The Final Regular Season CapSlam!

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The FINAL CapSlam of the regular season!

After this, it is semi-final time!

There was a heightened air of anticipation as Rusty Priske took the stage as host… launching right into DAY ONE!

Nothing kicks off a poetry show quite like poetry and the crowd was primed!

But first…. some sacrificial poetry blood needed spilling and former OYPS team member, Emma Blanche was there to make that sacrifice! 8.0 8.0 8.8 8.5 9.2 – 25.3

Then we were launching right into the slam and the first name out of the hat was a different kind of blood… NEW BLOOD! Eleanor Upshaw made her slam debut… and went over four minutes! Oh well, who cares about scores, right? 8.2 9.0 8.9 9.0 8.3 (-3.0) – 23.2

Next up was slam sophomore, Tony Gascon! 9.0 9.0 8.5 8.8 8.5 – 26.3

Next out of the hat was this season’s find of the year, Nina Vuleta! 9.1 9.0 9.1 9.3 9.5 – 27.5!

Setting the bar!

She was followed by the OYPS Slam Master, Sarah Ruszala! 9.1 9.0 8.9 8.9 9.5 – 27.0

Another first timer! Cassie Casey was next! 8.2 9.5 9.0 9.5 8.9 – 27.4!

The penultimate poet of the first round was Ceilidhe Miller! 8.8 8.9 9.1 8.9 8.9 – 26.7

We wrapped up with the Collective director FINALLY making his season debut… Brad Morden! 9.3 9.5 9.0 9.0 9.6 – 27.8!

Then, after a short break, Janice Lee regaled us with a great set combing in poetry, music and clever repartee!

I remember her first slam! Now she is an intergalactic super-star!

Then we were back with the second round of the slam!

Eleanor Upshaw was first again, but this time she did a freestyle about not realizing that she needed two poems. Epic! 9.0 9.0 8.0 8.9 8.9 – 26.8

Tony Gascon followed and ALSO went freestyle! 8.9 8.5 9.2 8.8 9.5 – 27.2

Cassie Casey came back for the second half of her debut! 8.9 8.0 7.9 8.8 8.5 – 25.3

Nian Vuleta dropped a BIG poem! Impressive! (and way underscored… I honestly thought she would get a ten) 9.3 8.9 8.5 9.6 9.9 – 27.8

Sarah Ruszala hissed out her second poem. 9.3 9.0 9.0 8.3 9.8 – 27.3

Ceilidhe Miller was penultimate poet again! 9.3 9.5 9.2 8.7 9.0 – 27.5

And once again, Brad got the sweet spot! 9.0 9.7 9.8 9.3 9.7 – 28.7!!

Final Results

1. Brad Morden – 56.5
2. Nina Vuleta – 55.3
3. Sarah Ruszala – 54.3
4. Ceilidhe Miller – 54.2
5. Tony Gascon – 53.5
6. Cassie Casey – 52.1
7. Eleanor Upshaw – 50.0

Next are the Semi-finals on April 4th and 18th! Line-ups to be announced soon!

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