Poetry Out Loud winner headed to Washingtonby Tom Weber, Minnesota Public Radio
It's tournament time in Minnesota, and not just for sports.
On Monday some of the state's best high school poetry readers competed for a state championship.
Eighteen students from across the state took part in the 'Poetry Out Loud' contest. They were judged by a panel on seven criteria, including physical presence and level of difficulty.
The champion was named after three rounds of poems. The title went to Thandisizwe Jackson-Nisan.
She's a senior at MTS Technology High School in Minneapolis. In her final round, she read a poem called "Booker T and W.E.B," by Dudley Randall.
Nisan won a trip to Washington next month to compete for the national title.