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State finals for Poetry Out Loud to be held March 12

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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."

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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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