MPitS    Poetry Slams

Friday, February 26, 2018
10am, Developing Virtue Girls School, Ukiah, CA

At 10am, on Friday, February 26 at the Developing Virtue Girls Buddhist School in Ukiah, high school poets from Developing Virtue Girls School in Ukiah, Point Arena High School, Point Arena Community Charter High School, and Ukiah High School competed for the chance to become the Mendocino County representative at the March 18-19, 2018 State Finals of the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition in the State Senate Chambers in Sacramento.

A collaborative effort of local teachers, the National Endowment For the Arts, the California Arts Council, the California Poets In the Schools and the Arts Council of Mendocino County, Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago in 2005, the second phase of Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools across America in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. Last year over 400,000 students competed, and this year—the program’s 8th—Poetry Out Loud continues to grow and will culminate in the National Finals in Washington, DC, on April 25-26, 2017. At the National level, the first place student receives a $20,000 award; second receives $10,000 and the third $5000, and 4-9th place finishers receive $1000 each. Each of the top 10 competitors also receives a $500 donation to their schools for the purchase of books.

The event was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, The Poetry Foundation, California Poets In the Schools, The Arts Council of Mendocino County, and the Arena Theater. Special thanks to the Arena Market & Coop and the Point Arena Pizzas & Cream for their generous food donations.  For more information about Poetry Out Loud, visit

 Our Mendocino County Champion and Runner Up    
     denise cao
Denise Cao, Grade 12, DVGS
indigo funk
Indigo Funk, Grade 11, UHS


Tuesday, May 22, 2018
4:00pm at the Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino High School, Mendocino, CA

On Tuesday, May 22 at the Mendocino High School Matheson Performing Arts Center (MHS Campus, Ford Street, off Little Lake Rd, Mendocino), high school poets from Mendocino, Point Arena, Ukiah, and Fort Bragg will share their original poetry at the 18th annual MCOE/CPITS Countywide High School Poetry Slam.   The event will be judged by local poets, with content, performic ability, and audience response influencing their decision. The slam is sponsored by the Mendocino County Office of Education and California Poets in the Schools, with support from MHS, MCCHS, PAHS, PCCHS & UHS                                                                                                                                                                                     

Thank you  in advance to all the judges, coaches, administrators, students and audience who came out to listen and read and inspire!

coaches, please click here for the Judges Form


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