Mrs. Anne DeForge, Media Center
To celebrate Teentober, the LHS Media Center held a contest:
Capture the Moment
Students were asked to submit writings, photography and visual arts showing what it is like to be an teenager in 2020. Here are the winners:
Visual Arts Genre:
1st Place and Best Overall- Temitope Olasehinde
2nd Place- Casey Cirne
3rd Place- Isabella Freitas
Honorable Mention-Carolina Aguilar
1st Place- Samantha May
I cannot quite point out what the craziest of all appears to be in the midst of this mess,
This pandemic that has sent the majority into stress, that makes its mission to depress;
I cannot simply dissect the strangest aspect of the way
Before now, before it all began,
I was in the cinema, the screen abundant in life.
I was eating in restaurants day and night,
Going to school, my social life bright.
Every day, I was inhaling caffeine with my friends at its end,
And then inhaling some more with clothes in my hand
While shopping at the mall all over again.
If I had been told a year ago,
Before this sickness laughed in my face
As I wrote a poem for a class I am left to take online,
That these humdrum routines would become scarce in occurrence,
I would respond blissfully in doubt.
However, I would soon realize how wrong my ignorance would become.
Now, my cinema is on the screen of my laptop,
My television, my phone-
My phone is all I’m on as I binge social media.
I’ve changed my appearance BECAUSE of social media.
Social media is where I found new ideas for room decor,
And now my room looks like a rock band tour
With LED lights and tapestries and crystals illuminating the atmosphere.
When I’m not cooped up at home, I go to the store
Wearing my mask and pursuing it only as a chore,
For I only go outdoors
When it is necessary to do so.
Because that was then,
And this is now.
Now is the time where I cannot be selfish,
Where I must relish
Within the outlets I am rationed because of this pandemic.
If I can save lives
By staying inside,
By abiding by the rules
And dedicating my grind
To remaining confined
Within the opportunities I can refine
By participating in the design
That sets us free from these hard times,
Then I will gladly oblige.
I will make the sacrifice,
Because this sacrifice of my previous joys
Will protect the joys of others and allow for new joys to blossom for myself as well.
That was then, and this is now.
But NOW is the time
2nd Place- Laura Sanchez
Then and Now
Then, I would observe the sun’s
beaming light enshroud with a cluster
of my companions
As we loitered the
busy streets of our boisterous home town
we would witness the array of
warm pinks and oranges and yellows
that would beautify our nights
As we sauntered towards the warm embrace
of our homes after a day of juvenile pastimes
the world awaited our presence
Now, I behold dawn’s vibrant hue
through a framed sheet of glass
that separates me from the company
of my friends
And the existence of a pernicious
3rd Place- Lara Yousef
Going out to eat was my favorite part of the day
Unfortunately Covid 19 took that away
Interacting with friends and family gave me a smile
But now I have to text them for a while
Singing in choir was a big part of me
Now my future with it I can no longer see
Quarantine was the inspiration to try new things
I painted, drew, and even embroidered with strings
Shopping at the mall was something I did often
But now sitting in my room feels like a coffin
The movies used to be an enchanting escape
Today they are covered in caution tape
Watching Netflix became a daily routine
It makes me miss acting in scenes
With a book and a mask in hand,
I go out facing the unplanned
Honorable Mention- Luisa Villanueva
1st Place- Alejandro Herrera
2nd Place- Kaiya Cocliff
3rd Place- Alexis O'Rourke
Honorable Mention- Isabella DiPisa
Congratulations to all!
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