A River Ridge High School student will represent her high school in a statewide poetry contest.
Iyana Alexander, a senior at Cherokee County's newest high school, is headed to the state-level competition for the national Poetry Out Loud contest.
Iyana placed first in the regional competition held on Feb. 9 at North Cobb High School after she won the River Ridge's competition in January.
The state competition will be held on March 9 at the Atlanta History Center.
Iyana recited "Piano" by D. H. Lawrence and "Life in a Love" by Robert Browning for her school and regional competition. Along with those two poems, Iyana will also recite "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou at the state competition.
The state winner will receive $200 and an all-expenses paid trip to the nation's capital to compete in the national finals.
The winner of the final will receive $20,000.
Sponsored by the National Poetry Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts, Poetry Out Loud "helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage," according to its website.