OPRF makes noise at poetry competition

The students took 2nd place

Share on Facebook
Share on Twitter

By Michael Romain

Staff Reporter

Oak Park and River Forest High School students Kara Jackson, Levi Miller, Tamia Byrd, Maggie Farren, Morgan Varnado, Corina Robinson, Nicholas Berry, Kyla Strickler, along with student-coach Leah Kinder, finished as runners-up at Louder than a Bomb, the largest youth poetry festival in the world.

The team came in second place out of 108 participants at the event, which was held at the Auditorium Theatre in Chicago over the weekend.

"We lost to an incredible team from Gwendolyn Brooks College Prep [from Chicago] and finished ahead of great teams from Whitney Young and Crane Medical Prep," said OPRF teachers Peter Kahn and Adam Levin, who facilitate the OPRF Spoken Word Club.  

Kahn and Levin said that the young poets were treated like Nobel laureates, with Young Chicago Authors, the competition's sponsor, providing a stretch limbo for the students.

"That set the tone for the first-class treatment we received throughout the day and evening," they said. "We are extremely proud of how our team conducted themselves on and off the stage. They were simply remarkable."

OPRF represented in other ways as well, with alumnus Langston Kerman appearing one of two special guest performers. The other one was hip-hop icon Rakim. 

CONTACT: michael@oakpark.com

Reader Comments

No Comments - Add Your Comment

Note: This page requires you to login with Facebook to comment.

Comment Policy

Facebook Connect

Answer Book 2019

To view the full print edition of the Wednesday Journal 2019 Answer Book, please click here.

Quick Links

Sign-up to get the latest news updates for Oak Park and River Forest.

MultimediaContact us
Submit Letter To The Editor
Place a Classified Ad

Classified Ad