By: Zoë Felfle, Senior
It has been an absolutely wonderful and fascinating experience taking over as Editor in Chief of the 2019-2020 Phoenix Flyer. One of my tasks is to know my writers: I am learning about the writing styles and backgrounds of my writers, along with understanding how to help them showcase their strengths and creativity; I am learning how to edit, while still protecting each author’s authenticity and voice. But most importantly, I have discovered the incredible talent of my colleagues. It is an exciting endeavor working with the Creative Writing staff to create the Phoenix Flyer for the new school year, and I believe that is clear from the diversity of articles in our first edition.
Each year, Miami-Dade County Public Schools begins the year with an endeavor to promote #ValuesMatter. September is the month to reflect on how people value and define respect. When I think about respect, I ponder how respect is so much a part of my job as Editor-in-Chief. Over the past several weeks, I have developed respect and admiration for my fellow students and writers. I have seen the work they put into their articles and deeply respect their dedication to the craft of writing.
Dealing with respect for others’ cultures, additionally, our school system recognizes Hispanic Heritage Month in September and October. A few of our articles deal with experiences of people from different Hispanic cultures. For example, one of our writers focuses on misconceptions in holidays celebrated in one country, another “article” is a poem to celebrate her Hispanic heritage. However, as I read the pieces, I became certain that now, more than ever, people have to learn to acknowledge, understand, and accept the backgrounds and traditions of others. That is the only way to fully respect another person's life and culture.
This month, the Phoenix Flyer begins our year, delving into identity and community and, thus, challenges students to discover more about culture. By learning more about diverse cultures, customs, and experiences, students have the opportunity to gain further respect for the traditions that make our school, our city, our country , and this world a more vibrant and colorful place to live.
So, reader, I invite you to sit back, relax, and enjoy the articles and stories written ever so carefully to document our year at iPreparatory Academy.
Your Editor in Chief,
Hi! I am a proud Ravenclaw and am always obsessing about one book or another. My current obsession is Darkdawn by Jay Kristoff. (I highly recommend it if you're into a combination of Quentin Tarantino and Game of Thrones.)