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"These exceptional students who engage in Poetry Out Loud really connect with the poetry and get a chance to improve their public-speaking skills," said Margaret Hunt, Utah Arts & Museums Director, in a press release. "The final state competition is a thrilling evening, and the state champion also honors us with a recitation at the Mountain West Arts Conference and Governor’s Leadership in the Arts Awards in May."
Utah has had four finalists in the national top ten. Last year, senior MarKaye Hassan of Logan High School took third place in the national finals.
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