Poetry Out Loud Maine State Finals

2017 Poetry Out Loud Maine State Finals

The Maine State Finals will be held on March 13, 2017 at the Waterville Opera House, 93 Main Street, Waterville. The snow date is March 14, 2017. Doors open to the public at 2:30 p.m. and the event begins at 3:00 p.m. No tickets are required. The event is free and all are welcome to attend. We anticipate that the event will conclude by approximately 5:00 p.m. 

Participant Schedule for the State Finals
Poetry Out Loud State Finals Official Program  

Directions and Parking

Parking for the Opera House is available on Main Street, Common Street and in large public lots directly behind Main Street (to the west). School bus parking is available in the Head of Falls parking lot off Front Street along the river and near the Two Cent Bridge (see below). A map of Waterville, with the Opera House indicated on it, is available at http://www.operahouse.org/Contact/.

School bus drop off and parking: Take Exit 130 of I-95. Proceed down Main Street to one-way section of the City. Take a left on Common Street (short block). Take left on Front Street and proceed on this one-way street to the next right.  You will see the Opera House on left and the river/Head of Falls parking lot on right.  Passengers can be dropped off at the elevator next to handicap parking in the Opera House/City Hall parking lot.


Student Eligibility

All student reciters at the state and national finals must be U.S. citizens or permanent residents with a valid tax identification or Social Security number. Please complete the Student Eligibility Form and return it to Argy Nestor via email (vog.eniam@rotsen.ygra) or fax (207-287-2725) by Tuesday, March 7.

Student Eligibility Form (PDF)

Student Eligibility Form (Word)  

Inclement Weather

In the event of inclement weather anywhere in the state on March 13, please call 207-287-2713 for a message concerning the status of the event. We will also contact you via email as early as a decision can be made. The snow date for this event is March 14 at the same time and place.


Poem Criteria

At the regional, state and national finals, students must have three poems prepared to recite. One poem must be 25 lines or fewer and one must be written before the 20th century. The same poem may be used to meet both criteria and may be the student’s third poem. All poems must be selected from the national POL anthology. Additionally, all poems in the Poetry Out Loud print anthology, which has not been updated for a few years, are also eligible for competition regardless of whether or not they are included in the online anthology. Neither the Maine Arts Commission nor the Poetry Out Loud national office has hard copies of the print anthology available for distribution. At the state finals, students are required to recite the same poems in the same order as their recitations at the regional finals.


Competition Structure

The state finals competition will have three rounds of recitation by ten regional champions who have advanced from the two regional finals (northern and southern). The recitations for all three rounds will commence in a randomly selected order that is listed below. After two rounds, five of the student participants will be selected to continue as state finalists to the third round based on the cumulative scores of their first two poems. After the third and final round, a cumulative score of all three poems will be used to determine the Maine state champion and the Maine state runner-up.

Rankings will be based solely on the evaluation sheets submitted by the judges. In the event of a tie, the tied student with the highest overall performance score will win; if that also results in a tie, the highest accuracy score will be considered the tiebreaker.

Four judges, including one accuracy judge, will be present at state finals. Additionally, a prompter (seated in the front row) will have a notebook with each poem and the students can look to the prompter if they forget a word or line.

The Maine state champion will receive $200 and a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books for to the winner’s school. The runner-up will receive $100 and $200 for his or her school library. The state champion will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip (with a chaperone) to compete in the National Finals in Washington, D.C. on April 24-26, 2017. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals will award a total of $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with a $20,000 college scholarship provided to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

2017 State Final Random Recitation Order

Emma Beyor, Grade 12, Erskine Academy
Kate Hodgson, Grade 12, Camden Hills Regional High School
Amran Mahamed, Grade 11, Deering High School
Skyler Vaughn, Grade 12, The Maine Girls’ Academy
Arielle Leeman, Grade 12, Morse High School
Antyna Gould, Grade 12, Medomak Valley High School
Gabrielle Cooper, Grade 12, Gardiner Area High School
Natalie Lisnet, Grade 12, Bangor High School
Jordan Bryant, Grade 10, Greely High School
Sabrina Small, Grade 12, Maine Coast Waldorf School


Competition Resources

The Scoring Rubric, Accuracy Score Sheet, Contest Evaluation Sheet, and Evaluation Criteria and Tips are available under Contest Resources at www.poetryoutloud.org/competition/organizing-a-contest.


Other helpful resources available on the national POL website are the following pages: Watch VideoTips on Reciting and Listen to Poetry. To view the 2016 POL National Finals, click here.

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