wyoming in the national finals today in She will be competing against 16 other state champions from the Western states from 5-8 p.m. (EDT) at the historic Lincoln Theater. Washington, D.C.
Ellingrod will be one of the youngest competitors. She also comes from one of the smallest schools -- there are 23 students in grades 9-12 at Arvada-Clearmont. This is the second straight year that a student from her school has represented
at the national finals. Wyoming
Poetry Out Loud is co-sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. In Wyoming, the Poetry Out Loud program is administered by the Wyoming Arts Council. For more info, contact Linda Coatney at the WAC at 307-777-7742.