‘Beginnings’ Celebrates Release
Originally published on Jun. 18, 2019 https://shsoracle.blogspot.com/2019/06/beginnings-celebrates-release.html
Sparta High School’s literary/arts magazine is out! Beginnings celebrated its release with an open-mic reading at Greene’s Beans on May 30 and a pizza party during lunch on Jun. 6.
The creation of this year’s book came with a few transformative changes. Besides changing the size from 7 inches by 7 inches to 7 inches by 10 inches, Sparta High School parted ways with literary advisor Mrs. Barker in January. Luckily, under the guidance of Visual Advisor Mrs. Graham, Literary Editor-in-Chief Kanita Tariq, and Visual Editor-in-Chief Mikayla Bivona, Beginnings welcomed Mrs. Kopp on board as the new literary advisor. “Working with Beginnings this year was such an amazing opportunity for me. I jumped in to replace Mrs. Barker and was able to see the marriage between the arts and literature. It was fun to be part of creativity that I don’t get to be part of on a day to day basis. Our students are so talented and produced a fantastic Beginnings magazine,” she reflects.
Graduating Visual Editor Mikayla Bivona is thankful for her experience with Beginnings. “High school can be a stressful time, but Beginnings has allowed me to focus all my creative works in one place.”
Every year, Beginnings is submitted to the Columbia University Literary Magazine Critique. It has won gold for the last three years consecutively. Students interested in art, photography, or writing should contact Mrs. Graham to join the staff for the 2019–2020 school year.