Students at the St. Croix Educational Complex took to the stage recently to show off their communication skills in original poetry, non-original poetry, storytelling, reader’s theatre, debate, open genre and original song. According to a statement from the Education Department, the ninth- to 12th-grade students were competing in the school’s annual language arts showcase, titled Literature Unleashed: The New Era of Language Arts.
Kenisha Webbe performed her original poem Rhythmic Expressions to roaring applause from her schoolmates and captured first place in the original poetry category. In her poetic verse, Webbe expressed disgust with the violence in the community.
Chasen Richards recited Kevin Young’s “Song of Smoke" to win first place in non-original poetry.
Richards also placed first with Kalia Mitchell, arguing in the debate category to repeal DOMA (Defense of Marriage Act).
Other first place winners included Amal Bryson in original storytelling with “Mr. Bahknowmore”; Dana Velazquez in an “Ode to Pizza” for mime; Rochelle Frederick in the speech category with “English is a Crazy Language;” and Dana Velazquez in his monologue, “The Lack of a Father’s Love” by Unknown.
“The showcase was great. But next year’s showcase will be bigger and better," said Natasha Liburd, chairperson of school’s English Department.