Symbolism, metaphors, and deep-rooted emotion all filled the media center at NCHS this week when students of all grade levels met together for the school’s inaugural Poetry Slam. The Poetry Slam was hosted by Amy Haugh, media specialist, and the NCHS English Department. Each English class selected their top seven students who competed against each other throughout the day. A winner was picked from each period, and those eight finalists are being videotaped. These recordings will be sent out to the entire school for a final vote of the top three.
Poems touched on social themes such as bullying, cruelty to animals, abuse, divorce, and anorexia. Some students used poetry as a vehicle to share personal triumphs and challenges. Students were judged on effective use of poetic language, the quality of the message, and how effectively the poem captured the human experience. Effective use of rhythm and sound of language were also considered. Students were also judged on presentation and performance. The Poetry Slam will continue tomorrow in the NCHS Media Center.