Poetry Out Loud State Finals -- This Sunday!

by:  Thom Dunn at 03/05/2014

Twenty-four students from across the state advanced from the four regional Poetry Out Loud semi-finals this past weekend to compete in the State Final competition on Sunday, March 9 at the Old South Meeting House. Here are the finalists:

Sabrine Accime, Meridian Academy
Emma Adler, Monument Mountain Regional High School
Michelle Beaulieu, Masconomet Regional High School
Tara Brownson, Dracut Senior High School
Lily Bunyea, Barnstable High School
Naomi Cope, Ralph C. Mahar Regional High School
Erica Curtin, Norwell High School
Lilah Drafts-Johnson, Melrose High School
Fitzgerald Eloi, Malden High School
Angel Ezeh, Salem Academy Charter School
Eli Gold, Mt. Everett Regional High School
Lauren Hart, Dartmouth High School


Erin Hebert, Holyoke High School
Danielle Hill, Rockland High School
Stephanie Igharosa, Randolph High School (2012 State Champion)
Darbie Jean Baptiste, John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics & Science
Darlande Joseney, Avon Middle High School
Sam Meyers, Amherst Regional High School
Meredith Omer, Acton-Boxborough Regional High School
Olivia Paulo, Tyngsborough High School
Micayla Rivin, Needham High School
Ashti Shah, Advanced Math & Science Academy Charter School
Nicole Smith, Whitman-Hanson Regional High School
Courtney Stewart, Springfield Central High School (2013 State Champion)

The 2014 Poetry Out Loud MA State Finals begin at 9:30am. The event is free and open to the public, and will feature a performance by 2013 POL National Champion Langston Ward from the state of Washington, a current student at Harvard University. We hope to see you there!

POL Champ, 2013Sabrina Accime (Top 6, left) and Micayla Rivin (2nd Runner Up, right) look on as Courtney Stewart (center)
reacts to being named the 2013 Massachusetts Poetry Out Loud Champion. Photo credit: David Marshall.


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