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Hero of the Week! (4.3.20)

Posted by Silver Spring Neighborhood Center - 2020-04-03 14:54:25


It's time for the SSNC...


Every Friday, we at the SSNC like to highlight some of the amazing things happening in our community of success.

This is Victoria Neal, an 11 year old student at Browning Elementary and recent America Scores Milwaukee poetry slam Champion!

America Scores is a national program in 12 major cities, with a mission to inspire urban youth to lead healthy lives, be engaged students, and have the confidence and character to make a difference in the world. We love being partners with them locally and so do the kids in our community!

Recently, Victoria entered their national poetry slam competition on the local level. Victoria took the crown in Milwaukee, proceeding to regionals in Chicago where she also won.

A Midwest Champion, she now has the chance to compete in nationals in Washington DC. We couldn't be more proud of her!

Writing is more than an outlet for her. Tragically, Victoria lost her father. She says writing is a way to cope with that pain. It's a method to get her voice out and channel what's inside her. She really wishes more people would try poetry. It can help them calm down, let them go to their own quiet place. It doesn't have to be perfect. It doesn't even have to make sense. She says it only needs to make sense to you.

Victoria uses her incredible creativity to express herself. She's even writing a play! Her goal is to be an actor, author, or poet and we know she will be a wonderful one!
While the logistics of nationals are being figured out due to COVID-19 uncertainties, we know whenever or however they are held Victoria is going to be amazing. She is an inspiration to our community and just an incredible ball of talent. We can't wait to follow her successes and future endeavors, whatever they may be!

That's why she is our...

And without further adieu... a poem by Victoria Neal

Peer Pressure

Dear Peer Pressure,

Sometimes it's hard to see
Are you my friend or enemy
Because what I want
Is to be the best I can be.

In school you show your ugly side
Asking me to listen to
Dares and challenges
Inside I question…..why?

Sometimes you show me opportunity
Because the choices I make reflect on me.
You make me feel brave and strong.
Dear Peer Pressure,
I am learning right from wrong

Peer Pressure!
You don’t get the last say!
If I’m having a rough day, I remember to:

L earn

Be O ptimistic

V ulnerable

And E ager to succeed

Peer Pressure…..
You won’t get the best of me!

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