At the end of April, Kate Brown will take off from Stockton, Missouri, for Washington, D.C., to embark on the national finals of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest. The national finals will include a Welcome Banquet, three rounds of semi-finals, and the Congressional Breakfast and final round.
As Missouri state champion, Ms. Brown will vie for the title of national champion with the 52 other state and territorial champions. She won her Missouri championship at the state finals in Jefferson City on March 14. She rose to this top spot from more than 4,000 other Missouri high school students who competed in a pyramid structure of contests starting at the classroom level, then school-wide, then regional. A 17-year-old senior at Stockton High School, Ms. Brown was the champion of the Missouri Southwest Region.
As state champion, Ms. Brown is receiving $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 will take 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