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 first night of the Slam!, host Lincoln Middle School's students showed off their voices for the capacity audience. Middle schools are required to compose a song as opposed to just reading poetry, which can be nerve-racking for youth unsure of their singing vocal cords.
That wasn't the case for Lincoln, which sung about the power of music and its place in students' lives.
"Every day I need music with me," sung Larry, one of the salient leaders of the group of 10.
The students then approached the front of the stage, sat with their legs dangling over the edge, and leaned in close to deliver another hit, "Love."
"When I see you, I get butterflies in my stomach," everyone sang in unison, their collective pitch near perfect.
It was clear the Knights had put a lot of practice into their performance. Not convinced? Watch the video above for yourself.
To view any performance from the Poetry Slam!, visit the DC SCORES YouTube page.