2015 State Champion Hannah Sturgis
to Represent Delaware in National Finals of Poetry Out Loud

Hannah Sturgis

Hannah Sturgis, a sophomore from POLYTECH High School, won Delaware’s Poetry Out Loud state competition on February 24, 2015, held at the Smyrna Opera House. Sturgis’ recitations of “Snake Oil, Snake Bite,” by Dilruba Ahmed; “The Applicant,” by Sylvia Plath; and “Battle-Hymn of the Republic,” by Julia Ward Howe earned her high marks with the judges. The first runner-up was Kate Goorland from Ursuline Academy, and the second runner-up was Eden Negusse from Glasgow High School.

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For her winning presentation, Hannah Sturgis will receive $200 and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, DC, with a chaperone to compete for the national championship on April 27-29, 2015. POLYTECH High School will receive a $500 stipend for the purchase of poetry books. Kate Goorland, the first runner-up will receive $100, and $200 goes to Ursuline Academy for the purchase of poetry books.

Walmart provided $25 gift cards for all sixteen student finalists and their teachers. At the National Finals, The Poetry Foundation will be awarding up to $50,000 in scholarships and school stipends, with a $20,000 college scholarship awarded to the Poetry Out Loud National Champion.

The state Poetry Out Loud competition, sponsored by the Delaware Division of the Arts in partnership with the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation, is part of a national program that encourages high school students to learn about great poetry through memorization, performance, and competition.

Click here for a WDDE91.1FM interview with Hannah Sturgis.

2015 POL Winners with Dignitaries

Front: Delaware Division of the Arts Director Paul Weagraff, Kate Goorland, Hannah Sturgis, Eden Negusse, Delaware Poet Laureate JoAnn Balingit, Delaware State Arts Council Chair Lise Monty. Back: Andrew S.K. Dingwall, Kana Turley, Brianne Gray, Caitlin Mannering, Jessica Pigeon, Shannon Murray, Jake Sheir, Jarinat Sola-Rufai, Hannah Duffy, Frank Thomson, Genevieve Hahn. Not shown: Reanna Virginia Skinner, Gustavo Silveira.
Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

2015 POL Winners

Left to right: Kate Goorland, Hannah Sturgis, and Eden Negusse
Photo by Kathleen Buckalew

2015 Poetry Out Loud - High School Finalists

Andrew S.K. Dingwall, Wilmington Christian School
Hannah Duffy, Sanford School
Kate Goorland, Ursuline Academy
Brianne Gray, Seaford Senior High School
Genevieve Hahn, Mount Sophia Academy
Caitlin Mannering, St. Mark’s High School
Shannon Murray, Padua Academy
Eden Negusse, Glasgow High School
Jessica Pigeon, Caravel Academy
Jake Scheir, Dover High School
Gustavo Silveira, Wilmington Friends School
Reanna Virginia Skinner, First State School
Jarinat Sola-Rufai, Red Lion Christian Academy
Hannah Sturgis, Polytech High School
Frank Thomson, Brandywine High School
Kana Turley, Tall Oaks Classical School


2015 Poetry Out Loud Media Kit


Results from Past Years

* 2014 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist
* 2013 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist
* 2012 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist
* 2011 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist
* 2010 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist
* 2009 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist
* 2008 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist
* 2007 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist
* 2006 Delaware Poetry Out Loud State Finalist

Registration information for the 2016 Poetry Out Loud program will be available on this website in late May of 2015. Please revisit the website at that time.