Poetry Slam at Heritage
The High School Youth Action Team (YAT) hosted the Teen Poetry Slam and Art Show on Friday May 5. The friendly competition that allowed high school students from all over Irvine to showcase their artistic work from a variety of mediums.
Students from different high schools in the Irvine Unified School District were invited to the Irvine Fine Arts Center to share their lyrical talents and original compositions. Admission to the event was free, and the event itself consisted of a visual art exhibition, which participants were allowed to walk around and view from 4 to 6 p.m., and a poetry competition, which took place from 6 to 8 p.m. Judges were brought in to choose the winners of the event, and the top three winners were awarded gift cards as a prize.
“We wanted to do a poetry slam because we felt that there is a lot of writing talent in Irvine that we wanted to showcase,” Northwood YAT president and senior Sohini Halder said. “All three of the top poets were from Northwood, showing how talented our Timberwolves are.”
Northwood seniors Nastaran Far, Kristina Kim and Helen Song took first, second and third place in the poetry slam respectively. Although it was a competition, the focus of the event was on displaying the talents and abilities of Irvine’s high school poets and artists, according to Song.
“I’m really grateful to YAT for organizing an event like this. There aren’t many events that showcase young poets,” Song said. “More than anything, it was cool to listen to the works and to meet the poets from other schools.”
The event also featured a snack bar, which sold refreshments like tea and coffee as well as baked goods and snacks. YAT also offered Yogurtland to the participants for only $1. All proceeds from the snack bar were donated to the American Cancer Society (ACS).
“I had never done slam poetry before, but I enjoyed being able to just walk up and casually speak a poem, whether improvised or extensively rehearsed,” senior Thomas Bong said. “There was no judgement from anyone.”
Although the Poetry Slam was the last event it hosted this year, YAT is preparing to participate in the Relay for Life, also sponsored by ACS, on June 3.