State Finals

Information on the time, date, and location of State Finals will be updated as more competitions are scheduled and planned. Find your state's Poetry Out Loud coordinator here.

For information on the National Finals, click here.

State Date Winner
Alabama February 19Raina Verser, New Century Tech HS
AlaskaMarch 6Elisa Larson, Petersburg HS
Arizona March 3
Arkansas March 3Madeleine Windel, Deer K-12 School
CaliforniaMarch 18-19
Colorado February 28Hannah Alexander, Niwot HS
Connecticut March 3
Delaware February 27
Samuel McGarvey, Tall Oaks Classical School
District of Columbia March 8Felicity Ryan, Washington Latin Public Charter School
Florida March 10
Georgia March 11
Hawaii March 4Nicholas Amador, Punahou HS
Idaho March 10Anthony Plummer, Moscow HS
IllinoisMarch 9
Indiana February 17Joshua Fisher, Warsaw HS
Iowa March 4Sarah Beumler, Bishop Heelan Catholic School
March 3
Kentucky March 13
LouisianaMarch 3De'Jeune' Richardson, Covington HS
Maine March 14
March 10
MassachusettsMarch 11Xiadi Zhai, Boston Latin School
Michigan March 1-2Grace Garver, Petoskey HS
Minnesota March 8
Mississippi March 6Anna Claire Franklin, Oxford HS
Missouri March 8
MontanaMarch 3Anna Hedinger, Flathead HS
NebraskaMarch 11
Nevada March 3Gabrielle Hunt, Yerington HS
New Hampshire March 9Alana Hoskins, Souhegan HS
New JerseyMarch 12Breana Sena, McNair Academic HS
New MexicoMarch 11Zoe Callan, Native American Community Academy
New York March 9
North Carolina March 3Danielle Coan, Early College of Forsyth
North Dakota February 26Maria Modi Tuya, Fargo North HS
Ohio March 3Caroline Delaney, Chaminade Julienne Catholic High School
OklahomaMarch 3Kristine Guerrero, Lawton HS
Oregon March 10Sarah Calvin-Stupfel, West Salem High School
PennsylvaniaMarch 5Brooke Halinar, Cedar Crest HS
Puerto Rico March 10Matias Coss Hernandez, University HS
Rhode IslandMarch 4Steven Rosario, Trinity Academy for the Performing Arts
South Carolina March 10
South Dakota March 12
Tennessee March 9-10
TexasFebruary 24Ariel Warren, Harmon HS
Utah March 14
Vermont March 15
Virgin IslandsMarch 10
VirginiaMarch 12
Washington March 10Isaac Lu, Cedar Tree Classical Christian School
West Virginia March 9-10Jordyn Marshall, Capital HS
WisconsinMarch 10
Wyoming March 5-6Lauren Haiar, Sundance Secondary School

What People are Saying

"I did not expect to like Poetry Out Loud, truthfully. My first year, I did not want to compete at all.Somewhere along the line, I fell in love with the program and have learned so much about poetry, performing, and expression throughout the last three years."
Gabrielle Hunt
2017 NV POL Champion