The fourteenth year of the Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Contest is kicking into high gear. Again, Nevada Poetry Out Loud (POL) 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.
WHAT DO TEACHERS GET?
Starting at the classroom level, teachers are provided with a teacher’s guide and multi-media resources located on a comprehensive website, http://www.poetryoutloud.org 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.
WHAT HAPPENED IN 2018
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.
Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Nevada Arts Council, presented in partnership with Nevada Department of Education, KNPB Channel 5, National Endowment for the Arts, and The Poetry Foundation.
2018 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
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. 2018 POL Program.
2017 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
Gabrielle Hunt, a Yerington High School junior, was named Nevada’s 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the 12th Annual Nevada State Finals, held in the KNPB Channel 5 studio on March 11, 2017. Elko High School junior Cache Black placed second, and Douglas County High School junior Lea Gifford finished third. 2017 POL Program
2016 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
Mikalya Bates, a senior at Elko High School in Elko County, was named Nevada’s 2016 Poetry Out Loud State Champion at the 11th Annual Nevada State Finals at KNPB Studios in Reno. She received $1,000, an all-expense-paid trip for her and her chaperone to attend the National Finals in Washington, D.C. and $1,000 for her school for the purchase of poetry books and/or literary programs. Gabrielle Hunt, a sophomore at Yerington High School, and Vanessa Blackwell, a senior at Douglas High School, placed second and third. 2016 POL Program.
2015 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
Nevada Poetry Out Loud Champion Dominique Groffman traveled to Washington D.C. at the endof April to represent the Silver State at the 2015 National Finals. The Douglas County High School senior advanced to the third round of competition in her semifinals as one of 24 regional finalists. Although Groffman did not continue on to the finals, she received a personalized plaque from the National Endowment for the Arts and Poetry Foundation. 2015 POL Program.
2014 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
On April 29, Christian Schunke, a senior at Yerington High School, was one of 53 students who walked on stage at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. Although Christian didn’t advance to the semifinals, Nevada’s State Champion Schunke recited his poems with ease and presence. 2014 POL Program
2013 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
2012 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
2011 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program
2010-2009 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Programs
2010 Poetry Out Loud
Emily Orellana, a sophomore from Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno (center), Wasoe County ,was named the Nevada State Champion for a second year in a row. 2010 POL Program
2009 Poetry Out Loud
Emily Orellana from Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno (center), Washoe County, with Miss Nevada 2008, Julianna Erdesz (right) and Jill Berryman of Sierra Arts Foundation (left). 2009 POL Program
2008-2006 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Programs
2008 Nevada Poetry Out Loud
Lainey Henderson oCarson High School recites “Since There is No Escape” by Sarah Teasdale to garner a position at the national competition. 2008 POL Program
2007 Nevada Poetry Out Loud
Jake Reid of Douglas County High School recites two poems, “The Secret of the Machines” by Rudyard Kipling and “Walking Down Park” by Nikki Giovanni. 2007 POL Program
2006 Nevada Poetry Out Loud
Gibran Baydoun Green Valley High School performs “Do Not Go Gentle Into the Night”by Dylan Thomas. 2006 POL Program.
NAC STAFF ASSISTANCE
- Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning Program Coordinator Southern Office 702.486.3738 or email