California Arts Council

State of California

California Poetry Out Loud State Finals -- LIVE WEBCAST on Monday, March 15, 2010.
27 high school students will battle with words to represent California in Washington in April

Published: 03-14-2010

The Cal Channel will provide a live webcast of California's state finals for Poetry Out Loud from the state capitol, beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Monday, March 15,  and the California Arts Council will update via Facebook and Twitter. This year marks the second time the Senate Chambers will be the venue for the California Poetry Out Loud state finals. The program starts at 8:30 a.m. and is expected to finish at approximately 12:30 p.m. LINK TO CAL CHANNEL HOMEPAGE

Below is a schedule of the event. Information on the competitors and their poems is available, as well as biographies of the judges, sponsors and prizes, and information on judging criteria. The order the students will recite their first two poems was determined by a tense-filled "hat drawing" the evening before the event. Round Three will be a run off of the top few students from the previous rounds.


1 Kings: Cabrilla McGinn "Shall Earth No More Inspire Thee" by Emily Jane Bronte
2 Alameda: Michelle Yang "Litany" by Billy Collins
3 Nevada: Victoria (Tori) Jokkel "Dreamers" by Siegfried Sassoon
4 San Diego: Julia Eccles "Amor Mundi" by Christina Rossetti
5 Los Angeles: Christian Sanchez-Bartz "For the Young Who Want To" by Marge Piercy
6 Santa Cruz: Adilene Morales "Solitude" by Ella Wheeler Wilcox
7 Marin: Nicholas Sullivan-Friedman "Ozymandias" by Percy Bysshe Shelley
8 San Francisco: Maxfield Peterson "O Captain! My Captain!" by Walt Whitman
9 Placer: Angelique O'Donnell "When You Are Old" by William Butler Yeats
10 Lake: Mellany Watson "Do Not!" by Stevie Smith
11 Monterey: Morgan Brown "In the Basement of the Goodwill Store" by Ted Kooser
12 Santa Barbara: Kelly Nakashima "Elegy on Toy Piano" by Dean Young
13 Ventura: Tammy Li "Sympathy" by Paul Laurence Dunbar
14 San Luis Obispo: Catherine Hall "Dona Josefina Counsels Dona Concepcion Before Entering Sears" by Maurice Kilwein Guevara
15 Napa: Jonathan Costa "It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar Albert Guest
16 Sacramento: Maya Haines "Hate Poem" by Julie Sheehan
17 Siskiyou: Rachel Cooper "The Gift" by Lee Young Li
18 Mendocino: Xochil Goretsky "The Powwow at the End of the World" by Sherman Alexie
19 Madera: Jazmin Jones "If" by Rudyard Kipling
20 Stanislaus: Elizabeth Key "The Maldive Shark" by Herman Melville
21 Contra Costa: Cheryl Evans "the Mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks
22 Sonoma: Giovanny Espinosa "Dona Josefina Counsels Dona Concepcion Before Entering Sears" by Maurice Kilwein Guevara
23 El Dorado: David Butler "For the Young Who Want To" by Marge Piercy
24 Humboldt: Dillon Arevalo "Chicago" by Carl Sandburg
25 Fresno: Chukwunonso (Nonny) Okwelogu "Insomnia" by Dana Gioia
26 Riverside: Ariel Ochoa "Dona Josefina Counsels Dona Concepcion Before Entering Sears" by Maurice Kilwein Guevara
27 Yuba-Sutter: Ocil Herrejon "Bilingual / Bilingue" by Rhina P. Espaillat


1 Los Angeles: Christian Sanchez-Bartz "The People, Yes" by Carl Sandburg
2 Sonoma: Giovanny Espinosa "A Supermarket in California" by Allen Ginsberg
3 El Dorado: David Butler "I am!" by John Clare
4 Santa Cruz: Adilene Morales "It Couldn't Be Done" by Edgar Albert Guest
5 Yuba-Sutter: Ocil Herrejon "On Virtue" by Phillis Wheatley
6 Monterey: Morgan Brown "the mother" by Gwendolyn Brooks
7 Sacramento: Maya Haines "Scary Movies" by Kim Addonizio
8 Stanislaus: Elizabeth Key "Writing" by Howard Nemerov
9 Placer: Angelique O'Donnell "The Strength of Fields" by James L. Dickey
10 Siskiyou: Rachel Cooper "For Love" by Robert Creeley
11 Contra Costa: Cheryl Evans "On Virtue" by Phillis Wheatley
12 Ventura: Tammy Li "Since There is No Escape" by Sara Teasdale
13 Madera: Jazmin Jones "Broken Promises" by David Kirby
14 Humboldt: Dillon Arevalo "The Children's Hour" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
15 Riverside: Ariel Ochoa "She Walks in Beauty" by Lord Byron
16 Marin: Nicholas Sullivan-Friedman "Dancers Exercising" by Amy Clampitt
17 Alameda: Michelle Yang "When I Was Fair and Young" by Elizabeth I
18 Kings: Cabrilla McGinn "A Satirical Elegy on the Death of a Late Famous General" by Jonathan Swift
19 Napa: Jonathan Costa "A Psalm of Life" by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow
20 San Luis Obispo: Catherine Hall "War is Kind ["Do not weep, maiden, for war is kind"]" by Stephen Crane
21 Lake: Mellany Watson "Sonnet XXIX- When, in disgrace with fortune and men's eyes" by William Shakespeare
22 Nevada: Victoria (Tori) Jokkel "Alone" by Edgar Allan Poe
23 San Francisco: Maxfield Peterson "Fire and Ice" by Robert Frost
24 Mendocino: Xochil Goretsky "Caged Bird" by Maya Angelou
25 Santa Barbara: Kelly Nakashima "Abandoned Farmhouse" by Ted Kooser
26 Fresno: Chukwunonso (Nonny) Okwelogu "Holy Sonnets: Death, Be Not Proud" by John Donne
27 San Diego: Julia Eccles "A Red, Red Rose" by Robert Burns






Schedule on Monday, March 15

8:00 a.m. Student Pictures at Microphone

8:15 a.m. Welcome: Moderator Kristin Margolis, Literary Arts Specialist, California Arts Council

8:20 a.m. Introduction of Judges--Muriel Johnson Director, California Arts Council

8:30 a.m. FIRST ROUND

10:15 a.m. Intermission

10:30 a.m. Nancy Daugherty, Arts Education Specialist, Literature, Musical Theater, Theater, State Arts Agency Arts Education National Endowment for the Arts

10:35 a.m. SECOND ROUND


12:30 p.m. Winners Announced, Photos, Awards Presentation

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