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Students show their creativity through the arts

By CC Logan

Staff Writer

Students in the Video Production, Visual Arts, Creative Writing and Holocaust Expeditions classes showed their creativity through arts projects for the after school Celebration of Learning event.

Video Production

In the Video Production Expeditions course, students got to learn different filming and editing techniques which help achieve a higher quality video, such as filming at different angles, making certain frames slow motion and adding music and filters. For their final product, students had to produce a video in two weeks that incorporated the skills they learned during their Expeditions course, centered around the theme of poor-quality technology and tied into the class’s GoFundMe page.

Summit Prep junior Brendan Green explained that his video is “about how slow all the computers in Video Production class are” and that he compared the slow technology to Russia in the 1930s. Green said he wanted to “add humor by taking something that is unlike our subject and comparing it to something completely different.”

Another Summit Prep junior, Erick Espinoza, went a different route with his final product and made his “about the ‘E-Waste God’ and how he needs more computers.”

During the Celebration of Learning presentation, students showcased their videos in front of their peers and parents. After the screening, Marlene Zobayan, mother of Summit Prep freshman Joey Darwood, said that her experience was “really good and very interesting” and that she liked how the films “had a purpose to raise money for film equipment.” She added that video production is definitely “a 21st century skill” that would be helpful in the future.

Marlene Zobayan, mother of Summit Prep freshman Joey Darwood, said the Video Production film screening was “very interesting.”
A crowd of students and parents watch student films during the Celebration of Learning presentation.
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Summit Prep junior Erick Espinoza watches his final product, E Waste God.

Visual Art:

Summit Prep art students wrote gallery-style explanations to accompany their art. Here are three examples:

Below are some more pictures that were drawn by Summit Prep Visual Arts students:

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Creative Writing:

Empowerment Through Creative Writing is a class in which students get to explore the world of writing to benefit themselves. Students learn how to write and step out of their shell through different styles of poetry. During Celebration of Learning, those students applied themselves with a Poetry Slam, a Spoken Word competition that lasted three rounds, including both individual and group poems.

Summit Prep freshmen Damien Jackson, Eliza Insley, Grace Bartz and Hattie Hughes present their poem about how our society is so connected to technology that people do not realize there is more to life.

Summit Prep freshmen Darren D’avila and Angel Miranda present their poem about love and hatred.

Summit Prep freshman Jessica Esparza presents her poem about love and happiness.

Summit Prep freshmen Angel Miranda and Jocelyn Gallardo present their poem, which argues that our world is a beautiful disaster.

Summit Prep freshman Devon Anthony and junior Ivonne Acosta present their poem on saying what they want to say.

Left:  Summit Prep freshman Joey Darwood presents his poem about making mac and cheese.

Right: Summit Prep freshmen Angel Miranda and Darren D’avila prepare to present.


“There is good, there is bad, and then there is you.” That is a lesson that Lissa Thiele, whose family was persecuted during the Holocaust, hopes to impart to the students in her Holocaust Expeditions course. During the Celebration of Learning, the scholars in the class walked around the school to get people to sign a Pledge of Respect.

Evelyn Aguilar, a sophomore at Summit Prep, said that taking the class made students “think twice and become socially aware,” explaining that she “realized how many people the Holocaust actually affects.” Another sophomore, Rob Wilds, said the class “improved empathy” and taught him to “stand up for what I think is right.”After taking the class, he realized “how big of an impact one person’s ideas can make.”

 Aguilar learned from the class that “hate or war is never the answer.” Wilds learned that “humans are very susceptible to influence and we always have to be cognizant of it.”

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 Staff Writers Darren D’avila, Micah Tam, Nicholas Reed, Darya Worsell and David Martinez contributed to this report. 

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