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Pace High's Literary Guild hosts annual Open Mic Night

Senior Malik Mackey reads a spoken word poem at the Msgr. Pace High Literary Guild's annual Open Mic Night inside the school's Innovation Center.

Photographer: Rene D. Basulto

Senior Malik Mackey reads a spoken word poem at the Msgr. Pace High Literary Guild's annual Open Mic Night inside the school's Innovation Center.

Junior Gabriela Gutierrez plays the violin at the Msgr. Pace High Literary Guild's annual Open Mic Night inside the school's Innovation Center.

Photographer: Rene D. Basulto

Junior Gabriela Gutierrez plays the violin at the Msgr. Pace High Literary Guild's annual Open Mic Night inside the school's Innovation Center.

MIAMI GARDENS | On Feb. 10, Msgr. Edward Pace High School students piled into the school’s Innovation Center to watch and perform at the annual Open Mic Night hosted by the school's Literary Guild. Emceed by senior Justin Gerlin and overseen by Literary Guild moderator and Pace English teacher Katherine Palacio, the unique event provided a platform for Pace students to sing, read their own written poetry, perform standup comedy and spoken word, and play instruments.

Refreshments were served and sold by Pace Campus Minister Andres Novela and his Just.Ice.Coffee which benefits Pace High’s Haitian sister schools. Some highlights included senior Kenea Sejour bringing the house down multiple times with several songs and junior Gabriela Gutierrez performing a piece on the violin.

Before performing an improvised jazz session on the guitar, senior Frank de Oliva spoke from the heart, saying, “I hope that everybody learns how to be self-confident…Just be in yourself and just be yourself.”

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