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Madison La Follette High School freshman Lilyana Sims has performed her original, award-winning spoken word speech, “Don’t Touch My Hair,” at the Overture Center and at UW-Madison, in Washington D.C. in front of the White House and at the Kennedy Center, at an NAACP Freedom Fund banquet, and in a La Follette High School staff workshop. Now in her second year of writing and performing, she’s working on a new speech that she's hoping will rival the success of her first. Here she talks with her dad Jamie Sims, Principal at Black Hawk Middle School, about her creative process, what it's like to perform and more.  ***

To request a written transcript of this episode, please email mmsdnews@madison.k12.wi.us.

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