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Announcing the winners of Wyoming's 2018 Poetry Out Loud State Competition


March 15, 2018

Courtesy of the Wyoming Arts Council

Top left to right: Wyoming Arts Council Arts Education Specialist and Poetry Out Loud Coordinator Tara Pappas, State Treasurer Mark Gordon, State Auditor Cynthia Cloud, State Champion Lauren Haiar of Sundance Secondary School, Runner-up Kailee Behunin of Lander Valley High School, Third Place Georgia Wages of Buffalo High School, Executive Director of the Wyoming Arts Council Michael Lange, Wyoming Poet Laureate Gene Gagliano, and Director of the Wyoming Department of State Parks and Cultural Resources Darin Westby.

Wyoming's 13th Annual Poetry Out Loud State Competition took place Monday night in Cheyenne. High school students from across the state competed for a $200 prize, a $500 stipend for their school to purchase poetry books, and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete at the National Finals.

Lauren Haiar of Sundance Secondary School became Wyoming's 2018 State Champion. Haiar also won in 2017, making her a two-time champion. She will go on to represent Wyoming at the National Finals in Washington D.C., April 23-25. State Runner-up was Kailee Behunin, Lander Valley High School,...

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