Parkway West High School senior Emily Bauer, Missouri’s 2017 Poetry Out Loud State Champion, was one of only nine finalists who reached the last rounds of the 2017 National Finals in Washington, D.C. on April 25-26.
The National Finals involved the 53 students who won their state or territory’s championship. In Poetry Out Loud’s tiered structure of competitions beginning in high school classrooms, the 2016/17 program engaged more than 310,00 students supported by 8,000 teachers in 2,300 schools.
Ms. Bauer is the third Missouri state champion to be a finalist. In 2006, Poetry Out Loud’s first year, Aislinn Lowry of Jefferson City High School reached the last rounds. In 2014, Thomas Fields of St. Louis University High School was one of the final nine.
Ms. Bauer took to Washington the same three poems with which she earned the Missouri championship: It was not Death, for I stood up by Emily Dickinson, Entirely by Louis MacNeice, and Zacuanpapalotis by Brenda Cárdenas.
These are Missouri’s 2017 regional champions who competed in Jefferson City on March 9 to determine the state’s champion: