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The word “cyclic” means: revolving or recurring in cycles. "Cyclic" reminds audiences that every form of story starts with a beginning, moves toward a middle and culminates with an ending. “Sĭk'lĭk” is the phonetic spelling of the word "cyclic." “Sĭk'lĭk” is also an abbreviation for the words “sick lyric." The purpose of Sĭk'lĭk is to provide a medium for students to exercise their creativity by targeting an issue of substance through rhyme or lyrics.

Impossible Possibilities has once again teamed up with the Fort Worth National Poetry Slam Team for its 3rd Annual Youth Poetry Slam and Writing Workshop scheduled for Nov. 9, 2013. The event is open to middle and high school students attending schools in Tarrant and Dallas counties.

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3rd Annual Sik'lik Youth Poetry Slam

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Impossible Possibilities hosted its 3rd Annual Sik’lik Youth Poetry Slam at Texas Christian University’s Moudy Auditorium on Nov. 9, 2013.

The Sik’lik program enhances students' writing, presentation skills and overall self-esteem by having them perform original works in front of an audience of their peers. Approximately 50 middle and high school students participated in the event, which included a writing and performance workshop hosted by national-award winning poet Mike Guinn. Nineteen of those students then showcased their talents on stage, competing in a two-round poetry slam competition.

Dillion Youngblood, a freshman at Chisholm Trail High School (Fort Worth) was named the 2013 Sik’lik High School Champion with a perfect score of 60 points over two rounds of competition. Daasia Montgomery, a seventh-grade student from Clay Academy in Dallas, won the middle school division with a combined score of 58.8.

Additional entertainment was provided by Fort Worth-based performer Nice Major, who not only performed for the students in attendance but also shared insight into the creative process of writing music.

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

 

High School Finalists

Dillion Youngblood (Chisholm Trail High School)

Deion Hightower (Eastern Hills High School)

AJ Lockleair (Eastern Hills High School)

China Wilson (Love and Grace Home School)

Junior High Finalists

Daasia Montgomery (Clay Academy)

Tommie Jemerson (Kennedy Middle School)

Tayva Wilson (Shirley Hall Middle School)

Tia Crooks (Lighthouse Prepatory Home School)

Whitney McClelland (Shirley Hall Middle School)

Lexi Vier (Bailey Junior High)

 

2013 Siklik Photo Gallery

2013 Sik'lik Youth Poetry Slam and Writing Workshop. National-award winning poet Mike Guinn hosts the Sik'lik program with DJ Ant in the background Students seek out advice during the writing workshop. Others make last minute edits to their poems before the first round of competition begins. One last review before it's time to take the stage. Special guest performer Nice Major entertains and then talks to the students about the creative writing process during the first intermission. High School student Dillion Youngblood claims the honors of 2013 Sik'lik Champion with a perfect score in each round of competition. Daasia Montgomery claims the 2013 Sik'lik Middle School Championship. High school student Deion Hightower performs during the second round. 2013 Sik'lik Poetry Slam Participants pose with Impossible Possibilities staff.

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