Stamford High School kicked off its Annual Celebration of the Arts Wednesday with a night of slam poetry. The poetry contest takes place every May and is open to all students in the district who are interested. Each year, professional poets from New York join to mentor the students, perform, and participate as judges.
“I’m always blown away at the honesty and the cander of the kids that compete,” says slam poetry organizer and Stamford High librarian Jean Isler.
“Poetry is a form of expression,” says professional poet Whitney Greenaway. “At least I know for me, it’s something that I can go to always, and some people don’t have that outlet and I think that’s very important to introduce that in high school because I know I didn’t have that in high school and I wish I did.”
“I just got into it, I’ve been writing in a diary since I was younger and I feel like this is my chance to get a lot of that emotion out in front of people,” says Stamford High junior Jennifer Midy.
“I just find that words and the combination of them, it can all come together so perfectly well to express everything so vividly clear,” says junior Anthony Flores.
The Arts Festival will continue Thursday at Stamford High with an Art Show at 5 p.m. and a Spring Concert at 7 p.m.