The judges for the Amador County POL competition on February 1, 2020 included from left, Donna Custodio, Lyla Osmundsen,  Dana Jorgensen, District Representative for Frank Bigelow and Andreas Borgeas, and Sue Lagomarsino. Standing is Meghan O’Keefe.  


Noah Bunting, resident of Jackson and a senior from Amador High School, is the Amador County Poetry Out Loud Champion for 2020.  He was awarded this prestigious title after rigorous competitions locally last month, and it was his second time as being selected to represent Amador County. 

 The next step for Bunting was competing in-person, just a week ago, against all the other 52 county winners. It would have meant a trip to Sacramento, as in all previous years, but due to the COVID-19 issue, each contestant was asked at the last minute to submit videos of their three recitations. With assistance from his coaches Mr. Giles Turner and Meghan O’Keefe, Bunting’s video was submitted after a 6 hour day of filming, along with help from volunteer “stagehand” Betzaida Arroyo.


Noah Bunting.


Alas, another high school contestant (from Sacramento County) was selected for the California Poetry Out Loud (POL) title, but the experience for Noah was His poems for POL 2020 were 1.) “The Emperor of Ice Cream” by Wallace Stevens; 2.) “The Conqueror Worm” by Edgar Allan Poe; 3.) “1969” by Alex Dimitrov. 

To see his videos go to: https://youtu.be/MdjtBS4K0zM

The POL curriculum teaches literary arts, memorization, and public speaking skills through competitive recitation of notable poems from the official Poetry Out Loud Anthology. All high school students in Amador County are eligible to participate in this program offered for free by the Amador County Arts Council. The program is an initiative of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, administered by the California Arts Council, and locally by the Amador County Arts Council.

The California Poetry Out Loud is the largest event of its kind in the U.S.: 53 counties, 282 schools and 769 teachers, reaching nearly 56,000 students statewide.