2012 Nebraska Poetry Out Loud Champion Heads to Nationals

Russell Heitmann, a high school junior from Hebron, is bound for the national Poetry Out Loud championships to be held in Washington, D.C. May 14-15, 2012. Heitmann won the Nebraska Poetry Out Loud state championship on Saturday, March 10th at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln.

NET Radio (Nebraska's NPR network) is running a story on Saturday, May 5, at 8:30am, and repeat Sunday, May 6 at 9:30am. The story will also appear on our website, netnebraska.org/radio.

The Nebraska Arts Council coordinates Poetry Out Loud for the state. It is part of a national program, presented in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

You can watch Russell in the one-time only live streaming webcast sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts. Nebraska will compete in the Second Semifinal round on Monday, May 14, beginning at 12:00 p.m CDT. Complete details on the internet media coverage are provided below.

NEA Webcast: live-streaming the semis and finals in DC, May 14-15th 2012

Once again this year, the NEA will be webcasting live (both the semis and finals) at the POL National Finals in Washington DC. Check the NEA website for more details. Both the semifinals and the finals can be viewed remotely through a one-time-only live webcast. Follow Poetry Out Loud on Twitter at @PoetryOutLoud and @NEAarts, hashtag #POLnews.

Monday, May 14 Semi-final competitions

First Semifinal: 8:00 am - 11:00 am CDT

Region 1: East Central and Northeast
CT, DE, DC, ME, MD, MA, NH, NJ, NY,
NC, OH, PA, RI, SC, USVI, VT, VA, WV

Second Semifinal: 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm CDT – includes NEBRASKA!

Region 2: Midwest and South Central
AL, AR, FL, GA, IL, IN, IA, KS, KY, LA,
MI, MS, MO, NE, OK, PR, TN, WI

Third Semifinal: 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm CDT

Region 3: Upper Northwest and West
AK, AZ, CA, CO, HI, IS, MN, MT, NV, NM,
ND, OR, SD, TX, UT, WA, WY

Tuesday, May 15 Final Competition: 6:00pm – 8:00pm CDT

The final competition will include the top nine students from the three semi-finals.
Mark your calendars for POL 2013: The 2013 Poetry Out Loud national finals dates are set for April 29-30, 2013 in Washington, DC. The 2013 Nebraska state finals will be held at the Sheldon Museum of Art in Lincoln on Saturday, March 9th.

For more information on Nebraska's Poetry Out Loud program, contact Anne Alston, Education and Communities manager at the Nebraska Arts Council. Call 402/595-2122 or email anne.alston@nebraska.gov.

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