By: ShaeLeigh Higginson, Staff Writer
Many people of Logan High School have talents, but they aren’t all being put in the spotlight so I found a student with very unique talents and decided to interview her about what they plan to do with their unique talent. One of the people I interviewed is art student Bethany Schiffman. I picked her because have you seen her art? It’s truly amazing and unique.
I asked her about her art and what she would like to do with it, where she sees herself and what motivates her. “I have been drawing since I could hold a pencil and then I got into painting around the time I started middle school”. “Doing art helps me think, it also helps me relax, it has affected me a lot in that way. I have always wanted to be an artist but I think it was freshman year when I realized I really can’t live without art. Art is a part of me enough that any of my emotions can be inspiration, or anything I see, Art is everywhere! I have been considering a career in art, but I’m not sure I will or if I will just keep doing art as a hobby. Honestly I don’t really think I will ever be where I want to be with my art and I don’t think I ever will be because you have to keep improving your art or else you will start to lose this skill. If I went into art I would do graphic design for a company or clothes line, something like that. I don’t know if it’s a career that I’m going to pursue or a hobby but either way I hope it benefits other people. I hope this goal will be accomplished through me pursue of my love for art. My goal for my art is to share it with others I don’t know if I will be successful but its ok if I don’t because It’s just something that I love. “I have been an artist all my life.
I also interviewed Nicole Valentin about her poetry she writes, it’s beautiful and deep like the ocean. Her motivation is her life, the struggles, good times, and adventures. “Anything I find really meaningful in life is my motivation, its inspiring” Nicole says with passion. I started writing in middle school. I get most of my ideas from the generic poetry rhymes then I think of it as if it were a song. I like to make my writing influence and mean something, I also use a lot of imagery in my writing. I would love to keep writing poetry as much as I already do, Nicole says. I believe that these two very talented students of Logan High School can motivate people, inspire them and help others see through the light with their beautiful art and/or writing.
Quirky and hilarious, Morgan Fish has a lovable sense of humor that can make anyone laugh. If you’ve been to almost any assembly at Logan High, you know Fish. Rigby has a band to back up his vocals, that is where you’ll find this junior. Fish plays the guitar; he’s a leader of Guitar Club. Not only can he play the guitar, he does ballroom dancing. While he has only been doing each for 3 years, he is quite talented in both.
Fish started playing the guitar because he uncle convinced him to start. The first year was awful for 13-year-old Fish, fingers hurt and the learning curve was very steep. His uncle continued to tutor him in guitar lessons. After the first year of playing the guitar slowly became a love. Fish now enjoys being one of the most talented guitarists at Logan High. Stage fright does course through him and the others he plays with. Fish told me the story of the first time he played in front of the whole school. Everyone in his band did not want to play, but they played and stunned the entire school. Fish wished that he had been more focused during his first year so he could be at a higher level.
Dancing was not always a passion of Fish’s. Following is the footsteps of his brother, who also did ballroom dancing, Fish started dancing 3 years ago. He has grown to love the sport because it makes him happy and he meets new people. He almost quit his first year because he was terrible in competition, as did the rest of his team.
Kathryn Sorensen is one of Fish’s closest friends. She said that while Fish might be a great at ballroom his everyday dancing isn’t so great. They share a love of rock, indie music, and ability to speak German. Freshman year German class was when their friendship started blossoming. Fish’s kindness is a trait that Kathryn finds to be positive. Kathryn’s statement that sums Fish up best would be “He’s just a huge dork”.
Stewart Merriam, a junior, is a talented swimmer, actor, and singer. Although he excels at all three, his passion is swimming. He is on the Varsity Coed swim team, and he swims long distance. His goal is to win the State Championship and just be the best. This is his drive—aim for the top. Stewart likes swimming more than other sports for one thing because he’s good at it. Also, it’s not a violent contact sport, like football. “I like being in the water,” he says.
Stewart is planning to go to college, and he wants to keep swimming with a team. But it’s not a deal breaker, he reported. It’s not going to make or break him if he makes it on the team or gets a scholarship. He has other talents as well, such as singing and acting. He is a member of Crimson Colony, Logan High’s elite chorale group. He also recently participated in Logan High’s musical production of Rodger’s and Hammerstein’s Cinderella. Although he only played a small role, he contributed much with his skills and friendly personality. Everyone who meets Stewart can see that he’s truly nice to everyone.
He has another, less common talent that not everyone knows about: he is a twin! That’s right, Rachel Merriam, who played the role of Grace, one of the stepsisters, in Cinderella, is Stewart’s twin, and if you know them both, you can tell. They are both very talented, and Logan High School and its swim team are lucky to have Stewart Merriam.
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."