The New Jersey Poetry Out Loud State will take place on Thursday, March 9th, 2017, at the Mayo Concert Hall, Center for the Arts, The College of New Jersey, Ewing, NJ (same place as 2016). State Finalists will need to check in at 9 AM. The contest will begin at 10 AM.
Twelve State Finalists will compete.
2016. The National Finalist will be awarded a first prize of $20,000 as well as $5,000 for his or her school to buy poetry books.
PAST STATE CHAMPIONS:
Celeste Sena, 2016 NJPOL State Champion: Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City
Beatrice Dimaculangan, 2015 NJPOL State Champion and Semi-Finalist: Jonathon Dayton High School, Springfield
Natasha Vargas, 2014 NJPOL State Champion and Third Place National Finalist:
Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville
Kavita Oza, 2013 NJPOL State Champion and National Finalist: The Peddie School, Hightstown
Kristen Tsuo, 2012 NJPOL State Champion and National Finalist Honorable Mention: The Lawrence School, Lawrenceville
Clarissa Lotson, 2011 NJPOL State Champion: West Orange High School, West Orange
Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid, 2010 NJPOL State Champion: Arts High School, Newark
Ijeoma Egekeze, 2009 NJPOL State Champion: Piscataway High School, Piscataway
Allison Strong, 2008 NJPOL State Champion and National Finalist: Union Hill High School, Union City
Naja Selby, 2007 NJPOL State Champion and National Finalist: Arts High School, Newark
Teika Chapman, 2006 NJPOL State Champion: Trenton High School, Trenton