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West High Student is State Runner-up in Poetry Out Loud Contest

Allegra Merriweather, from Parkway West High School, was named runner-up in the state finals of the 2009 Poetry Out Loud contest in Jefferson City recently. Allegra represented the St. Louis area as a regional winner. She performed “the mother” by Gwendolyn Brooks and “Thoughtless Cruelty” by Charles Lamb.

Poetry Out Loud is a national arts education program that encourages the study of great poetry by offering educational materials and a dynamic recitation competition to high schools across the country. The Poetry Out Loud State Contest is a collaboration of the National Endowment for the Arts; the Poetry Foundation; the Missouri Arts Council, a division of the Missouri Department of Economic Development; Missouri Department of Elementary & Secondary Education; and Capital Arts.