|Slam Team Heads to the Preliminaries|
The competitive part of the festival includes two days of preliminary bouts, which took place this year at the Sheraton Boston, one night of semifinals, which was hosted by the Edward Kennedy Center, and the final slam, which happened last Saturday night at the Strand Theater in Dorchester. While the BHS slam team scored well and made it as far as the semifinals in this year’s competition, as the MassLEAP mantra goes, “The point is not the points. The point is the poetry.” This series of events provides students with an opportunity to share their thoughts on everything that is important to them, and to have those thoughts and feelings validated by a community of young scholar artists who really value inclusivity. The students involved in this festival authentically support each other, which is essential. As BHS junior Laura Prendergast stated, “It’s really important to feel like you belong, and this event really covers that. There is always something you can relate to whether it be the poetry or the people. LTAB is important because people get to break out of their shell to share what truly means the most to them in their most creative way.” Senior Laura Frustaci described her experience as a first-time LTAB participant by focusing on the “communal feel” of the event. She added, “It allowed me to work with a diverse group of people. I got to see their passions, some of which were my passions as well. We converged, shared experiences, and ideas. I learned from them. I became part of this big, welcoming community.”
Students Collaborating on Group Poems
We can’t thank MassLEAP enough for organizing and running this annual event. From the opening ceremony at the ICA to the Rethinking High School event at the Sheraton, they showed our students the importance of youth voice and gave them a space to share it.
Take a moment to check out the BHS Poetic Ramblers’ festival poems below.
Julianna Grossman: Puzzling
Laura Frustaci: The Only Way to Stay Safe
Group Poem: America Must Reckon
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