The aim of Poetry Out Loud is to encourage the study and appreciation of great poetry. Students engaged in the program not only learn about their literary heritage but also build self-confidence through mastering public speaking skills. Now in its twelfth year of national competition, Poetry Out Loud has inspired millions of high school students to discover the beauty and brilliance of the literary canon.

More than 310,000 students from 2,300 high schools took part in the 2016–2017 Poetry Out Loud program.

2018 El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud

Beginning at the classroom level, winners will advance to the school-wide competition, county-wide finals, then to the state competition, and ultimately to the national finals in Washington, DC. El Dorado County High Schools are gearing up for another exciting year of Poetry Out Loud. The following High Schools have begun their preparations for the 2017-18 school year:

Charter University Prep

El Dorado High School

Golden Sierra High School

Independence High School

Oak Ridge High School

Ponderosa High School

Union Mine High School

2018 El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud Finals Announced

Friday, February 9, at 7 pm

Imagination Theater, 100 Placerville Drive, Placerville CA

2017 El Dorado County Poetry Out Loud

El Dorado County Champion, Zoey Eddy from Oak Ridge High School

Eddy went on to compete in the State Finals in Sacramento March 13 and 14, 2017

Photography by Karen Schmauz

L-R: Third Place, Alessandra Jester from Charter University Prep; First Place, Zoey Eddy from Oak Ridge High School; Second Place, Anna Salvestrin from Union Mine High School

Photography by Karen Schmauz

L-R: Olivia Robertson, Golden Sierra High School; Kaitlyn Stahl, Ponderosa High School; Anna Salvestrin, Union Mine High School; Kassidy Brown, El Dorado High School; Alessandra Jester, Charter University Prep; Zoey Eddy, Oak Ridge High School; Jesus Jimenez, Independence High School

Photography by Karen Schmauz

Jack Carman from Independence High School was honored during the County Finals as the first recipient of the Poetry Out Loud Outstanding Teacher Award. He was chosen by the Arts Council for inspiring creativity and fostering a deeper understanding of literature and poetry.

Photography by Karen Schmauz