For the first time in over eight years, William Byrd High School has published the “Sketches” art and literary magazine in a print version. The magazine was available online in 2014-2015 and 2015-2016.
According to WBHS teacher and “Sketches” sponsor Christina Acker, “The magazine contains art, photography, and literature from both students and faculty.”
The magazines are on sale at the school for $5. Acker says they are hoping to sell enough to cover the cost of publication with some funds left over to add color pages to the magazine next year. They will also be selling $25 business card ad space in next year’s magazine to help defray costs.
“I am also hoping that once students see the printed magazine they will want to be a part of the staff and be encouraged to enter their own submissions,” added Acker. “I’m really proud of what the staff of students put together.”
Student editors for the 2017-2018 “Sketches” are seniors Natalie Ferguson and Remi Poindexter, who also contributed their work to the publication. Ferguson submitted a poignant short story, “The Roundabout By Her House,” and several works of art in a variety of mediums in this edition.
Poindexter has been a member of the “Sketches” staff for four years. In past years she submitted written pieces; this year she chose to focus on her photography.
Other “Sketches” staff members include Julie Wang, Michelle Price, and Urunna Anyanwu.
Student artwork is included in the current Sketches by Justice Meador, Urunna Anyanwu, Deanna Zivelonghi, Whitney Tickle, Nick Boksa, Jewell Doura, Kennah Hebert, Natalie Ferguson, Armando Damian, Marissa Kingery, Landon Kobble, Darien Hildebeidel, and Hollie Yates.
The literary works of students Dane Blackwood, Isaac Fix, Everett Fletchall, Tabitha Connell, Shelley Price, Julia Kelly, Alex Altice, Josette McMillan, Julia Burek, Julie Wang, and Elise Schneider are featured in the magazine.
Photography by students Courtney Brown, Natalie Ferguson, Remi Poindexter, and Kaylee Tuck is showcased in this edition of “Sketches.”
Faculty members who submitted their work for publication this year include Christie Acker (photography and literature), Brittany Martin (photography), Dionne Nichols (literature), Beth Whitehead (literature), and David Marcum (literature).
Call William Byrd High School at 890-3090 to purchase a copy of this year’s “Sketches,” and help support student literature and fine arts programs in the schools.