United Arts Council

High School Spoken Word Contest

Congratulations to the winners of the High School Spoken Word Contest!

1st place: Amy Le | “Beast”

2nd place: Gracie Hatch | “The Elephant’s Foot”

3rd place: Olivia Riddoch |  “Oh Being a Girl”

83 students from 21 high schools across the Triangle entered this first-ever Regional Spoken Word Contest. All finalists’ poems will be featured in a traveling Poetry Trail which will travel to different venues throughout the Triangle in 2024. The top three winners were announced at a reception at the North Carolina Executive Mansion on December 12, 2023. The first-place winner received a $500 prize, second place received $300,and third place received $200

This contest was created by Dasan Ahanu as part of his tenure as Piedmont Laureate, a program sponsored by United ArtsRaleigh ArtsDurham Arts Council, Orange County Arts Commission, and in partnership with the Raleigh Fine Arts Society.

Enjoy the original poetry performances by the 12 finalists below:

Jeannette Evans | Wake Young Women’s Leadership Academy

Talia Favatella | North Wake College and Career Academy

Valeria López Gutiérrez | Athens

Gracie Hatch | Southeast Raleigh

Khalilah Inayah | Garner

Devin Jennings | Middle Creek

Amy Le | Green Hope

Nada Naji  | South Garner

Olivia Riddoch | Green Hope

Madelyn Scholle | Middle Creek

Rishil Shirumalla  | Green Hope

Devin Williamson | South Garner



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