A.L. Brown student wins accolades in statewide poetry competition

A.L. Brown student wins accolades in statewide poetry competition
Posted on 03/20/2014
Anthony Juwaun Sims is pictured at far left

Anthony Jawaun Sims, a Junior at A.L. Brown High School, placed 9th in a statewide poetry competition sponsored by the North Carolina Arts Council. Sims was the only student from Cabarrus or Rowan Counties to make the finals of the competition. More than 9,300 students from all over North Carolina took part in the contest.


Students who participated in the Poetry Out Loud competition studied and prepared poetry and read their selections in front of multiple judges from around the state. Banu Valladeres of the North Carolina Arts Council commented that the students who made the finals were extremely well prepared. “We are a better state for their dedication, and I congratulate all of them,” Valladeres said. Casey Goggin from Moore County was the overall winner of the competition and will represent North Carolina at the national level. 

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Top 9: Anthony Jawaun Sims from A.L. Brown High School in Kannapolis, Hannah Brewer from Pender High School in Pender County, Maxwell McDaniel from Independent High School in Mecklenburg County, Alisha Hartley from Central Academy of Technology & Arts in Union County, Casey Goggin from Pinecrest High School in Moore County, Olivia Wilson from St. Stephens High School in Catawba County, Isaiah Lewis from First Flight High School in Dare County, Sara Ghobrial from West Forsyth High School in Forsyth County, and Benjamin Sears from Tuscola High School in Haywood County.

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