Poetry SLAM

The annual America SCORES Cleveland Poetry SLAM! showcases the power of poetry and teamwork while celebrating the achievements of our outstanding elementary and middle school youth. Representing their schools and alongside their coaches, dozens of SCORES students take center stage to perform their original poetry to an audience composed of family, teachers, community leaders, and philanthropic partners.

Thank you to everyone who came out to support our poet-athletes at our Poetry SLAM this year! We had an amazing time and we are so proud of all our poet-athlete’s hard work!

Congratulations to Our Teams:

Gold Mic: Sunbeam

Silver Mic: Warner Girls Leadership Academy

Bronze Mic: Wade Park Girls & Buhrer Dual Language Academy (Tie)

Teamwork Award: A.B. Hart School

Leadership Award: Willson School

Commitment Award: Scranton School

Enjoy this highlight reel from our 2023 Poetry SLAM!

Poetry SLAM Highlight Video

Thanks to our Partners

2022 Event Highlights

EVENT PHOTOS

Poetry SLAM! Winners

2022

We are proud of the hard work our poet-athletes and coaches put into preparing for the 2022 Poetry SLAM! over the fall season. The 2022 event was held in person (our first since the pandemic) and brought together our participants, families, coaches, supporters, and community partners.

Congratulations to Core Teams:

Gold Mic: Marion C. Seltzer

Silver Mic: Wade Park (Girls)

Teamwork Award: Willson School

Leadership Award: Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy

Commitment Award: Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy

Congratulations to Middle School Teams:

Gold Mic: Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy

Silver Mic: Wade Park

Teamwork Award: Buhrer Dual Language Academy

Leadership Award: Robinson G. Jones School

Commitment Award: Warner Girls’ Leadership Academy

2021

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 2021 we held a virtual SLAM. All our teams worked together to write a poem which was then filmed by two local videographers. (A huge thank you to Devin Cathcart and Aaron Matti!). These videos were provided to community members who served as judges. Every team and individual received awards based on their scores.

We had 19 teams and 12 individuals write poems for this year’s SLAM.

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

Congratulation to Core Teams!

Empowered Award:
Buhrer Dual Language Academy – Core Girls Team
Buhrer Dual Language Academy – Core Boys Team
Robinson G. Jones – Core Girls Team

Inspired Award:
Artemus Ward Co-ed Team
Willson Co-ed Team
Warner Girls Leadership Academy Core Girls Team
Robinson G. Jones Core Boys Team
Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy Core Girls Team
Wade Park Core Girls Team

Changemaker Award:
Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy Core & JRs. Co-ed Team
Garfield Co-ed Team
Marion C. Seltzer Core Boys Team
Thomas Jefferson International Newcomers Academy Core Boys Team
Wade Park Core Boys Team
Marion C. Seltzer Core Girls Team

Congratulations to our Core Individuals:

Empowered Award:
Aramis – 4th Grade – Artemus Ward School
Gabriela – 5th Grade – Buhrer Dual Language Academy
Angela – 4th Grade- Warner Girls Leadership Academy

Inspired Award:
Jadon – 5th Grade – Artemus Ward School
Brandon – 5th Grade – Robinson G. Jones School
Ka’Lehya – 4th Grade – Wade Park School

Changemaker Award
Janiah – 5th Grade – Franklin D. Roosevelt Academy
Karizma – 4th Grade – Wade Park School
London – 5th Grade – Wade Park School

Congratulations to our Middle School Teams:

Empowered Award:
Buhrer Dual Language Academy Middle School Team

Inspired Award:
Artemus Ward Middle School Team
Warner Girls Leadership Academy Middle School Team

Changemaker Award:
Wade Park Middle School Team

Congratulations to our Middle School Individuals:

Empowered Award:
Nyla – 7th Grade – Warner Girls Leadership Academy
Brooklyn – 7th Grade – Warner Girls Leadership Academy

Inspired Award:
God – 8th Grade – Buhrer Dual Language Academy

Take a look through our 2021 Poetry SLAM! program:

2021 SLAM Program