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“Sĭk'lĭk” is an abbreviation for the words “Sick Lyric."  The Sĭk'lĭk program is an annual Youth Poetry Slam competition hosted by national-award winning Poet Mike Guinn complete with a writing and performance workshop, DJ and live musical performances, and great prizes!

The event is open to middle and high school students in the Tarrant and Dallas counties.

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4th Annual Sik'lik Youth Poetry Slam

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Impossible Possibilities hosted its 4th Annual Sik’lik Youth Poetry Slam at Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Moudy Auditorium on Nov. 22, 2014.

The Sik’lik program enhances writing, presentation skills and overall self-esteem by giving students an opportunity to perform original poetry in front of an audience of their peers. Fifty five middle and high school students participated in the event, which included a writing and performance workshop hosted by national-award winning poet Mike Guinn. Seventeen of those students then showcased their talents on stage, competing in a two-round poetry slam competition.

“This year’s event was our best in terms of the number of overall participants,” Executive Director Joshua Hernandez said. “The preparation that these students put into their performances and the emotion they convey through their poetry is incredible.”

Two former champions vied for the 2014 Sik’lik title, which was determined by a razor thin margin of .1 of a point. 2012 winner Durmerrick Ross edged 2013 winner Dillion Youngblood to reclaim his title with a perfect score of 60 points over two rounds. Newcomer Dylan Weaver rounded out the top three with a score of 58.2.

Additional entertainment was provided by Fort Worth-based singer/songwriter Morgan Shine, who performed for the students in attendance and also shared insight into the creative writing process.

Impossible Possibilities is a 501(c)(3) public nonprofit organizations based out of the Dallas-Fort Worth area providing education initiatives locally and abroad.

 

Sik'lik Top 10

Durmerrick Ross (60.0 - Junior, Arlington Heights High School

Dillion Youngblood (59.9 - Sophomore, Chisholm Trail High School)

Dylan Weaver (58.2 - Senior, Cleburne High School)

Rosae Tyler (57.0 - Senior, Chisholm Trail High School)

Enoch Crooks II (56.3 - Junior, Lighthouse Preparatory)

Andrew McBride (56.2 - Sophomore, Western Hills High School)

Janine Narcisse (56.0 - Freshman, Mansfield High School)

Clara Tolleson (55.9 - Freshman, Weatherford Ninth Grade Center)

Conor Jennings (55.8 - Sixth Grade, Frankford Middle School)

Tia Crooks (55.7 - Freshman, Lighthouse Preparatory)

2014 Siklik Photo Gallery

Top 10 student performers who participated in the 4th annual Sik'lik Youth Poetry Slam on Saturday, Nov. 22, 2014. TCU student volunteers helping out with registration through a service learning curriculum within the Neeley School of Business. TCU students from left to right: Courtney Poey, Katie Melton, and Raul Marez (not pictured Kat Thompson). Students seek out advice during the writing workshop. IP co-founder Joshua Hernandez answers a few questions. Students use the writing workshop to make last-minute changes before taking the stage. Special guest performer Morgan Shine entertains and then talks to the students about the creative writing process. Host and award-winning poet Mike Guinn opens the Sik'lik event. Freshman Kailyn Newsom competes  during the first round of performances. 2013 Sik'lik winner Dillion Youngblood falls just short of back-to-back championships. Senior Rosae Tyler takes fourth place. Enoch Crooks II participates for the second straight year, earning fifth place. Dylan Weaver takes top three honors. 2012 Sik'lik winner Durmerrick Ross reclaims his title as the 2014 Sik'lik Champion with a perfect score in each round of competition Freshman Tia Crooks rounds out the top 10.

 

 

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