CHARLESTON, W.Va. – Capital High School student Jordyn Marshall will represent West Virginia at the Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest in Washington, D.C. on April 24-25.

Marshall won the state competition hosted by the West Virginia Division of Culture and History (WVDCH) and the West Virginia Commission on the Arts on Saturday, March 10, at the Culture Center, State Capitol Complex in Charleston. Abbey Delk of Wheeling Park High School was the runner-up.

Marshall recited I Sit and Sew by Alice Moore Dunbar-Nelson, Hip-Hop Ghazal by Patricia Smith and On Monsieur’s Departure by Queen Elizabeth I.

Delk’s poems included [‘Often rebuked, yet always back returning’] by Emily Bronte, Enough by Suzanne Buffam and The Hospital Window by James L. Dickey.

Forty students from high schools in 26 counties competed in the semifinals on Friday, March 9, 2018, with the top 10 contestants competing Saturday in the state final. A complete list of semifinalists and their schools is attached. Top 10 finalists and Top 5 finalists also are noted.

Marshall received $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the national finals. Capital High School received a $500 stipend to buy poetry books and materials. Her teacher is Courtney Anastasio.

West Virginia artist Matt Thomas of Gilmer County was commissioned to create the championship award and a companion trophy, which will be on display at Capital High School.

Poetry Out Loud is a poetry recitation contest sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) and the Poetry Foundation, publisher of Poetry Magazine, the oldest English-language monthly publication dedicated to verse. The program is designed to encourage high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition.

This year, the Poetry Out Loud competition continued to grow. Beginning at the classroom level, 4,564 students and 165 teachers at 45 West Virginia high schools participated in the program.

For more information about Poetry Out Loud and the state semifinal and final competition, contact Wolfe at (304) 558-0240 or


Lydia Jenkinson – Berkeley Springs High School
Abigail Henry – Cabell Midland High School
Jordyn Marshall – Capital High School (Winner)
Faith Wineman – Doddridge County High School
Dalton Miller – East Hardy High School
Daniel Dyal – Fayetteville High School
Sarah Marzouk – George Washington High School (Top 5)
Jamie Dotson – Grafton High School
Brett Napier – Greenbrier East High School (Top 10)
Elise Merchant – Huntington High School (Top 10)
Tate Dixon – Hurricane High School
Hayden Barnette – Lewis County High School
Matthew Stover – Liberty High School
Ugo Onwuka – The Linsly School
Katarina Curry – Logan High School
Jacob Pennell – Magnolia High School
Emily Cales – Meadow Bridge High School
Brooke Ashley Gardner – Midland Trail High School
Nick Chaffins – Morgantown High School
Hope Adkins – Nicholas County High School
Makayla Tyree – Nitro High School (Top 5)
Ben Long – Notre Dame High School
Brooke Brothers – Oak Glen High School (Top 10)
Tate Mauzy – Oak Hill High School
Delainey Lantz – Paden City High School
Emma Smith – Parkersburg High School
Billy Bowers – Paw Paw Schools
Olivia Zinn – Philip Barbour High School
Caleb Hanna – Richwood High School (Top 5)
Renee Varnell – Ripley High School
Willow Campbell – Roane County High School
Amethyst Alexander – Shady Spring High School
Kayden Upton – South Charleston High School (Top 10)
Allee Proctor – Spring Mills High School
Katelyn Stillwagoner – Tyler Consolidated High School
Kristin Wolfe – Union Educational Complex
Carrie Yarber – Webster County High School
Shalynn Whear – Weir High School
Chloe Hatfield – Westside High School
Abbey Delk – Wheeling Park High School (Runner-Up)
Alexis Petrovsky – Wirt County High School
Stephanie Hopkins – Woodrow Wilson High School (Top 10)
Kalli Stewart – Wyoming East High School

MEDIA NOTE: A photograph of the winner and runner-up is attached here. Photo captions are included in the comment section below each photo. Photo by Stephen Brightwell, West Virginia Division of Culture and History.