"From Fairbanks, Alaska, to Knoxville, Tennessee, 53 students from across the country will converge on Washington, DC on April 28-29, 2011 to compete in the National Finals of Poetry Out Loud: National Recitation Contest, the nation's largest youth poetry recitation competition. These young competitors advanced from a field of more than 365,000 students who tested their skills in poetry recitation in more than 2,000 schools nationwide. The top finalists and their schools will receive $50,000 in awards."
On this website, they'll be posting videos of the top three winners reciting their poems. I've had the opportunity to judge and to serve as master of ceremonies when the regional competition has been held at Southwest Minnesota State University. I've been amazed at the talented students who memorized and recited poems by heart.