Raving Rants: NEHS Spring Open Mic Night

On April 28, NEHS hosted its second Open Mic Night of the year in the library, giving attendees the chance to both address the group and observe several powerful statements.


Sarah Baig

Senior Jasmine Lewis hugs senior Valentina Lopez as she reads a poem in remembrance of her late dog. “[I chose this poem] because it is very significant to me and I wanted to share that with everyone else, knowing how significant it is to me, but hopefully I can change someone else’s view and give them the same emotion that I had,” Lopez said.

On Thursday, April 28, the National English Honor Society (NEHS) held their second Open Mic Night of the year for members and nonmembers alike to enjoy before the stressful week of SOL and AP testing. The Open Mic Night was open for anyone interested in sharing their stories, songs, poetry, and other works of writing, or for those wanting to listen to the literary works being shared.

While the spring Open Mic Night took place in the midst of one of the most hectic portions of the school year and fewer people were in attendance than at the previous fall occasion, there was certainly not a lack of emotion at the event. “We didn’t expect many people to come, due to the timing, and also the approach we took to advertising it this time around, but for those who did, it was a great intimate experience,” English teacher and NEHS sponsor Jennifer Beasley said. Many students took advantage of the share-out as an opportunity to let go of inner feelings that they lack an outlet to vent to. 

Although no one is required to speak, the comforting atmosphere of the Open Mic helps those in attendance feel more secure in doing so. “There was absolutely no shame in being around a crowd that’s always very welcoming and very similar to you,” Lopez said.  “Everyone has the same aspects and dreams, so it’s always very comforting knowing everyone around you wont judge you for anything.”

After the group of students from all grade levels grabbed refreshments, the readings began. The literary works that were shared ranged from rants about unpleasant assignments, heartfelt poems, and fun tongue twisters. Throughout the evening, the artistic talents of the student body were on full display.