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January 24--  Four students from  Vidalia High School took part in the school's first "Poetry Out Loud" competition sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.

vhspoetryThey are (L-R) Natavjia Townsel, Jariyah Williams, Landon Lindsay and Melodie Herndon.

Freshman Jariyah Williams won the competition and advances to regional competition at the Telfair Center for the Arts in McRae Saturday, February 18.  The winner will take part in state competition for a chance to compete in the national finals in Washington, DC.

According to Beverly Rivers at Vidalia High School, "Poetry Out Loud is a fun and unique way to introduce students to poetry; the contest creates lifelong lovers of poetry and creative writing; it builds self-confidence, helps to develop social and emotional maturity, and offers an opportunity for all students grades 9-12 across the nation to succeed regardless of personality or learning style."