Regional Poetry Out Loud winners Mila Fuentes and Isaac Lu
Fuentes and Lu will advance to the state-wide competition, which will be held on March 2, in Tacoma.
The state winner receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete for the national championship. The state winner’s school receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. The runner-up in the state competition receives $100, with $200 for his or her school library. Additionally, $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends are awarded to the winners at the national finals.
The regional competition, presented by ESD 112, in partnership with the Washington State Arts Commission, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition. Since beginning in 2005, more than 3 million students and 50,000 teachers from 10,000 high schools across the country have participated.