Can High School of the Arts’ Two-year Reign be stopped?
MILWAUKEE-The final four high school teams will meet on April 19 for a highly competitive end to a successful 2012 High School Slam League. Rufus King, Riverside and Washington will vie for the championship against the two-year reigning champs, High School of the Arts.
From February to April, fourteen Milwaukee high school teams met once a week in a rotating schedule to compete in the poetry Slam League. Student poets read and performed original works and earned scores for style, content and originality. The four schools with the best scores moved onto the Finals for the chance to compete for the traveling trophy, free registration for next year’s season and bragging rights.
“It warms my heart to see how much the Slam League has grown over the years,” said Dasha Kelly, founder and director of Still Waters Collective, organizer of the Slam League. “We started with four schools, and have gained new ones each year. This will be the most competitive finals event yet. These are four perennially strong teams who always bring their A game.”
Throughout the Slam League year, Still Waters facilitators taught a curriculum at each school that addressed personal experiences and social justice topics, including immigration, bullying, global warming and teen pregnancy. By turning the craft of poetry into an entertaining and competitive game for students, the habit of shaping and sharing their experiences creates a community of progressive and empowered youth.
Teen have a voice and they want people to hear them. Come out on April 19 at 6:30 p.m. at the Centennial Auditorium of the Milwaukee Public Library (733 N. 8th St.) to hear these teens!
Still Waters Collective is a resource network for language artists and enthusiasts. More importantly, SWC has crafted a series of programs and community initiatives that use creative writing and spoken word as tools for building leadership and shaping self-esteem. SWC coordinates events for both adults and students in the community and at local schools.