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Washington D.C.  — The National Poetry Out Loud Semi-finals completion was held in Washington D.C. Tuesday night and Sonora High School Senior Levi Lowe represented all of California proudly.

Lowe competed against 53 students from across the country. The students were put into three regional groups. A lot of Mother Lode residents were able to watch the competition, which was streamed live through a National Endowment of the Arts webcast on their website.  Lowe competed in Region 3 against seventeen students where eight where chosen to move on.  Unfortunately, he was not one of them. The eight were then whittled down to three who head to the final round.

As previously reported here, Lowe won the statewide high school competition on March 13. This was his second trip to the nation’s capitol, after reaching the finals as a sophomore two years ago.

Before his group’s finalists were chosen all the participants received a plaque for their participation, which can be seen in the picture in the image box. The Poetry Out Loud National Finals are Wednesday from 7 to 9:15 p.m. (EST) and can be views at the National Endowment for the Arts website or by clicking here.

The organization provided this final list of students who advanced to the finals:

Region 1:

  • Rose-Darla Pascal (MA) Randolph High School
  • Amos Koffa (NJ) Burlington County Institute of Technology
  • Iree Mann (NY) Syosset High School

Region 2

  • Samara Elán Huggins (GA) Whitefield Academy
  • Mariah L. Brooks (IL) Springfield Southeast High School
  • Emily Bauer (MO) Parkway West High School

Region 3

  • Nicholas Amador (HI)
    Punahou School
  • Anna Kochevar (MN)
    Arcadia Charter School
  • Madison Lukomski (SD)
    Lincoln High School
  • Levi Lowe receives National Poetry Out Loud participation-plaque in D.C