2015 Poetry Out Loud State Finalists

  • 2015 State Champion, Alex Hanesworth, Anacortes High School, Skagit County
    2015 State Champion, Alex Hanesworth, Anacortes High School, Skagit County
  • Runner-up, Gabriella Sipe, Olympia High School, Thurston County
    Runner-up, Gabriella Sipe, Olympia High School, Thurston County
  • Kate Atwell, Vashon Island High School, King County
    Kate Atwell, Vashon Island High School, King County
  • Victoria Coronado, Kamiakin High School, Benton County
    Victoria Coronado, Kamiakin High School, Benton County
  • Chloe Hood, South Whidbey High School, Island County
    Chloe Hood, South Whidbey High School, Island County
  • Mckenna Johnson, Kentwood High School, King County
    Mckenna Johnson, Kentwood High School, King County
  • Christine Munson, Eisenhower High School, Yakima County
    Christine Munson, Eisenhower High School, Yakima County
  • Bethany Padgett, Eatonville High School, Pierce County
    Bethany Padgett, Eatonville High School, Pierce County
  • Sameayah Pehlke, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, Clark County
    Sameayah Pehlke, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics, Clark County
  • Emelie Pennington-Davis, Trout Lake School, Klickitat County
    Emelie Pennington-Davis, Trout Lake School, Klickitat County
  • Rowan Post, Liberty Bell High School, Okanogan County
    Rowan Post, Liberty Bell High School, Okanogan County
  • Erin Rumelhart, Selkirk High School, Pend Oreille County
    Erin Rumelhart, Selkirk High School, Pend Oreille County
  • Garrett Snedeker, Ellensburg High School, Kittitas County
    Garrett Snedeker, Ellensburg High School, Kittitas County

Thirteen regional champions competed in the 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Finals.

Alex Hanesworth, a junior at Anacortes High School, took top honors with her recitations of It Isn’t Me by James Lasdun, A Noiseless Patient Spider by Walt Whitman, and The Empty Dance Shoes by Cornelius Eady. Gabriella Sipe, of Olympia High School, was named Runner Up. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Sameayah Pehlke from Vancouver School of Arts and Academics, Erin Rumelhart from Selkirk High School, and Garrett Snedeker from Ellensburg High School.

Click on the YouTube links below to watch students reciting their selected poems during the competition.

The Poetry Out Loud 2015 state finals were filmed by Pardiman Productions

Photographs by Jesse Michener.


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