HHS seniors return to Space City Grand Slam finals

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Humble High School seniors Alinda Mac and Ashlyn Stewart are returning to the Space City Grand Slam poetry finals at 3 p.m. on Sunday, April 8, at Discovery Green. Last spring, Mac and Stewart competed in the Space City Grand Slam finals and were selected to represent Houston in the Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival.

The Space City Grand Slam is the largest youth poetry slam in Texas and the high school students are among 10 semi-finalists competing to be on the Writers in the Schools (WITS) Meta-Four Houston team. Since January the students have competed in preliminary competitions and the top performers were selected to participate in the semi-finals.  After the Grand Slam on Sunday, six finalists will be chosen to represent Houston at the 21st annual Brave New Voices International Youth Poetry Slam Festival in July.

Meta-Four Houston is the largest youth slam poetry team in Texas. Previous finalists have taken on leadership roles in the youth literary scene and have gone on to receive college scholarships and internships. The Grand Slam poetry event is free and open to the public.

Since 1983, Writers in the Schools has worked with educators and professional writers to teach students creative writing and analytical thinking. The organization has provided K-12 students with literary workshops and school writing programs.

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