North Shore’s Louder Than a Bomb team had a knock-out season before the coronavirus pandemic cut it short. Louder Than a Bomb, held in various locations downtown Chicago, is the largest youth poetry festival in the world. Students compete individually and in teams, and this year, the North Shore poets included Lola Adebiyi ’21, Emmy Cho ’20, Hannah Gallin ’22, Anita Rao ’21, Raven Rumbolt-Lemond ’21, Claire Umpleby ’20 and Ashley Zabel ’22. Upper School English Teacher Christina Baik served as the faculty advisor. 
The team competed in two preliminary rounds, placing first and second respectively. They qualified for the quarterfinals and were planning to compete March 12, but the School closed a day early for spring break and the local government advised against large public meetings, so most of the students decided to stay home, essentially forfeiting. 

“I am so proud of our poets and grateful to those who came and supported us during the preliminary bouts,” Christina said. “One by one, our individual poets went up on stage and wowed everyone in the room. Their words resonated and their performances were impassioned and thoughtful. Our group poets also impressed the audience with their honest portrayal of high school in their piece.”

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Take 10 Play Festival

North Shore Country Day’s annual 10-minute play festival “Take 10” returned to the stage on April 13. For the first time in three years, students performed their original plays in front of a live audience with performances in the NSCD Auditorium.

All seven plays were written, produced and directed by students in the upper school directing class. Some were based on personal experience, observations and media events, while others stemmed from pure creativity. Once the scripts were finalized, the student directors held auditions, cast the roles and ran their own rehearsals.

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