THE 2019 NEVADA POETRY OUT LOUD DISTRICT AND STATE FINAL COMPETITIONS
More than 3,500 high school-aged students from Nevada’s public, private, charter, parochial and alternative schools and home school associations participated in the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program. Focusing on our rich literary heritage through memorization and performance of classic and contemporary poetry, Nevada Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Nevada Arts Council, presented in partnership with The National Endowment for the Arts, The Poetry Foundation, NV Energy, Nevada Department of Education, Nevada School Districts, and KNPB.
After participating at the school and/or district level, semi-finalists traveled to Reno on March 16 for the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud State Finals at KNPB Channel 5 studios in Reno.
Vanessa Aponte, a senior at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, is the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Champion.
Aponte receives a $600 scholarship and will now move on to represent Nevada in the National Poetry Out Loud competition April 30 to May 1 in Washington, D.C. The National Champion receives $20,000, with a total of $50,000 in scholarship and school prizes awarded.
Sparks High School senior Noemi Valdez finished in second place and receives a $450 scholarship, and Elko High School senior Mikalya de Guzman finished third and receives a $350 scholarship.
Poetry Out Loud is a program of the Nevada Arts Council, The state finals were recorded by KNPB and a 30-minute program will be televised in the weeks ahead.
The Nevada State Champion heads to Washington, D.C., to compete at the 14th Poetry Out Loud National Finals, April 29 – May 1, 2019.
2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Champion – Clark County: Vanessa Aponte, Senior, Legacy High School
2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Second Place – Washoe County: Noemi Valdez, Senior, Sparks High School
2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Third Place – Elko County: Mikayla De Guzman, Senior, Elko High School
Carson City: Marion Haffey, Junior, Carson High School
Clark County: Vanessa Aponte, Senior, Legacy High School
Douglas High School: Shannon Bunn, Senior, Douglas High School
Elko County: Mikayla De Guzman, Senior, Elko High School
Lincoln High School, Trevor Frank, Junior, Lincoln County High School (unable to compete due to illness)
Lyon High School, Haylie Mikkelsen, Junior, Yerington High School
Storey County: Shiann Loncar, Virginia City High School
Washoe County: Noemi Valdez, Senior, Sparks High School
White Pine County: Kaelyn Roman, Freshman, White Pine High School
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 of Carson 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