At the Missouri State Finals held in Jefferson City on March 9, Emily Bauer of St. Louis County won the top honor of Missouri State Champion. Ms. Bauer is a senior at Parkway West High School in Ballwin. First runner-up was Elysse Price, a senior at Crossroads College Preparatory School in the City of St. Louis.
Ms. Bauer will now go to the National Finals in Washington, D.C. to compete at Lisner Auditorium at George Washington University with the other 52 state and territory champions. The event includes the Welcome Banquet, the three rounds of semi-finals on April 25, and the Congressional Breakfast and final round on April 26.
As a state champion, Ms. Bauer receives $200 and an all-expenses-paid trip to the finals for herself and an adult chaperone. Parkway West High School receives $500 for the purchase of poetry books. Ms. Price as first runner-up receives $100, with $200 for Crossroads College Preparatory School.
Ms. Bauer takes 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: