By McKenna MIDDLETON, intern
High school students are known for achievements in sports and academics, but talented writers rarely get a chance to shine. On Friday night, students, parents, and teachers gathered at Crescenta Valley High School for a night of poetry reading to recognize student artists and authors. The event was hosted by the school’s literary magazine Journeys Magazine.
Each May, one magazine of artwork and literary work from students at CVHS is compiled by a group of about 30 peer editors. The editors meet once a week at lunch to go over art and literary submissions, settling on what will be a part of that year’s issue. The magazine prides itself on representing a diversity of art and poetry in every style from different types of students. Journeys Night was created to celebrate the accomplishments of the authors and artists in the previous year’s issue.
The event took place in the campus’ Underground Theater where student artwork was on display. A small group from the CVHS Jazz Band played in between poetry recitations and at intermission, adding to the atmosphere of the night. The festivities were carried out from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Some of the poems were read by the authors themselves; others were read by Journeys editors who chose their personal favorites from the most recent magazine.
Proceeds from ticket sales and the intermission bake sale will be used to support production of the magazine. A Journeys Magazine, complete with the best poetry and art CVHS has to offer, sells for $5. That money, combined with personal and business sponsorships, make the magazine a reality.
“Funds are crucial in the physical printing of the magazine. Every penny helps in the ability to print high-quality and aesthetically pleasing copies that truly represent the value of the talented writers of our student body,” said Jemma Kwak, Journeys lead finance editor.
The club is currently preparing for its next fundraiser on Monday, Feb 10 at Blaze Pizza in La Cañada when 20% of proceeds will go to support the magazine.