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.