Start: Monday, February 26, 2024 - 09:00 am
End: Monday, February 26, 2024 - 02:30 pm
NDCA Events

On Monday, February 26th, 16-first place high school students from across the state will participate in the Poetry Out Loud State Finals at the North Dakota Heritage Center & State Museum in Bismarck. There will be two rounds of competition starting at 9:30am with a final round at approximately 1:00pm. While final scores are tabulated, spectators will be entertained by artists and culture bearers Fred Edwards and Joe Davis. The award ceremony will begin at approximately 2:00pm. The school of the state champion will receive $500 for the purchase of poetry materials. The champion at the state level will receive $200 and advance to the 2024 Poetry Out Loud National Finals on April 30-May 2 in Washington, DC where they will have a chance to compete for the grand prize of $20,000. This event is FREE and open to the public.

The following schools will be participating in this year’s POL State Competition:

  • Bismarck High School
  • Beulah High School
  • Cavalier High School
  • Central Valley School, Buxton
  • Legacy High School, Bismarck
  • Mandan High School
  • New Rockford-Sheyenne School
  • Northern Cass High School
  • Northwood Public School
  • Ray High School
  • Starkweather School
  • Valley City High School
  • Wahpeton High School
  • Washburn High School
  • West Fargo Public School
  • Wyndmere Public School