Yerington student wins third Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition

Yerington High School’s Grey Hunt recites a poem during the 2018 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Finals at KNPB in Reno. Photo by Guy Clifton/Travel Nevada
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RENO, Nev. (KOLO)-- Yerington High School senior Grey Hunt won her third Nevada Poetry Out Loud competition on Saturday in Reno.

Hunt represents Nevada in the Poetry Out Loud national finals in April in Washington, D.C.

The competition is similar to spelling bees and students memorize and perform classic and contemporary poetry.
The poem Hunt recited in the final round was “Weighing In,” by Rhina P. Espaillat, an appropriate title as she described her reaction to hearing her named called as the winner, organizers noted in a statement.

“So much relief was felt,” she said. “It was like a weight was lifted off my shoulders.”

Hunt, the daughter of Todd and Kaylene Hunt of Yerington, won $500 and $500 for her high school to promote literacy programs.

Elko High School junior Mikayla De Guzman finished second. Sandra Luevano, a junior at East Career and Technical Academy in Las Vegas, finished third. Bishop Manogue High School junior Michael Kerr finished fourth.

Champions representing nine regions were at the competition, held at KNPB Channel 5 in Reno. A recap of the competition will be shown on the PBS station later.

Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Nevada Arts Council presented in partnership with National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.