Sunday, March 31, 2013

Southwest Alumni Set School Record

From the MinneapolisSourhwest Patch. - the online news for the SW area
Former Southwest High School baseball standout set a school record at Dominican University in Illinois Saturday, hitting for the cycle in the first game of a double-header with Millikin University,according to
Freshman Quinlan Milne Rojek (Minneapolis, Minn.) had a historic day for the Stars in game one, becoming the first player in program history to hit for the cycle as he went a perfect 6-for-6 with three singles, a double, a triple and a home run. After singling in his first three at-bats, Milne Rojek blasted a solo home run to right with one out in the top of the sixth. The Stars' rookie then doubled to center to lead off the top of the eighth.  After the Stars batted around in the inning, Milne Rojek tripled to right-center with two runners on base. Milne Rojek finished the game with five runs batted in and scored three times.
He was not too shabby in the second game of the double-header either, according to a separate postat
Milne Rojek stayed hot in game two, going 2-for-4 with another run batted in to finish the day 8-for-10 with six runs batted in and three extra-base hits as the Stars' split the doubleheader. The freshman's monstrous day helped raise his batting average .171 points to a team-best .371 and he also pulled into the team lead with ten RBI on the season.

Saturday, March 30, 2013

On To Nationals Spoken Word

Congratulations to Laresa Avent.  She earned one of six spots on the team representing Minnesota in the Brave New Voices International Spoken Word competition this summer in Chicago.  Shout out to Nazeem Cunningham and Fatima Camara who performed admirably in the face of tough, talented competition.  

Caroline Hooper
NBCT Social Studies
Southwest High School

Thursday, March 28, 2013

Poetry Finalist Compete March 29

Poetry Slam Finalists
The (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam finalists presented by TruArtSpeaks..  Congratulations to Laresa Avent, Fatima Camara and Nazeem Cunningham.  They will be competing on Friday March 29 at the Heart of the Beast theater for one of six coveted spots representing Minnesota at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam this summer in Chicago.
Come out and support these young Southwest poets.  You can also financially support and sponsor a young poet's trip to compete in the international BRAVE NEW VOICES Youth Poetry Slam Festival (BNV) this summer in Chicago.

general Scholarship Application Due April 15

2013 Southwest General Scholarship Application
Seniors, the general scholarship application allows you to apply for up to 16 scholarships through one application. The application is now available through  the “about me” tab on your Naviance account.  Your electronic application must be completed by Monday, April 15th at 11pm.  Additional details can be found at here.

Next Year Grades 10 - 12 Registration

Good morning.
 During the week of April 8th (after spring break), the counselors will begin FALL COURSE REGISTRATION with each SWHS student.  Students will be coming to the media center through their SOCIAL STUDIES CLASSES to meet with their counselor and select coursework for the 2013-2014 school year.  All students had the opportunity to talk with teachers during the SWHS Course Fair in regards to their course selections.  Teachers will also be making their course recommendations available for counselors to view as we sit down with each student.

This process does not need to be overwhelming, but it should be taken seriously. You do need to know that each decision you make in high school will affect the options available to you later. It is better to develop a plan that keeps all of your options open.  Minneapolis Public Schools’ graduation requirements provide minimum pathways to 4 year college and university admission standards. For that reason, it is important for you to plan as challenging a course program as you can. You should try to find courses that meet your needs and interests and allow you to keep your post secondary options open.

Course descriptions, registration cards and other academic information are available for your viewing at the Southwest website: under the ACADEMICS tab.  You can also find specific course registration dates for your student on the SWHS Home Page.

The following dates are in place for student registration:
Class of 2014:  April 10th and April 12th-2013
Class of 2015:  April 15th and April 18th-2013
Class of 2016:  April 19thApril 22nd, and April 23rd

We will be sending additional information prior to April 10th. If you have any questions, please contact your student’s counselor.   

Robotics Regionals

Check it out!   It’s Free, it’s Fun, it’s Fascinating
FIRST Robotics Regional’s
The Minnesota 10,000 Lakes Regional and Minnesota North Star Regional hold the FIRST Robotics competition. The 2013 game, ULTIMATE ASCENT, is played between two Alliances of three teams each. Each Alliance competes by trying to score as many flying discs into their goals as possible during the two-minute and 15-second match. Discs scored in higher goals score Alliances more points. Matches end with robots attempting to climb up pyramids located near the middle of the field. This event is free and open to the public.
Dates: Friday, March 29—Saturday, March 30, 2013
Time: 8 a.m.–4 p.m.
LocationMariucci and Wiliams Arenas
FFIVisit the website.         or
When:March 29 –March 30, 2013(Southwest is Team #2129) look for the PURPLE
Where: Mariucci Arena(10,000 Lakes Regional is at Williams arena 1925 University Ave.)
University of Minnesota, Minneapolis
1901 4th Street SE
Minneapolis, MN 554555

Cost: FREE!!  (only pay if you buy food)

Thursday 3/28/13
8:30AM: Pits and Machine Shop Open8:30AM-12:00PM: Registration and Robot Inspection10:00AM-4:30PM: Practice Rounds12:30PM-1:30PM: Lunch Break8:00PM: Pits and Machine Shop Close

Friday 3/29/13
8:00AM: Pits and Machine Shop Open
8:45AM: Opening Ceremonies
9:15AM-12:30PM: Seeding Matches
12:30PM-1:30PM: Lunch Break
1:30PM-5:30PM: Seeding Matches, North Star and 10,000 Lakes
5:45 PM: Awards Ceremony
7:00PM Pits and Machine Shops close

Saturday 3/30/13

8:00AM: Pits and Machine Shop Open8:30AM: Opening Ceremonies9:00AM-11:30AM: Seeding Matches11:45AM-12:00PM: Alliance Selections12:30PM-1:30PM: Lunch1:30PM-4:30PM: Final Rounds4:30PM: Awards Ceremony6:00PM: Pits Close

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Second Half of Finals Thursday

First day of third quarter finals went well.    Now on to day two.

Thursday is the second day of Third Quarter Finals.

No school for student on Friday March 29

Tuesday, March 26, 2013

Finals Schedule Wednesday and Thursday

Day One Wednesday March 27, 2013

Four period day. Lunch with period 3 teacher. One hour, 20 minute classes, 10 minute passing periods.


Period 1:  Study Hall              8:30-9:50


Period 2                                   10:00-11:20                            


Period 3                                   A lunch           11:30-12:00                 East building classrooms

Class                12:10-1:30                   West Bldg classrooms 001-025         


Class                11:30-12:50                 West Bldg Classrooms 027-219

B lunch            1:00-1:30


Period 4                                   1:40-3:00                            



Day Two Thursday, March 28 2013

Four period day. Lunch with period 6 teacher. One hour, 20 minute classes, 10 minute passing periods.


Period 1  (Finals)                     8:30-9:50


Period 5                                   10:00-11:20                            


Period 6                                   A lunch           11:30-12:00                 West Bldg Classrooms 027-219                    

                                                Class                12:10-1:30  


Class                11:30-12:50                 East building classrooms

B lunch            1:00-1:30                     West Bldg classrooms 001-025         


Period 7                                   1:40-3:00            

National History Day Regional Winners

Congratulations to the MPS students who participated in the Minneapolis Public Schools National History Day Regional on Saturday, March 23, at Anwatin Middle School.
The 2013 regional was the largest in the competition’s history, with about 500 students from more than 20 schools competing for a spot at the state contest. Projects ranged from exhibits on topics like Pulitzer Prize-winning photographs and the Stonewall Riots to documentaries on Title IX and Apple.
More than 80 students qualified for the state competition, which will take place on Saturday, May 4, at the University of Minnesota. MPS students will compete against 12 other Minnesota regions for a shot at the national contest at the University of Maryland-College Park in June.
Southwest High Schoool Participants:
Izzy Arnold,
Mady Pashibin,
Emma Geach,
  Topic:       The Fight for Women’s  Right

Talon Benavides,
Tyran Christain--‐Carlson,
Deshawn Brown,
Munna Ali
    Topic:   Rodney King

Monday, March 25, 2013

2012 Alumni Rojek Hit the Cycle

Quinlan Milne Rojek (SW 2012) had an historic day as a rookie freshman playing for his D3 school, Dominican University in River Forest, IL.

This past weekend, he went 6 for 6 in game one of a double header on the road against Millikin University where he hit for the cycle plus two additional base hits and 5 RBI.

In the second game he went 2 for 4 with 1 RBI.

It is the first time in Dominican University Baseball history that a player has hit the cycle.

Here is the link:

We Are Southwest!!


Photographic History of the American Indian Movement

Chess Team Wins Agina!

Chess Team 2nd in State

The chess team did very well over the weekend. 

After 4 games and almost 12 hours of sitting down playing chess on Saturday and 2 more games today, Southwest took second place in the State Chess Tournament (we lost only by half of a point).  

One more draw or a win and we would have taken first place.  Edina (coming from no where) took first place.  Eden Prairie took third place.


Congratulations to Wes Cannon who took 5th place in state and Peter Bertel who took 11th place. 

Congratulations also to Josh Jones, Brendan Berg, Danny Tincher, Isaiah Paguyo and Cameron Anderson.  They did a tremendous job and played very well. 

Wes had to play the number one player in the state for the third year in a row.

Jose Fresco
Chess Team Coach

Sunday, March 24, 2013

Speech Finishes Season At Park

Speech team finishes the 2012-13 season with more wins to add to the totals.  A great team effort throughout the year and a fun final tournament.

  Madelaine Foster - 10th Creative Expression
Lucian Turczan-Lipets Honorable Mention Extemp Speaking
Nathaniel Larson  7th Duo and 8th  Original Oratory
Piper Shatz-Akin 7th Duo
Congratulations to the entire Speech team for another wonderful and exciting season.

Friday, March 22, 2013

Talenfest 2013 Auditions March 27 & 28

Talentfest 2013 Is Southwest's Spring Student Talent Show. Friday, April 19, 2013.

$5 admission

Auditions are coming up Wednesday & Thursday, March 27 & 28 at 3:15 in the auditorium.

Signup sheet for auditions will go up on the Auditorium stage door on Monday, Mar 25.

There will be two mandatory rehearsals on Wednesday & Thursday, April 17 & 18.

Tommy Closes Sunday March 24 Curtain at 2 pm

The Who's Tommy Spotlight Musical
Thur March 21- Sat March 23 7 pm - Sunday March 24 2 pm
Adults $15, students $5

Southwest Ultraviolet FIRST Robotics

Southwest High School Ultraviolet FIRST

The Southwest High School Ultraviolet FIRST Robotics team will be competing at next week’s regional competition in the University of Minnesota’s Mariucci Arena Thursday – Saturday, March 28-March 30. 
Best viewing times will be the qualification matches from 9-12 Friday and Saturday and afternoons 1 p.m. and after. 
Opening Ceremonies are each day from 8:30-9:00 a.m. 
Check out the robotics team (we’ll be in purple) and think about joining next year’s robot-building and marketing teams!

Southwest Community Education Updates

Southwest Community Education Updates

         Our Study Buddies tutoring program at Lake Harriet runs every Thursday, 3:30-5:00 p.m.  Transportation home by school bus is available for participating SWHS students.  Study Buddies are eligible to earn community service hours for NSH< Student Council, IB or for scholarship recommendations

         Our Spring Quarter General Adult Education classes (""GAE"") classes will start the week of April 8.  There are over 125 classes available for students & adults.  This spring features 20 new classes including a new special event:  ""The Tin Chef Contest"" - a cooking contest modeled after the Iron Chef Contest.  You can register on-line, by mail, or by phone.  Call us at 612-668-3100.

         Our annual SW Community Ed. Earth Day Community Clean-up of Lake Harriet, Lake Calhoun and parts of Minnehaha Creek will take place on Saturday, April 20th.  The Green Team is planning other activities for that week, and will also be sponsoring environmental workshops after the clean-up.  A free deli-lunch will be provided for all participating helpers.  To register - call us at 612-668-3100.

Minnesota Post Secondary Education Opportunities (PSEO)

Minnesota Post Secondary Education Opportunities (PSEO)

The counselors wanted to make sure that families are aware of the Post Secondary Education Options (PSEO) program available to students in grade 10-12.

This program allows students to enroll in and take college level courses at the college setting. These courses are provided free of charge and credits are concurrent with high school graduation requirements.

There are upcoming deadlines that must be honored for enrollment this coming fall.

For further information, please contact your counselor.

Poetry Slam Finalists

Poetry Slam Finalists

The (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam finalists presented by TruArtSpeaks. 
Congratulations to Laresa Avent, Fatima Camara and Nazeem Cunningham.  They will be competing on Friday March 29 at the Heart of the Beast theater for one of six coveted spots representing Minnesota at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam this summer in Chicago.

Come out and support these young Southwest poets.  You can also financially support and sponsor a young poet's trip to compete in the international BRAVE NEW VOICES Youth Poetry Slam Festival (BNV) this summer in Chicago.

Graduation June 1 and Senior Party

at  Mariucci Arena, 1901 SW 4th Street on the campus of the University of Minnesota at 7:30 pm

Seniors and Senior Parents!
Save the Date – 2013 Senior Party on June 1-2

This year’s senior party will immediately follow the graduation ceremony on June 1, 2013.
Students will board buses to the Chaska Community Center for a great night of fun with their fellow 2013 classmates.
Please put the date on your calendar now before it fills up with other graduation activities. More information to follow soon. Party Inquiry

March 27 & 28 Finals Schedule

Finals Schedule for March 27 and 28th

  • Wednesday March 27 Four Period day. Lunch with period 3 teacher. One hour, 20 minute classes
  • Period 1:  Study Hal 8:30-9:50

Period 2 - 10:00-11:20

Period 3 -  A lunch - 11:30-12:00

Class -  12:10-1:30

Period 3 -  B lunch - 1:00-1:30

Class - 11:30-12:50

Period 4 - 1:40-3:00


Thursday March 28 Four Period day. Lunch with period 6 teacher. One hour, 20 minute classes

Period 1  (Final) - 8:30-9:50

Period 5 - 10:00-11:20

Period 3 -  B lunch - 1:00-1:30

Class - 11:30-12:50

Period 3 -  B lunch - 1:00-1:30

Class - 11:30-12:50

Period 7 - 1:40-3:00

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Tommy Production and Parking

Hopefully you have your tickets for the continuing run of Tommy.

Parking is always an issue around school.   We strive to be good neighbors.  Be very careful where you park.  You can park on the school side of the street except for the front of the building.

Watch for the parking permit signs.  Do not block neighbors driveways and do not park in prohibited spaces.

As with any night at Southwest, be prepared to walk.  Parking is limited and please expect to walk a block or two.  Remember the streets and sidewalks are still slippery.  It might be spring but the snow and ice are still with us.

Area C Parent Advisory Meeting is in the Media Center and the Tommy production is in the auditorium.  There are going to be many people at Southwest again tonight.  Be careful where you park.

Southwest is a busy building meeting the needs of our children, neighborhood and community.  Throughout the year, the building is heavily used during the regular school hours and in the evenings with student activities and community education.  The summer is no exception and Southwest continue to work to meet the needs of its community.

Welcome to Southwest, your school.  Please be careful about parking.

Artist in the Front Hall

Larger than Life -- Cory Van Denburg.

Check out the front hall. Artist Cory Van Denburg has combined his talents of drawing and photography into one large mural.

Make-Up ACT Test April 2

Information for students taking the ACT make-up test on April 2:


If any 11th grade students missed the ACT exam on March 19th at SWHS, they will have the opportunity to take it on Tuesday April 2, 2013 free of charge. The test will occur at the MPS District Office Building.   Please see the information below:


All make-up testing will be at the Davis Center, 1250 West Broadway, Minneapolis 55411 Students should plan to arrive between 8:00 and 8:30 am.  No students will be admitted after 9:00 am.

Students will need to make their own arrangements for transportation.  For students who do not have a GoTo card, bus tokens are available.  Students will need to let their counselor know that they need tokens by Wednesday, March 27th.


George Mountin

Counselor (L-Q)

Southwest High School


Tuesday, March 19, 2013

Potholes and Other Holes in the Street

The winter weather has not been kind to the streets.  Yes, there are some holes that probably contain small cars and other lost items.  Please help the city identify those points of danger.

As you bounce over or out of one of the holes, please call 311 and report to exact and specific location of the point of danger.  If they don't know about it they can't fix it.

So, help the neighborhood and the safety of others, call 311 to report potholes.

Please Do Not Drive Through the Alley

Traffic patterns.  Please drop off students at the side of the building and leave the front of the school for buses and walking studnets.

Please do not use the alley between Beards and Chowen as a shortcut after dropping off your students at the front door.  There is a city ordinance that states that cutting through the alleys is illegal.

Please be a good neighbor

478.260. - Use of alleys for through traffic prohibited.

(a) Purpose. The city council declares that the public alleys of the city are constructed and maintained primarily to provide limited access to abutting residential and commercial property, and are not intended or designed for use as through streets. The city council finds that it is necessary to limit access to public alleys in order to address the use of public alleys by operators of motor vehicles who use alleys to avoid traffic congestion on city streets, thereby increasing the risk of bodily injury and property damage by increasing vehicular traffic in alleys which are not designed to safely carry such traffic; to address problems of "cruising" alleys in motor vehicles by persons who do not reside or conduct business in abutting property or who are not invitees to abutting property, which can lead to vandalism, burglary or other criminal activity. The city council finds that the protection of the public health, safety and welfare requires that traffic in public alleys be restricted to protect residential neighborhoods and to insure that use of public alleys by operators of motor vehicles is consistent with the purpose of such alleys as stated in this section.

(b)Use prohibited. No person may operate a motor vehicle on a public alley unless directed to do so by a peace officer, authorized traffic code enforcement personnel or authorized traffic control device, except abutting property owners, tenants their guests or invitees, operating a motor vehicle in an otherwise lawful manner. This section shall not be interpreted to preclude use of alleys by the following:

(1)Persons performing authorized law enforcement activities on behalf of any law enforcement agency;

(2)Persons providing emergency medical or fire services;

(3)Persons performing public service activities or inspections on behalf of state, federal or city regulatory agencies or departments; and

(4)Persons performing installation, maintenance or inspection activities for public or private utility or communications companies. (93-Or-152, § 1, 10-29-93)

Monday, March 18, 2013

First Day of Kitchen Construction

Today was the first day of the lunch without a full kitchen and a full choice of great food.  Every other day is going to be pizza and that seems to be a favorite.

Lunch line was a bit slower but with new system that was to be expected.  Tomorrow will be better and each day with get back into a rhythm and we should be fine.

Construction will be finished by the time students return from spring break.  We continue to attempt to improve our services.

Leland-Johnson Common Vision Program





February 2013




The Leland-Johnson Common Vision Program is conducting an essay contest for the purpose of awarding a scholarship to two deserving students from the Junior and Senior classes from several metro high schools for this academic year.  The purpose of this contest is rooted in the origins of the Leland-Johnson Common Vision Program (LJCV), now 22 years old. 


It is designed to encourage high school seniors from the two LJCV target groups—African American and Jewish—to review their family and personal histories in order to discuss through the essay format, answers to specific questions about those experiences.  The contest is open to:


Ø  African American high school students, whose families have experienced the history of slavery, bigotry and discrimination in the United States, and…


Ø  Jewish high school students, whose families have experienced anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination in the United States or abroad.


The topic for this first essay contest is formulated in these two questions:

Describe the common struggles and challenges that African Americans

and Jews have faced that connect their historical experiences.  

How do these connections impact you in society?


By initiating contact through you and your office, it is our objective to “get the word out” about this scholarship contest via your normal communication channels—through digital media, in print, on air/broadcast, through social media and “word of mouth.”  In order to help you and your leadership staff evaluate the components and criteria for this scholarship contest, as well as the rationale for encouraging your students to enter/participate, we have enclosed the following informational documents:



Ø  Contest rules and materials necessary to apply for the LJCV Student Scholarship Essay Contest

Ø  And a small poster for promoting this contest in your building.


We sincerely hope you will find the LJCV Student Scholarship Essay Contest of interest and worth promoting for the purpose of helping us identify students who might be engaged in participating in this unique and worthwhile competition.  Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.


Respectfully yours,



Dr. Josie Johnson, Arnold “Bill” Aberman, Martha Arradondo, Dr. Wendy Bach, Alan Bensman, Sherrill Borkon, Dawn Campbell, Pamela Cosby, Cheryl Chatman, Max Fallek, Laura Ferenci, Bill Lerman, Susan Lieberman, Matthew Little, Andrew McGlory, Katie McWatt,* Rod Shilkrot, Lynelle Shire, Marilyn Weisberg          







The Leland-Johnson Common Vision Program strives to prepare leaders by providing Jewish and African American high school students with knowledge and understanding of their forebears’ unending struggle against racism and anti-Semitism and other forms of discrimination.


For several years, an innovative year-long program and curriculum for an average of 20 students, African American and Jewish from metro high schools, focused on parallel culture, history, social action and educational travel.  The Leland-Johnson Common Vision Program experience not only increased participating students’ knowledge base, it also succeeded in rebuilding at this isolated level, the historic and once-effective relationship between African Americans and Jews through these engaged high school students—the future leaders of both communities.


In addition to monthly lectures, speakers, interactive activities, field trips, and community service projects during the school year, each Leland-Johnson Common Vision Program class traveled annually to Washington, D.C. to further research the history of the tenuous relationship between these two strong minority communities, meet with Minnesota congressional representatives, and tour historic sites and landmarks pertinent to this important forum topic.


The Leland-Johnson Common Vision Program has now evolved into what we hope will survive as an ongoing annual college scholarship program, still focused on the origins of the initial Leland-Johnson Common Vision Program and further strengthening, through our talented youth, the relationship between these two wonderful communities.


Slippery Roads and Sidewalks

Travel is SLOOOOW and slippery Be very careful. The snow is not deep but wet and on the icy road and sidewalks - that is danger.

School is operating at regular times.  Buses are going to be slow so bundle up and stay warm.

If you believe conditions are unsafe for your child, please call the attendance line - 612-668-3088 - for the excused weather related absence.

Be careful with the morning travel - roads and sidewalks.

Please drop off your student on the sides of the building and not in front.  Please save that area for bus unloading.

Sunday, March 17, 2013

Speech Team Honored at Northfield

Southwest Speech Wins at Northfield

The Speech traveled to Northfield Saturday for another exciting day of competition as the season is drawing to its conclusion.

The Team placed third overall with several individual winners.

Justin Andrews earned 7th place in Storytelling.  This is Justin second official outing in competition.

Madelaine Foster placed 7th in Creative Expression and

Nathaniel Larson finished finals with a perfect score of three 1's and earned first place in Original Oratory.

Congratulations Speech Team!

Saturday, March 16, 2013

Area C Advisory Meeting March 21

Area C Parent Advisory Meeting at Southwest Thursday, March 21 - 6:00-8:00pm - 6:00-8:00pm - Southwest High School Media Center, 3414 West 47th Street

Minnesota Varsity Musical Showcase for High School

SWHS Students Emma Richman (freshman, violin) and Nora Doyle (junior, cello) are part of the Luna String Quartet which has been selected for the Featured Round of the  Minnesota Varsity Musical Showcase for High School  Musicians across the State on Classical Minnesota Public Radio.  The Luna String Quartet can be heard on MPR (99.5) on Thursday, March 14 at 7am and 4pm playing the String Quartet in f, first movement, by Felix Mendelssohn.


Nora Doyle is also a member of the Hartman, Warren, Doyle Piano Trio - another featured round selection, which aired on March 4.

Matthew Benbenek is a featured performer


Please see the MPR website for a chance to vote on your favorite Featured Round Selection for the MN Varsity Showcase Round. Voting goes from March 18 through March 22, 2013.

FAFSA Parent Workshop

FAFSA Workshops Seniors and parents/guardians are invited to attend.

Counselors, coordinators, and financial aid professionals will be on hand to answer FAFSA questions. Computers will be available to complete the FAFSA online during each workshop. Please see the FAFSA Workshop for a list of documents/information you will need to bring in with you order to complete the FAFSA. All workshops will take place in the CCC, room 104. Thurs, Feb 28th 5-7 pm (Conferences) Fri, March 1st 11 am- 12 pm (Conferences) Fri, March 1st 2- 3:30 pm (Conferences) Tues, March 12th 2:30- 4:30 pm Please see Ms. Jastrow or Ms. Van Pernis with any questions. 612-669-3065.


Poetry Slam Finalists

Poetry Slam Finalists

The (K.)N.E.W. MN Youth Poetry Slam finalists presented by TruArtSpeaks..  Congratulations to Laresa Avent, Fatima Camara and Nazeem Cunningham.  They will be competing on Friday March 29 at the Heart of the Beast theater for one of six coveted spots representing Minnesota at the Brave New Voices International Poetry Slam this summer in Chicago.

Come out and support these young Southwest poets.  You can also financially support and sponsor a young poet's trip to compete in the international BRAVE NEW VOICES Youth Poetry Slam Festival (BNV) this summer in Chicago.