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Portia Williams, a 12th-grader at Bell Multicultural High School in Washington, D.C., recites a poem at the Washington regional finals for a national contest in April 2005. This was a pilot program, with competitions also in Chicago, for Poetry Out Loud: The National Recitation Contest, which the National Endowment for the Arts and the publisher of Poetry Magazine have now organized into a national poetry-reading competition for high school students.

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