The Kiski School senior, David "DJ" Gress Won the State Finals for 'Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest" - DJ Gress is the Pennsylvania State Champion

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David "DJ" Gress, senior at The Kiski School, won the Pennsylvania State Finals of the 2013 "Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest" today in Harrisburg, PA.

David “DJ” Gress won the state finals of the 2013 “Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest” today. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts hosted the competition at the Governor’s Residence in Harrisburg.

Gress will represent Pennsylvania at the national championship to be held in Washington, D.C. April 28-30, 2013. The state champion will receive $200 from The Poetry Foundation and an expense-paid trip to compete in the national championship, which will award a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with at least one $20,000 college scholarship.

Gress was one of 14 regional finalists chosen from 10,000 Pennsylvania high school students who participated in this year’s competition. The Pennsylvania Council on the Arts facilitates the contest. Students entering the contest had to memorize and perform three poems selected from print and online poetry anthologies. Students were judged on voice and articulation, physical presence, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, level of difficulty, overall performance and accuracy. The “Poetry Out Loud” contest encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

The Kiski School is an all-boys boarding school serving grades, 9-12 and post-graduates. For 125 years, Kiski has witnessed a steady, substantial transformation while maintaining an intentional commitment to serving the unique learning needs of boys. Kiski provides an environment in which students can make the most of their potential as they grow in their knowledge of self and learn the mastery of academic disciplines and the value of athletic and artistic endeavors. For more information about Kiski, call 877-547-5448. Follow the school on, and

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