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Pictured from left: Erin Darby Gesell (slam poetry coach), Mariselle Marquez (poet), Larry Fangman (school sponsor), Lexi Jonas (poet), Myranda Lihs (poet), Greg Harries (slam poetry coach).

Louder Than a Bomb Students Perform Original Poems

Student poets compete at two UNO competitions; videos posted

Wahoo’s Louder than a Bomb (LTAB)  team completed their year by competing in two bouts at the University of Nebraska at Omaha on March 29 and 30.

In LTAB,, students write their own poems and then perform them. Five judges in the audience hold up scores on white boards from 1 to 10. The high and low scores are dropped, and the three middle scores are added together to get the poet’s total scores. Students perform as individuals and as groups. All the scores from the rounds are added together to get team scores. While team scores are kept, the main purpose of LTAB is to give students a chance to write and perform their original poems and to celebrate poetry. A DJ plays music between each poet’s recital.

On March 29 Wahoo competed against Omaha Benson and Omaha Westside. On March 30, Wahoo competed against Millard South and Omaha Central.

The poets competing for Wahoo were eighth grader Alexis Jonas, junior Myranda Lihs, and senior Mariselle Marquez.

See the attached videos for a sample of their performances (clicking on each photo will bring up two videos).

Louder Than a Bomb Students Perform Original Poems

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