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State Finals

The New Jersey Poetry Out Loud State will take place Monday, March 12, 2018 at 10:00 AM at Ocean County College in Toms River. (Snow date: Tuesday, March 13th.)

State Finalists will need to check in at 9 AM. The contest will begin at 10 AM. Twelve State Finalists will compete.

The NJPOL State Champion wins an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to compete in the National Finals in the spring. The National Finalist will be awarded a first prize of $20,000 as well as $5,000 for his or her school to buy poetry books.

If your school champion has advanced to become a regional champion, click here to regster the student for the State Finals.


Amos Koffa, 2017 NJPOL State Champion: Burlington County Institute of Technology, Medford Campus
Celeste Sena, 2016 NJPOL State Champion: Dr. Ronald E. McNair Academic High School, Jersey City
Beatrice Dimaculangan, 2015 NJPOL State Champion and Semi-Finalist: Jonathon Dayton High School, Springfield
Natasha Vargas, 2014 NJPOL State Champion and Third Place National Finalist: Lawrenceville High School, Lawrenceville
Kavita Oza, 2013 NJPOL State Champion and National Finalist: The Peddie School, Hightstown
Kristen Tsuo, 2012 NJPOL State Champion and National Finalist Honorable Mention: The Lawrence School, Lawrenceville
Clarissa Lotson, 2011 NJPOL State Champion: West Orange High School, West Orange
Shamsuddin Abdul-Hamid, 2010 NJPOL State Champion: Arts High School, Newark
Ijeoma Egekeze, 2009 NJPOL State Champion: Piscataway High School, Piscataway
Allison Strong, 2008 NJPOL State Champion and National Finalist: Union Hill High School, Union City
Naja Selby, 2007 NJPOL State Champion and National Finalist: Arts High School, Newark
Teika Chapman, 2006 NJPOL State Champion: Trenton High School, Trenton

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