Last night at Lincoln Hall in Chicago, the OPRFHS Spoken Word poetry group beat four great teams at the Louder Than a Bomb semifinals, earning a spot in the final four. The finals will be held this Saturday night, March 9, at the Cadillac Palace Theater, where the 3,000 seats already are sold out. According to Spoken Word faculty adviser Jay Lind, this year will be one of the biggest audiences assembled for a poetry performance of any kind in the world. The other teams in the finals are Simeon Career Academy, Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep, and Kuumba Lynx.
In addition, Spoken Word member Camara Brown qualified as one of the nine best poets out of nearly 1,000 to compete in the individual finals this Wednesday night, March 6, at the Chicago Cultural Center.
Louder Than a Bomb began 13 years ago with the help of OPRFHS English teacher Peter Kahn. That year, 12 teams participated. A few years ago, the competition reached 40 teams. This year 117 teams competed. Spoken Word has finished in second place seven times.
The students in Spoken Word are Chelsea Dixon, Haywood McDuffie III, Camara Brown, Natalie Richardson, Delaney Miller, and Hannah Srajer. Mr. Lind is assisted by student coach Dorothy Moore.