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Students show creativity in Expeditions

By Shawn Wilson

Staff Writer

Art is all about expression and personality, something the students taking arts Expeditions courses at Everest Public High School showed during Everest’s Celebration of Learning.

Visual Arts

Students in the Visual Arts course were tasked with creating art pieces that represented themselves and their own interpretation of an image.

The students all created a picture of a unique eye, with various other elements such as the eye’s reflection showing an image or creative choices with its overall shape. Everest sophomore Samantha Suchite said her art teacher “told us to make it


Everest sophomore Samantha Suchite PHOTO CREDIT: Cameron Eberle

what we perceive, what our interests are. For instance, mine is focused on nature – that’s what I like.” Her picture takes pieces of nature and incorporates them into an eye, such as the lacrimal caruncle (the small pink flesh close to the nose) being hooked to look like a bird’s beak and the eyebrow growing into trees.




An eye, inspired by nature, drawn by Samantha Suchite PHOTO CREDIT: Shawn Wilson


Students from the Arts Expeditions course showcased some of their drawings on the main Everest staircase. PHOTO CREDIT: Cameron Eberle

Rock Band

Rock Band is an Expeditions course at the Riekes Center. It educates students wanting to learn or improve their music skills through the help of musically skilled teachers. For Celebration of Learning, Rock Band instructors allowed students to practice their new found skills by performing in front of different-sized audiences. The students built their piece off a cover of a song and showcased their ability to have fun while performing.

Everest freshman Mako Oshiro said that students in the class “learn to play music and get to choose songs.” Students develop and practice their musical skills in this class and even reignite old passions. Everest sophomore Rojo Mendoza said, “I love Rock Band. I used to play drums, and then I stopped playing. Then, Rock Band helped me pick it up again, and that was such an awesome thing to do for me.”

Students who took the Rock Band Expeditions course performed in the main lobby at the start of the Celebration of Learning and then moved out back as the crowd got ready for Everest’s award ceremony. See below for clips of their performances. VIDEO CREDITS: Teresa Faasolo



Creative Writing

Creative Writing is offered at Everest Public High School as an Expeditions class in which students can express themselves through multiple ways, including poems. Students make poems using figurative language and then present those poems to an audience. It is a place where students can show off their writing capabilities.

For the Celebration of Learning, the class put on a Poetry Slam, which is a spoken word competition. Everest freshmen Kaitlyn Hutcheson (below left) and Carmela Bello (below right) won first place.

Hutcheson said that her poem is “based off of music and how it is connected to me – and how, even in hard times in my life, I can always go to music because I feel like it understands me.” Bello said her poem is about “forgiving people” and learning to “not let others bring you down.”

Everest senior Madilyn Middlebrooks performs during the Celebration of Learning Poetry Slam. VIDEO CREDIT: Jose Luiz Sarabia

Madilyn Middlebrooks, a graduating Everest senior, performed a piece about what it means to be beautiful in society today and what we can do to break the stereotype. She feels that “in American society there is only one beauty standard. I wanted to tell people there is so much more to being beautiful than our outward appearance.”


Everest senior Sierra Sholes performs during the Celebration of Learning Poetry Slam. VIDEO CREDIT: Jose Luiz Sarabia

Everest graduating senior Sierra Sholes wrote her poem about a giant, explaining that’s “what was in my head” at the time.

Staff Writers Cameron Eberle, Teresa Faasolo and Jose Luiz Sarabia contributed to this report.

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. 

Celebration of Learning rounds up the Arts Expeditions year

By Alex D. Bonnett

Staff Writer

Students at Summit Public School: Rainier showed off their arts skills and performed for the community during the Celebration of Learning on May 11. Summit Rainier had their Celebration of Learning to end the Expeditions year, and students had to present or perform different forms of art depending on their Expeditions course.

Creative Writing

The Creative Writing class prepared a Poetry Slam to present during the Celebration of Learning. For the Poetry Slam, five teams were instructed to write three different poems, either individual or group, to read in the Slam. Five judges were chosen from the audience. They judged the groups anywhere from zero to ten (decimals included).

Little by little the audience began to build up. People took their seats and waited patiently for the Poetry Slam to begin. While preparing the judges, an intro poem was read by one of the students. After that, the Poetry Slam officially began.

The young poets wrote about a variety of things. There were poems about gender roles, society, family and even some short stories.

 Rainier freshmen Maggie Silva, Toan Chau and Ashley Venegas from Team 5 close out the Poetry Slam with their poem about a potato’s life on Earth. Then Creative Writing teacher Elizabeth DeOrnellas announces the night’s results.

Rainier freshman Elliott Alejo presents a poem in which each line starts with the letter ‘W.’

Rainier seniors Hunter Lindstrom, Austin Zhen and Anthony Nguyen-Pham, along with Rainier sophomore Andy Nguyen, present their poem about the seasons.

As the Poetry Slam was coming to an end, all the scores for the teams began to add up, soon revealing the winner. The final scores were announced from last to first. The winning team of the Poetry Slam was the Great Artists (also known as Team 2).


Rainier seniors Austin Zhen, Hunter Lindstrom, Anthony Nguyen-Pham and sophomore Andy Nguyen celebrate their Poetry Slam win.

Team 2 celebrate their win with excitement and yelling.

Advanced Drama

On May 11, the Advanced Drama class held a big performance at the Mt. Pleasant theater. The class had been working for four weeks on the making of the performance.

The performance was meant to be a highlight of all of the skills that the students have been taught over the course of the year.

The performance included six ten-minute plays and one thirty-minute play. Overall, it was a success for the advanced actors, showcasing many styles of theater.

The Advanced Drama students perform in the style of Greek theater. 

Rainier sophomores Jordan Franco-Lee and Isaac Little described their post-show emotions:

  1. How was your performance last night?

“I think my performance was pretty good,” Franco-Lee said. “The whole show came together and it was a lot of fun.” 

“I thought that it was pretty good,” Little said. “I had a lot of fun.” 

  1.    What did you do to prepare for it?

“To prepare for it, I made sure I knew all of my lines and blocking,” Franco-Lee said. “I put in a lot of extra work for the show.”

“I memorized my lines and took time to know my lines,” Little said.

  1.    Why did you choose drama this year?

“ I chose drama this year because I had a lot of fun doing acting last year and wanted to give it another try,” Franco-Lee said. 

“I had a lot of fun last year, and I wanted to experience it again,” Little said. 

  1.     In your opinion, what was the best performance last night and why?

“My favorite was Absent Grace because it was really deep and moving,” Franco-Lee said. “I think Naomi and Isaac did a good job.”  

“Absent Grace ’cause I was in it, and I can relate most to it,” Little said. 

Beginning Drama

The students in the Beginning Drama class wrote scripts for their own plays. Here are some images of the students presenting their plays:

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Here are some short clips of the Beginning Drama class performing for the community:

Rainier sophomore Briahana Martinez starts off this clip. 

Students from the Beginning Drama class continue to perform for the audience.

Video Production

The students who took Video Production spent many weeks filming and editing four or five films that were shown to the guests who came to the Celebration Of Learning at Summit Rainier. Rainier sophomore Naomi Crispino explained, “Every week they made short stories about different topics.”

Each team presented short clips. To view more student film clips, check out this YouTube channel


Staff Writers Ashley Venegas, Andrew Sanchez, Yelitzi Sanchez and Hunter Tilbury contributed to this report. 

Arts students perform during Celebration of Learning

By Absa Fall and Michael Taylor 

Staff Writers

Creative Writing, Video Production and Drama students showcased their performance skills during the Celebration of Learning on April 6.

Here’s what it looked like:

Creative Writing: 

Poets from the Creative Writing class exhibit their work to the public. Freshmen Yamileth Silva, Ivan Medina, Alexis Martinez and Alex Gil from the team Restless Poets took home the grand prize in the night’s Poetry Slam. 

Here’s a video of a completed poem from Tahoma freshman William Tran.

Video Production:

Students created videos and presented them to the public.

Here’s a satirical video from Tahoma senior Hugo Serrano.

All the completed videos can be viewed on this YouTube channel


Students wrote scripts that were acted out by their peers.