Baker High School senior Garrett Whalen was named state champion for the Poetry Out Loud competition Feb. 18 at the Alabama Shakespeare Festival. This was the first year Whalen’s school competed.
Whalen not only took home a $200 cash prize but won an additional $400 for his school’s library. He’ll enjoy an all-expenses-paid trip to the national finals, April 30 through May 1, in Washington, D.C. Whalen’s teacher is Laura Sadler.
Another Region One student, Greenville High School’s Keyshawn Sellers, came in second and received a cash prize and funding for his library. His teacher is Naomi Pryor.
Poetry Out Loud is an annual national competition for students interested in poetry, creative writing, acting and public speaking. It is presented by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation in coordination with state arts councils.
Region One is coordinated by Mobile Arts Council Program Director Lucy Gafford.
Congratulations to both Whalen and Sellers!
Local group screens college history film
The Greater Mobile Chapter of The Links Inc. will screen the documentary “Tell Them We Are Rising: The Story of Black Colleges and Universities” at Helena One (1568 St. Stephens Road, Mobile) on March 7. The 90-minute film examines the impact historically black colleges and universities have had on U.S. history, culture and national identity.
Doors will open at 4 p.m. for a 45-minute reception with refreshments. Attendees are encouraged to wear their college colors for photographs. The screening begins at 5 p.m.
Entrance is free. RSVP by March 1 via text or voice to 251-554-8336 or mail P.O. Box 40727, Mobile, AL 36640.
USA Symphony stages winter concert
The University of South Alabama (USA) Symphony Band, under the direction of Dr. Jason Rinehart, will perform its winter concert Feb. 28, 7:30 p.m., at the USA Laidlaw Performing Arts Center Recital Hall (5751 USA S. Drive, Mobile).
The program includes Bela Bartok’s Allegro Barbaro, Chance’s Incantation and Dance and Standridge’s The Nine featuring Dr. Thomas Rowell, along with music by Frank Ticheli, Karl King and Carol Brittin Chambers.
Tickets for this Musical Arts Series event will be sold at the door only. Admission is $8, $5 for USA faculty and staff/USA students/youth under 18 and all senior citizens. Cash or check only. Musical Arts Series season passes will be honored.
For more information or for inquiries about special accommodation, call 251-460-7116 or 251-460-6136.
Bobblehead workshop at ACAC
Amanda Youngblood’s two-part workshop teaches participants to build bobbleheads from clay and traditional ceramics tools. The adult workshop will be offered March 9, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., and March 16, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Cost is $50 for members, $80 for guests.
Call 251-208-5671 or visit alabamacontemporary.org for more information.
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