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WHS student tops state poetry recitation competition

Woodbury High School senior Ian Wesley Taylor has won the Minnesota Poetry Out Loud competition.

Taylor competed in the state Poetry Out Loud competition Monday at the Fitzgerald Theater in St. Paul.

Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation competition where students perform poems aloud and are judged on a variety of criteria -- including dramatization, understanding of the poem, physical presence, voice and articulation, level of difficulty, accuracy and overall performance.

Taylor recited "We Wear the Mask," by Paul Lawrence Dunbar and "A Dream Within a Dream" by Edgar Allan Poe.

Taylor will next compete in a national competition in Washington, D.C., for a chance to win a $20,000 scholarship.

Amber Kispert-Smith

Amber Kispert-Smith has been the schools and Afton reporter at the Woodbury Bulletin since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Minnesota. She previously worked as a reporter for Press Publications in White Bear Lake.

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