2012 State Finalists
Langston Ward of Mead High School, in Spokane, won the 2012 state Poetry Out Loud finals with his recitations of Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold, The Truly Great by Stephen Spender, and Chicago by Carl Sandburg. Sommer Harris from South Whidbey High School was the Runner Up. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Bonnie Blanchard from West Valley High School, Dylan Nehrenberg from Kentridge High School, and Vanessa Serrano from Camas High School.
- Bonnie Blanchard, Dover Beach by Matthew Arnold
- Sommer Harris, Crossing the Bar by Alfred, Lord Tennyson
- Dylan Nehrenberg, Sonnet XXIX: When in Disgrace with Fortune and Men's Eyes by William Shakespeare
- Vannessa Serrano, A Song in the Front Yard by Gwendolyn Brooks
- Langston Ward, Chicago by Carl Sandburg