There’s always room for a story that can transport people to another place.”— J.K. Rowling

A team of six Ballard High School students are excited to announce that the annual Scripturient will soon be hot off the press. After months of reviewing and editing submissions from fellow Ballard High School students, this year’s school magazine, full of fiction, non-fiction, art, poems and six word stories will be available for the entire school to enjoy.

This year’s editor, senior Taylor Nosekabel, has been busy formatting the magazine and working through all the technical sides of the annual publication.

“I have always loved reading and writing,” the first time editor tells. “I figured that I might as well jump the hump and let others read my work, as well as being able to see how the work behind the scenes take place.”

Nosekabel admits that she has put a lot of heart and soul into this year’s edition.

“I have spent a lot of time being the editor,” she said. “But I can walk away and know that I worked hard at it. It’s not all easy, but it’s been very rewarding seeing the creative results and the other views of the world without those views being outspoken.”

The Scripturient is a fairly new project at Ballard High School, with the first edition being released in 2015. Under the watchful eyes and guiding hand of Ann Lem as the group’s advisor, it has become a top-notch publication.

Sophomore Emily Huisinga works with the team as a creative writer in this her first year on the committee. She admits that she, too, has always been into writing.

“It will be fun and interesting to see what possible feedback I will get from my friends,” said Huisinga. “I have been able to touch on personal problems, and know that even with a struggle at times, that things do get better. It’s always nice to know that there are others who care about what is going on.”

Another Ballard senior working on this year’s edition is Morgan Kluender. Morgan contributed as a member of the Review Committee. She asked herself, why not get involved, and she explained her reasoning.

“As a senior, I decided to become more involved in more things at school,” she explained. “I like to read, mostly non-fiction about medicine and success stories. I will be attending Iowa State next year studying biology.”

She added that the publication is a voice of the people who would not normally speak out.

“I have been a shy person and would not normally have the confidence to speak out, and this allows me to share,” she added.

Heather Penton, another senior and part of the Review Committee for the first time, said that she has always been fond of literature and this allowed her to become more engaging. Heather plans to attend Tulane University next year and study Public Health and Chemistry.

“This is a no fluff publication,” said Heather. “It’s great for everyone to talk and write about their opinions on things.”

Working on the Review Committee and entering some of her own art work as a senior, for the first time, Jessica Onken admits that she felt she was more analytical. “I was able to look at submissions at face value,” she commented. “I wanted students to be confident with their submissions and not to be afraid to put yourself out there.”

The lone male in the group, Gaven Clark, made up the sixth person of the Review Committee. Gaven also worked as a contributing writer.

“I worked on reviewing the poems and a few non-fiction articles,” he said.

The committee as a whole all read submissions and then held discussions regarding the submissions. Along with their sponsor, Mrs. Lem, a lot of hours were spent editing and discussing.

“It was hard for all of us to meet at the same time,” Lem said. “I am so proud of their work and it’s been an honor to work with this group. It all started before winter break, and the submissions started coming to us in April. We are hoping for a finished product around May 18.”

The group found that with everything going on in the world today, that many contemporary issues were being written about.

Editor Taylor Nosekabel said that she was pleased to see that so many students were tuned into different places and people in the world.

“In a STEM-heavy world, it was also great to see so many submissions with a more creative side to them,” Taylor said. “This is a publication that it’s OK to enjoy and to express yourself in the arts within the writing field.”

The group agreed that the 2018 Scripturient was a safe place to share views and it was hoped that those submitting work felt that it was safe to express what was on their minds.