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Gahanna Lincoln HS 4th annual Poetry Slam

Teen poets raise their voices, potential at 4th annual Poetry Slam

The Competitive Art of Performance Poetry

2012 Poetry Slam Winners - Pictured: Brittany Williams, Lost Girls/1st Place; Kenisha Cummings, Dedicated to My Sisters/3rd Place; Jesse Kendrick, I Am/Honorable Mention, Rachel Thompson, The Bullets/Honorable Mention; and, Amanda Mathias, Who Cares About Women? / 2nd Place.

Photo courtesy of GLHS Yearbook Photographer Sammy Smith.

  On a recent cool spring evening, the GLHS auditorium was filled with original, diverse spoken poetry that included heartfelt love poems, searing social commentary, uproarious comic routines and bittersweet personal confessional pieces. However, this was no “polite” tea-sipping poetry reading; this was a fully competitive Poetry Slam!

A poetry slam competition places a dual emphasis on writing and performance, encouraging poets to focus on what they're saying and how they're saying it.

The event is hosted by the GLHS Writers' Club, an extracurricular group which student scribes in grades 9-12 meet weekly to share and discuss their craft. Event participants competed for Easton gift cards ranging from $25 to $100.

“Poetry is the freest form of therapy,” said Dona Montgomery, the event organizer and GLHS Writers' Club adviser. “There is no right or wrong way to convey a message.”

Click here to read the winning poems!

During the intermission, as the judges* were evaluating the oratorical skills, GLHS junior and vocalist Meredith Brown provided music as the Writers' Club shared refreshments in the lobby.

Poetry is the freest form of therapy... - Dona Montgomery, GLHS Writers' Club Adviser

Additional competition rules included:
  • Each poem must be of the poet's own creation
  • Each poet gets three minute maximum (plus a ten-second grace period) to read one poem. If the poet goes over time, points are deducted from the total score.
  • The poet may use props, costumes or musical instruments to enhance their vision.

* 2012 Judges: GLHS Principal Dwight Carter; GLHS faculty: Dianna Downing/English, Donja Bridges/English, and Mark Miller/English; and Meason Tuaquoi a GLHS senior.


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