The stage was set, our poems were written, and the PS173 poet-athletes were excited. It was finally time for America SCORES New York’s 14th Annual Poetry SLAM!
A favorite event of kids and coaches alike, the Poetry SLAM gives our talented poet-athletes the opportunity to show off their creative writing skills to peers from other schools and their families.
Shannon Schneeman (Executive Director) and Zach Gomes (Program Director) opened the night by welcoming all the poet-athletes as well as their coaches, teachers and families before bringing the host for the night, Natalie Caro onto the stage.
Many schools took the stage and did an amazing job. Then, we hit the stage with our first poet Esmarlin performing My Playground which was short and sweet, but very effective. Our girl’s team poem Kindness is Cooler received great reviews. Our PS 173 boys, did not go down without a fight with poems entitled Why I’m Me by Devin, This is My Life by Christopher, and our group poem We Are.
While the judges were making some difficult decisions, our poet-athletes expressed themselves in a different way through a wildly competitive dance party! Everyone brought their best moves to the stage and definitely impressed the crowd.
Finally, it was time to announce the winners. Christopher received an individual Spirit Award for the poem This is My Life. PS 173 Girls were the big champions winning America Scores Poetry Slam Champions 2017.
Incredible sportsmanship and creativity was shown by all of our poet-athletes, and we could not have asked for a better SLAM!
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