Top personal projects of 2016
WRITTEN BY ALEXIS TORRES
“The Personal Project is a yearlong individual project based on a self-selected topic. Students formulate a goal within their topic scope and then set out to create a response to that goal in the form of a product or outcome. Example projects include thing such as creating a nail art album, leading a campaign to end cyber bullying, and building a computer from scratch.” - Marissa Wilkening, Personal Project Co-Coordinator
There are nearly 200 students working on the personal projects. This project allows the sophomore students to show off their unique and diverse talents. “As humans, we never stop learning, no matter how old we are. We require students to complete this project because it is a perfect example of how learning truly occurs. It is through the process of trying to accomplish something that we acquire knowledge, not the final product or outcome itself.” -Marissa Wilkening, Personal Project Co-Coordinator.
Each project portrays each students individuality and what they are interested in learning about.
Poetry is not Dead!
WRITTEN BY KRISTEN LEER
The Natural Landscape: Spring Art Exhibitions in Milwaukee
WRITTEN BY EMMA DUFFY
Spring is in the air, as they say, or more accurately, in the paint. March 20 marked the official start of the spring season, and the local art galleries have come to reflect that. In particular, two are currently displaying series of paintings depicting the natural world, in completely different ways, yet both are worth seeing.
The larger of these exhibits currently fills a special place at the Milwaukee Art Museum, Nature and the American Vision is traveling on loan from the New York Historical Society, with several paintings coming directly from the Louvre in Paris. This exhibition features enormous canvases depicting vast natural landscapes, in incredibly minute detail and with attention to light.
These paintings come from the Hudson River School, recognized as the first American art movement, in the early 1800’s. Painters of this era underwent grueling expeditions into untouched Western landscapes to find artistic inspiration. They then took the sketches and memory of what they saw back to their studios to paint over the course of months or even years.
These works were very well laid out in a flowing, serene gallery. The ornate gold frames and soft toned walls echoed the time in which the artists lived, and the large spacing between them added to the calming atmosphere and feeling of solitude. The only detriment to this show was that after about 30-40 similar paintings of the same subject, the viewer begins to lose interest. However, this show is definitely recommended to anyone looking for a more meditative, stress relieving experience in the midst of upcoming end of semester projects and exams, on display until May 8.
A much smaller but equally appealing gallery this month resides at the Tory Folliard Gallery in the Third Ward. Rodger Bechtold’s Remote Possibilities will be on display until April 9. These paintings again feature natural landscapes, but unlike the hyper-detailed works of the Hudson River School, Bechtold’s style is a blend of realism and abstraction, using vivid color and broad strokes to describe his subjects.
As photography is prohibited in the Tory Folliard Gallery, all photos of Rodger Bechtold’s work are courtesy of toryfolliard.com.
ACT in Review
WRITTEN BY VALERIE MECHA
National History Day (commonly referred to as NHD) is a project done in a student’s sophomore year at Reagan High School. This was implemented last year as a requirement for all US History classes. Although this project may not appeal to everyone, it is a great opportunity to learn more and expand one’s knowledge.
Every single student picks a topic and finds a way to tie it to the theme for the year. For those who may not know, there are several different types of project categories from which to choose. These include: websites, documentaries, papers, exhibits, and performances. From the beginning of sophomore year, students conduct research on their selected topic, and continue to work on this until the first semester final exam. In fact, this project takes the place of the exam.
When told to give advice to someone who is about to start the project, sophomores begged people to not procrastinate. Alexxus Hart said,“...Choose a topic of interest and make sure you plan out your actions, so that you don't get stuck in a time crunch.” Ryan Oberdorf said, “...Choose a topic or event that is specific to one period of time. If you choose a subject too large that spans a lot for history, it is hard to research.” To get more help with the project, there are always teachers or even juniors or seniors who have completed the project that are willing to help.
As a teacher, Mr.Walker’s favorite part about this project is he feels that “it’s cool to see students really own a piece of history and to form something new.”
Reagan currently has 16 students who will be advancing to the state competition in Madison on April 23rd. These students are: Ryan Oberdorf, Hannah Smith, Ashley Roemer, Abigail Rasmussen, Angie Sielen, Shayla Finley, Amaya Leal, Keric Jackson,Sam Loontjens and Daniela Avila, Alexxus Hart, Estefania Gonzalez, Corrine Kronchnabel, Harrison Tremarello, Charlotte McLinden, and Lily Pachner. There’s also a possibility of 9 alternatives: Zack Jacher, Jazmin Cruz, Kennedy Wilcox, Emily Rasmussen, Julianna Gessner, Lance Baren, Gabe Hernandez, Toni Glessing, and Kirstin Hackbarth.
Congratulations to all of those who have completed their projects, as well as those who are continuing to advice in the competition!
For more information go to: http://nhd.org/
Taken by: Ms. Holtgreive Pictured: (Left to Right) Keric Jackson, Jack Zacher, Hannah Bloor, Destiny Scott-Dyson, Sammy Hernandez, Tanya Puebla, Daniela Avila, Lance Baren, Gabe Hernandez, Luke Stoerger, Ryan Oberdorf, Harrison Tremarello, Chloe Weithofer, Alexxus Hart, Gabriela Casas, Aaron Woida, Malcolm Ramirez, Amaya Leal, Charlotte McLinden, Hannah (Avery) Talbott, Sam Loontjens, Josie Sielen, Anna Rasmussen, Jazmine Cruz, Angie Peraza, Salatiel Nieto, Juliana Gessner, Estefania Gonzalez, Emily Rasmussen, Toni Gleesing, Kirstin Hackbarth, Lidyanis Torres-Montanez, Hannah Smith, and Ashley Roemer.
ITS NOT EASY BEING GREEN!
WRITTEN BY JEROMY WILL
Behind the Blood: Gearing Up for Reagan’s April 11 Blood Drive
WRITTEN BY CALLIE SPICE
Q&A with a Prom Committee Member (Kristen Leer)
WRITTEN BY LEONARDO ESPINOZA
With prom quickly approaching we want to know how prom will be. Here is an interview with a member of the prom committee on what prom will be like.
Q: What can we expect from this prom? What is the theme for this year?
A: The theme for this year's prom is gala at the museum which the goal for this theme is to be fancy. A lot of people were pushing for the theme to be Great Gatsby because they wanted the fancy live and vibe that came from that book but not many liked the title of the theme so we settled with Gala at the Museum. People can have their fancies and not be discouraged from the title of the theme.
Q: How has planning of the prom gone so far?
A: It's been going smoothly. We have our ideas settled it's just actually initiating everything to be put together for the big night. For instance the centerpieces are really nice this year and so it takes a bit more time to order everything and make sure everyone will be happy with it.
Q: When and where will the prom be?
A: Like all the posters say April 15 at 8 p.m. till 11 p.m. at the Italian Community Center. This is the last week for prom tickets so hopefully we continue to increase our population for the prom.
Q: Are you personally excited for this year’s prom?
A: I would say yes being that it is my first prom and I never really experienced a dance of this kind before.
Q: Is there going to be a big turn out based on the tickets purchased so far? Whats a rough estimate of those commiting to showing?
A: Right now there is over 100 but the goal is to have 200+. Hopefully a lot of people will be able to pull through and decide to go.
International fair slide show
PHOTOGRAPHY BY SAM PERGOLSKI
Three positively INDEPENDENT drama films
WRITTEN BY MARC CRUZ