Wednesday, February 15, 2012

National Poetry Slam Poets Selected!

Maple Elementary Fifth Grader Tya Nguyen and Bailey Gatzert Elementary Fifth Grader William Watson will represent Seattle in the 6th Annual America SCORES National Poetry Slam! at the legendary Apollo Theater on April 16th 2012.

Tya and William were chosen out of twelve impressive finalists. Tya’s poem “When I Close My Eyes”is a beautiful piece dedicated to her father who passed away, while William’s poem “My Pencil” powerfully describes how his pencil will be the key to his future success. For the next three months they will be perfecting these poems with help from their SCORES coaches, and practicing their performances over and over in front of parents, friends, and teachers.

The America SCORES National Poetry Slam! brings 30 elementary school poets from around the country together for a weekend in the Big Apple where they participate in teambuilding activities, poetry workshops, squeeze in some sightseeing, as well as rehearsals for the main event. On April 16th, SCORES poets will perform their original poetry from the stage of Harlem’s World Famous Apollo Theater in front of a large audience. After this monumental evening, SCORES students leave New York understanding the true power of their voice.

*Stay up to date with Tya and William’s trip to New York City and read their poetry on America SCORES Seattle’s blog!

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