Poetry SLAM

The Poetry SLAM! showcases the power of America SCORES to improve lives while celebrating the achievements of outstanding elementary and middle school youth. A star-studded event, dozens of SCORES students take center stage for the opportunity to perform their original poetry to a captivated audience. The SLAM! is attended by SCORES families, coaches and teachers from around the city, as well as representatives of top corporate sponsors.

Past Poetry Slam Events

2020

Due to COVID-19 we were unable to hold our usual in-person Poetry SLAM event. Even though we couldn’t gather in person we wanted to still provide a safe space for our students to express themselves through poetry and have a spotlight shone on their amazing work.

In 2020 we held a virtual SLAM. All students who took part in our program were able to write an original poem and film themselves performing that poem. They were all then entered into the SLAM and scored by community member judges. All winners were given gift cards and highlighted in a special Poetry SLAM highlight video.

We had 57 students submit poems for this year’s SLAM. All submissions and the highlight video can be found on our Youtube page here.

Special thanks to our sponsor Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Ohio Arts Council!

Congratulation to our Junior (K-2nd grade) winners:

Aubrielle (Wade Park)
Link (St. Francis)
Jeniyah (Wade Park)
DJ (Orchard STEM)
Kerani (Merrick House)

Congratulations to our Core (3rd – 5th grade) winners:

London (Willson School)
Maeve (Holy Family Catholic School)
Peyton (Holy Family Catholic School)
Kiera (Holy Family Catholic School)
Mia (Holy Family Catholic School)
Chloe (Holy Family Catholic School)
Tya (Wade Park School)

Congratulations to our Middle School winners:

Gregory (Newton D. Baker School of Art)
Paige (Warner Girls Leadership Academy)
Savannah (Warner Girls Leadership Academy)
Zallie (Buhrer Dual Language Academy)

We are proud of all the hard work our poet-athletes put into the Poetry SLAM over the Fall season. Take a look through our program PDF for all the poems and information about our amazing poet-athletes!

Poetry SLAM Program

2019

Special thanks to our sponsor Cuyahoga Arts & Culture and Ohio Arts Council!

Community Poetry SLAM!

Congratulations to our top Core teams!
Gold Mic Award: Albert Bushnell Hart Boys Team, Wade Park Girls Team,
Silver Mic Award: Mound STEM Boys Team, Robinson G. Jones Girls Team,
Bronze Mic Award: Wade Park Boys Team, Artemus Ward Girls Team,

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Community Poetry SLAM!

Congratulations to our  Middle School Poetry SLAM winners!
Gold Mic Award: Mound STEM School
Silver Mic Award: Wade Park School
Bronze Mic Award: Robinson G. Jones School

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2018

Special thanks to our sponsor Cuyahoga Arts & Culture!

Community Poetry SLAM!

Congratulations to our top Core teams!
Gold Mic Award: Fullerton Girls Team, Wade Park Boys Team
Silver Mic Award: Thomas Jefferson Newcomers Academy Girls Team, Artemus Ward Boys Team
Bronze Mic Award: Robinson G. Jones Girls Team, Willson Boys Team

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Community Poetry SLAM!

Congratulations to our  Middle School Poetry SLAM winners!
1st place: Wade Park School
2nd place: Mound STEM School

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2017

Special thanks to our sponsor Cuyahoga Arts & Culture!

Core Community Poetry SLAM!

Congratulations to our top teams!
Gold Mic Award: Mound STEM Boys, Warner Girls Leadership Academy & Mound STEM Girls
Silver Mic Award: Wade Park Boys, Artemus Ward Girls
Bronze Mic Award: Fullerton Boys, Wade Park Girls

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Middle School Poetry SLAM!

Congratulations to our  Middle School Poetry SLAM winners!
1st place: Wade Park School
2nd place: Robinson G. Jones School

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2016

Special thanks to our sponsor Cuyahoga Arts & Culture!

Core Community Poetry SLAM!

Congratulations to our top teams!
Gold Mic Award: Wade Park Girls, Wade Park Boys
Silver Mic Award: Artemus Ward Girls, TIE – Buhrer Boys & Fullerton Boys
Bronze Mic Award: Mound STEM Girls, Newton D. Baker Boys

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Middle School Poetry SLAM!

Congratulations to our first ever Middle School Poetry SLAM winners!
1st place: Wade Park School
2nd place: Campus International

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