WGHS’s first Women’s History Month Showcase, nicknamed “W,” took place in the Jerry R. Knight auditorium on Wednesday, March 10. Female students were invited to perform their songs, poetry and monologues.
Senior Emily Jackoway directed the showcase along with substitute drama teacher Mary Kurtz and junior Kate Arendes. Jackoway said about the performance, “Mr. Schaefer suggested that I direct it. He gave me some materials, and I looked into some history and literature and plays. I think it told a really beautiful story. It ended up being really powerful and awesome.”
Artists also showed their works outside in the lobby. A variety of paintings were displayed, as well as a performance art piece by junior Micah Wilson (performed by senior Courtney DeGroot), and photographs of girls without makeup taken by sophomore Kelly Komotos.
“I created my photo collage to give the girls who viewed it and the ones in the photos a real look at natural beauty. Not only without makeup, but being silly and in the moment. I really wanted to capture what I feel the definition of beauty is. No matter the age, race or size, we are all magnificent,” Komotos said.
Junior Claire Gilb said, “It was refreshing to see an all-female cast. As a woman, I felt empowered by the end of the performance.”
Schaefer and Jackoway hope to create a blog page so W can continue inspiring in the years to come.