In the midst of a hectic school year, WGHS gained a new school publication.
“The Branch” is the school’s literary magazine, which features all forms of writing and art done by high school students.
The magazine was revived by senior Sophia Wilson, and it is advised by English teacher Rita Chapman.
Wilson said that starting “The Branch” was not an easy task.
“It was challenging because of the pandemic. It was hard to get the word out last spring, when we were planning on releasing the first submission,” Wilson shared.
Wilson is hopeful for the literary magazine’s future this school year though, especially with almost all students back in the building and different guidelines which allow for clubs, like “The Branch” Creative Writing Club, to meet.
The club meets during Academic Advisory and works on generating work and putting together the magazine.
The Branch Creative Writing Club meetings center around discussing themes of the upcoming editions and work on submissions.
“We are excited to explore colors and designs that best display the art work and writing presented. We can’t wait to show the school our work,” Wilson said.
This year, “The Branch” is expected to put out at least two editions, possibly more though depending on the number of submissions the club receives, according to Wilson.
Students interested in joining or submitting to “The Branch,” should check the morning announcements for information.
This will be Wilson’s second year as editor-in-chief for the literary magazine. Her first year focused mainly on gathering submissions and ideas, since the club was building the magazine from the ground up.
The magazine features anything from short stories, poetry, letters and a variety of art submissions from all students.
This will be Jackson Parks’ first year on ECHO staff, but he made several contributions while taking journalism class his sophomore year.