Mostransky, who has Pagan as a student, said she stayed true to her Puerto Rican background by blending the two languages. He said students were assigned the book "Bronx Masquerade" which deals with issues of teen pregnancy, and many of the themes of the book came across in her poem.
Kerianne Reilly, an eighth-grade student at Sand Creek Middle School, emceed the event alongside classmate Mariah McGuirk.
Reilly said she was excited to have an opportunity to introduce her classmates, but was not planning on performing a poem herself.
"I did emceeing before for another thing we did at our school," she said. "I love it. It's so much fun."
She said she knew her classmates would do well because of all their hard work in preparing the poems.
McGuirk said she was excited as well, but was a little anxious.
"It's just basically pronouncing the names I'm nervous about," she said.
Colleen Reilly, Kerianne's mother said she supports the Poetry Slam because "it's a good outlet for kids who don't do anything else," such as sports or other extracurricular activities.
"I like to see the kids get involved," she said.