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NATIONAL FINALS

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Ahkei Togun (VA), "Bereavement" by William Lisle Bowles

Marta Palombo (GA), "Mingus at the Showplace" by William Matthews

Nicholas Amador (HI), "When I Heard the Learn'd Astronomer" by Walt Whitman

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53 high school students on risers pose for a group photo

Meet the 2015 Poetry Out Loud State Champions. [ Download hi-res ]

Young man posing in a candid photo with an adult man and woman

2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion Ahkei Togun with with Poetry Foundation President Henry Bienen and NEA Chairman Jane Chu [ Download hi-res ]

Ahkei Togun reciting at the microphone              Ahkei Togun reciting at the microphone

2016 Poetry Out Loud National Champion and Virginia State Champion Ahkei Togun.
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Marta palombo reciting at the microphone              Marta palombo reciting at the microphone

2016 Poetry Out Loud runner-up and Georgia State Champion Marta Palombo.
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Nicholas Amador reciting at the microphone              Nicholas Amador reciting at the microphone

2016 Poetry Out Loud third place finisher and Hawaii State Champion Nicholas Amador.
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Second-place winner Marta Palombo of Georgia, third-place winner Nicholas Amador of Hawaii, and Poetry Out Loud National Champion Ahkei Togun of Virginia at the Poetry Out Loud National Finals in Washington, DC. [ Download hi-res ]

SEMIFINALS

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SEMIFINAL 1

Sharese Acheampong (MD), "Poem About People" by Robert Pinsky

Ahkei Togun (VA), "I'm a Fool to Love You" by Cornelius Eady

Neely Seams (WV), "Passing" by Toi Dericott

SEMIFINAL 2

Marta Palombo (GA), "Mingus at the Showplace" by William Matthews

Kyla Rose Bates (LA), "The Way It Sometimes Is" by Henry Taylor

Wenmimareba Klobah Collins (PR), "Written by Himself" by Gregory Pardlo

SEMIFINAL 3

Nicholas Amador (HI), "Fishing on the Susquehanna" by Billy Collins

Savannah Smith (MT), "The Lamb" by Linda Gregg

Madison Heggins (TX), "Self Help" by Michael Ryan

Photos

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REGION 1

Sharese Acheampong at the microphone                Sharese Acheampong at the microphone          
Sharese Acheampong (MD) [ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]

Marta Palombo at the microphone              Ahkei Togun at the microphone           
Ahkei Togun (VA) [ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]

Neely Seams at the microphone             Neely Seams at the microphone       
Neely Seams (WV) [ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]

REGION 2

Marta Palombo at the microphone              Marta Palombo at the microphone          
Marta Palombo (GA) [ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]

Kyla Rose Bates at the microphone             Kyla Rose Bates at the microphone          
Kyla Rose Bates (LA) Marta Palombo (GA) [ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]

 Wenmimareba Klobah Collins at the microphone               Wenmimareba Klobah Collins at the microphone        
Wenmimareba Klobah Collins (PR) [ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]

REGION 3

Nicholas Amador at the microphone              Nicholas Amador at the microphone            
Nicholas Amador (HI) [ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]

Savannah Smith at the microphone              Savannah Smith at the microphone         
Savannah Smith (MT) [ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]

Madison Heggins at the microphone              Madison Heggins at the microphone          
Madison Heggins (TX)[ Download hi-res: vertical | horizontal ]