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“Every year we have great young people who take this pledge and go on to do some wonderful things. This is the beginning of something phenomenal for each and every one of you. And I am so excited for you. And I don’t want you to be nervous about it . . . I want you to feel empowered by it. You all can do this. You made it to this point. There is nothing you can’t do.”
–First Lady Michelle Obama, during her remarks at the National Student Poets Pinning Ceremony at the White House, October 8, 2015.


First Lady Michelle Obama hosts a poetry reading in honor of the 2015 National Student Poets (from left: Anna Lance, David Xiang, De’John Hardges, Chasity Hale, and Eileen Huang) in the Blue Room of the White House, October 8, 2015. (Photo by Patrick G. Ryan for the National Student Poets Program.)

Meet the Class of 2015 National Student Poets

The President’s Committee on the Arts and the Humanities, the Institute of Museum and Library Services, and the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers partner to present the National Student Poets Program, the country’s highest honor for young poets (grades 10–11) presenting original work. We are thrilled to introduce the 2015 National Student Poets, who were appointed on October 8, 2015.

  • Chasity Hale Headshot
    Chasity Hale
    Age 16
    Miami Arts Charter School
    Miami Beach, Florida
    Southeast Region
  • DeJohn Hardges Headshot NEW
    De’John Hardges
    Age 16
    Cleveland School of the Arts
    Cleveland, OH
    Midwest Region
  • Eileen Huang Headshot
    Eileen Huang
    Age 15
    High Technology High School
    Lincroft, NJ
    Northeast Region
  • Anna Lance Headshot
    Anna Lance
    Age 17
    West High School
    Anchorage, AK
    West Region
  • David Xiang Headshot
    David Xiang
    Age 17
    Little Rock Central High School
    Little Rock, AR
    Southwest Region

About the National Student Poets Program

Annually, five students are selected for one year of service as literary ambassadors, each representing a different geographic region of the country. By elevating and showcasing their work for a national audience, the program strives to inspire other young people to achieve excellence in their own creative endeavors and promote the essential role of writing and the arts in academic and personal success.

The National Student Poets Program reflects the national imprimatur of the President’s Committee and its Honorary Chairman, First Lady Michelle Obama, as well as the Administration’s commitment to arts and humanities education. It connects the National Student Poets with audiences and resources in their communities through the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ community-based network of libraries and museums and builds upon the Alliance’s long-standing work with educators and creative teens through the prestigious Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

To keep up with the National Student Poets, like the official Facebook page.

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