Celebrating Student Creativity – Door County Pulse
School arts publications showcase writing and visual arts
When Madelyn Wind received a copy of The Clipper Collection that included her writing, she didn’t realize how that moment would feel.
“I don’t think I realized how exciting it would be because I thought it was just going to be a school-newspaper type of thing,” Wind said. “But I remember getting the book that had my writing in it, and I flipped to the page, and I was super excited to read it and show my family.”
A Sturgeon Bay High School senior, Wind is co-editor of The Clipper Collection, the school’s art and writing journal, along with sophomore Grace Rockwell.
At Sevastopol, a group of seniors has been using the last few weeks of school to assemble its arts publication, Pioneer Pennings. And at Southern Door, students in art and English courses have been working throughout the entire school year to produce work for Borderlands.
Through these publications, students in the creative arts can celebrate their hard work and achievements.
Borderlands Is Born
English teacher JamieLynn Teska and art teacher John McCaulley are taking on some of the responsibilities of editing and putting together Borderlands, but their aim is for students to take over all aspects.
Inspired by their time as students working for Sheepshead Review at UW-Green Bay, the teachers sought to start something similar at Southern Door High School. They proposed a creative-writing course that would culminate in Borderlands, now in its third year.
There was significant interest from students as well. Only juniors and seniors may take the class, and of those eligible students, Teska said, one-third elected the course.
The nearly 200-page Borderlands is a combination of art from McCaulley’s students, work from tech-ed and wood students, and work produced in Teska’s creative-writing class.
“There’s definitely a lot of material that is in each book,” McCaulley said. “It’s a testament to our students that they’re producing this much [work] basically each year.”
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