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Poetry competition coming to Lansing

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Thirty-three high school students from across Michigan will face off in the state finals of a poetry recitation contest.
Poetry Out Loud is scheduled March 1-2 in Lansing. The competition is free and open to the public.
Students will be judged on their physical presence, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, overall performance and accuracy.
The state champion will receive a $1,200 cash award, $1,500 stipend for his or her school, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to represent Michigan at the national competition and compete for a $20,000 award.