Five high school students were named finalists in the Southern Regional Poetry Out Loud Competition held Thursday at the City Theater in Biddeford, according to the Maine Arts Commission.

They are Lulu Hawkes, Catherine McAuley High School in Portland; Ian Hawkes, Gorham High School; Munye Mohamed, Portland High School; Morgan Wiggan, Thornton Academy in Saco; and Crystal Farrington, Lake Region High School in Naples.

The northern regional competition will be held Thursday in Ellsworth. The regional finalists will advance to the State Final Poetry Out Loud Competition on March 11 at the Franco-American Heritage Center in Lewiston.

The state champion will win a trip to Washington, D.C., for the National Poetry Out Loud Championship.