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Ross Brady emerged Monday from a field of 18 competitors to be crowned Santa Rosa High School’s Poetry Out Loud champion. Brady, who was runner up at SRHS last year, will represent the Panthers this Sunday at the Sonoma County competition.

That contest will feature top scoring students from Analy, Cloverdale, Creekside, El Molino, Elsie Allen, Maria Carrillo, Montgomery, Piner, Rancho Cotate, Roseland University Prep and Sonoma Academy high schools. It is scheduled to run from 6:30 to 9:30 p.m. at the Glaser Center, 547 Mendocino Ave. It is free and open to the public.

The winner will advance to the state competition.

The competition pits students against each other as they perform oral interpretations of poems. Poetry Out Loud is a national recitation program initiated by the National Endowment for the Arts.

Brady recited “Ovation” by Carol Muske-Dukes and “Ode” by Arthur O’Shaughnessy to take the crown Monday. Kira Findling and Megan Fleishmann finished in the top three.

As in years past, English teacher Will Lyon coordinated the event for the Panthers.

Stay tuned for more photos from Monday’s event at Santa Rosa High.