Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam all-school competition is Thursday

From AAPSNews Service

Twenty seven Ann Arbor high school students will participate in the Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slam finals this Thursday evening, March 24.

Dillon Toltecatl
Skyline High School junior Dillon Toltecatl performs in the school's local poetry slam. (Photos courtesy, Carlina Duan)
Diana Chen
Skyline's Diana Chen takes her place on stage during the poetry slam.
Densu Dixon
Densu Dixon, a Skyline 10th grader, gets into his poetry reading.
Ari Axelrod
Ari Axelrod at Skyline's poetry slam. Slam final are Thursday, March 24 starting at 6:30 p.m. at The Neutral Zone in downtown Ann Arbor.

The Ann Arbor Youth Poetry Slams were created 13 years ago by Pioneer High School Creative Writing teacher Jeff Kass who describes them as “five nights of unfiltered verbal fuel excavated by some of the most imaginative and creative young people in the country.” Four preliminary semi-final rounds took place this month Community, Huron, Pioneer, and Skyline high schools, and the final round will take place at The Neutral Zone, 310 E. Washington St., Ann Arbor beginning at. Tickets are $5 for students and $7 for the general public.

Each Ann Arbor school hosted its own slam over the past two weeks: Pioneer had 10 finalists, Skyline four finalists, Huron seven finalists, and Community six finalists.

Students placing in the top three for each competing Ann Arbor high school included:

Skyline High School:
First: Dillon Toltecatl
Second: Noah Mastie
Third: Karen Duan

Huron High School:
First: Sofie Ruf
Second: Kylie Power-Sullivan
Third: Emma Hamstra

Pioneer High School:
First: Allison Kennedy
Second: Beth Johnson
Third: Carlina Duan

Community High School:
First: Kerryann Fingerle
Second: John Daniels
Third: Rachel Kerby

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