State Final: Photos and Videos
Isaac Lu is the 2017-18 Poetry Out Loud State Champion
Isaac Lu, a junior at Cedar Tree School in Clark County, is the Poetry Out Loud Washington State Champion for the 2017-18 school year. Lu's poems were "The Glories of our Blood and State" by James Shirley and "A Thank-You Note" by Michael Ryan, with "From Blossoms" by Li-Young Lee as the final recitation. Janelle Thirtyacre, a senior at Eatonville High School in Pierce County, was named first runner-up. Honorable mentions went to Addi Garner, a senior at Anacortes High School in Skagit County; John Jones, a senior at Rainier High School in Thurston County; and Mackenzie Woodworth, a senior at Liberty Bell High School in Okanogan County.
Isaac Lu earned an award of $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete at the national championship. Cedar Tree School received a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry materials. First runner-up Janelle Thirtyacre received $100, with a $200 stipend going to Eatonville High School's library.
This year's Poetry Out Loud State Final judges included: Danielle Gahl, Executive Director at ArtsEd Washington; Aira Jackson, English Language Arts and Literacy Director for the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI); Daniel Mancoff, English Language Arts Department Chair at Mount Si High School; Kellie Richardson, current Poet Laureate for the City of Tacoma; Dr. LaWonda Smith, Executive Director of the Race to the Top Road Map Consortium Project, Puget Sound Educational Service District; and Cory Southwell, a theatre designer, director, and teaching artist at Youth Theatre Northwest
- The Poetry Out Loud 2017-18 State Final was filmed by Pardiman Productions.
- See past state finals photos and videos.