Belise Nishimwe of St. Mary’s Academy named Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champion; Nicole Coronado of Lake Oswego named runner up

Salem, Oregon – Belise Nishimwe, a sophomore at St. Mary’s Academy in Portland, is the 2019 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Nishimwe was one of nine regional finalists who competed at Saturday’s state Poetry Out Loud contest at Salem Public Library. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 29-May 1 in Washington, D.C.

Nicole Coronado, a senior at Lakeridge High School, was named runner up. If Nishimwe (pronounced knee-sheem-way) is unable to attend the national competition Coronado would be invited to represent Oregon.

17 Oregon arts organizations receive arts learning grants

A total of 17 Oregon arts organizations have received $10,000 awards totaling $170,000 in FY2019 Oregon Arts Commission Arts Learning grants to support projects across the state.

“We are delighted by the creativity and collaboration behind this year’s applications, and are confident that the education of students around the state will be enriched as a result,” said Arts Commission Chair Christopher Acebo, who chaired the review panel. “The variety of grant projects demonstrates the capacity in which art can help students learn.”

Sarah Calvin-Stupfel of Salem named Oregon’s Poetry Out Loud champion

Salem, Oregon – Sarah Calvin-Stupfel, a senior at West Salem High School, is the 2018 Oregon Poetry Out Loud state champion. Calvin-Stupfel was one of eight regional finalists who competed at Saturday’s state Poetry Out Loud contest at Salem Public Library. She advances to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, scheduled for April 23-25 in Washington, D.C.

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