Posted May 7, 2012
Top: 2012 edition of Visions. Bottom: Students from
Shaker High School and Blue Creek read their pieces
aloud to the audience.
Visions, the literary magazine run by
Shaker High School students, held its 2012 Release Party last week
in front of an audience of parents, friends and district staff.
Visions is a literary magazine run by
students, along with the supervision of advisors Hope Dils and
Maureen Livingston. It provides an opportunity for students to
artistically express themselves using written and visual mediums.
Members of the club create, edit, and select submissions for
publication and generate the layout for the magazine.
View photo gallery from Release Party
Coming off a year in which Visions
received a ranking of “Superior” by the National Council of Teachers
of English (NCTE), the Visions’ staff was excited and
hopeful that this edition would rival their production from 2011.
A total of 391 schools from across the country
entered the 2011 NCTE program to Recognize Excellence in Student
Literary Magazines, and Shaker High School was the only district in
the region to receive a “Superior” ranking.
The high school students were also accompanied
by their younger colleagues from Blue Creek Elementary. Over the
last few weeks, the high school students spent time working with
their elementary “buddies” to select excerpts from their creative
writing pieces and to practicing reading these aloud to an audience.
At the release party, the Blue Creek students debuted their pieces
in front of the audience to much fanfare.
The students who work on the magazine get
involved for many reasons, ranging from creative expression to
honing their design skills. However, one thing they can all agree on
is that working on this publication is something that is very
special to them.
“I like looking at all of the different artwork
submissions,” junior Kelley Bullock said. “I like finding the
different aspects of art and writing and paring them together.”
“Mrs. Dils would talk about Visions in
class and it really appealed to me,” senior Shai Hacker said. “I
like to write to express my creativity. Being a part of this
magazine is something I’ll always remember.”