East Side News
By: Dejah Welton Staff Writers
â€œâ€ŚOh no, I messed up the danceâ€?, raced through six-year-old Raquel Allenâ€™s (sr.) mind during her first dance performance. Although the journey began with a scary moment, Allen has come a long way. Allen has been dancing for ten years. â€œMy favorite styles of dance are Contemporary and Hip-Hop. HipHop because I like the movement and contemporary because it lets you be free with extensions and movements,â€? she said. She said that dance is a great way to express emotions. â€œWhen I dance I feel that it is just me and the music and no one can judge me because I am doing what I do best,â€? she said. If it had not been for her sister, Allen said she would not be the great dancer she is today. Allen said, â€œI have learned a lot from her. When I broke
my leg and had to stop dancing for two months, she told me, â€˜You canâ€™t give up.â€™â€? Allenâ€™s sister is her number one role model when it comes to dancing. â€œWhen I was younger, I wanted to do all the dance moves I would see her doing, which encouraged me to start dancing,â€? she said. Allenâ€™s oldest sister is not the only family member who influences her. â€œI feel working at my auntâ€™s daycare inspired me to work with kids; just like she does,â€? she said. Working at her auntâ€™s daycare center lead Allen to teach dance classes to small children. Allen said her favorite age groups are the two to four year olds. â€œThey are just so fun and say random things that are cute because they are still so young. They always have a smile on their faces and still want to learn more,â€? she said. Allen also helps shape her students into better people. â€œSometimes we will have a banquet
where the dancers are showcased. Then, they can pick a charity of their choice to donate their money to. But with most of my little kids, they are just thinking about little animals they can help.â€? Allen said. Allen also influences her friends/peers. Allenâ€™s friend Mariam Khan (sr.) said, â€œRaquel has helped me out with cheer. I believe that she is very confident, determined and creative. I see her going very far in her dance career, even dancing in college. When I see her doing different dance moves, it really shows how she is a good dancer.â€? This determined, outgoing, and altruistic person has dance ambitions. â€œAs far as my dance career going somewhere in the future, I see myself teaching kids because itâ€™s what I like to do. I would like for them to get the passion that I get out of dance, to just have fun and be creative.â€?
Photo by: Dejah Welton Raquel Allen prepares to dance.
Students have â€œkeyâ€? to community service By: Cherelle Toney Staff Writer
Key Club is a community service program for high school students. In addition to helping make our school a better environment, key club also volunteers at events in our community. â€œWe volunteer at the local food pantry, elementary school events, community events and we are working on a school reading garden,â€? club sponsor Christine Pour said. Key Club is an interactive club to help better the community. Many people may overlook this club and all it has to offer. However, this oversight might cause many people to miss out on a club that
members claim is enjoyable. Students also overlook the most important part of Key club, which is to help other people and make our community a better environment. â€œSomething you donâ€™t know about Key Club is why itâ€™s called Key Club,â€? Pour said. Key Club is associated with Kiwanis International, a worldwide community service organization dedicated to helping the children all across
the globe.Â Key Club members said they are happy to be a part of this after school activity. â€œItâ€™s fun. I wanted to get involved, and I wanted to support the school,â€? Karina Barrios (sr.) said. â€œI wanted to help the community and school,â€? Marissa Gehr (jr.) said. â€œIâ€™ve always loved helping people, when I learned it was a club to let me do that I jumped at it,â€? Kvetta Quagrainie (sr.) said. Club members meet twice a month in room 408 to come up with new ways to help the community.Â Join in the fun.
Â Â Â Â Photo by: Cherelle Toney Marissa Gehr and Danielle Evans recycle for Key Club.
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