Story by Connor Colbert
The stress of the designers accumulate as they develop a presentation that will please their audience. An intriguing presentation will secure them a place for a good grade. The design of the presentation could determine whether they will be approved.
Design is a critical element in any presentation of information to entice the viewer to continue on.
“It is laying out information in a way that allows the reader to learn,” Mr. Evan Williams, journalism adviser, said.
Some of these features may be intriguing word choice, gripping visuals, or superb visuals. At some point in anybody’s life, they have to deal with design, they have to create something that looks visually enticing. The more popular form of design is visual, the viewer can see the effort that the designer put into it much easier than something like a story.
“In a company, it is important to have dedicated designers because that means you have people why directly focus on how your company looks,” Nathan Ferrell, eighth grade, said.
Many jobs need the work of a designer, some of these jobs include being a photographer, a videographer, and graphic designer. All of these jobs have something in common, they all speak to an audience visually. In this category, designers need to rely on visuals and not typography, this is a key part as is may be easier to entice the viewer.
They may continue to look at the design as it is an effortless task to view something visually rather than reading it.
Typography is more prevalent in either newspapers, magazines, and online articles. This type of design may be more difficult of a task to get the viewer as enticed as visual journalism, but once the writer does so, the reader will stay enticed.
“Visual journalism uses graphics and art to inform the reader, while typography just uses written word,.” Williams said.
Many classes in Clay Middle School implement design into their curriculum, these classes being Newspaper, Yearbook, Digital Video Production (DVP), Computer Design 1 and 2, and Digital Learning 1 and 2. These classes teach students the design process and what is good in a design,
"It is important to teach students design in school because it encourages them to structure their creative process of building and designing,” Miss Michelle Nelson, technology teacher, stated.
Story by Brooklynn Edwards, Mary Sabo, Shoji Fujita
“I would like to invest in…” was the moment everyone waited for, hoping their product was chosen.
For the past couple of years, the eighth grade science classes have done the Shark Tank PBL during the genetics unit. The task is to combine two organisms using artificial selection then present it to the “sharks” with a PowerPoint and or video.
The PBL lasted two weeks and the job was to teach the kids about genetics in an engaging, fun way, according to Mrs. Susie Fulp, eighth grade science teacher. Many kids enjoyed it because it was fun and a cool experience because it was a fake shark tank, but, 8th grader Alex Smelley wishes you could mix anything together, not just organisms.
In order to combine the organisms, students created punnett squares and what you wanted to be dominant from the two things, why they wanted to mix the two, and what it would look like, which to most, was the hardest part.
When it came to presentation days, there was a panel of judges made up of teachers, administration and parents. Mrs. Lori Katz, assistant principal, Mrs. Liana Giles, social studies teacher, Mr. Todd Stewart, social studies teacher, and Mr. Steven Sturgis, science teacher, were some of the sharks.
The group would go on stage and the butterflies in their stomachs arrived. Someone introduced them and they began explaining what the product was, why they combined the two, the benefits, and how much they were asking for.
Aidan Simoneau said, “It was nerve-racking to present,” and Alex Smelley agreed.
Some examples of the products students created included the vencoon, a cross between a venus fly trap and a racoon, the bocanut, a banana and a coconut, a strawnana, a banana and a strawberry, and a powken, a mix between a chicken and a cow.
Although products people came up with ranged from odd to clever, what Fulp liked best, was not the product, but how the people presented.
“It could be the oddest idea, but if they are enthusiastic and present well then I like it," Fulp said.
Story by Leila Antony
Sixth grade students are digging and rambling through their favorite art supplies, figuring out which materials would be perfect for the mini golf projects.
Mrs. Mary Walstrom’s sixth grade advanced math classes are beginning a brand new assignment. It comes in all different shapes and sizes-literally.
Three weeks of excitement, thrill, creativity, and mathematics are underway before the deadline. Francesca Gobbi-Belcredi explains all the hard work that they do to prepare. “The mini golf courses are going to help with my knowledge of surface area and volume of 3D objects," she said.
The sixth grade hallways are filled with groups of students tearing, cutting, and constructing the mini courses. The utilized materials such as green paper, cardboard, and scattered supplies that brought from home. Since they are mini, Gobbi-Belcredi says they cannot exceed the limit of sixteen feet.
The main purpose of the project is to work with your team and use materials to build something they can reference when thinking about surface area and volume .
All stories, photos and video footage by the seventh and eighth grade newspaper students.