PORTLAND — Iman Omar, a senior at Deering High School, will compete in the state Poetry Out Loud competition March 20 at Gracie Theater in Bangor.

Iman was one of five students competing in the Southern Maine Regional Poetry Out Loud competition who advanced to the state contest.

Iman won Deering’s Poetry Out Loud competition. At the regional contest Feb. 13 in Biddeford, she competed against 20 other students.

Iman recited “The Song of the Smoke” by W.E.B. Du Bois, “On Monsieur’s Departure” by Queen Elizabeth I and “a song in the front yard” by Gwendolyn Brooks.