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Schwartzkopf Wins Fall Poetry Slam

Fall 2012 Poetry Slam Winners: (left to right)Megan Cooper, 2nd runner-up, Brian Bacik, 1st runner-up, Hannah Schwartzkopf, champion, and April Dawkins, media specialist.

Porter Ridge High School held its sixth Poetry Slam Competition during the week of November 13th – 16th. Sponsored by the PRHS Media Center, the Poetry Slam is an event where students perform their own original poetry. Students could choose to participate through English classes or by submitting a poem in the media center. Over 200 students initially participated in the qualifying round of the competition. More than eighty semi-finalists were selected from those participants at the start of the week. The semi-finalists then competed all day in the media center for twenty finalist slots. The competition finals were held on Friday, November 16th.

Senior Hannah Schwartzkopf was named the winner with her poem, “Our Lady of the Ivory Hand.” The first runner-up was Brian Bacik, junior, with his poem “Beautiful Dancer”. The second runner-up was Megan Cooper, junior, with his poem “Look Deeply into the Looking Glass.”

“Each year I am amazed by the talent and creativity of our students,” said media specialist April Dawkins. “They just keep getting better and better.” Finals judge Casey Rimmer, instructional technology facilitator, commented, "I look forward to judging the poetry slam every year. It is a great chance to get out of my normal role and be an audience to the performers. I specifically loved judging this semester because alot of my former students performed and it's awesome to see the young adults that they have become!"

The Poetry Slam has been held annually at Porter Ridge High since spring 2009. Last year, because of student interest, the slam was expanded to twice in the year. A second slam will be held again this year during April which is National Poetry Month.

Past Winners of the PRHS Poetry Slam are:

• Spring 2009 – Ciera Martinez
• Fall 2009 – Ciera Martinez
• Fall 2010 – Rachel Carroll
• Fall 2011 – Rachel Carroll
• Spring 2012 – Paulina Patyk & Chuckie Hawes (Tie)

Written by: April Dawkins, Media Specialist
Posted: Dec 06, 2012 by April Dawkins

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