March 8, 2017
Congratulations to Poetry Out Loud Washington state winner Addi Garner (above, center, in striped shirt), a junior at Anacortes High School, who took top honors with her recitations of Tarantulas on the Lifebuoy by Thomas Lux, Possible Answers to Prayer by Scott Cairns, and The Charge of the Light Brigade by Alfred, Lord Tennyson. Julian Dow, from Naches High School in Naches, was named Runner Up. Honorable Mentions were awarded to Lizette Harris, Life Christian Academy in Tacoma; Amir Matheney, Olympia High School in Olympia; and Drew Shipman, Mount Vernon High School in Mount Vernon.
Addi earned a $200 award and an all-expenses-paid trip for two to Washington, D.C., to compete in the National Poetry Out Loud competition to be held April 25-26. Her school receives a stipend of $500 to purchase poetry books.
The panel of judges at the 2017 state final included Sarah Brauner, a graduate student at the University of Puget Sound and student teacher at Stadium High School in Tacoma; Ginger Ewing, a Spokane arts advocate/organizer and ArtsWA board member; Paul Goudarzi-Fry, a senior at the University of Puget Sound; Priti Joshi, a professor of English at the University of Puget Sound; Tod Marshall, the 2016-18 Washington State Poet Laureate and Gonzaga University Humanities Professor; Christina Nguyen, the Youth Speaks Seattle and Teen Leadership Coordinator for Arts Corps; and Kris Tucker, former executive director of ArtsWA.