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Detroit teen wins award at national poetry event

Detroit Cass Tech student Matthew Webb wins cash award at national poetry competition
Posted on May 4, 2014 at 4:07 a.m.

DETROIT (AP) — A Detroit Cass Technical High School student won a cash award at a national poetry competition.

Matthew Webb took part in the National Poetry Recitation Competition held this past week at George Washington University in Washington, D.C.

He participated in the Regional 2 semifinal round against 17 other state representatives and was awarded honorable mention recognition. Webb earned a $1,000 cash award and $500 for his school to purchase new poetry books.

He’s the 2014 Michigan Poetry Out Loud champion, winning the title after a daylong recitation competition against 34 other students in March at the East Lansing Hannah Community Center.

Webb was joined in Washington by his drama teacher, Marilyn McCormick. It’s the third time since 2009 that a Cass Tech student has represented Michigan at the national competition.




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