Minnesota 2016 Poetry Out Loud Champions

Abigail Etterson of Harbor City International School (Duluth) was named the winner of the 2016 Poetry Out Loud competition with her recitation of "Kubla Khan" by Samuel Taylor Coleridge, "The Greatest Grandeur" by Pattiann Rogers, and "No Moon Floods the Memory of That Night" by Etheridge Knight.

In May of 2016, Etterson represented Minnesota at the national finals in Washington, D.C. She competed with champions from all fifty states, the District of Columbia, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico.

Other 2016 Minnesota Champions

  • Runner-up: Meghan Joyce—St. Paul Academy and Summit School, St. Paul  
  • 3rd Place: Awazi Jaafaru—Twin Cities Academy High School, St. Paul

The top six students who competed at the state competition include Faiza Abubakar of Ubah Medical Academy, Anna Kochever of Arcadia Charter School, and Jessica Stenberg of Big Lake High School.