Story URL: http://news.medill.northwestern.edu/washington/news.aspx?id=127563
Story Retrieval Date: 5/23/2013 2:54:33 PM CST
Farley, a senior at Washington-Lee High School in Arlington, Va., took first place in a national poetry competition this week in Washington.
Farley's recitation of his favorite poem by Langston Hughes helped earn him $20,000. He said the money is nice, but it's not his only motivation. "(Poetry) is something I fell into and started to love," Farley said.
The competition for high school students, "Poetry Out Loud," was sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation. A record-breaking 300,000 students participated from more than 1,700 high schools this year. Fifty-three students made it to the finals.
But 18-year-old Farley now stands alone.