By Alyssa Jiggetts, Staff Intern
Before the coronavirus shutdown, the PompaPoets club were preparing to compete in Florida’s largest youth poetry festival, Louder Than a Bomb.
“The preliminaries begin April 2, and if Pompano Beach continues into the next round, the competition will go on for days after, until the finals,” freshman Olivia Shahoud said.
Students were looking forward to not only performing their poetry but listening and competing with other schools for the win.
“We have six PompaPoets club members attending the competition,” Shahoud said, “but hundreds of students from other schools will also be there to compete.”
The poets met every Wednesday to share and work on their spoken word skills for the competition.
“To prepare for the competition, I have been practicing in the mirror, in our PompaPoets club, and anytime I have time to read over, edit, and recite my poems,” freshman Jasmine Francis said.
This would have been the first time the members of the new club have ever competed.
“Louder Than a Bomb is a really big turning point for our club and our school,” Francis said. “Our school has never had our poetry club compete for an award, and we’re taking on a big responsibility of being the first of our school’s history to compete at Louder Than a Bomb.”
While they had a late start, the contestants worked hard to achieve a win for their school.
“Although we are the underdogs,” freshman Sanam Patel said. “there has been a lot of growth and success in our team. I’m amazed at how far we have come.”
The club also offered open arms to anyone with a passion for poetry to share and improve their work.
“I encourage anyone with a passion for spoken word poetry to consider joining PompaPoets next year,” Shahoud said. “It’s super fun, and you’re definitely not obligated to attend the annual competition.”