Kate Brown rose from among nearly 4,500 other Missouri high school students to represent our state at the national finals of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest in Washington, D.C. on April 29–May 1, 2019.
As Missouri state champion, Ms. Brown vied for the title of national champion with the 52 other state and territorial champions. “What a great experience for me, and my family,” the 17-year-old senior from Stockton High School said. “I felt good about my performance. I will never forget this week.”
Ms. Brown won her Missouri championship at the state finals in Jefferson City on March 14. Nearly 4,500 other Missouri high school students competed in a pyramid structure of contests starting at the classroom level, then school-wide, then regional. Ms. Brown was the champion of the Missouri Southwest Region.
As state champion, Ms. Brown received $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals for herself and an adult chaperone. Stockton High School received $500 for the purchase of poetry books.
The first Missouri runner-up was 17-year-old Eliza Shaffer, a junior at the Pembroke Hill School in Kansas City. She received $100, with $200 for her school.
Ms. Brown took to Washington the three poems with which she won the Missouri championship: I Have a Time Machine by Brenda Shaughnessy, Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold, and Quite Frankly by Mark Halliday.
Watch the videos of the 2019 Missouri State Finals
Introductions, Round 1, and Round 2 – Kate Brown performs I Have a Time Machine at 29:50 and Dover Beach at 47:30
Round 3 and Awards – Kate Brown performs Quite Frankly at 8:15