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Published on Apr 4, 2011
U.S. Coast Guard Academy Fourth Class Cadets Alexander Norton and Dale Carty recite their poems during the academy's 5th Annual Poetry Slam Thursday, March 31, 2011, in Dimick Hall at the academy in New London, Conn.
Fourteen cadets were chosen as finalists by their peers to participate in this years poetry slam. All fourth class cadets are required to write, memorize and recite original poems as part of their literature and writing courses.
The competition provides a creative way for cadets to polish their presentation skills and to examine and recognize the power of words.
U.S. Coast Guard video by Petty Officer 2nd Class Timothy Tamargo