School champions from around the state head to regional Poetry Out Loud competitions
Students from 68 high schools across Washington State are engaged this school year in exploring the amazing power and diversity of poetry, recited out loud. After working at the classroom level, classroom competitions are held to send students to school-wide competitions. The champions from each of these school-wide events will advance to the next level at the regional finals, where they will recite with other school champions from their area of the state. Those regional finals will be held during the last week of January and the first week of February.
Top students from these regional competitions will advance to the Washington State Final to be held in Tacoma on March 10, 2018. The State Champion receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the Poetry Out Loud national championship and a chance to win a $50,000 scholarship. Both State and Regional finals are open to the public.
The Washington State Poetry Out Loud program is produced by the Washington State Arts Commission, sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, and additional local support from Servco Foundation. Schools in Washington State serving students grades 9-12 are eligible to participate; nearly 20,000 students in Washington State participated at the classroom level this year.