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SLA provides a rigorous, college-preparatory curriculum with a focus on science, technology, mathematics and entrepreneurship. Students at SLA learn in a project-based environment where the core values of inquiry, research, collaboration, presentation and reflection are emphasized in all classes.

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New 2016 Youth Poet Laureate - Otter Jung-Allen

Congratulations Otter!

Philadelphia – Today, the City of Philadelphia announced its 2016 Youth Poet Laureate at a ceremony in the Art Gallery at City Hall. Otter Jung-Allen, who is a sixteen year old from West Philadelphia and rising senior at Science Leadership Academy, will begin their one-year term effective immediately.

“We are proud to have Otter Jung-Allen serve as the City of Philadelphia’s Youth Poet Laureate and to lead by example in demonstrating to young Philadelphians that poetry can be educational tool, a form of expression and a means of connection with people of all ages,” said Mayor Jim Kenney.

Otter was selected by the Poet Laureate Governing Committee and City of Philadelphia’s Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher to serve as the city’s fourth Youth Poet Laureate, a role that provides an opportunity for an outstanding young poet to give voice to their fellow students and children through the medium of poetry. Otter will be mentored by Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher, as the Youth Poet Laureate program was created to complement the City’s Poet Laureate program, which is also managed by the Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy. As Youth Poet Laureate, Otter will work with Poet Laureate Yolanda Wisher to promote poetry, literacy, and arts education through community events and visits to Philadelphia schools and libraries across the city.

“The Office of Arts, Culture and the Creative Economy look forward to working with Otter this year to reach Philadelphians in their neighborhoods through poetry,” said Chief Cultural Officer Kelly Lee. “As Youth Poet Laureate, Otter will have the valuable opportunity to not only perform throughout the city but also to educate their fellow Philadelphians of the importance of this living art form.”
Among their recent accolades, Otter is the 2015 Brave New Voices International Champion and the 2015 Liberty Unplugged Champion. Otter also serves as the performance coach of Science Leadership Academy’s Slam League team.

At the ceremony, outgoing Youth Poet Laureate David Jones of Cristo Rey Philadelphia High School was recognized for his year of service along with 2016 Youth Poet Laureate finalists Husnaa Hasim of Mastery Charter School – Shoemaker Campus and Zoe Gray, who is homeschooled.

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Rough Cut Film Fest Awards Gala- Mon, 6/20 Suzanne Roberts 7-930pm

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Morning Everyone, 

somehow we made it to the 8th and final day of this action-packed week of films, workshops, panels and socials! Quick reminder that tonight is our Awards Gala, and we have an amazing evening of performances and films to honor.

Students and Teachers are FREE, so talk this up to your streams at Field Day. 


Join us for an evening to celebrate the amazing work of the next generation transforming Philadelphia into a bonafide Arts and Entertainment hub. The Future of Philly is now!

The entire Rough Cut Team hopes to see you tonight!

Suzanne Roberts Theatre
480 S Broad St (at Lombard)
Red Carpet 6pm
Awards Show 7-930pm
After Party 10-? (around corner on South St. at Cambridge & Rex)

Live Performances:
-School of Rock House Band
-PYP (Philly Young Playwrights)
-PYPM (Philly Youth Poetry Movement)
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Challenge Week Film Festival Winners!

Congratulations to the three winning teams of SLA's first-ever Challenge Week Film Festival. Students from Gold and Silver Streams were tasked with creating a three-minute documentary film in just three days. Here's the prompt they had to answer:

Tell the truth about your neighborhood.

Special thanks to the media facilitators from the University Community Collaborative at Temple University, who came to train participants at the start of the challenge. We couldn't have done it without you!

First Place: Kensington
Sam Dennis, Hannah Layton, Johnny Saldivar, Charles Velazquez, Taytiana Velazquez-Rivera

Second Place: West Philadelphia
Ajanae Mills, Arielle Moore, Jevon Price, TK Saccoh, Sandra Watson
Third Place: Bella Vista
Jhazzelle Majarucon, Israh Mohammed, Destiny Patton, Sopheary Sok
Audience Choice: Mayfair
Laith Abuhartheith, Ijustice Avery, Conor Meier, Tia Roberts, Alex Torres
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