Washington State Final
The 2021 State Final was broadcast on Tuesday, March 16th beginning at 6:30pm. This public broadcast can be viewed through You Tube.
Lucy Shainin, a junior at Anacortes High School in Skagit County, is the 2021 Poetry Out Loud Washington State Champion. Rising to the top from a competitive field of over 6,000 students from 28 schools across the state in a revised virtual competition, Shainin was among the 10 high school students—all regional Poetry Out Loud champions—who competed in the State Final.
Micah Stewart, a junior at Cedar Tree Classical Christian School in Clark County, was named first runner-up. Honorable mentions went to Jenna Elsammak, a freshman at Kamiakin High School in Benton County; Cooper Siems, a sophomore at Concordia Christian Academy in Pierce County; and Bethany Tuchardt, a senior at Battle Ground High School in Clark County.
The state champion receives a $200 cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., (with a chaperone) to compete in the National Finals. The state champions’ school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books.
The runner-up in the state competition receives a $100 cash prize. Their school library receives a $200 cash prize.
National Finals champions receive a $25,000 scholarship and school stipends for poetry books. A total of $50,000 in prizes are awarded to the top students.
All Regional Finals are taking place virtually this year, and will not be open to the general public. Regional Champions from the four regional competitions are listed below. These ten champions will advance to the State Final in March.
- Jenna Elsammak, Kamiakin High School (Kennewick)
- Ashlee Robinson, Naches Valley High School (Yakima)
- Leki Albright, Liberty Bell High School (Winthrop)
- Jonah Rieder, Mead High School (Spokane)
- Hillary Curd, Mt Si High School (Snoqualmie)
- Clio Erignac, International Community School (Kirkland)
- Lucy Shainin, Anacortes High School (Anacortes)
- Cooper Siems, Concordia Christian Academy (Tacoma)
- Micah Stewart, Cedar Tree Classical Christian (Ridgefield)
- Bethany Tuchardt, Battle Ground High School (Battle Ground)
How the Competition Works
After working with their students to select and practice poems, teachers hold a classroom-level recitation competition. The top classroom students move on to a school-wide competition.
The champions from each school advance to the regional level. Regional finals are held for four regions across the state, supported and coordinated by our regional partners. For regionals, students recite with other school champions from their area. The top students from these regional competitions compete in the Washington State Final. During all phases of the competition, the same evaluation criteria are used by all the judges.
2021 State Finalist Videos
For more information about this program, please send our Poetry Out Loud coordinator an email.