P.O. Box 8517
Omaha, NE 68108


Poetry Out Loud

Poetry Out Loud is a national poetry recitation competition for high school students. All Nebraska high schools are invited to participate each year in this exciting educational program.

Nebraska’s 2022 Poetry Out Loud competition was conducted virtually, due to COVID-19. The state finals were held on March 11, 2022, with the following results: 

State Champion: 

Alexandra Zaleski, Skutt Catholic High School

1st Runner-up: 

Madeleine Smith, Marian High School

2nd Runner-up: 

Tessa Hurlburt, Gordon-Rushville High School

Honorable mentions:

Jayna Moses, Burwell High School

Elle Sudbeck, Thayer Central Community Schools

Uotong Haidle. Callaway Public Schools

Nebraska’s state champ will compete with students from all fifty states at National Finals, which will also be held virtually this year. 

The 2022 Poetry Out Loud trophies are made with handblown glass created by Nebraska artists.