Webcast of the National Semifinals and Finals: April 25–26, 2017

Young woman at the microphone caught in a dramatic moment in her recitation

The Poetry Out Loud National Finals have concluded.

Enjoy this live, one-time only webcast of the Poetry Out Loud semifinals and finals. The 53 state champions will gather at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. ET at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University in Washington, DC. Nine finalists will advance to the national finals, also held at the Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, April 26 from 7:00 to 9:15 p.m. ET. Both events will be webcast live. Live captioning will be available.


National Champion
Samara Elán Huggins (GA)

Second Place
Nicholas Amador (HI)

Third Place
Iree Mann (NY)


Region 1

Rose-Darla Pascal (MA)
Randolph High School

Amos Koffa (NJ)
Burlington County Institute of Technology

Iree Mann (NY)
Syosset High School

Region 2

Samara Elán Huggins (GA)
Whitefield Academy

Mariah L. Brooks (IL)
Springfield Southeast High School

Emily Bauer (MO)
Parkway West High School

Region 3

Nicholas Amador (HI)
Punahou School

Anna Kochevar (MN)
Arcadia Charter School

Madison Lukomski (SD)
Lincoln High School

Program Booklet | Live captioning


You don't have to be in DC to take part in the thrill of competition. Host a viewing party in your community to watch the live webcast and learn more about the art of poetry.