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 teamed up with the Fort Worth National Poetry Slam Team and the TCU Neeley Fellows for its 2nd Annual Youth Poetry Slam and Writing Workshop scheduled for Oct. 27, 2012. The event is open to junior high and high school students attending schools in Tarrant and Dallas counties.
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2nd Annual Sik'lik Youth Poetry Slam
Impossible Possibilities hosted its 2nd
Annual Sik’lik Youth Poetry Slam at Texas Christian University’s (TCU) Moudy Auditorium on Oct. 27, 2012.
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. Forty-two students participated in the Writing and Performance Workshop hosted by national-award winning poet Mike Guinn. Eighteen of those students then showcased their talents on stage, competing in a two-round poetry slam competition sponsored by the TCU Neeley Fellows and the Fort Worth National Poetry Slam Team.
Durmerrick Ross, a freshman at Cavalry Christian Academy (Fort Worth) earned top overall honors and the title of 2012 Sik’lik Champion with a perfect score of 60 points over two rounds of competition. Eighth grader Jalesha Cobbs of Meadowbrook Middle School (Fort Worth) took home first place in the junior high division with a score of 56.1.
Additional entertainment was provided by Fort Worth-based singer-songwriter and blues guitarist Larry Lampkin, 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.
Top 3 High School Finalists
Durmerrick Ross (Cavalry Christian)
Deion Hightower (Eastern Hills High School)
Akil Akbar (Summit International Prep)
Top 3 Junior High Finalists
Jalesha Cobbs (Meadowbrook Middle School)
Rileigh Simmons (Shirley Hall Middle School)
Natalie Gutierrez (Meadowbrook Middle School)