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Regional Contests

New Jersey holds six Regional Contests throughout the state in February to determine the twelve students who will compete at the NJ Poetry Out Loud State Finals.

2017 NJ Poetry Out Loud Regional Competitions:

Region 1
(Burlington, Camden, Gloucester,
Mercer & Salem counties)

Contest: Thurs., February 9
Rescheduled for Snow Date: Thurs., February 16
Location: Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts

Region 1 Champions:

Amos Koffa
, Burlington County Institute of Technology
Emily Li
, The Lawrenceville School

Contact: Noreen Scott-Garrity,
Associate Director of Education
ngarrity@camden.rutgers.edu | phone: 856.225.6306

Region 2
(Atlantic, Cape May & Cumberland counties)

Contest: Weds., February 15
Location: Levoy Theater
Snow Date: Tues., February 21

Region 2 Champions:

Francis Virtucio, Vineland High School
Peter Sparacio, Atlantic County Institute of Technology

Contact: Andrew Rivenbark,
andrew@levoy.net | phone: 856.327.6400, ext. 105

Region 3
(Middlesex, Monmouth & Ocean counties)

: Tues., February 7
Location: The Count Basie Theatre
Snow Date: Tues., February 14

Region 3 Champions:
Danyal Malik, Holmdel High School
Megan Brown, Ocean County Vocational Technical School*

*alternate for original finalist Shea Grant, Red Bank Regional High School

Contact: Yvonne Scudiery, Director of Education
ylamb@countbasietheatre.org | phone: 732.224.8778, ext. 106

Region 4
(Hunterdon, Morris, Somerset,
Sussex & Warren counties)

Contest: Mon., February 13
Rescheduled for Snow Date: Mon., February 27
Contest Location: Mayo Performing Arts Center

Region 4 Champions:

Victoria Fanning, Morristown High School
Mitra Sharif, Madison High School

Contact: Cathy Roy, Education Director
croy@mayoarts.org | phone: 973.539.0345


Region 5
(Essex & Union)

Contest: Weds., February 8
Snow Date: Weds., February 22
Location: South Orange Performing Arts Center

Region 5 Champions:

Zachary Olson, Summit High School
Arianna Diaz, Plainfield Academy of Arts and Advanced Studies

Contact: Linda Beard,
Director of Community Engagement
lindab@sopacnow.org | phone: 973.382.1035

Region 6
(Bergen, Hudson & Passaic)

Contest: Thurs., February 23
Snow Date: Tues., February 28
Location: Bergen Community College

Region 6 Champions

Breana Sena, Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School
Claire Choi, Northern Valley Regional High School at Old Tappan

Contact: Cynthia Forster,
Bergen County Division of Cultural & Historic Affairs
CForster@co.bergen.nj.us | phone: 201.336.7274

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