The fourteenth year of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest will occur statewide, with Nevada’s high schools participating.  Structured similarly to the National Spelling Bee, POL begins in communities throughout the state as high school-aged students in public, private, charter, home and virtual schools master public speaking skills, build self-confidence and learn about their literary heritage through the memorization of classic and contemporary poetry.

After district competitions, semi-finalists travel to Reno on March 16, 2019 to compete in the Nevada State Final. The Nevada State Champion receives $500 and his/her school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books and to support literary programs/residencies. The Student placing second receives $200 and $200 for their school while the third place student receives $100.

The Nevada State Champion will compete for the top scholarship prize of $20,000 and the title of Poetry Out Loud National Champion  at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, D.C., April 29 – May 1, 2019.  A total of $50,000 in scholarship and school prizes will be awarded.

Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with a teacher’s guide and multi-media resources located on a comprehensive website, all aligned to national standards – to augment regular poetry curriculum with poetry recitation and a school-level competition.  School-level recitation champions advance to their district competition. Each district semi-finalist and a chaperone will be reimbursed for their travel expenses to the Nevada State Finals on March 16, 2019 in Reno.

Nine counties participated in local and semi-final competitions in the thirteenth Annual Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program, with 27 schools represented and more than 3,683 students engaged at the local and state levels. KNPB Channel 5 hosted the Nevada State Finals. The audience was filled with families, friends and supporters from each county. KNPB Channel 5 produced a half-hour television special of the 2018 State Finals that has aired this summer and is featured on the station’s website.

Grey Hunt, a senior at Yerington High School, took first place at the State Finals, receiving $500, and competed for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the National Finals in Washington, D.C.  Her school received $500 for the purchase of poetry books and to support literary programs.  Mikayla De Guzman, a junior at Elko High School won second place and Sandra Luevano, a senior at East Career and Technical Academy (Las Vegas) took third.

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