Tuesday, June 19, 2018
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Students compete at Poetry Slam

Brett Mann wins event after third round

After three rounds of reciting and performing original poetry at an annual Poetry Slam, Gothenburg High School sophomore Brett Mann was declared the winner at Stone Hearth Estates Monday afternoon.

Mann recited and performed “Strong Enough.”


Several Stone Hearth residents judged the students. Abbie Mazour was declared second-place winner and Betsy Potter was third.


GHS English teacher Roxanne Whiting said 67 students entered the competition where they recited or read poems.

Whiting started the slam six years ago.

She said she was introduced to the event while taking a class at the University of Nebraska at Kearney.

“I love the expression and passion that it engendered in its participants and wanted to give the students that opportunity,” she said, noting that she incorporated performance in the poetry unit with the slam.

“The poems that the slam has inspired have often taken my breath away,” she said.

Whiting said some students use poetry and the slam as a way to express themselves, and their views, to the world.

“It gives them a platform for the voice inside,” she said.

Other finalists, who competed at Stone Hearth, included Kayla Trevino, Terrance Murdock and Shaylee Scott.

Participants competed in the performing arts center during the first round and at Deb’s Bakery, Diner & Donuts for the second round.

The competition is open to all junior and senior high students.