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State and National Finals

Out of 55 state and jurisdictional champions who competed in the national semifinals, nine high school students are advancing to the Poetry Out Loud national finals, which will be webcast on Thursday, May 27, 2021 at 7:00 p.m. ET at arts.gov/poetry-out-loud. Actor and writer Shaun Taylor-Corbett will host an evening of recitations by the top nine finalists, with live interviews with the students and the announcement of the 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Champion. 

The 2021 Poetry Out Loud National Finalists are:

More information on the National Finals can be found here.

 For more information on holding virtual competitions, please visit the Organizing a Contest page.

State Finals

Find your state’s Poetry Out Loud coordinator here.

State/Territory Date Winner & School/Org
Alabama February 22 Soojin Park, Auburn HS
Alaska March 15 Asya Gipson, West Anchorage HS
American Samoa March 12 Audrey-Rose Sevaaetasi, Samoana HS
Arizona March 15 Aliyah Chutkan, Xavier College Preparatory
Arkansas March 13 Katelyn Doyne, Mills University Studies HS
California March 15 Delali Bruce, Homeschool
Colorado March 13 Aidyn Reid, Fountain Valley School
Connecticut March 13 Shermya Dover-John, The Ethel Walker School
Delaware March 3 Rebecca Wisniewski, Milford Senior HS
District of Columbia March 9 Saquoya Gorham, Duke Ellington School for the Arts
Florida March 6 Flavia Nunez, School for Advanced Studies
Georgia March 13 Karma Hudnall, DeKalb School of the Arts
Guam Tristha Garcia, Saint Paul Christian School
Hawaii March 7 Taylor Cozloff, Kamehameha Schools Kapalama
Idaho March 8 True Leavitt, Xavier Charter School
Illinois March 8 Catherine Herrera, Taft HS
Indiana March 10 Lucia Walker, Bloomington HS South
Iowa March 5 Elijah Thiessen, Marshalltown HS
Kansas March 10 Garrett McLaughlin, Shawnee Mission West HS
Kentucky March 2 Emma Robison, Allen County Scottsville HS
Louisiana March 6 Jacob Simmons, Covington HS
Maine March 15 Emily Paruk, Gorham HS
Maryland March 9 Kate Maerten, Gerstell Academy
Massachusetts March 14 Rose Hansen, Norwell HS
Michigan March 11 Madison Ganzak, Roosevelt HS
Minnesota March 11 Sophie Keuther, Columbia Heights HS
Mississippi March 5 Morgan Love, Mississippi School of the Arts
Missouri March 11 Madeline Mills, Notre Dame de Sion
Montana March 12 Brady L. Drummond, Belt HS
Nebraska March 12 Alexandra Zaleski, Skutt Catholic HS
Nevada March 11 Eakjot Sekhon, Robert McQueen HS
New Hampshire March 12 Lilla Bozek, Newmarket HS
New Jersey March 16 Lilian Myers, Cinnaminson HS
New Mexico March 14 Zoe Sloan Callan, Native American Community Academy
New York March 13 Zaida Polanco, White Plains HS
North Carolina February 20 Meziah Smith, Knightdale HS
North Dakota March 10 Kylie Howatt, Northern Cass HS
Ohio March 5 Monserrat Tlauhel Flores, St. Francis DeSales HS
Oklahoma March 4 Stephanie Thanscheidt, Bethany HS
Oregon March 13 Tabarjah Neal, Oregon Charter Academy
Pennsylvania March 8 Taha Vahanvaty, Stroudsburg Area School District
Puerto Rico March 11 Matías Coss-Hernández, University of Puerto Rico HS
Rhode Island March 15 Virginia Keister. Chariho Regional HS
South Carolina March 12 Emily Allison, South Carolina Children’s Theatre
South Dakota March 15 Rahele Megosha, Washington HS
Tennessee March 12 Kendall Grimes, Battle Ground Academy
Texas February 24 Samuel  Eluemunoh, St. Mark’s School of Texas
Utah March 10 Brynne Burgess, Legacy Preparatory Academy North
Vermont March 15 Irén Hangen Vázquez, Burr and Burton Academy
Virgin Islands March 15 Kaden Hughes, Antilles School
Virginia March 12 Azhane Pollard, Hopewell HS
Washington March 16 Lucy Shainin, Anacortes HS
West Virginia Benjamin Long, Notre Dame HS
Wisconsin March 6 Lauren Broman, Wrightstown HS
Wyoming Raylene Jones, Natrona County HS