Congratulations to 13 Poetry Out Loud Regional Champions

Congratulations to Washington's thirteen regional Poetry Out Loud champions. Over 20,000 students from 66 high schools across the state participated in this year's Poetry Out Loud recitation competition at the classroom and school level. The winners from each of these school-wide competitions advanced to one of six regional competitions in their area. Thirteen regional champions have earned a place at the State Poetry Out Loud Final on March 4. They'll compete for a chance to travel to the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C. this spring. The thirteen regional champions are:  

Rhys Chapman, Bickleton High School, Klickitat County

Isabella Daltoso, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, Clark County

Elise M. Divens, Mt. Spokane High School, Spokane County

Julian Dow, Naches Valley High School, Yakima County

Addi Garner, Anacortes High School, Skagit County

Lizette Harris, Life Christian Academy, Pierce County

Kelton Hedstrom, Mead High School, Spokane County

Charles Jones, Crosspoint Academy, Kitsap County

Amir Matheney, Olympia High School, Thurston County

Laney Pham, Battle Ground High School, Clark County

Leah Sainz-Jones, Woodinville High School, King County

Drew Shipman, Mount Vernon High School, Skagit County

Kiley Tolison, Delta High School, Benton County


The State Poetry Out Loud Final will be held on Saturday, March 4, 2017 from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Broadway Center for the Performing Arts, Theatre on the Square in Tacoma. The event is free and open to the public. 


Poetry Out Loud is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. It is coordinated in the state by the Washington State Arts Commission.

Read more about the regional and state Poetry Out Loud competitions


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