Students performed last Saturday (January 17th) at Say Word poetry slam. For those who are unfamiliar and don't know what a poetry slam is it is a competition using elimination rounds for the reading or performance of poetry.
In order to participate in the slam students had to place within the top three in a prior slam; in November we held an in school slam and Marissa Perez, Erique Jenkins, and Demi Viera placed as slam finalist. Jayla Littlejohn was nominated as a debut poet ( youth poet who did not place, but is provided an opportunity to perform). In December, SAE alum Chris Walters placed as a finalist at Left to Write Spoken word venue. (Left to Write is held at the Studio Theatre, every 3rd Sunday).
The event began with SAE alum Treyvion Bain reciting a captivating poem. SAE poets showed up and showed out in front of an extremely large crowd that included professional actors and actresses. Earning a spot on the Slam team Marissa Perez, Erique Jenkins, and Demi Viera will prepare to compete in the International Brave New Voices poetry slam, by placing as a finalist students earned an all expenses paid trip to Atlanta in July.