2019-2020 Poetry Out Loud Competition Winners

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. By encouraging youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance, students can master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. The program and all materials are provided to each high school at no cost.

Participating high schools host their own competitions and select a student to represent their school at the state finals. Michigan’s POL State Finals will be held on March 13 and 14, 2020. You can read more about the 2018-19 State Finals and current champion, Tajah-Rayne Davise, in the Michigan Humanities news section. Each year, the state champion advances to the national finals in Washington, D.C. and competes for a $20,000 college scholarship.

Here are the winners from Catholic Central.
  • Nick Dewhirst '21 - Honorable Mention $25
  • Robert Dedvukaj '20 - 2nd Place $75
  • James Lindenberg '21 - 1st Place $100
  • Kyle Malachowski '21 - 3rd Place $50
  • Josh Bisdorf '23 - Honorable Mention $25
  • Aidan Spehar '23 - Honorable Mention $25

Due to the Swim and Dive State Championships on 3/14, James Lindenberg is unable to represent us at the POL State Finals and Robert Dedvukaj will represent CC instead. 

“Teach Me Goodness, Discipline, and Knowledge” is the motto of the Basilian Fathers and the sacred mission of Catholic Central High School. For ninety years, the graduates of Catholic Central have made a positive impact locally, nationally, and around the world.