Lincoln High Students Prepare for Slam Poetry Competition

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Lincoln High students are hoping to defend their title as Slam Poetry Champions.

Creative writing teacher Deborah McGinn has teamed up with the Omaha Writers Collective so the students can compete in the "Louder than a Bomb Great Plains" competition.

The competition was brought to Nebraska in 2012 after Deborah and Matt Mason of the Omaha Writers Collective saw the Louder Than a Bomb Chicago documentary.

Deborah and performance coach Gina Keplinger are proud to see how far the students have come in the their work.

"Seeing these kids do things that are just earth shattering with their work and grow into better humans, that for me has just been huge. And I've loved watching that blossom, I've loved watching that growth," Keplinger said.

Lincoln high won first place in the competition last year, and finished third the year before.

They hope their hard work will pay off this year, and are shooting to make history with a back to back championship.

Lincoln North Star and Waverly High are also competing.

The competition is Thursday night at 7 p.m. in Omaha at the Holland Preforming Arts Center. Nebraska has the third largest Louder Than a Bomb competition in the country.