“Sĭk'lĭk” is an abbreviation for the words “sick lyric," and the purpose of the program is to improve student writing and stage performance by giving students the chance to express themselves in a two-round poetry slam competition. The event is open to middle and high school students in the Tarrant and Dallas counties. Participants receive prizes, including T-shirts and electronics, and are entertained by special guest musicians who perform during the two scheduled intermissions. IP will host its fourth annual Sik'lik Youth Poetry Slam and Writing Workshop at TCU's Moudy Auditorium at a date TBD.
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3rd Annual Sik'lik Youth Poetry Slam
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)