MPitS    Poetry Slams

Tuesday, Feb 7, 2017
4pm at the Arena Theater, Point Arena, CA

At 4pm, on Tuesday, Feb 7th at the Arena Theater in Point Arena (214 Main Street, downtown Point Arena), high school poets from Developing Virtue Girls School in Ukiah, Point Arena High School, Point Arena Community Charter High School, Ukiah High School, and Mendocino Community Charter High School competed for the chance to become the Mendocino County representative at the March 12-13, 2017 State Finals of the Poetry Out Loud Recitation Competition in the State Senate Chambers in Sacramento.

A collaborative effort of local teachers, the National Endowment For the Arts, the California Arts Council, the California Poets In the Schools and the Arts Council of Mendocino County, Poetry Out Loud encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This program helps students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, and learn about their literary heritage.

After successful pilot programs in Washington, DC, and Chicago in 2005, the second phase of Poetry Out Loud was launched in high schools across America in the spring of 2006 with tens of thousands of students participating. Last year over 400,000 students competed, and this year—the program’s 8th—Poetry Out Loud continues to grow and will culminate in the National Finals in Washington, DC, on April 25-26, 2017. At the National level, the first place student receives a $20,000 award; second receives $10,000 and the third $5000, and 4-9th place finishers receive $1000 each. Each of the top 10 competitors also receives a $500 donation to their schools for the purchase of books.

The event was made possible by the National Endowment for the Arts, California Arts Council, The Poetry Foundation, California Poets In the Schools, The Arts Council of Mendocino County, and the Arena Theater. Special thanks to the Arena Market & Coop and the Point Arena Pizzas & Cream for their generous food donations.  For more information about Poetry Out Loud, visit

coast slam

 Our Mendocino County Champion and Runner Up    
     denise cao, winner
brandy quach, runner up

Tuesday, February 7th, 2017
Immediately following POL at the Arena Theater, Point Arena, CA

The17th annual Coast High Schools Poetry Slam took place immediately after POL. It was free and open to the public. High school poets from Point Arena, Ukiah, Anderson Valley, and Mendocino shareed their original poetry at the MCOE/CPITS Coast High School Poetry Slam.

This event is sponsored by the Mendocino County Office of Education, California Poets in the Schools, the California Arts Council and the National Endowment of the Arts with the generous support of the Arena Theater. Additional donations provided by The Arena Market and Cafe and Surf Supermarket.

Individual Top Scores (poets slammed all three round, unless otherwise noted)

     Wow -- So Close!!  Big worded crew yesterday -- and a warm "sorry you couldn't make the make up day" apology for all those who could not join us at the Arena Theater.

1st: Autumn Long, 85.5  

2nd: Vanessa Ilar, 85  

2nd: Oliver Rose, 85  

3rd: Abigail Au, 83  

4th: Shem Biggie, 82.5  

4th: Dylan Deguzman, 82.5  

5th: Taylor Bowser, 56 (two rounds)  

6th: Caramia Putman, 54 (two rounds)  

6th: Sasha Walkins, 54 (two rounds)  

Tuesday, May 9, 2017
4:00pm at the Matheson Performing Arts Center, Mendocino High School, Mendocino, CA

On Tuesday, May 9, at the Mendocino High School Matheson Performing Arts Center (MHS Campus, Ford Street, off Little Lake Rd, Mendocino), high school poets from Mendocino, Point Arena, Ukiah, and Fort Bragg shared their original poetry at the 17th annual MCOE/CPITS Countywide High School Poetry Slam.   The event was judged by local poets, Maureen Epstein, Laura Pope, Maria Goodwin, and Motherbear Scott, with content, performic ability, and audience response influencing their decision. The slam is sponsored by the Mendocino County Office of Education and California Poets in the Schools, with support from MHS, MCCHS, PAHS, PCCHS & UHS                                                                                                                                                                                     

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Individual Top Scores (poets who slammed all three rounds)
  1st, Zulaimy (FBHS), 113.5  
  2nd, Dylan (UHS), 112  
  2nd, Evan (MHS), 112  
  3rd, Isaiah (MHS), 111  
  4th, Oliver (PA), 110.5  
  Vanessa (UHS), 108  
  Shem (MHS), 107  
  Nami (MHS), 104  
  Carmen (MHS), 104  
  Abby (PA), 103.5  
(poets who slammed two rounds)
  Autumn (UHS), 78  
  Caramia (UHS), 74.5  
  Aiden (MHS), 74.5  
  Tyler (UHS), 73.5  
  Indigo (UHS), 73  
  Abigail (UHS), 72.5  
  Sasha (UHS), 70  
  Cheyenne (MHS), 68  
(poets who slammed one round)
  Cloe (FBHS), 47.5  
  Josepha (FBHS), 37  
Thank you to all the judges, coaches, administrators, students and audience who came out to listen and read and inspire! See you all next year. 

coaches, please click here for the Judges Form


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