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Ivy Tech students name winner of spoken poetry competition


October 28, 2009   

Bloomington, Ind.Ivy Tech English students participated in a service-learning course this semester, which culminated with a poetry recitation event on October 26 at Ivy Tech’s main campus. The winner of the Speak Poetry competition was Kate-Lynn Edwards of New Tech High School, who recited Life in a Love by Robert Browning.

Edwards won a $100 prize and plans to go on to compete in the regional Poetry Out Loud competition in Indianapolis this spring.

Ivy Tech students held a workshop for 15 area high school students from Aurora and New Tech, and six of those students returned to compete in Ivy Tech’s spoken poetry competition. Ivy Tech students put on the workshop and judged the competition under the direction of English faculty, Emily Bobo, PhD. The workshops and competition were made possible by a grant award from Indiana Campus Compact.

“The Speak Poetry project was a terrific opportunity for college and high school students to interact,” said Annie Gray, English Program Chair. “Emily has worked hard to build strong relationships with New Tech and Aurora English faculty, and they plan to incorporate spoken poetry into their curricula in the future. We expect this project to grow dramatically next year.”

Chancellor John Whikehart of Ivy Tech’s Bloomington campus says that as a comprehensive community college, it has become the culture of Ivy Tech to incorporate service-learning projects into the curriculum. “Ivy Tech faculty work to create meaningful projects that enrich the lives of students and provide necessary services to area organizations. Without Emily’s dedication to community service, and the grant award, this project would not have been possible.”

Speak Poetry Winner