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O’Bannon High School “Poetic Voices” Results

On Saturday, March 16th, 7th grade students from O’Bannon High School came together with their families and members of the community for the first annual presentation of “Poetic Voices,” a poetry recitation contest modeled after Poetry Out Loud. Six students performed well know works from historically influential poets and one student recited an original work. This great undertaking was the work of Ms. McCorkle and the Floyd and Bessie Johnson Foundation, who have been working for months to prepare the students for the day by providing after school coaching, in classroom support, and the final platform for the students to perform.

Our Arts in Education Coordinator, Megan, was honored to serve as a guest judge for the event, joining three other talented women to assess the student work based on the criteria set by the national contest for high school students. We are proud to announce the award winners as follows:

Recitation Pieces

1st Place: Jerry Bonney, for the presentation of “The Road Not Taken” by Robert Frost
2nd Place: Amber Straw, for the presentation of “Dreams” by Langston Hughes
3rd Place: Jonathan Ray-Taylor, for the presentation of “A Dream Deferred” by Langston Hughes

Original Works

1st Place: Keanna Lance, for the presentation of “I AM”

Congratulations to all the award winners and the students that participated.


The mission of the Greenville Arts Council is to promote the rich cultural heritage of the region and stimulate and encourage cultural activities, arts appreciation, arts education, and the creative works of artists. Some of the responsibilities that help define the Greenville Arts Council as the primary promoter of the arts in our area include offering art classes to children and adults, organizing community events, presenting an ongoing series of free exhibits featuring visual artists from the area and the state, and coordinating educational programs which teach arts-integration in local schools. The Greenville Arts Partnership between the Greenville Arts Council, the Greenville Public School District and our three community arts partners, Delta Center Stage, Delta Symphony Association and the Delta Children’s Museum, is focused on full arts integration in the GPSD elementary schools. Plentiful research documents the value of the teaching in and through the arts to help students understand core academic concepts on a deep level. The partnership was the first in the state of Mississippi accepted into the Kennedy Center Partners in Education Program in 2003, joining over 100 other partnerships between school districts and arts organizations across the country. The partnership provides professional development for teachers, arts experiences for students and resource and referral on arts integration issues. Professional development has been provided in two ways, through workshops with Teaching Artists from the Kennedy Touring Roster and grade-level and/or discipline-specific professional development with our local staff. We present a series of model demonstration lessons to teachers in grades K to 6, demonstrating connections between Partnership free arts programming and required state frameworks. The partner arts groups present a series of live performances allowing each elementary child in the GPSD to attend at least once each year. The groups work with the Arts Council staff to develop accompanying curriculum-based educational material for distribution to teachers prior to each performance. Over the years, we have succeeded in providing basic arts integration training district-wide as well as in-depth professional development to allow groups of teachers to increase their level of mastery.