Punahou student places 3rd in national 'poetry out loud' contest - Hawaii News Now - KGMB and KHNL

Punahou student places 3rd in national 'poetry out loud' contest

(Image: Poetry Out Loud) (Image: Poetry Out Loud)
HONOLULU (HawaiiNewsNow) -

By Jolanie Martinez

A Punahou School sophomore won third place at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington, D.C.

Nicholas Amador recited three different pieces, including "Fishing on the Susquehanna" by Billy Collins and "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman.

Amador took home a $5,000 stipend for his third-place win.

The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation support Poetry Out Loud, a free high school program that encourages the nation's youth to learn about poetry through memorization and recitation. The program is aimed at helping students to master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

This is the second time a Hawaii student has placed in the top three at Poetry Out Loud.

In 2006, former Mid-Pacific Institute student Kellie Anae was the first Hawaii competitor to place in the top three.

Copyright 2016 Hawaii News Now. All rights reserved.

  • Hawaii News Now headlinesNewsMore>>

  • Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

    Puerto Rico marks 1 year since Maria with song and sadness

    Thursday, September 20 2018 12:58 PM EDT2018-09-20 16:58:38 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 12:54 AM EDT2018-09-21 04:54:02 GMT
    (AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Alma Morales Rosario poses for a portrait between the beams of her home being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria one year ago in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico...(AP Photo/Ramon Espinosa). In this Sept. 8, 2018 photo, Alma Morales Rosario poses for a portrait between the beams of her home being rebuilt after it was destroyed by Hurricane Maria one year ago in the San Lorenzo neighborhood of Morovis, Puerto Rico...
    Puerto Ricans are marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria with choirs, protests and a funeral procession.More >>
    Puerto Ricans are marking the one-year anniversary of Hurricane Maria with choirs, protests and a funeral procession.More >>
  • Telling men to 'step up,' Sen. Hirono strides into spotlight

    Telling men to 'step up,' Sen. Hirono strides into spotlight

    Thursday, September 20 2018 6:29 PM EDT2018-09-20 22:29:45 GMT
    Friday, September 21 2018 12:52 AM EDT2018-09-21 04:52:35 GMT
    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., left, is applauded by demonstrators as the arrive to speak to reporters in support of professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nomi...(AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite). Sen. Mazie Hirono, D-Hawaii, with Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., left, is applauded by demonstrators as the arrive to speak to reporters in support of professor Christine Blasey Ford, who is accusing Supreme Court nomi...
    Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono steps into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in Christine Blasey Ford's defense.More >>
    Hawaii Sen. Mazie Hirono steps into the spotlight as she has unexpectedly become one of the most outspoken senators in Christine Blasey Ford's defense.More >>
  • Officers shoot suspect during apparent police operation in McCully

    Officers shoot suspect during apparent police operation in McCully

    Friday, September 21 2018 12:50 AM EDT2018-09-21 04:50:03 GMT

    Police reportedly fatally shot a suspect after an operation at the Century Center building.

    More >>

    Police reportedly fatally shot a suspect after an operation at the Century Center building.

    More >>
Powered by Frankly