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2014 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

On April 29, Christian Schunke, a senior at Yerington High School, was one of 53 students who walked on stage at the Lisner Auditorium in Washington, D.C., to participate in the 2014 Poetry Out Loud National Finals. He and his fellow competitors advanced from a field of more than 365,000 students who tested their skills in poetry recitation across the country. Though he didn’t advance to the semifinals, Nevada’s State Champion Schunke recited his poems with ease and presence.


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2013 Program

2013 Nevada Poetry Out Loud
 
Thirteen counties out of Nevada’s sixteen with high schools participated in local and semi-final competitions in the Eighth Annual Nevada Poetry Out Loud Program, with 40 schools represented and more than 2,600 students engaged at the local and state levels. The Whitney Peak Hotel in downtown Reno hosted the Nevada State Finals in its popular music hall, Cargo. The audience was filled with families, friends and supporters from each county.
 
KNPB Channel 5 produced a half-hour television special of the 2013 State Finals that has aired throughout the year and is featured on the station’s website. Click to view this KNPB television special.
 
Graciela Maya-Joseph,
a senior at the Owyhee High School in Elko County, was named the Nevada State Champion and represented Nevada at the National Finals in Washington D.C. Maya-Joseph received $1,000 and $1,000 was awarded to her school for the purchase of poetry books. Jennifer Simon, a senior at Pahrump Valley High School in Nye County, and Ralston Pedersen, a senior at Yerington High School in Lyon County, placed second and third. Both receive $500 each, with $500 for their respective schools.  



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 2012 Program 

2012 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Thirteen counties out of sixteen with high schools participated in local and semi-final competitions in the Seventh Annual Poetry Out Loud Program, with 39 schools represented and more than 2,200 students engaged at the local and state levels. The State Finals, at Cargo in CommRow, was filled with families, friends and supporters from each county.
 
Mandy Titolo, a senior at the College of Southern Nevada High School West in Las Vegas, was named the Nevada State Champion and represented Nevada at the National Finals in Washington D.C. Titolo received $1,000 and $1,000 was awarded to her school for the purchase of poetry books. Graciela Maya-Joseph, a sophomore at Owyhee High School in Elko County, and Jennifer Simon a junior at Pahrump Valley High School in Nye County, placed second and third respectively. Both receive $500 each, with $500 for their respective schools. 



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2011 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Fifteen counties out of sixteen with high schools participated with local and semi-final competitions in the Sixth Annual Poetry Out Loud Program, with 45 schools represented and more than 2,500 students engaged at the local and state levels. The State Finals, at the Knitting Factory in Reno, was filled with families, friends and supporters from each county. 
 
Emily Orellana, a senior at Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno, was named the Nevada State Champion for the third year in a row, and represented Nevada at the National Finals in Washington, D.C. For the second year in a row, Orellana emerged as one of nine national finalists, receiving another $1,000 and $500 for the purchase of poetry books for her school. Sarah Jamieson, a senior at Churchill County High School won second place and Dani Cabot, a senior at the College of Southern Nevada High School West, took third. Each received $500, with $1,000 for her school. All participating school districts reported favorable outcomes, and the students who participated at the State Finals demonstrated exceptional levels of confidence, talent, and artistry. 


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2010 POL Program 

2010 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Emily Orellana, a sophomore from Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno (center), Wasoe County ,was named the Nevada State Champion for hte second year in a row.



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2009 POL Program 


2009 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Emily Orellana from Rainshadow Community Charter High School in Reno (center), Washoe County, with Miss Nevada 2008, Julianna Erdesz (right) and Jill Berryman of Sierra Arts Foundation (left). Photo by Justin Sullivan

 




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2008 POL Progam 

2008 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Lainey Henderson of Carson High School recites “Since There is No Escape” by Sarah Teasdale to garner a position at the national competition. Photo by David Chapman. 



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2007 POL Program 

2007 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

Jake Reid of Douglas County High School recites two poems, “The Secret of the Machines” by Rudyard Kipling and “Walking Down Park” by Nikki Giovanni. 

 



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 2006 POL Program

2006 Nevada Poetry Out Loud

2006 Nevada state champion Gibran Baydoun of Green Valley High School performs "Do Not Go Gentle Into That Good Night" by Dylan Thomas © James Kegley