Poetry Out Loud

AmadorArts is proud to bring Poetry Out Loud to Amador County High Schools.

Students from all over California compete in Sacramento for the State POL Championship.

Poetry Out Loud (POL) is an extraordinary opportunity for high school students to learn great poetry, perform it, and win prizes—including a trip to Washington D.C. for the California State Champion to compete in the national finals. POL is a free program that helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage and compete for college scholarship funding.

The structure of Poetry Out Loud is similar to a spelling bee. This annual program starts in the fall with high school teachers using the free Poetry Out Loud teacher toolkit and related materials to teach poetry recitation and run classroom competitions. Poetry Out Loud does not require full class periods and can be completed in 2-3 weeks. Resources are available at www.poetryoutloud.org.

Following a pyramid structure, classroom winners advance to a school-wide competition. Each school’s champion then competes at the county level by mid-February, and county winners are treated to an unforgettable 2 days at the California Poetry Out Loud State Finals in Sacramento.

The State Finals competition selects one winner to represent California in the national competition. The California State winner receives $200 cash prize and an all expense paid trip to Washington D.C. Plus, their school receives $500 to purchase literary materials.

This year Hailey Dacier, county POL winner from Amador High, represented Amador County at the State Poetry Out Loud competition in Sacramento in March, 2018.