Madison McCallough, a senior at Las Plumas High School took first place in the 2020 Butte County Office of Education Poetry Out Loud competition on February 11, 2020. McCallough will represent Butte County at the upcoming state finals which takes place in Sacramento on March 15-16. Cherie Krantz of Las Plumas High School received second place and Marcie Wright of Oroville High School received third place at the event.
(Mary Sakuma and first place winner Madison McCallough)
The Poetry Out Loud county competition was held at The Paint Locker Fine Art Gallery in Gridley, CA . The event was hosted by Butte County Office of Education in partnership with Friends of the Arts. Representatives from several high schools competed in this year’s Butte County Poetry Out Loud Competition including Oroville High School, Las Plumas High School, Paradise High School and Gridley High School. The competition was judged by David Tamori, Maria Navarro, Jennifer Spangler and Sue Hilderbrand. Refreshments were provided by Kaleidoscope Gridley Arts Council and Instrumental Music by local guitarist, Jimi Beller.
McCallough won the county competition with her recitation of To have without holding (Marge Piercy) and Holy Sonnets: Death, be not proud (John Donne)
“Madison recited her poems in a way that made the judges feel the emotion of the words. She truly moved the audience. We are proud she will be representing Butte County at California State Finals,” said Mary Ellen Garrahy, Student Events Manager of Butte County Office of Education.
A list of all of the Butte County finalists and their high schools can be found at www.bcoe.org/student-events