For the second year in a row, the DePaul Cristo Rey spoken word team has taken first place in the Louder Than A Bomb Cincy Poetry Slam. Additionally, junior Iyanna B. ’19 placed second in the individual competition for her performance of her original poem, “Issue Number 281.” That poem also earned her the Buddy Gray Political Guerilla Award.
DPCR was among four school teams who advanced to the final round of competition on April 27 at the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center. Students Chauhkiyin B. ‘19, Adiah C. ’18, and Jaelyn T. ’19, performed a group poem and that as well as individual poems by Adiah, Chauhkiyin and Iyanna put them on their way to the first place finish.
Louder Than A Bomb is a nationwide youth poetry slam that originated in Chicago as a festival for young spoken word artists of diverse cultural backgrounds. DPCR’s poets belong to the Voice at Work club which gives students the opportunity to write and perform poetry. These students have been preparing their spoken word pieces since last fall. DPCR’s Voice at Work group is coached by English teachers Pat Brennan and Manuel Iris.
Pictured above are the DPCR team (standing left to right): Coach Pat Brennan, Coach Manuel Iris, Adiah C., and Chauhkiyin B. Kneeling are Iyanna B. and Jaelyn T.