Arizona Poetry Out Loud 2016

Arizona Poetry Out Loud 2016: Finalists and interviews

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Sonoran Science Academy, Tucson

Deja Brown
Deja is a sophomore at the Sonoran Science Academy. She loves art, math, literature and sports. She is a Disney fanatic and loves her dogs.

Betty Fairfax High School, Laveen

Hunter Hazelton
At a young age, Hunter developed a keen attraction toward the art of writing. He has written and published poems, short stories, and is in the midst of a novel. He thanks his family, friends, teachers, and many supporters–as he could have not accomplished so much without them. He aspires to be an educator–perhaps a creative writing professor. He enjoys photography, working at Starbucks, unicycling and eating. His biggest inspirations are Sylvia Plath and Kurt Vonnegut.

Xavier College Preparatory, Phoenix

Edel Healy
Having grown up in Ireland, Edel developed a deep love for storytelling, poetry and poetry recitation. She has been reciting poetry both leisurely and competitively since the age of five. With the help and support of her English teacher Mrs. Donaldson and the English Department, Edel initiated a Poetry Out Loud program at her high school–now in its second year.

Kingman High School, Kingman

Hannah Heiden
Hannah is a sophomore from Kingman High School, and chose to do Poetry Out Loud because she believes that the arts are important and if we don’t speak up for what we believe is important, it will be taken away. She performs to be a voice for all those around her.

The Gregory School, Tucson

Caitlin McCormick
Caitlin is a junior at The Gregory School, as well as a board member of the Women’s Foundation of Southern Arizona, a social activist and a poet. If she’s not in a meeting, she can frequently be found sipping iced lattes downtown.

AAEC PV, Phoenix

Karina Morris
Karina is a junior at AAEC and has been competing in Poetry Out Loud since she was a freshman. Reciting poetry has helped her to come out of her shell and has become her outlet for expressing herself. When she isn’t practicing her poems, she likes to read science fiction novels in the library, meditate at the park, or watch Netflix. Karina hopes that you enjoy her poetry recitations and hopes that her poems will connect with you on a personal level like they did with her.

American Leadership Academy Queen Creek 7-12, Queen Creek

Anisa Myers
Anisa is a spunky girl, standing at 4’ 11”. She usually spends her days enveloped in school work or reading. When she isn’t reading, you can probably catch her practicing routines for her competitive ballroom team. She participates in a few sports, but poetry is one of her true loves. She sees poetry as a way to show her innermost feelings and is honored to represent her school, American Leadership Academy.

Coconino High School, Flagstaff

Carly Smith
Carly is a sophomore at Coconino High School. She has never participated in Poetry Out Loud before, so she is excited to have the chance to compete at the state competition. In her spare time, she enjoys reading, writing and anything Photoshop-related. She does not know what she wants to do when she’s older, but has high hopes for the future.

Villa Oasis High School, Oracle

Edgardo Flores
Egdardo is a student at Villa Oasis High School in Oracle, AZ.

Coconino High School, Flagstaff

Sophie Weinzinger
Sophie enjoys acting, singing and painting and is active in her community’s theatre groups. Sophie hopes to major in vocal performance and business management.

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