8 students compete in state poetry contest

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- Eight students compete Saturday in Nashville in the state finals of the Poetry Out Loud competition.

The eight will recite their selected poems before five judges in the state Senate chambers. The winner receives $1,000 and an expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national title. The state champion's school receives $500 to purchase poetry books.

The eight are Summer Awad, Hardin Valley Academy, Knoxville; Abigayle Claflin, Cumberland County High School; Greta Hoffman, Cookeville High School; Sarah Mihealsick, Oak Ridge High School; Anita Norman, Arlington High School; Kelsea Tate, Ridgeway High School, Memphis; Ashley White, Franklin Classical School, Franklin; and Mary Beth Yancey of Dickson.

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