Here's an excerpt from the winning essay by Achutha Raman:
Martyrs perhaps best exemplify the triumph of language over violence. These individuals are physically destroyed by violence, but through words, they and their ideals are resurrected. From Jesus Christ to James Brown of the antebellum era to Stephen Biko of the apartheid struggles, successful martyrs abound in history, inciting both immediate and lasting action. They show that in a one-on-one battle between the pen and sword, the pen deals the final blow.
Not bad for a high schooler, eh?
Has anyone been involved in this event? Inspired in part by Chris' involvement with middle schoolers, I'd be very interested in getting involved with the Slam. Does anyone have experience with this?