Poetry Out Loud winners

Poetry Out Loud master of ceremonies, Phil Finkel, left; Lassen County Poetry Out Loud 2023 champion Morgan Merrill, a senior at Lassen High School; second runner-up, Lindalba Navarro Moraga, a LHS sophomore; Dianna Henning and June Sanders, Lassen County Poetry Out Loud Coordinators; and Shelby Teeter, who presented gift certificates on behalf of Margie’s Book Nook. First runner-up Emmanuel LaPorte, a LHS senior, was not present. “I am currently a senior at Lassen High School, and I am involved in many organizations on campus,” Merrill said. “In the future I hope to study recreation, parks and tourism administration concentrating in event planning. I hope to attend a four-year college to pursue my dream of becoming an event planner.” Merrill will represent Lassen County in the California State Poetry Out Loud competition in March.
Photo by Sam Williams