Congrats to our 2019 Verselandia! finalists. The eighth annual Verselandia! featured 21 students from 12 different schools competing for glory in the city-wide high school poetry slam at the Schnitz.
1st Place: Jordan Wolmut, Benson
2nd Place: Nikole Davis, Grant
3rd Place: Ari Lohr, Wilson
4th Place: Erin Challenor, Madison
5th Place: Dashiell Rucka, Jefferson
We want to give a huge shoutout to all the participating students, including the alternate poets and our sacrificial poet from Reynolds High School. Also thanks to our crew, including judges Omar El Akkad, Miles K Davis, David Ciminello, Brianna Grisby, and Adrienne Nelson, as well as our math master Mary Rodeback and our timekeepers Ramón Pagán and Sarah Gibbon. Mighty Mike McGee was a fantastic emcee, and we couldn’t do this event without the work of those who run the qualifying slams: Paige Battle, Ilsa Bruer, Elizabeth Buelow, Sandra Childs, Crystal Hanson, Cassandre Lanzas, Carl Larson, Stuart Levy, Lori Lieberman, Leigh Morlock, Mary Rechner, Bryan L Smith, Nancy Sullivan, Debra Tavares, Frank Thomas, Betsy Tighe, and Alethea Work.