On Tuesday, November 13th, the district annual poetry slam was held at the Ames facility from 7:30 to 9:30pm. The event was open to all in the district that wanted to take part in sharing stories. During the poetry slam, there is a first round in which everyone gets to perform and the top 5 from the first round were allowed to do a second poem.
This year, there were about 38 participants that presented their stories, all from a range of schools within the Littleton Public Schools. Seniors Leah Thorp and Ceilidh Zokaitis took first and second place. During the event, the opportunity was open to workshop the poems for the presenters before the start of the slam. The district poetry slam was mainly created in order for people to share their stories and allow the students to have a voice within the world.
“The event is a great place to get to share our writing, and it allows us to step forward and talk about whatever we feel needs that platform so you get to hear opinions you might not otherwise hear. There aren’t a lot of places for teens in Littleton to get that experience, so for LPS to provide that for us is awesome,” says senior Leah Thorp.
The voice of the students is something that you could experience through the style of poetry. Everyone is able to express themselves because of how the environment of everyone there is supportive.
“At this event, we have time with the other poets, like Jovan which is a really great experience…Jovan Mays had visited Littleton High School earlier this month and performed his poems for us which helped give more awareness to this event. The inspiration from him has given a push for many to present their poems,” says Thorp.
“I really think it’s interesting what people from each of the schools talk about. Arapahoe students talked about how the community has been affected by the suicides, Heritage talked about pressure to be the best and what it does to your brain, Options talked about overcoming some really hard stuff and Littleton is really diverse but in general we all talked about political things,” says senior Ceilidh Zokaitis.
Everyone has a voice in these events and for students being able to hear each other talk about everyone’s situation helps give more support for all parties.
“Even if your poem isn’t the best thing ever people will still cheer for you and relate to what your saying. It’s really powerful,” says Ceilidh.
The impact of the poetry slam is very important to our community. Especially in the state that our society is in today there needs to be more of a voice from the students, and through this event, many were able to have a moment and share their story.