They started in their classrooms and the finalists had one last chance on the stage of the historic Lincoln Theater.
At the end only one was left reciting a poem.
Youssef Biaz, 16, of Auburn, Ala. took the grand prize at the finals. Biaz recited “Filling Station” by Elizabeth Bishop.
The top prize is a $20,000 award and a gift of $500 for his school, Auburn High, to purchase poetry books.
Here’s a video of Biaz and his English teacher, David Thompson, talking about the program.