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Poetry Out Loud State Finals:
Schedule of Events

Published: 03-10-2015

Tens of thousands of high school students analyzed, memorized and recited their poems in local California communities, but only forty will advance to the 10th Annual California Poetry Out Loud State Finals on March 15 & 16 in Sacramento. 

March 15th

Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento:

Tofanelli Room

2:00 pm: County Champions Warm-Up, Welcome and Information Session

Magnolia Ballroom

1:00 pm: Check-in

4:00 pm: California Poetry Out Loud Welcome and Presentation of Certificates

4:30 pm: Round One Competition

7:00 pm: Banquet Dinner for County Champions


March 16th


Sheraton Grand Hotel, Sacramento:

Falor Room

7:15 am: County Champions Warm-ups 

7:30 am: Champions escorted to Capitol (3 block walk)

Assembly Committee Room 4202, State Capitol

8:00 am: California Poetry Out Loud Competition Round Two

10:30 am: Intermission (approximate)

10:45 am: Presentations and Awards

   - Hero Award Presentation
   - Address: Dana Gioia, former Chairman of the National Endowment for the Arts
   - Group Photo

11:00 am: Round Three

12:15 pm: Presentation of Winners

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