Thursday , 18 January 2018
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Newton-Conover High School Poetry Slam Makes an Impact

75Symbolism, 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.
5girl1Poems 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.


About Heather Mullins

Heather Mullins is the Chief Academic Officer in Newton-Conover City Schools. She is a North Carolina Teaching Fellow who spent 12 years as a high school English Teacher. She received her B.S.Ed. in Secondary English Education from Western Carolina University. Heather completed her National Board Certification in Adolescent Young Adult English Language Arts in 2002. She holds an M.Ed. in Academically and Intellectually Gifted from UNC-Charlotte. Heather has served as a Curriculum Specialist in Hickory City Schools, an adjunct professor at Lenoir-Rhyne University, and a Professional Development Consultant for the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction. She completed her Ed.D. in Educational Leadership through Western Carolina University. Heather is one of the co-founders of #NCed Chat, North Carolina’s first Twitter chat for teachers. She is passionate about innovative practices, instructional technology, student ownership of learning, and supporting teachers. Heather serves on the advisory board for the North Carolina Digital Learning Plan, North Carolina School for the Deaf and Catawba Science Center. She is a recipient of the 2015 NCMLE Central Office Administrator to Watch Award. She also received the 2016 Don Chalker Award for Excellence in Educational Leadership. Heather is the proud mother of one son, Jackson.

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