Burbank’s Poetry Out Loud winner moves on to county competition

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Luther Burbank High School student Gerald Pliman won the school’s Poetry Out Loud competition, held Friday, January 11. He now moves on to the county competition which will be held next month at Rosemont High School.

Pliman recited Langston Hughes’ poem “The Negro Speaks of Rivers.”

Sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud encourages youth across the country to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. The program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.