Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program and Competition

Celebrating 15 years of Nevada Poetry Out Loud

High School Students & Teachers – Register Now for 2020 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

The 15th 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 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 14 to compete in the Nevada State Final, held at the KNPB Studio.  The Nevada State Champion receives $200 and his/her school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books and to support literary programs. The Nevada State Champion will travel to Washington D.C. to compete at the national finals. A total of $50,000 in scholarship and school prizes will be awarded, including $20,000 to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

Download the registration form or contact Maryjane Dorofachuk, Arts Learning & POL State Coordinator, at mdorofachuk@nevadaculture.org or call 702.486.3738.

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 14, 2020 in Reno.

What Happened in 2019?

Nine counties participated in local and semi-final competitions in the 14th Annual Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program, with 26 schools represented and more than 3,500 students engaged at the local and state levels.  Vanessa Aponte, a senior at Legacy High School (North Las Vegas) , took first place at the State Finals. Noemi Valdez, a senior at Sparks High School won second place and Mikayla De Guzman, a senior at Elko High School took third.

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2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program

  Vanessa Aponte, a senior at Legacy High School in North Las Vegas, is the 2019 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Champion. Aponte received a $600 scholarship, and competed for $50,000 in scholarships and school prizes at the National Finals in Washington, D.C.  Sparks High School senior Noemi Valdez finished in second place and received a $450 scholarship, and Elko High School senior Mikalya de Guzman finished third and received a $350 scholarship. 2019 POL Program 

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


17203121_1481132338627304_1376412960261538969_nGabrielle 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 201620160325_pol 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 thepol2015 Arts and Poetry Foundation.  2015 POL Program.

2014 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program


christianwinner640x423On 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

Graciela Maya-Joseph, a senior at the Owyhee High School in Elko County, was named the Nevada State Champion and represented NevadaPOL 2013 at the National Finals in Washington D.C. Jennifer Simon, a senior at Pahrump Valley High School in Nye County, and Ralston Pedersen, a senior at Yerington High School in Lyon County, placed second and third. 2013 Program.

2012 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program

Mandy Titolo a senior at the College of Southern Nevada H2012polfinalsigh School West in Las Vegas, was named the Nevada State Champion and represented Nevada at the National Finals in Washington D.C. Graciela Maya-Joseph, a sophomore at Owyhee High School in Elko County, and Jennifer Simon a junior at Pahrump Valley High School in Nye County, placed second and third respectively. 2012 POL Program 

2011 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program

Emily Orellana, a senior at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno, was named the Nevada State Champion for the third year in a row, and represented Nevada at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. For the second year in a row, Orellana emerged as one of nine national finalists, receiving another $1,000 and $500 for the purchase of poetry books for her school. Sarah Japol_1stlady_fanalists_2011mieson, a senior at Churchill County High School won second place and Dani Cabot, a senior at the College of Southern Nevada High School West, took third. 2011 Program 

2010-2009 Nevada Poetry Out Loud Programs


2010 Poetry Out Loud
Emily Orellanaa 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

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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


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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