SUNWAY International School (SIS) emerged triumphant at the second Annual Inter-school Poetry Slam, defending the championship title for the second consecutive year.
SIS students clinched the first and third positions respectively in the solo category.
The event was graced by National Laureate, Datuk Dr A Samad Said or Pak Samad as he is affectionately known, as the featured poet, as well as other literary stalwarts and distinguished personalities who served on the panel of judges.
They included composer and educator Az Samad; founder-member of Five Arts Centre Chin San Sooi; poet and educator Jamal Raslan; producer-presenter of BFM business radio station Lim Soon Heng; poet and copywriter at Creative Juice Kuala Lumpur William Beale; and Sunway Education Group senior executive director Elizabeth Lee.
The Inter-School Poetry Slam is an annual competition organised by SIS as part of the school’s initiative to promote literacy in Malaysia, while providing a platform for students to express their creativity.
Twenty nine students, aged 13 to 17, from six international schools, took part in this year’s competition.
Participating schools included Global Indian International School, International School Kuala Lumpur (ISKL) and SIS.
“This competition is an initiative to help the tech-savvy students of this age unleash their inner poet and story teller, and showcases the art of poetry, prose and delivery to a wider audience,” said SIS principal John Mackle.
“With the positive response we’ve been seeing, we will continue to ensure this event will be held annually for students to express their inner thoughts and talents,” he added.
Arshia Soltanirad, a Grade 11 student from SIS, won the solo category with his self-penned poem Spiderman, while 16-year old Dakshina Chetti from ISKL moved the audience with her original poem Thank You, and was placed second. Third place went to SIS’s Andrea with her piece, Dear Crush.
On top of their success in the solo category, SIS won the second prize in the group category. This gave the team the best overall score, to win the competition.
All participants were congratulated by the judges on their poise and ability, and the evening ended with a performance by Pak Samad, who recited his celebrated poem Hidup Bersama.