2018-2019 'Whatever!' Journal Unveiled

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CAMBRIDGE, N.Y. - Cambridge CCS students grades 7-12 recently had their original writing and/or works or art published in the 2018-2019 "Whatever!" journal. This 32-page publication is a student-lead, creative arts journal for students to showcase their work from both their school and personal projects. The goal is to provide an opportunity for students to become a published artist or writer, and to give students the experience of planning, designing, and publishing an arts journal. This year's "Whatever!" team members were Shannon Brainerd, Madeline Flint, Leah Jaffe, and Alice Roosevelt. The students were advised by art teacher, Mrs. Kirsten Johansen.

The journal was a labor of love for several months, as it entailed the students creating written work and artwork they would be proud to have published. Then there was the task of deciding upon the layout. The students had make similar decisions as a magazine or book editor. Once they layout finalized, Mrs. Johansen coordinated the printing with the BOCES print shop.

The journal was unveiled at the "Whatever!" celebration on the evening of Friday, June 7. Shannon Brainerd provided an introduction and each student was presented with a copy of the journal. The students had not seen the final publication prior to the evening.

This year's reception featured two guest speakers, both former CCS teachers. They were English teacher Ms. Irene Baldwin, and art teacher, Ms. Marjorie Riddler. Both are former advisers of the "Whatever!" club and they enthusiastically shared the history of the publication. They were pleased to learn this is the second year of the "Whatever!" journal's revival.

Five students earned juried awards. Max McLenithan was recognized for his photo, "The Timeless Hour," which was used as the journal's cover. Shannon Brainerd's writing, "A Letter I Wrote for the Eyes of Everyone But You," was recognized. Madeline Flint's art, "Nineteen Ninety-Five" earned first place. There were two honorable mentions: Autumn Headwell's "Reflections and Hope Chinian's "Lana Del Ray."

An electronic version of the "Whatever!" journal can be accessed by visiting: www.cambridgecsd.org/Domain/254.

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