Jada van Soolen
Nalani Matthias, also known as, Ariana Kamaluonalani Emiko Matthias, is a smiling girl of Hawaiian descent with a mind full of music who can be seen throughout the halls of Logan High. Some may know her as just another student, others may know her as a member of the talented Crimson Colony Choir. Being a junior in high school and having the talent that she has, she’s destined for more than just the stage in the new auditorium.
"My mom says I've been singing ever since I was born."
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. That’s the paradoxical role of the photographer after all, striving to successfully portray lively emotions in still images. Truly an art form, photography is a soulful mission, constantly uncovering the raw beauty of our surroundings and ourselves. Thus, the respectable role of the photographer is one of both free expression and great responsibility.
Meet Melodee Zappitello, a Logan High senior who has accepted the arduous mission of ‘the photographer.’ Signing up for Logan High’s beginning photography class simply to fulfill an art credit requirement to graduate, she never expected to discover a new passion. Now, she has continued to cultivate her talent by taking advanced photography classes with Logan High while pursuing her interest outside of the classroom, constantly seeking to capture animated, authentic moments.
“I fell in love with photography almost instantly,” Zappitello said. “It speaks to me. It’s fun, it’s mysterious, it’s something really personal. Have you ever been so mesmerized by something that you weren’t excited about it, but instead, you instantly felt calm and at peace? You were just purely intrigued by it, and you just wanted to learn everything you could about it, but not because you wanted to tell people about it, but because you wanted to know for yourself? That’s how I feel when I’m trying a new part of photography or exploring with my camera. It’s magical. It really is.”
"I feel like so much in today’s society, too many people are rushed and hurried. I want my photography to make them stop and think. I want to make people feel something.”
Never seen without his trusty camcorder, senior Kyle Ransom appears to be everywhere at once: soccer games, choir concerts, club meetings, you name it. Embarking on a mission to capture the 100th anniversary of Logan High, Ransom has launched his latest video project The Amphion, a collection of daily videos one minute in length, in an effort to capture the true essence of student life here at Logan High.
Ransom came up with The Amphion just a few days before school started. Earlier he had been talking with some student body officers about the history and legacy of the school spending his summer going through the archives. One thing that resonated with Ransom was old yearbooks, especially Logan High’s 1958 edition The Amphion, for which his project is named.
“Reading old yearbooks made me fall back in love with Logan High,” Ransom remembered. “I was kind of discouraged about it being senior year with all the construction, and these books reminded me of the legacy and how much we had to carry on and how much we could improve. I had this idea of daily videos on the past but never really had a purpose, something to drive it forward. I would just feel like I’m running around with my camera every day. But now, I feel a little less like that and more like I’m actually documenting something bigger.”
"Life in itself is one of the best movies we could ever watch."