Little Wound Students Qualify For State Poetry Competition
SIOUX FALLS - For the second year in a row, Little Wound sophomore Gabriel Pulliam- Sanchez qualified as one of eight students selected to compete in the State Poetry Out Loud competition Monday in Sioux Falls. Last year, in his freshman year, Gabriel took third, this year he was runner-up.
Schools select an entrant for the Poetry Out Loud competition, send a video tape of their entrant to the SD Arts Council who in turn selects eight to participate in the state competition. At the state competition, entrants recite three poems. The winner receives $250 and a trip to the national competition in Washington DC where the winner earns a $20,000 first prize.
For Pulliam-Sanchez’s three poems, he chose “Fishing on the Susquehanna in July” by Billy Collins, “The Tyger” by William Blake and “Constantly Risking Absurdity (15)” by Lawrence Ferlinghetti.
“Gabriel nailed his three poems, I thought he had a good chance to take first,” said Little Wound coach Dan Snethen, “last year’s winner finished with Carl Sandburg’s “Chicago”, she was excellent and it was enough to defeat Gabriel, he’ll be back next year.”
In conjunction with the Poetry Out Loud competition, South Dakota has sponsored an original poetry competition where out of all the entrees submitted, three students are selected to come and read their original poems. This year Little Wound junior Rosie Little White Man was chosen and on Monday she read her poem “Transgender”.
According to Snethen, Little Wound has had students win the state competition two different times, earning trips to DC with an opportunity to compete for the $20,000 first prize; Little Wound state winners include Wiyaka His Horses Thunder and Shivalo Soldier Wolf.
Last year, Snethen was selected as the outstanding Poetry Out Loud teacher of the year, this year he was runner up.