2nd annual poetry slam

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Spratt was filled with snaps and applause Monday night during the second annual Alpha Phi Alpha Poetry Slam.

Before the event began, members of the fraternity handed out yellow roses to women in the audience.

“Our fraternity values women a lot,” Alpha Phi Alpha Treasurer Josh Drake said. “The roses were a way to give back and put a smile on their faces.”

There were eight contestants who performed an original poem based around the theme of women empowerment. Topics included motherhood, empowerment, suicide and sex.

“It’s good for us (the frat) to get outside and show we can do more than host good parties. We really want to keep this going in the future,” Drake said.

There were three student judges who determined the winners. One of the judges, Eugenia Wallace, talked about what the judges were looking for.

“We looked for delivery and how comfortable they were speaking,” she said. “Everyone gets nervous; I understand that.”

Two of the judges are staff members for Reach, Da Vion Huey and Brooklyn Lance. There were three winners: Zoie Reynolds got first, Darius Weary got second and Eisley Hinton got third.

“It feels really good to win,” Reynolds said. “There was a good number of contestants, and the crowd participation and involvement was amazing.”

Reynolds went home with a trophy after her untitled poem. Wherry’s poem was called “Mama” and Hinton’s was called “Hold Her High.”

The second annual poetry slam was a very successful event. Spratt 101 was full of numerous audience members cheering and listening.

“I think the poetry slam went great overall. Next year, I look forward to more of the same thing and another opportunity for students to freely express themselves and showcase their talents,” Reynolds said.

Performers and audience members are looking forward to the next poetry slam and other similar performances.