Poetry Out Loud - Southwestern Illinois College

Poetry Out Loud 21-22 South Central
Regional Competition Results


Grace Casey

Freeburg Community High School


Veda Kommineni

Edwardsville High School


Joshua Davis-Ruperto, Executive Director, Illinois Arts Council Agency

Susan Dickson, Director of Arts-in-Education, Literature, Ethnic and
Folk Arts Programs

Board of Trustees:

Chair Nick Raftopoulos, Granite City; Vice Chair Steve Campo, Belleville;

John S. Blomenkamp, Freeburg; Charles Hannon, Swansea;

Robert G. Morton, O’Fallon; Richard E. Roehrkasse, Red Bud;

Sara Soehlke, Collinsville; Student Trustee Mya Gill, Granite City


Nick J. Mance

Foundation Board:

Board Chair Norma L. Bellcoff

Board Vice Chair Mary Buettner

Finance Chair Matthew Gomric

Finance Vice Chair Samuel Hanger

Barbara Cempura

Jeanne Dalman

Stan Hatfield

Sue Hoffmann

Bob Novack

Christopher C. Schroeder

Ex-Officio Members:

Chair Nick Raftopoulos – Chair, College Board of Trustees 

Nick Mance – College President 

Bernie Ysursa – College Chief Administrative Service Officer

Margot Middleton Holt – Foundation Treasurer

Jamie Wheeler – Foundation Board Secretary and Accountant

Rena Thoele – Foundation Executive Director

“A poem begins in delight and ends in wisdom…Like a piece of ice on a hot stove, the poem must ride on its own melting.”

– Robert Frost

Contest Judges and Staff:

Lynne Sschwartzhoff, Recitation Judge

Ami Lilley-Plexico, Recitation Judge

Emily Kelly-Padden, Recitation Judge

Tracey Hayes, Accuracy Judge

Amy Brockman, Contest Coordinator & Scorekeeper

Announcement of Finalists:

The champion and runner-up from the South Central Illinois Regional Contest will join two finalists from each of the other seven Illinois regional contests at the virtual Poetry Out Loud state competition in March.

We acknowledge all the classroom teachers who initiated this program in their classes and motivated their students to participate. We extend a special thank you to the teachers who coordinated the school contests.