Once upon a time, there was a rather small high school in a rather small town in a rather cacophonous country. As per usual, a plethora of strange and tumultuous events rippled through society, affecting even the smallest of the rather small towns. Ideas were sparked, and sparks blazed into infernos. Some of these infernos, however, were invisible. Only those with a special power known as “communication” could understand the flames and tame them. While this inferno of ideas swept across the rather cacophonous country, decimating some and sparing others, the aforementioned high school was burnt to the ground.
Okay, not really. But I think we all know that ideas are what spur our future, and that we can all be swallowed by them unsuspectingly (Inception, anyone?). While there is a monstrous set of keys to understanding who we are and where we’re going (and there’s always one lost under the couch cushions or hiding in plain sight), I believe one of the very most important is communication. So when I found out last year that JHHS had no student newspaper or literary magazine, I was both shocked and inspired. No outlet for news or writing or art? No place for us to vent productively? Nothing to bring everyone’s ideas together and create something meaningful? Well, why not hit two or three birds with one stone?
(Actually, I really like birds. I’m not sure why anyone would want to throw stones at them.)
(And. Well. It definitely took more than one stone.)
Of course, thinking of Spark and actually doing something about that idea were two entirely different things. This was all possible thanks to Lori Clark-Erickson, for supporting my ideas and getting them out there, my lovely dad, for spending much more time than he had to spare helping me figure out the website, and everyone who was excited about the possibilities of Spark, especially our 2015-2016 team:
I am so delighted to have had the opportunity of working with all of you. It’s been a heck of a first year, and I for one am extremely excited about the future potential for Spark. So, everyone: keep having wonderful ideas and bringing them to life! There is so much out there to think about and talk about and change—so let’s get on it and let this little spark of an idea blaze!
—Sawyer Skye Lucas-Griffin, Editor and Instigator