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Rhoades MS Students Finalists for NEA BIG READ

Eleven Rhoades 7th Graders from Mrs. Schramm’s Literature/Language Arts classes were selected as finalists for the NEA BIG READ 2019. Presented by Write Out Loud San DiegoNEA BIG READ is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest and San Diego Public Library. Entrants first READ the book Station Eleven by Emily St. John Mandel, REIMAGINED the images and themes, and CREATED a project in a medium important to them.

All artistic mediums qualified: painting, sculpting, musical composition, sewing, dance choreography, poetry, short story, graphic novel, comic strips, digital art, fashion design, culinary creation… the list goes on! From painted skateboards to full-length operas, Read-Imagine-Create encourages students to find something they relate to in a text and express it in a way that is meaningful to them.

We are excited to share that the following Rhoades students were selected as finalists this year from 800 participants from middle and high school students in the San Diego area.

  • Noa Burrows for her short story “A World of Greys”
  • Leila Elasaad for her short story “A White Winter Zephyr”
  • Adam Esch for his poem “Collapse”
  • Isabel Lehmann for her short story “The Violin’s Demise”
  • Leia Ryan for her narrated fashion sketches “Decaying Beauty”
  • Carter Halenza for his movie trailer “After Arthur Leander’s Death”
  • Kaitlyn Podlich for her film “Someone Was Once Here”
  • Aviya Afra and Bhadra Rupesh for their song “I Repent Nothing”
  • David Samy and Arjun Chatha for their model “A New Life Underwater”

Finalists will be recognized at the awards ceremony that will be held on Tuesday, April 16, at the Old Town (Cygnet) Theatre. We will update this story as we learn of any of our students receiving top prizes.

Congratulations Rhoades students!

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