Local high school students will take the stage at Rosemont High School, 9594 Kiefer Blvd., at 12:30 p.m. Thursday to share their love of poetry.
The county's top 15 poetry performers will square off in the eighth annual Sacramento County Poetry Out Loud Competition.
The contest encourages high school students to learn about poetry through memorization, performance and competition, according to a news release from the Sacramento County Office of Education.
The California Arts Council is partnering with SCOE to host the event.
Jeff Knorr, Sacramento's poet laureate, will serve as master of ceremonies. The event is open to the public.
Competition will continue until 3:15 p.m., when a winner and runner-up will be announced. The winner will advance to the California Poetry Out Loud Competition, scheduled March 24-25 in Sacramento.