2017 Poetry Out Loud Finalists Announced


JUNEAU, ALASKA – The Alaska State Council on the Arts (ASCA) and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council (JAHC) are pleased to announce the ten state finalists for the 2017 Alaska Poetry Out Loud Competition.  These ten students have progressed in competition at the classroom, school and regional levels, across Alaska.  Each student will represent their schools and communities at the Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Competition on Tuesday, March 7th in Juneau, Alaska @360 North.  The Alaska State Champion will then advance to the National Poetry Out Loud finals in Washington, DC in April.

Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Finalists for 2017:

  • Jania Tumey West Anchorage High School
  • Isabella Weiss Colony High School
  • Sarah Price North Pole High School
  • Elissa Koyuk Juneau Douglas High School
  • Juan Sarmiento Homer High School
  • Ashelyn Rude Glenallen School
  • Amanda Davison Anguiin School
  • Elisa Larson Petersburg School
  • Moriyah Lorentzen Tanalian School
  • Madeline Andriesen Haines School

Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.  In the 2016-2017 school year, Poetry Out Loud celebrates its twelfth anniversary, reaching millions of students from more than 7,300 schools nationwide.

This year, more than 3700 Alaska students grades 9-12 participated in Poetry Out Loud in their home communities.  ASCA and JAHC congratulate all these students for their work in memorization and recitation of poetry from the Poetry Out Loud Anthology.  We thank all of the teachers, librarians, school administrators, parents and community partners who support and encourage their students to participate.  Each of these supports helps students master public speaking skills, build self confidence, and learn about their literary heritage. Alaska Poetry Out Loud is presented in partnership with the Alaska State Council on the Arts, the Juneau Arts and Humanities Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Poetry Foundation, and schools and communities across the state of Alaska.


Contact: Amanda Filori, Alaska Poetry Out Loud Coordinator
Juneau Arts and Humanities Council
350 Whittier St. Juneau, AK 99801
(907) 586-5099 | pol@jahc.org
Alaska State Poetry Out Loud Website: www.jahc.org/poetry-out-loud