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SLIDESHOW: Verbal Boxing Show Down for Bragging Rights at Framingham High

The 10th Annual Framingham High School Poetry Slam was held Wednesday night, April 30 at the Amazing Things Arts Center.

The 10th Annual Framingham High School Poetry Slam was held Wednesday night, April 30 at the Amazing Things Arts Center.
The 10th Annual Framingham High School Poetry Slam was held Wednesday night, April 30 at the Amazing Things Arts Center.
Updated: With winners names at 2:10 p.m.

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The 10th Annual Framingham High School Poetry Slam was held Wednesday night, April 30 at the Amazing Things Arts Center.

For those unfamiliar, a "slam is a competition between teams of poets who perform their own original work, bringing poetry off the page and onto the stage in a gloves-off, no-holds-barred verbal boxing match with judges chosen randomly from the audience." 

The Framingham High Slam began as a class project in 2004 but has since become a community-wide event.

Seven preliminary rounds, consisting of 50 teams of poets, was held earlier with the finals last night.

The winners:
  • First place: "Slam Down for What" - Mia Charifson, Stephanie Lopez, Alexandra Devane and Lizzie Eisenbud
  • 2nd place: "Peanut Butter and Slam Jam" - Zach Finn, Shauna Golden, Nicole Phalen, Lukas Stock
  • 3rd place: "Moon Dawg and the Boyz" - Keysseh Otsuka, Sergey Dushkin, Josh Billings
The top three teams earn a small cash prize but more importantly bragging rights in the hallways.

"This is our 10th anniversary senior poetry slam at FHS," said Framingham High teacher Alison Courchesne, who helped start the program a decade ago. "These student-poets have seen a generation of seniors before them participate in poetry slams, and they have embraced this tradition. We're so excited that performance poetry has become such and important part of the culture of FHS."

The event is sponsored in part by the Framingham Education Foundation and PTBO.

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Special thanks to Kevin Cummings of Cummings Photography n Framingham for photographing the event for Framingham Patch, while I was at Night 2 of Framingham Town Meeting.
Helen Lemoine May 01, 2014 at 12:15 PM
I was at the Slam finals for the 10th year and as always, it was thrilling to see our high school students show off their poetry writing and performance talent. It's nice to see the recognition and great photos of this annual event. Kudos to this diverse and talented group of seniors. And, as a biased observer ...kudos to my daughter, Alison Courchesne, (see photo holding clipboard) for creating the FHS Poetry Slam 10 years ago - after she began her teaching career at the school. It's wonderful to see the excitement and enthusiasm for the event grow each year. Thank you to the Framingham Education Foundation and the FHS PTBO for supporting the event.

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