High School Students & Teachers – Register Now!

Celebrating 15 years of Nevada Poetry Out Loud! The 2020 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 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, 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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