Nine students stand outside with their arms around one another with one student holding up a Poetry Out Loud sign in the back.

The nine 2018 Poetry Out Loud national finalists before the competition. Clockwise from far left: Matías Coss Hernández (Puerto Rico), Kiara A Jones (Kentucky), Sophia Weinzinger (Arizona), Nicholas Amador (Hawaii), Xiadi Zhai (Massachusetts), Hope Stratman (Nebraska), Janae Claxton (South Carolina), Vera Escaja-Heiss (Vermont), and Maria Modi Tuya (North Dakota).