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Four Phoenix Union students participate in Poetry Out Loud regional competition


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Juan Saenz From Metro Tech, Hunter Hazelton From Betty Fairfax, Gabrielle Hernandez From North, Estephany Garcia From Maryvale Took Part In The Poetry Out Loud Competition. Photo Courtesy Phoenix Union High School District

Four Phoenix Union students participated in the Poetry Out Loud regional competition last Saturday at Arizona State University.

These students won their school competition to advance to the regionals.

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Juan Saenz from Metro Tech, Hunter Hazelton from Betty Fairfax, Gabrielle Hernandez from North, Estephany Garcia from Maryvale took part in the Poetry Out Loud competition. Photo courtesy Phoenix Union High School District

The students are Juan Saenz from Metro Tech; Hunter Hazelton from Betty Fairfax; Gabrielle Hernandez from North and Estephany Garcia from Maryvale.

Hazelton finished in the top four in the region, and will be moving on to the State competition, March 11 at ASU.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation partner with the state arts agencies to bring the Poetry Out Loud  program to all 50 states and US territories.

In Arizona, Poetry Out Loud (POL), is administered by the Arizona Commission on the Arts in collaboration with POL Regional Partners.

Poetry Out Loud begins at the classroom level. Winners advance to a school-wide competition, then to a regional and/or state competition, and ultimately to the National Finals.