Veronika Escaja-Heiss


Escaja-Heiss Places in Top Ten at Poetry Out Loud National Finals

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Thursday May 03, 2018

South Burlington High School junior Veronika Escaja-Heiss performed at George Washington University’s Lisner Auditorium April 24 and 25 for the 2018 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Having won the state competition mid-March, Escaja-Heiss represented Vermont at the finals and, reciting the words of poets Thomas Hood and Tato Lavier, made the top nine in the country at the Washington D.C. event. In addition, the young orator placed in the top three of the East Central and Northeast region. Escaja-Hess advanced from more than 300,000 students who participated nationwide. For her win, she received $1,000 and the SBHS library receives $500. Poetry Out Loud is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with the Poetry Foundation. Escaja-Heiss said, “Nationals was an incredible experience. I got to meet some amazing poets and fellow artists that were equally as kind as they were talented.”