photo by Vasi Bjeletich
On Nov. 8, from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., the creative writing class of teacher and coach Travis Crain presented their second Open Mic Night of the year in the DSHS library. The purpose was to express the talents and creativity of the students to the greater community, which was successfully achieved.
“It was just to have a place where they can come in and take part in some form of free expression,” Crain said. “Everyone seemed to have pieces that they were working on, and sometimes the only way to test out of pieces to read it in front of an audience. To be able to give students that opportunity is important and I’m proud that we were able to do it.”
The library was filled with a variety of pieces from students–poems, raps, haikus, short stories, songs about love, hate, depression, nature, death, pain, family, friends, and all the joy and displeasures of the world brought parents, siblings, and community members together to listen to what the students had to present.
The class was originally lead by teacher Katy Eyberg (who has left to pursue graduate school) and is now run by Crain.
“The is my first year stepping into it, so everything’s been such a new experience for me,” Crain said. “It’s kind of been an exciting year because there’s a freshness to it. Both classes have had such a great mentality towards everything and have been very open to embracing everything that I tried to do and because of that, it’s just been a really cool fun experience.”
Written by Nifa Kaniga