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These High Schoolers Have A Passion For 'Poetry Out Loud'

The Poetry Out Loud contest is kind of like a poetry spelling bee — kids from across the country compete at reciting their chosen poems, and the winner takes home a prize of $20,000.
Mahlana Graham — champion from the U.S. Virgin Islands — recites at this year's Poetry Out Loud competition. Source: James Kegley

Today nine high school students will compete for the title of National Champion of , a kind of annual spelling bee for poetry. Tens of thousands of teens from across the country faced off in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the

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