2016 Poetry Out Loud Finalists

  • 2016 Poetry Out Loud Finalists. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    2016 Poetry Out Loud Finalists. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • 2016 State Champion, Jake Andrews from Ellensburg High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    2016 State Champion, Jake Andrews from Ellensburg High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Mehak Mann, International Community School, 2016 Runner Up. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Mehak Mann, International Community School, 2016 Runner Up. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Alex Hanesworth, Anacortes High School, 2016 Honorable Mention. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Alex Hanesworth, Anacortes High School, 2016 Honorable Mention. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Megan Reichel, Crosspoint Academy, 2016 Honorable Mention. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Megan Reichel, Crosspoint Academy, 2016 Honorable Mention. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Leah Sainz-Jones, Woodinville H.S., 2016 Honorable Mention. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Leah Sainz-Jones, Woodinville H.S., 2016 Honorable Mention. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Jennifer Cassidy, Delta High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Jennifer Cassidy, Delta High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Michaela Cloyd, Ridgefield High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Michaela Cloyd, Ridgefield High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Lillian Cooley, Liberty Bell High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Lillian Cooley, Liberty Bell High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Donia Kashkooli, South Whidbey High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Donia Kashkooli, South Whidbey High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Emily Padgett, Eatonville High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Emily Padgett, Eatonville High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Sameayah Pehlke, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics. Photo by Jesse Michener
    Sameayah Pehlke, Vancouver School of Arts & Academics. Photo by Jesse Michener
  • Thomas Snedeker, Ellensburg High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Thomas Snedeker, Ellensburg High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
  • Wesley Thomas, Quincy High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.
    Wesley Thomas, Quincy High School. Photo by Jesse Michener.

Jake Andrews of Ellensburg High School in Kittitas County, was the 2016 Washington State Poetry Out Loud champion. Jake recited On an Unsociable Family by Elizabeth Hands, Zoom! by Simon Armitage, and Very Large Moth by Craig Arnold. Mehak Mann, a sophomore at the International Community School was the Runner Up. Honorable mentions went to Alex Hanesworth of Anacortes High School, Megan Reichel of Crosspoint Academy, and Leah Sainz-Jones of Woodinville High School.


2016 Poetry Out Loud Finalists

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

Jake Andrews, reciting "Very Large Moth" by Craig Arnold

Alex Hanesworth, reciting "Personal" by Tony Hoagland

Mehak Mann, reciting "Richard Cory" by Edwin Arlington Robinson

Megan Reichel, reciting "There Are Birds Here" by Jamaal May

Leah Sainz-Jones, reciting “Solitude” by Ella Wheeler Wilcox


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