Poetry Out Loud Regional Champs head to State Final

Congratulations to Washington's thirteen regional Poetry Out Loud champions. Over 18,000 students from over 60 high schools participated in this year's Poetry Out Loud recitation competition. The top-scoring students from each of the school-wide competitions advanced to one of seven regional competitions held across the state. Thirteen regional champions have earned a place at the Poetry Out Loud State Final on March 10. 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: Addi Garner, Anacortes High School, Anacortes; Ashley Higdon, Ellensburg High School, Ellensburg; John Jones, Rainier High School, Rainier; Isaac Lu, Cedar Tree School, Ridgefield; Rianna Marshall, Kamiakin High School, Kennewick; Alaya Mays, Camas High School, Camas; Travis McDaneld, Tacoma School of the Arts, Tacoma; Brittany Miller, River Ridge High School, Lacey; Reily Morrison-Nelson, Okanogan High School, Okanogan; Grace Orallo, Wenatchee High School, Wenatchee; Kennedy Shamblin, Stanwood High School, Stanwood; Janelle Thirtyacre, Eatonville High School, Eatonville; and Mackenzie Woodworth, Liberty Bell High School, Winthrop.

The Poetry Out Loud State Final will be held on Saturday, March 10, 2018 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, with additional local funding from the Servco 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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