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Wednesday, February 6, 2013

Poetry Slam! 2012 video of the week: Arts and Technology Academy

NOTE: Each week, we are featuring a school's performance from the 15th Annual DC SCORES Poetry Slam!, the largest youth slam in the District! During the two-night culminating event of the fall season -- held Nov. 28 at Columbia Heights Education Campus and Nov. 29 at H.D. Woodson High School -- 35 schools had the opportunity to perform original group and solo poems and songs in front of their peers, families and community members. At the end of each night, teams were called back up on stage to receive trophies.

We hope you enjoy this glimpse into the self-expression DC SCORES instills in youth. 

On the second night of the Slam!, four-time defending champion Arts and Technology Academy walked into H.D. Woodson High School at 4:21 p.m. -- 99 minutes before the show -- united and confident. While ATA didn't walk away with a fifth straight Golden Mic trophy later that night, they put on yet another memorable show.

ATA's neatly choreographed performance condemned bullying in schools, using such lines as:

"Bully, find yourself something positive to do/how you would you feel if someone were bullying you?"


"When you're bully-free, there's no limit to what you can be."

The ATA poets ended the performance by pairing up and clasping hands as they walked off the stage. They received a deserved standing ovation from the capacity audience. 

To view any performance from the Poetry Slam!, visit the DC SCORES YouTube page.

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