Myles Fonfield tells a story about the lessons from his father at the Sophomore Story Slam held on May 1. Myles’ story was awarded first place. Photo by Jurnee Dunn
Jurnee Dunn, Veritas Staff
On Friday May 8, the Rockland High School English Department held a new event called Sophomore Story Slam Smackdown. Students, chosen by their classmates, told stories of their life experiences including the good, the bad, and the ugly. Thirteen students competed in total for the title of champion including Myles Fonfield, Nicole Martin, Evan Murphy, Derrick Trudeau, Corey MacDonald, Alisson Sammon, Mike Belmonte, Josiah Zaporetski, Andrew Starkey, Dana Peck, Jake Hughes, and Sophie McLellan.
Everyone who competed showcased the talents of students in the Class of 2017. They also demonstrated courage in getting up on stage and performing in front of their peers. The winners received Visa gift cards ranging from 30 dollars for first prize and 10 dollars for the tied third place winners.
First place went to Myles Fonfield for his moving story about his childhood growing up and listening to lessons of his parents. Second prize went to Corey MacDonald for his humorous story about a bloody nose and a long trip to the hospital. A tie for third place went to Evan Murphy for a story about flaming logs thrown by mothers, and Nicole Martin for her emotional back story on her adolescent struggles.
Sophomore Sophie McLellan tells her story at the Slam on Friday, May 8. photo by Jurnee Dunn
English teacher, Chris Neal reads the rules and organizes the Sophomore Story Slam on Friday, May 8. Photo by Jurnee Dunn
Mike Belmonte was one of ten finalists in the Sophomore Story Slam. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Josiah Zaparetski tells his story during the Sophomore Story Slam. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Sophomore Jake Hughes expresses emotion while telling his story. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Giliana Silva tells her story on stage. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Evan Murphy’s story was awarded third place at the Sophomore Story Slam on Friday, May 8. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Derrick Trudeau was one of ten finalists who got to present their story at the Sophomore Story Slam on Friday, May 8. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Dana Peck tells her story during the Sophomore Story Slam. photo by Jurnee Dunn.
Cory MacDonald’s story and presentation were voted second in the Sophomore Story Slam on Friday, May 8. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Andrew Starkey smiles as he relates his story. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Allie Sammon tells her story at the podium. photo by Jurnee Dunn
Nicole Martin on stage at the Sophomore Story Slam photo by Jurnee Dunn.