Thalia and the state champion were chosen from a group of 19 presenters, among whom Thalia was among the youngest. In addition to her award and $100 prize, the honor includes a $200 award to the school library for the acquisition of poetry books.
The three poems Thalia memorized and recited were “Happiness” by Paisley Rekdal, “The Author to her Book” by Anne Bradstreet, and “Sestina: Like” by A.E. Stallings.
This is the second year in a row Waynflete has garnered success in the state Poetry Out Loud contest. Last year, Dyer Rhoads was chosen as the state champion and represented Maine at the National Finals in Washington, D.C