Kelsey Nelson gestures to the crowd at the end of his poem during the North Island Secondary School Poetry Slam and Art Sale last Thursday in Port McNeill.

Poetry night a slam at NISS

NISS student columnist Andrew Mitchell writes on the recent poetry event at the school.

PORT McNEILL—On Thursday December 11, North Island Secondary School hosted its second annual Art Show and Poetry Slam event.

Much like last year, the show was a success with many people from both the school and community attending.

Student MCs Kean Draeger and Keisha Davis led the crowd through both poetry and musical performances.

Port McNeill’s mayor Gerry Furney started off the night by reading some of his poems, after which several students and teachers read their slam poems.

In slam poetry, poets perform in front of a crowd and are scored by judges selected from the audience. For the second year in a row, grade 12 student Josie Cook took first prize.

Between poems, the audience was treated to music and singing. Particularly memorable was Special Education teacher Doug Abbot’s stunning rendition of Miley Cyrus’s “Wrecking Ball.”

Before, after and halfway through the show, attendants also had the chance to view and purchase student artwork. Several pieces were purchased, much to the satisfaction of both sides.

Altogether, the night was a success for all who attended. Thank you to Kathleen McArthur, the art teacher and event organizer, as well as all the students, staff and community members who made the night possible.