Brookings-Harbor High School student Aynika Nelson has advanced to the state competition after being named one of three finalists at the regional competition in Medford.

The regional Poetry Out Loud competitions held in Medford, Portland and Salem March 2 identified nine Oregon high school students who will compete at the state level Saturday.

Poetry Out Loud is a national contest for high school students, organized in Oregon by the Oregon Arts Commission in collaboration with the National Endowment for the Arts and the

Poetry Foundation. Participants memorize and present poems, practicing public performance skills and explore the complexity of poetry.

“As we have come to expect over the 14 years of Poetry Out Loud in Oregon, the caliber of performances was impressive and made selecting only three finalists from each region a challenge,” coordinator Deb Vaughn said.|

The state contest will be held 1 to 4 p.m. in Loucks Auditorium at Salem Public Library, 585 Liberty St. SE.

The winner will advance to the national Poetry Out Loud competition, April 29 - May 1 in Washington D.C.