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2nd Annual CERCA Slam Winners


Congratulations to our Second Annual CERCA Slam and Poetry Recitation Contest Winners!

Hundreds of student poets in grades 3-12 from all over the country entered this year's CERCA Slam. We were incredibly impressed with the thought and creativity that went into these poems! It was so hard to choose, but after much deliberation, our team has selected the following students as the CERCA Slam winners.
  • Best "Call to Action" Poem: Andy E. (Sauganash Elementary School - Chicago, IL)
  • Best Concrete Poem: Rebecca F. (Stanton Middle School - Fox Lake, IL)
  • Best Free Verse: Solange L. (Intrinsic Schools - Chicago, IL)
  • Best Humorous Poem: Jorgito A. (Auten Road Intermediate School - Hillsborough, NJ)
  • Best Inspirational Poem: Tyler R. (Berner Middle School - Massapequa, NY)
  • Best Original Team Poem: Claudia D. and Izabella B. (Garvy School - Chicago, IL)
  • Best Performance of an Original Poem: Jacqueline K. (Burlingame High School - Burlingame, CA)
  • Best Pop-Culture Ode: Janeicia T. (Academy for Innovative Studies - Diamond Campus - Evansville, IN)
  • Best Surreal Poem: Sam M. (Berner Middle School - Massapequa, NY)
  • Best Theatrical Interpretation of a Previously Published Poem: Joshua G. (D.H. Conley - Greenville, NC)
  • Best Use of Figurative Language: Juliette L. (Berner Middle School - Massapequa, NY)
  • Best Use of Meter: Ryan L. (The Sage School - Foxboro, MA)
  • Best Use of Personification: Ava J. (Wisconsin Virtual Learning - Muskego, WI)
  • Best Use of Sensory Details: Marcus T. (William H. Brown Elementary - Chicago, IL)
  • Best Visual Interpretation of a Previously Published Poem: Carmen V. (Wisconsin Virtual Learning - WI)
  • Best Poem Inspired by a Previously Published Poem: Clydon T. (St. Luke - River Forest, IL)
Thank you to everyone who participated in the CERCA Slam!
Claire Podulka
Claire Podulka

Claire has spent her career managing content creation of every possible sort, from print textbooks to marketing collateral to a travel blog. Having worked with major educational publishers and mobile companies, she brings project management and editorial expertise to her role at ThinkCERCA.

Claire has a degree in journalism from Northwestern University and a PMP certificate from the Project Management Institute.