National Finals

The 2019 National Finals will be held April 30-May 1, 2019 at the Lisner Auditorium at The George Washington University. Check back closer to the date for more information.

Tuesday, April 30 - Semifinals - Lisner Auditorium

Semifinals are free and open to all to attend. No tickets required.

9:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 1

East Central and Northeast

DE, OH, SC, VA, NJ, RI, DC, VT, PA, MD, NY, NC, MA, ME, NH, CT, WV, USVI


1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 2

Midwest and South Central

FL, WI, PR, LA, TN, MI, IA, KY, NE, GA, MS, MO, IL, OK, AR, IN, AL, KS


5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Semifinal: Region 3

Upper Northwest and West

UT, AZ, MT, AK, WA, ND, TX, HI, NM, CO, MN, ID, WY, NV, SD, OR, CA


Please Note: The recitation order within each region is determined by a random process. The random recitation order will be honored for all three rounds of competition at the semifinals.

Wednesday, May 1 - National Finals

Free and open to the public. No tickets required.

7:00 p.m. - 9:15 p.m. National Finals at Lisner Auditorium


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What People are Saying

"I was surprised by the wide variety of people who participate in the event. I didn't expect to meet so many great people and be able to share this experience with them!"
Anthony Plummer
2018 ID POL Champ