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The 2023 Poetry Out Loud National Finals are planned to be held May 8-10th in Washington, DC. The NEA and Poetry Foundation are committed to ensuring the safety and welfare of participants and attendees. We monitor local community health information and update our practices to align with CDC and Safer Federal Workforce guidance as appropriate.

State/Territory Date Winner & School/Org
Alabama March 3, 2023 Emily Biaz- Auburn High School
Alaska March 20, 2023 Brigitta Ta’aga- West Anchorage High School
American Samoa March 17, 2023 Hazel Leo- Iakina Adventist Academy High School
Arizona March 11, 2023 Biruni Hariadi- Gary K. Herberger Young Scholars Academy
Arkansas March 11, 2023 Drew Pirtle- Arkansas School for Mathematics, Sciences, and the Arts
California March 19-20, 2023 Alex Yue- John F. Kennedy High School
Colorado March 1, 2023 Hana Kebede- Overland High School
Connecticut March 11, 2023 WM Leete- Weston High School
Delaware March 2, 2023 Maiss Hussein- Hodgson Vo-Tech High School
District of Columbia March 12, 2023 Warwick Lloyd- St. Anselm’s Abbey School
Florida March 11, 2023 Yan Luis Lebron- Howard Blake High School
Georgia March 14, 2023 Molly Pitra- St. Pius X Catholic High School
Hawaii February 26, 2023 Irene Zhong- Punahou School
Idaho March 18, 2023 Liam Peterson- Mountain Home High School
Illinois March 13, 2023 Yohanna Endashaw- Niles West High School
Indiana March 4, 2023 Sreepadaarchana Munjuluri- Indiana Humanities
Iowa March 5, 2023 Lydia Newsome- Waterloo West High School
Kansas March 11, 2023 Victoria Jelks- Horton High School
Kentucky March 1, 2023 Sarah Gamble- Allen County-Scottsville High School
Louisiana March 4, 2023 Camilla Howell- Zachary High School
Maine March 13, 2023 Abigail Case- Hermon High School
Maryland March 18, 2023 Madison Harris- Indian Creek High School
Massachusetts March 12, 2023 Jaden Danica Riley- John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science
Michigan March 3-4, 2023 Glenn Doss- Melvindale High School
Minnesota February 24, 2023 Stella Wright- Robbinsdale Armstrong High School
Mississippi March 9, 2023 Edward Wilson- Jackson Preparatory School
Missouri March 9, 2023 Nick Merlo- Crossroads College Preparatory School
Montana March 11, 2023 Wica-ta-wi Brown- Polson High School
Nebraska March 12, 2023 Amelia Escalante- Bellevue West High School
Nevada March 11, 2023 Ashlee Sandoval- Elko High School 
New Hampshire March 17, 2023 Ella Weinmann- Conant High School
New Jersey March 6, 2023 Lydia Smith- Henry Hudson Regional School
New Mexico March 5, 2023 Rutendo Musharu- United World College-USA
New York March 11, 2023 James Masson- Syosset High School
North Carolina February 25, 2023 Abby Sullivan- Weaver Academy for the Performing & Visual Arts
North Dakota February 27, 2023 Gabrielle Johnson- Minot High School
Ohio March 10, 2023 Hiba Loukssi- Xenia High School
Oklahoma March 7, 2023 AdaLynn Anderson- Lawton High School
Oregon March 11, 2023 Kari Morgan- Oregon School for the Deaf
Pennsylvania March 13, 2023 Peachy Lee- Lancaster Country Day School
Puerto Rico March 10, 2023 Amir Trinidad Vidal- Saint John’s School
Rhode Island March 12, 2023 Natasha Connolly- Classical High School
South Carolina March 4, 2023 Catherine Wooten- Westgate Christian School
South Dakota March 20, 2023 Grace Powell- Dakota Valley High School
Tennessee March 4, 2023 Megan Ammons- Harding Academy of Memphis
Texas March 11, 2023 Mariam Botana de Armas- Northside School of Innovation, Technology, and Entrepreneurship 
Utah March 15, 2023 Aeva Dye-DelToro- Dixie High School
Vermont March 16, 2023 Greer Kennedy- St. Johnsbury Academy
Virgin Islands March 11, 2023 Annelia Graham- St. Croix 7th Day Adventist School
Virginia March 10, 2023 Evalynn Bogusz- Heritage High School
Washington March 11, 2023 Matthew Valentine- Olympia High School
West Virginia March 11, 2023 Morgan Sprouse- Bridgeport High School
Wisconsin March 4, 2023 Riley Saenim- The Prairie School
Wyoming March 6, 2023 Elora Umbach- Penn Foster High School

State Finals

Find your state’s Poetry Out Loud coordinator here.