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 15 Raina Verser
Alaska March 15 Shannon Croft
Arizona March 11 Hunter Hazelton
Arkansas March 5 Madeleine Irene Windel
California February 29 Chigozie Maduchukwu
Colorado March 15 David Cendon Garcia
Connecticut March 15 Emily Saunders
Delaware February 23 Hannah Sturgis
District of Columbia March 15 Erica Jones
Florida March 12 Jarod Atchley
Georgia March 20 Marta Palombo
Hawaii February 21 Nicholas Amador
Idaho March 5 Romee Johnson
Illinois March 11 Mariah L. Brooks
Iowa February 28 Grace Beumler
March 5 Sarah Katsiyiannis
Kentucky February 23 Naomi Cliett
Louisiana March 5 Kyla Rose Bates
Maine March 15 Rose Horowitz
March 12 Sharese Acheampong
Massachusetts March 13 Courtney Bryan Devon Stewart
Michigan March 4 Lyndon DeFoe
Minnesota March 10 Abigail Etterson
Mississippi March 10 Lawson Marchetti
Missouri March 10 Sarah Koo
Montana March 12 Savannah Smith
Nebraska March 12 Maggie Harris
Nevada March 19 Mikayla Bates
New Hampshire March 21 Danielle Corbett
New Jersey March 17 Celeste Sena
New Mexico March 6 Michelle Zhou
New York March 14 Chiara Raimondo
North Carolina March 5 Jasmine Jackson
North Dakota March 14 Caroline Huber
Ohio March 19 Thomas Ellison
Oklahoma March 5 Juan Oseguera
Oregon March 12 Mitchell Lenneville
Pennsylvania March 7 Greer LeRoy
Puerto Rico March 12 Wenmimareba Klobah Collins
Rhode Island March 13 Austin Paulhus
South Carolina March 12 Nicole Sadek
South Dakota March 21 Maddie Lukomski
Tennessee March 19 Alexia Buckner
Texas February 27 Madison Heggins
Utah March 16 Tessa Thornley
Vermont March 17 Maggie Fitzgerald
Virgin Islands March 13 Irvin Mason, Jr.
Virginia March 18 Ahkei Togun
Washington March 5 Jake Andrews
West Virginia March 5 Neely Seams
Wisconsin March 12 Kirsten Meier
Wyoming March 7 Lucy Martinez

What People are Saying

"I've had the opportunity to meet students and teachers across Montana who share a love for the arts. Poetry Out Loud fosters a connection between all who participate. I've made connections with peers and mentors that will last for years to come."
Savannah Smith
2016 MT POL Champion