Students unite for ‘Hamilton’-themed poetry slam at Schuster Center

Dayton’s youth will be spotlighted as Dayton Live’s Founding Fathers Cypher takes place Thursday, Jan. 27 at 7 p.m. in the Wintergarden of the Schuster Center.

A cypher is defined as a gathering of rappers, beatboxers and/or poets who take turns performing their work.

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Students from all over the Miami Valley submitted poetry and songs as a tribute to the founding fathers and “Hamilton,” which has its local premiere Jan. 26-Feb. 6.

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Eight winners have been selected to perform their work at the Founding Fathers Cypher:

“Jonathan Dayton” - Carson Cusick (7th grade)

“Washington’s Inner Monologue” - Mackenzie Duff (10th grade)

“Thomas Jefferson” - Avery Enseleit (6th grade)

“On the Line” - Claire Goeke (7th grade)

“The Silhouette: The Story of Lucy Knox” - Adaobi Iwuanyanwu (11th grade)

“The American Revolution” - Amarion McGowan (8th grade)

“Oliver Ellsworth” - Ainsley Richards (9th grade)

“In Hamilton’s Eyes” - Lexie Sheik (6th grade)

The Schuster Center is located at Second and Main Streets, Dayton. For more information, visit

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