The Loudoun County Board of Supervisors has recognized Jessica Howard, who was at the time a Rock Ridge High School senior, for winning the 2017 Poetry Out Loud Competition sponsored by the Virginia Commission for the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation.
Howard has studied voice for seven years. She was a member of the Washington Performing Arts Children of the Gospel Choir, has performed on the Ellipse, for the Loudoun Youth Fest, and various charities and organizations throughout the area, and performed as the opening act for the international recording artist Tracy Hamlin.
In March, Howard won the Virginia State Poetry Out Loud Contest, a program for students in grade 9 through 12, and competed in the National Poetry Out Loud Competition, which was in April in Washington, DC.
Howard was one of 60 students accepted into New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts, Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, and will attend in the fall. She plans to pursue a career in the music industry.