For the past four years, Poetic Pathos Youth Slam has competed in the Youth Slam event of the Southeastern Regional North Carolina Poetry Festival. The first ever Youth Slam was won by Poetic Pathos veteran Ishmael Meachum. Three years later, Ish’s younger brother and Captain of the BNV Team, Isa Meachum, won the event, placing first out of ten amazing poets. Second and third place positions were won by Maddie Poole and Shaina Scolnick, respectively.
April 14th marked the first time Poetic Pathos Youth Slam’s BNV competition took place outside of Gray’s Creek High School. Ten poets gave it their all after three rounds of poetry at The Sweet Palette in Downtown Fayetteville. The competition was certainly fierce, as Shaina Scolnick was crowned the Poetic Pathos 2018 Grand Slam Champion. It will be her, 2nd place finisher Madeleine Poole, and 3rd place finisher Julia Nizen joining veterans Reagan Ford, Nikita Bishop, and Isa Meachum, top three at last year’s Grand Slam and members of the 2017 BNV Team, at the 21st Annual Brave New Voices in Houston.