Spoken Word 2018 Promotional Video https://youtu.be/audAL5yhBIg

Spoken Word 2018 “A Change is Going to Come” RESULTS 

Free Form Spoken Word Category- 

3rd Place– Martha Cibasu- Horizon Science Academy Columbus High School 3rd Place

3rd Place– Dewaine Billingsley- Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School 3rd Place 2

2nd Place- Robert Norton III- Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School FF 2nd place

1st Place– Jocylan McMillian- Horizon Science Academy McKinley Parkff 1st place


Recited Spoken Word Category- 

3rd Place- Jada Banes- Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School RSW 3rd place

2nd Place- Frenchie Johnson- Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School- RSW 2nd Place

1st Place- Kalayna Glover- Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School- RSW 1st Place


Persuasive Spoken Word Category- 

3rd Place- Erin Hare- Michigan Math and Science Academy PSW 3rd Place

2nd Place- MyIsha DeJarnett- Michigan Math and Science Academy PSW 2nd Place

1st Place- Kalayna Glover- Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School RSW 1st Place


Team Event- 

3rd Place- CaMarya Snipes-Thomas, CaMarea Snipes-Thomas, Lashane Hughley- Horizon Science Academy Lorain TE 3rd Place 1 TE 3rd Place 2 TE 3rd Place 3

2nd Place- Kalayna Glover and Anthony Winfrey- Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School RSW 1st PlaceTE 2nd Place

1st Place- Dewaine Billingsley and Robert Norton III- Horizon Science Academy Cleveland High School 3rd Place 2 FF 2nd place


Photos by Mr. Flaherty- Alexandria Kovach Alexis Helton Denison Middle Team 1 Denison Team 3 Dension Middle Team- 2 Frenchie Johson Jada Banes Jocylan McMillian 2 Jocylan McMillian Jordan Fowler Kalayna and Anthony Lashane Hughley MyIsha DeJarnette Rob and Dewaine Before Rob Robert and Dewaine Students Sziare Brown Yakai Kamara



Spoken Word 2018- “A Change is Going to Come”

Mandela Spoken Word Poster Korematsu Spoken Word PosterJoan Baez Spoken Word Poster

March 3rd 2018 

Indianapolis Public Library- 40 E. St. Clair St.
Indianapolis, IN 46204

10am- 4pm 

For the past two years at our Spoken Word competition, we’ve been shedding light on issues and injustices that the students are
facing in their lives and what they see happening in our country and the world. This year
not only are going to shed light on these issues by speaking about changes they want to see
but the students are also going to focus on the positive changes they are going to make in
the world/in their communities/their lives or the positive changes they already see
happening around them and where they derive hope from?

Spoken Word 2018 Goggle Folder– Contains: Rubrics, Competition Information Sheets, Registration Form

Links for more information about our featured activities:

Nelson Mandela:

Famous apartheid leader.  For more information please click https://www.nelsonmandela.org/content/page/biography

Fred Korematsu:  
Japanese American civil rights activist who fought against the United States Government’s internment of Japanese Americans during WWII.  For more information please click: http://www.korematsuinstitute.org/fred-t-korematsu-lifetime/
Joan Baez:
An American singer, songwriter and activist who used her music to protest and promote social justices.  For more information please click https://www.biography.com/people/joan-baez-9195061



SPOKEN WORD: “The Time Is Now #electtospeak”

March 11th 2017

Indianapolis Indiana


Free Form: 

1st Place- Leaishe Shannon- HSA LorainSW 1st

2nd Place- Justin Baynes- CMSASW 2nd

3rd Place-

Robert Norton 111- Cleveland High SchoolSW 3rd 3

MyIsha DeJarnette- Michigan Math and Science AcademySW 3rd

Lizee Decker- HSA Toledo SW 3rd 2


1st Place– Daniel Johnson- GSA FylerSW R 1st

2nd Place- 

Hana Samad- Cleveland Middle School

Violoa Atkinson- Lorain SW R 2nd

Ayatallah Palmer- IMSA North SW R 2nd 2

3rd Place- Franheona (Frenchie) Johnson- Cleveland High School SW R 3rd

Persuasive Speech- 

1st Place- Kalayna Glover- Cleveland High School SW P 1st

2nd Place- Yakai Kamara- Columbus High School SW P 2nd

3rd Place- Montserrat Mayren- IMSA North SW P 3rd

Team Event- 

1st Place– Ayattalah Palmber, Paris Warsaw, Jordan Hill, LaTavia Rivers- IMSA North

SW T 1st

2nd Place- Indigo Ballard, Tim Brown- HSA Toledo

SW T 2nd

3rd Place- 

Victoria Jackson, Kendra McVay-Howard- Michigan Math and Science Academy

SW T 3rd

Aaliyah Jones, Khalia Lucas- Michigan Math and Science Academy

SW T 3rd 2

The election of 2016 has been one of the most dividing and unprecedented election in the United States.  When I started thinking about a topic I knew that by the time the Spoken Word competition rolled around something historic was going to have happened.  Most of our students are not yet of voting age, but many of them will be effected by decisions made by our government.  This is their time, their place, and their way of getting their voices heard.  Students should use this competition to get across grievances, frustrations, and change they want to see within our world and within our government.


Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/a/conceptschools.org/spreadsheets/d/18O12_dH4O7CXqSNOK9gUUjDpTrFIvMjtgCo1sup6q80/edit?usp=sharing

Rubrics: Spoken Word- Free Form and Recited Spoken Word RubricSpoken Word-Free Form Spoken Word Team RubricsSpoken Word- Persuasive Speech Rubric

Persuasive Speech Topics Documentspoken-word-persuasive-speech-topics-17







MARCH 19th 2016



Free Form:
1st Place- Marquice Baker HSA Cleveland Middle
2nd Place- Patsy Perez CMSA
3rd Place- Justin Baynes CMSA/Omar Castro HSA Lorain
Cleveland Middle- Baker
Recited Spoken Word:
1st Place- Rhiannon Hausel GSA Fyler/Frenchie Johnson HSA Cleveland High
2nd Place- Jamelah Daboubi HSA Columbus High/Francis Prempeh HSA Columbus High
3rd Place- Monserrate Mayren IMSA North
GSA Fyler- Hausel
Persuasive Speech:
1st Place- Kalayna Glover HSA Cleveland High
2nd Place- Samantha Garcia CMSA
3rd Place- Daniel Boeh GSA Fyler
Cleveland High- Glover
Team Event:
1st Place- Dewaine Bilingsley/Robert Norton III HSA Cleveland High School
2nd Place- Paris Warsaw/Jordon Hill IMSA North
3rd Place- Riana Suttles/Frenchie Johnson HSA Cleveland High School
Cleveland High- Group 407

Spoken Word Information Sheet 15-16

Revolution has been central in creating the modern world as we know it. The word itself refers to radical, transformative change and has many generic descriptions. As a historical process, “revolution” refers to a movement, often violent, to overthrow an old regime and effect complete change in the fundamental institutions of society. On the other hand a revolution can also be a personal transformation period in ones life. This year’s Spoken Word Theme will examine revolutions that have happened in the world’s past, currently happening in our world, or a revolutionary event in the student’s lives.

“If you want to rebel, rebel from inside the system. That’s much more powerful than rebelling outside the system.”
― Marie Lu

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.”
― Franklin D. Roosevelt

“The Revolution introduced me to art, and in turn, art introduced me to the Revolution!”
― Albert Einstein

“Social revolutions and group revolutions are good, and we need that, but we also need personal revolution – revolution within ourselves that change who we are as people.”

-Ziggy Marley

“Revolutions are the periods of history when individuals count most.”

-Norman Mailer

Registration Link: https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1pgAZwzJcM7gFDSoMElfWhOb2A5ObXxZcy-q6VGqkj18/edit?usp=sharing

Rubrics: Spoken Word- Free Form and Recited Spoken Word RubricSpoken Word-Free Form Spoken Word Team RubricsSpoken Word- Persuasive Speech Rubric

Persuasive Speech Topics DocumentSpoken Word- Persuasive Speech Topics

Spoken Word Poster