Eagle’s Quill Takes to the Air

The school’s literary magazine, Eagle’s Quill, is ready to launch its 22nd year of celebrating St. Michael’s superb writing and art programs.  The magazine, which is published each May, features contributions from all grade levels and from a wide variety of genres.
Routine contests generate excitement—and submissions—but students can submit pieces of writing and art on any topic at any time, up until the final deadline in early April.  These submissions may represent work done for class or work done on one’s own time.  We want it all: poems, stories, essays, personal reflections, paintings, sketches, digital or print photos, even sculpture!  Middle schoolers comprise the staff of the magazine and review each submission (with individual student names hidden) in order to determine which pieces make the final cut.
The first contest of the year, “Midsummer Memories,” encompasses images and written reflections on summer, whether realistic or fantastical.  The deadline is Wednesday, September 20.  Student winners for art and writing in Primary, Intermediate, and Middle School will receive frozen treat prizes.
If you have any questions about Eagle’s Quill, please contact one of its two faculty advisors, Alex Hawes (ahawes@stmichael.net) or Anne Burnson (aburnson@stmichael.net).  Students may submit their work to their homeroom teacher, to their Art or English teacher, or to Mr. Hawes or Ms. Burnson.

In Our Community

Congratulations to the following students who were winners in the Eagle’s Quill Miscellaneous/Grab Bag contest:

Max Moseley and Emma Hagyard (tie, both 8th grade)

Riley Egan (2A)
Ella von Guilleaume and Andrew Gioannetti (tie, both 5A)
Hannah Terpning (6th) and Cate Webb (8th), tie

In Our Community

The winners for the “Action/Adventure” Eagle’s Quill contest were announced in Chapel on Monday.  Congratulations to these talented artists and writers!
     Primary – Aurelise Arrieta, Eleanore Juneman, and Bella Pendolino (tied) (KA)
     Intermediate – Katherine Hawes and Ella von Guilleaume (tied) (5A)
     Middle School – Camryn Payne (8th)
     Primary – Owen Brosanders (KA) and Riley Egan (2A)
Our last contest of the year will be Miscellaneous.  The students will pull a word or words from the Grab Bags posted around school and write about that topic.  The deadline for all writing and art submissions this year (except for the cover contest)  is April 4.

In Our Community

Mrs. Hand and Mr. Hawes are thrilled to announce that the May 2013 issue of Eagle’s Quill has received an award of “Excellent” from the National Council of Teachers of English Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines.  Ours is one of only two in the state of Arizona to be recognized, and the other is a private high school in Phoenix.  This is the eighth consecutive year that we have received recognition from NCTE.

     Congratulations to all the writers and artists whose work was published last year and also to the hard-working staff members!

In Our Community:

Aimee Carrick (8th) will be dancing the role of Clara in Tucson Ballet’s production of The Nutcracker on Saturday, December 14, at the 7:30 P.M. performance.  Also dancing in this production will be Marisa Villaescusa (6th) and Anna Huber (3B).  Congratulations and good luck to all these dancers!

Congratulations to the following Eagle’s Quill winners for the “Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls” contest:

Primary – Writing, Alexa Blair (2nd) and Art, Adryan Alavi (2nd)
Intermediate – Writing, Katherine Hawes (5A) and Art (tie),Linden (4A) and Willa Kleiner (5A)
Middle School – Writing, Connor Martin (7th) and Art (tie),Peyton Lewis (8th) and Cole Lanning (8th)


Our next contest, entitled “Seasons of Change”, has a deadline of Monday, December 2.


In Our Community

Congratulations to the last Eagle’s Quill contest winners!

Writing:  Katherine Lam (1B); Willa Kleiner (5A); Lauren Bollinger (8th)

Art: Riley Egan (2A); Jensen Peyton (4B); Gabby Bogan (6th)

The current contest is “Ghosts, Goblins, and Ghouls” — about Halloween and Dia de los Muertos.  Please have your submissions in by Monday, November  4.

Bravo to Maci Bernier (4B) who is also a member of the winning soccer team, the Ft. Lowell Strikers, that won the Soctoberfest Soccer Tournament mentioned in last week’s blog.


Eagle’s Quill

 Congratulations to this year’s editors!

Co-Editors-in-Chief:  Peyton Lewis and Lindsey Pesquiera

Manuscripts Editor:  Macey Brown

Art Director:  Kayla Conway

The current E.Q. contest is “A Dream is a Wish Your Heart Makes.”  Entries are due by October 11.

Prizes from the last contest will be announced at Monday Chapel, September 30.