- Associated Press - Sunday, March 23, 2014

LANSING, Mich. (AP) - A Detroit Cass Technical High School student is the 2014 Michigan Poetry Out Loud champion.

Matthew Webb of Detroit won the title earlier this month after a daylong recitation competition at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

Webb took top honors among 35 student competitors. He recited “The Empty Dance Shoes” by Cornelius Eady in the final round.

First runner-up was Cal Kreiner of Wellspring Preparatory High School in Grand Rapids. The second runner-up was James McConnell of Petoskey High School, and the third runner-up was Ejiro Enajero of Detroit School of Arts.

Webb received a $200 cash award, a $500 stipend for his school and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington to represent Michigan at the National Poetry Out Loud competition April 29-30.






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