The second annual Poetry Slam was a success

Makai Copado

Students from San Marcos High School in Santa Barbara and Pioneer Valley and Righetti High Schools in Santa Maria won honors in the Santa Barbara County Office of Education’s Poetry Slam competition.

The event took place via Zoom on March 31 to kick off April as National Poetry Month.

The first place winner was Makai Copado, a junior from Pioneer Valley High School, with poems titled “What We’ve Done Is What We Know” and “I’ll Love You Forever”.

San Marcos High School senior Madeline Miller won second place with

“That of the sea anemones” and “Song for My Sister”.

Third place went to Righetti High School Senior Steven Villanueva for

“Peaceful, Howling, Golden Glow” and “Hammer of Justice”.

The Poetry Slam competition, which combines performance, writing, competition and audience participation, is a program of the Department of Educational Technology Services of the Santa Barbara County Office of Education. This year, SBCEO enlisted the team at Get Lit-Words Ignite, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit founded in 2006 to increase literacy, empower youth, and energize and heal communities through poetry and visual media.

“Spoken poetry provides a stage for students to speak the truth unabashedly and use the power of language and authentic performance to transcend human struggle and create beauty. It’s a collective healing art,” said Ellen Barger, Assistant Superintendent of Program and Instruction for OSBLC.

Students will perform their winning poems at the Juvenile Youth Empowerment Summit hosted by SBCEO in October.

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