Lance's Journal: Louder Than a Bomb, Mar. 12

A construction worker in Chicago named Marc Smith is credited with starting the very first poetry slam back in 1984. Since then, poetry slams have spread all around the world. In Lincoln, young writers are now getting the chance to express themselves like never before.

Deborah McGinn created Lincoln High's first slam poetry team earlier this school year, "I've been at Lincoln High School for 28 years and never ever has writing been this contagious. I had been waiting for a storm like this. Where finally our exercises in English classes will catch fire and the students will suddenly, willingly want to write."

Last summer, McGinn watched a documentary about Chicago high schoolers that was called 'Louder Than a Bomb,' "The film was absolutely mesmerizing because it shows what students are capable of and they're capable of excellence." McGinn's students were mesmerized as well. Itahi Sanchez says, "I saw how amazing they were and I immediately felt competitive!" The Lincoln High Slam Poetry team is preparing for Nebraska's first-ever High Slam Poetry Championships. The competition will involve slam teams from Lincoln North Star, Waverly and Omaha area schools.

The event will take place in mid-April in Omaha.

The coaches for the LHS team are Deborah McGinn, Dominique Garay, Isau Metes and Sam Woog.

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