A way with words

Thayer Central senior Russell Heitmann of Hebron is the 2013
Poetry Out Loud Nebraska state champion and a national

HEBRON — For the second year in a row, Russell Heitmann battled his way past dozens of competitors in a field of hundreds of thousands of high school students to return to Washington D.C. and almost win a national poetry reading contest.

The 18-year-old Thayer Central senior won the Nebraska Poetry Out Loud state championship in March in Lincoln and went on to the national competition, Monday and Tuesday in Washington D.C. He was one of nine finalists but did not place.

“I felt like I gave the two best performances I could have and I just left it in the hands of the judges,” he said Wednesday morning. “With something like this it’s kind of subjective how they see it or don’t see it. I don’t have regrets. I gave everything I absolutely have and it still was a neat experience for me.”

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