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Poetry In Voice awards $25K to 9 Canadian students in national poetry recitation competition

Students from across the country competed in the 2019 Poetry In Voice national poetry recitation competition.

Nine students from across Canada have collectively won $25,000 in the 2019 Poetry In Voice national poetry recitation competition. 

The successful Cégep and secondary students were selected during the national finals hosted by the CBC's Rosanna Deerchild in Winnipeg on April 25, 2019.  

Established by Scott Griffin, chairman and founder of the Griffin Trust for Excellence In Poetry, the Poetry In Voice competition is now in its ninth year. It challenges students to learn two to three poems by heart and perform them in front of an audience. 

The top-scoring students advance to the online semifinals, and finalists were flown to Winnipeg to compete in the English, bilingual or French qualifying events. Over 1,400 schools participated in 2019.

From L-R, the English-language Poetry In Voice winners: Third place Nina Thach, first place Catricia Hiebert and second place Matthew Zhou. (Poetry In Voice)

In the English competition was won by Catricia Hiebert of St. Mary's Catholic School in Sexsmith, Alta. She received $5,000 and $1,000 for the school's library for the best combined score of three recitations in English.

Matthew Zhou won the second prize of $1,000 and $500 for the London Central Secondary School library for the purchase of poetry books.

Nina Thach of Kildonan-East Collegiate in Winnipeg, Man., won the third prize of $500 and $250 for the school's library to purchase poetry books. 

From L-R, the bilingual winners: First place Ghada Charki, runner-up Jenny Wang and third place Avril Brigden. (Poetry In Voice)

The winner of the bilingual competition was Ghada Charki of Champlain Regional College in St-Lambert, Que. First prize was $5,000 and $1,000 for the school's library.

Jenny Wang won the second prize of $1,000 and $500 for the library of Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in Montréal, Que., for the purchase of poetry books.

Avril Brigden won the third prize of $500 and $250 for the library of Alpha Secondary School in Burnaby, B.C., for the purchase of poetry books.

From L-R, the French-language winners: First prize place Nahida Mohamadou, second place Laure Poitras and third place Larissa Dushime. (Poetry In Voice)

Nahida Mohamadou won the French-language competition first prize, receiving $5,000 and $1,000 for the library of Lycée Louis Pasteur, Calgary, Alta. — with $500 reserved for the purchase of poetry books — for the best combined score of three recitations in French. 

Laure Poitras won the second prize of $1,000 and $500 for the library of Cégep du Vieux Montréal in Montréal, Que., for the purchase of poetry books.

Larissa Dushime won the third prize of $500 and $250 for the library of St. Joseph's Catholic High School in Windsor, Ont., for the purchase of poetry books.

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