Archive for Thursday, March 20, 2008

BHS’s Roger sets sights on national prize

March 20, 2008

— Baldwin High School junior Madeline Roger has won the 2008 Kansas State Poetry Out Loud competition and will travel in April to Washington, D.C. to compete in the national finals.

The competition was held March 7 at the Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site in Topeka and was presented by the Kansas Arts Commission and the National Endowment for the Arts, in cooperation with the Kansas Association of Teachers of English.

As the state champion, Roger receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to compete for a $20,000 scholarship in the Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 29 in Washington. In addition, her school receives a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books.

The Poetry Out Loud program encourages Kansas high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance and competition. The contest begins in the classroom where students select three poems from to recite and compete for a spot at the regional competition.

Roger is active in theatre, forensics and is the captain and choreographer for her dance team. She enjoys singing, acting, dancing, reading and writing. After graduation,

Roger hopes to attend the University of Texas with a double major in theatre arts and dance. She is the daughter of John and Shannon Musgrave of Baldwin. For Poetry Out Loud, she was coached by Katherine Cook, English and forensics coach at Baldwin High School.

The Kansas Arts Commission is the state agency dedicated to promoting and supporting the arts in Kansas. Its mission is to provide opportunities for the people of Kansas to experience, celebrate and value the arts throughout their lives. For more information on the Kansas Arts Commission, please visit the KAC website at


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