Poetry Out Loud, a free national program sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, encourages high school students across the country to learn about great works of classic and contemporary poetry through memorization and recitation. Not only do they share their interpretation and delivery of poetry; they also vie for awards and scholarships totaling $50,000.
Congratulations to our 2016 State Champion,
Celeste Sena of Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School!
Be sure to cheer Celeste on as she competes in the National Finals on May 3 & 4.
The 53 state champions will gather at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on Tuesday, May 3, 2016, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. EDT at the Lisner Auditorium at the George Washington University in Washington, DC. Nine finalists will advance to the National Finals, also held at the Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, May 4, from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. EDT. Both events will be webcast live with live captioning.