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Slam poetry team takes first at regional competition

May 15, 2015

On April 29, 2015 the Madeira slam poetry team made up of Zharia O’Neal ’15, Barack ’15, Mona Hagmagid ’16, Elfrieda Nwabunnia ’18, and Gaelyn Smith ’16 won first place in the fourth annual Louder Than A Bomb Teen Poetry Slam (LTAB) for the D.C., Maryland, and Virginia area. After progressing from preliminaries onto winning semi-finals, the team was able to secure first place at finals. Over 14 schools competed for the title, but the Madeira’s slam poetry team, under the guidance of Ms. Nina Candia, crafted beautiful, stirring prose and performed in a way that effectively swayed the judges in their favor. The students wrote about topics ranging from self-confidence and self-acceptance to local and national current events.  According to the organizers, the “goal of LTAB-DMV is not solely to promote a culture of literacy, critical thought, self-confidence, and powerful public speaking, but also to purposefully bring students together across dividing lines like race, religion, ethnicity, gender, sexuality, socio-economic status, and politics, to listen to, learn from, and bond with one another.”

The team has been invited to attend Poets Respond at the Folger Theatre on Friday, June 5 at 6:30 p.m. Alongside poet Sandra Beasley, Zharia and Gaelyn will respond to the Folger Theatre’s spring production, Rosencrantz and Guildenstern Are Dead. Prior to the performance they will each have 10 minutes to respond to the characters, themes, or ideas, and thoughts expressed in the play by reading/performing their own poetry or someone else’s.

The response is free and you can reserve a spot here on the Folger Theater website

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