VanderWall attends state finals of high school poetry competition

LANSING, Mich. — Sen. Curt VanderWall recently attended the Michigan state finals of Poetry Out Loud (POL), a national poetry recitation competition for high school students.

Participating from the 35th Senate District in the March 1 and 2 event in Lansing were Margaret Roberts, a senior at The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor; Reese Papenfuss, a senior at Manistee Catholic Central School in Manistee; and Ivan Paciorka, a sophomore at Leland Public School in Leland.

“Reading and writing poetry is an important part of English education for high school students,” said VanderWall, R-Ludington. “I am proud of Margaret, Reese and Ivan for the work they put in to make it to the state finals of this competition.”

Poetry Out Loud is a partnership of Michigan Humanities Council, Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

Since 2005, nearly 90,000 students from more than 50 Michigan high schools have participated in POL.

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Top photo caption: On March 1 and 2, Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington, and Ivan Paciorka, a sophomore at Leland Public School in Leland, attended the Michigan state finals of Poetry Out Loud (POL), a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. Paciorka was one of three state finalists from the 35th Senate District at the Lansing event.

Bottom photo caption: On March 1 and 2, Sen. Curt VanderWall, R-Ludington; Margaret Roberts, a senior at The Leelanau School in Glen Arbor; and Reese Papenfuss, a senior at Manistee Catholic Central School in Manistee attended the Michigan state finals of Poetry Out Loud (POL), a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. Roberts and Papenfuss were two of three state finalists from the 35th Senate District at the Lansing event.