Join us online for the Poetry Out Loud State Competition!
South Dakota will crown a new Poetry Out Loud state champion later today during our live, virtual event. Seven students from across South Dakota will compete for the title, and their shot in the National Finals. Tune in at 2 pm CDT/1 pm MDT to see these talented students perform!
Watch on Youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3LWiN9_Da2s
Watch on Facebook https://www.facebook.com/SouthDakotaArts/live

Participating Students:
Brookings High School - Nancy Yang
Faith High School - Elora Gould
Lincoln H.S. - Kate Matthes
Lincoln H.S. - Daniel Bethke
Little Wound H.S. - Antonio Rojas
Washington H.S. - Rahele Megosha
West Central H.S. - Keira Heider

Important Dates:

Feb. 28 – video submissions uploaded to Youtube and competition forms submitted via email
March 8 – Notification of state finalists
March 15 – Virtual State Finals Competition
May 2 – National Semi-Finals (pre-recorded)
May 27 – National Finals (pre-recorded)

What is Poetry Out Loud?

A FREE program for high school students (grades 9-12) in both public and private schools that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more than $50,000 in awards.

Teachers: Learn about how to teach Poetry Out Loud in your classroom online at https://www.poetryoutloud.org/teachers-organizers/

Click the link to access the updated teacher's guide Teacher's Guide (PDF)

Poetry Out Loud Flyer (PDF)

Additional Resources:

Original Poetry Competition (PDF)

Recording guide for SD preliminary contest (PDF)

Common Core, NCTE Standards and Classroom Time

Poetry Out Loud satisfies more than half of the National Council of Teachers of English (NCTE) English Language Arts Standards and many of the Common Core State Standards in Reading and Language. The program guide includes optional lesson plans, and other elements teachers need to implement Poetry Out Loud easily into the classroom. The schedule and curriculum for Poetry Out Loud allows the program to take place over two to three weeks, according to each teacher’s interest and schedule, and will not require full class periods during that time. Find more information online at https://www.poetryoutloud.org/teachers-organizers/ncte-and-common-core-standards/

Prizes to state winners

State Champion: $200 cash and an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. for student and chaperone to compete at the POL National Finals for a $20,000 top prize! Trophies for student and school, $500 for school library to purchase poetry books.

Runner-up: $100 cash. $300 for school library to purchase poetry books. Student trophy.

Original Poetry students: $100 cash.

All state competitors receive SWAG.

To register your school

Contact: Rebecca Cruse
Email | Rebecca.Cruse@state.sd.us
Phone | 605-295-4052

To Learn more visit https://www.poetryoutloud.org/

POL 2019 Images

Champion Gage Gramlick, teacher Sara Klawonn, Lincoln High School. Runner-up Nancy Flaherty, teacher Kris O’Brien, Watertown High School.

Champion Gage Gramlick, teacher Sara Klawonn, Lincoln High School. Runner-up Nancy Flaherty, teacher Kris O’Brien, Watertown High School.

Original poetry winners three people in front of colorful banner.

2019 POL Original poetry winners Anna Bottesini, Vermillion High School; Natalie Kaufman, Vermillion High School; and Jada Anderson, Watertown High School.

Students who qualified for state recitation competition

2019 POL Qualifying Students

Qualifying Students and Teachers

2019 POL Qualifying Students and Teachers

National stage with people

Gage Gramlick on Atage at the National Finals with emcee, poet/author Elizabeth Acevedo.