Wyoming Arts Council

Wyoming Poetry Out Loud Champion to Compete in National Finals

Lauren Haiar of Sundance Secondary School will join 52 other champions from around the country this week in Washington D.C. These talented youth are set to compete in the 2017 Poetry Out Loud National Finals.

Wyoming champ Lauren Haiar competing at the state finals.

The 53 state champions will gather at the Poetry Out Loud semifinals on Tuesday, April 25, 2017, from 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. MST at the Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University. Nine finalists will advance to the national finals, also held at the Lisner Auditorium, on Wednesday, April 26 from 5:00 to 7:15 p.m. You can watch a live webcast of the competition at arts.gov.

Haiar is grouped in the Region 3 Seminfinals, and will be competing at 3:00 p.m. MST on Tuesday. She is matched against champions from Washington, North Dakota, Texas, Hawaii, New Mexico, Alaska, Colorado, South Dakota, Oregon, Utah, Minnesota, Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada and Arizona.

Web users can also follow the national finals on Twitter via @PoetryOutLoud and the hashtag #POL2017.

Poetry Out Loud is a program that encourages the nation’s youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and performance. Developed by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, Poetry Out Loud is a free contest for high-school students (grades 9-12) in both public and private schools. It serves every state and the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, and the District of Columbia. The Wyoming Arts Council is proud to support and administer this program in the Cowboy State. Click here to learn more about the program.

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