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Resume Kate Finster Cell: 6198237803 1025 Sutter St, San Diego, CA, 92103 kate.finster@gmail.com -To learn about journalism and design, and become better at both writing and design elements. -One year of Intro to Journalism and Design at Parker -Eighth grade digital media elective course Kindergarten to third grade at Montessori School of San Diego Third grade to eighth grade at Grant K-8 School Ninth grade at Francis Parker School Activities: Held ASB office of Secretary in eighth grade Novice Volleyball at Francis Parker Extracurricular tennis and yoga Intro to Journalism and Design Was involved in six theater productions during middle school as an extracurricular Joined the Global Journal Project in tenth grade Attended the Junior Model United Nations conference from sixth to eighth grade Six years of piano lessons, two years of clarinet References: Any teacher at Grant Middle School Mr. Holbrook and Ms. Moller- teacher of Intro to Journalism Class


Self evaluation This year was my first experience with journalism, and I’ve learned so much in and from this class. In the beginning of the year, I had no idea what journalistic writing was, or how to use InDesign. The first trimester introduced the writing aspect, which was confusing and structured compared to the simpler writing in my English classes. I eventually learned the journalistic terms, and the topics that Mr. Holbrook assigned helped me write better. It was really outside of my comfort zone to ask people for interviews and confront them about topics, but it became a lot easier by the third trimester. The deadlines were hard to meet at the beginning, however I learned to balance my time well in class. Journalism ethics sometimes mystified me, because there was such a fine line between right and wrong. The first trimester taught me all the basics of being on a publication. The second trimester was a lot more creative, which I enjoyed. I learned all about photojournalism, and how to take good pictures. InDesign was really hard and confusing to me at the beginning of the second trimester, but by the end it was significantly easier. I enjoyed working on my own spread, and the atmosphere was very collaborative because everyone was asking each other for advice on their design. The third trimester was the most stressful by far. Working with The Scribe was intense, and meeting deadlines was difficult. Taking pictures, getting interviews, writing good copy after a trimester of not writing at all were all things I struggled with. I decided to do the best I could, and I learned that the staffers on Scribe are mostly really nice. If I could do it all again, I would probably speak up and ask for help more. I can use the skills that I’ve learned this year in any profession or internship I pursue. Being assertive, asking for help, and meeting deadlines are all very valuable assets that I have learned this year.


Reflection #1 The most significant piece of work I have created for this class was the Scribe article on unconventional museums. Since it was in a blurb format, I had to learn how to write small paragraphs that were still packed with information. I was excited to receive this assignment because I love museums, and I took the museum interim course, so I know of many unique ones in San Diego. Once I had started writing, I was notified that my piece would be published in the Scribe Online. At the time, I was worried, and not that confident in my article’s quality. Once I had finished my V1, I was nervous for the edits to come back from the Scribe editors. I didn’t know if my pictures, interviews, and content would be good enough. The editors however, were critical and helpful to me. Even though my article would be published online, I still had to design a spread for it. I was really proud of how that turned out with all of my pictures in place. When the final deadline came around, I realized I had done all I wanted to do with the piece. My experience working with Scribe was very positive, and I think for my first time writing for a publication I did pretty well.

CURATING CURIOSITIES

EXPLORE SAN DIEGO’S MOST UNCONVENTIONAL MUSEUMS ARTICLE AND PHOTOGRAPHS BY KATE FINSTER

When people think of San Diego museums, typically the Mormon Battalion Historic Site and Model Railroad Museum

don’t come to mind. Most people don’t realize that our city has more to offer than the famous museums everyone has visited on school field trips or during summer camps. In fact, some of the most engaging, and interesting, museums are commonly overlooked. Parker students need not travel far from home to discover global culture, beautiful gardens, and folk or modern art. Each of the following museums is unique, and a little unconventional, yet they all deserve equal billing as some of the more popular exhibits. Take a look at these five museums, and discover how interesting and diverse the hidden museums of San Diego can be.

INFO: 1439 El Prado, San Diego, CA 92101; Tuesday - Sunday 10am4pm; (619)239-0003; Tickets: $8.00 – Adults ; $5.00 – Seniors (age 62+), youth (6-17), students with ID and military with ID Mingei is a Japanese word, meaning art of the people, so it’s fitting that the Mingei International Museum displays unique art handmade by people from around the world. Established in 1978, the Mingei showcases some of the most unusual and engaging art in all of San Diego. Located at the west end of Balboa Park, this historic building is home to two large mosaic sculptures, donated to the museum by renowned artist, Niki de Saint Phalle. These bright and playful statues are often swarmed by little children and their parents, but most don’t even think to venture into the historic building that houses the Mingei. Inside, the museum’s gorgeous architecture and playful displays are sure to catch your interest. The Mingei’s exhibits are made by artists from all over the globe. What’s truly amazing about this museum is the variety of exhibits on display. Currently, a collection of antique log cabin quilts from all over the United States, abstract art made from yarn, and an exhibit on the golden age of marketing design are on view, among others.

INFO: 1100 & 1001 Kettner Boulevard, San Diego, CA 92101; 11 AM – 5 PM daily, closed Wednesday; (858)454-3541; General Admission- $10 Seniors -$5 Students 26 and over (with ID) $5 25 and under Free (with ID) Military and their families Free (with ID). Often overshadowed by its grand oceanfront sister museum in La Jolla, the Museum of Contemporary Art, San Diego’s downtown museum is an unappreciated and hidden gem. Located in the Jacobs Building, this museum was once the baggage building for the Santa Fe railroad station next door, and the unique nature of its architecture, such as the high ceilings and vast windows, add drama to the museum’s unique collection. The exhibits displayed at the museum change frequently; however, every piece of art is thought-provoking and unique. “The museum features works you might not think of as art,” says history teacher Cherie Redelings, who, with Head of Upper School Paul Barsky, led the Great and Small Museums of San Diego Interim course earlier this year. “For example, a bowl of milk with a human face that surfaces and repeats a poem about culture or a series of wine glasses floating in a backyard pool that make cool “pings” when they touch.” she adds. Other exhibits include abstract art, colorful paintings, and delicate tapestries. Visit this museum to find modern art of all styles and mediums, and prepare to be pleasantly surprised by the playful nature and stunning architecture.


Reflection #2 The piece that needs more work would be my one page layout that I did to emulate a design I found. I absolutely loved the layout that I found, but I came across many difficulties that hindered me from making it the best quality it could be. First, I wasn’t very familiar with InDesign, as it was the first layout I had attempted. If I tried to copy the same layout now, I know I could do it a lot more quickly if I attempted it again now. Second, the spread I chose was in a foreign language, so that was an additional difficulty for me. With this layout, I learned how to format text, to make triangles and other shapes in InDesign, to format pictures and adjust them in shapes, and to experiment with font color. I still love the original layout, but I have feelings of regret about my layout because I know I could make it so much better knowing what I do now.


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This picture was also taken at the Chinese Culture Fair in February. While the other photo gives an overview of the festival, this one shows one of the activities, kite flying. This picture uses the rule of thirds, and I like the minimal aspect of it. This picture is a detail of the fair, and I think it works well with the other picture to convey the fun feeling of the fair.


Reflection #3

This picture one of my favorite shots this year. It was taken at the Chinese Culture Fair in February, and I love how bright and colorful it turned out. There were these beautiful paper lanterns hanging in all of the trees, and the whole festival was gorgeously decorated. I like how the lantern is in the foreground, but the activity of the booths of the festival is still visible. (IMG_3446.jpg). .


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Writing clip When walking into Lefty’s Chicago Pizzeria, the most stunning factor is the smell. Fresh ingredients and melting cheese top the three-inch-tall pizza dough that simmers in the large oven, creating a warm aroma that will pull you in. Lefty’s is an inviting restaurant that offers salads, sandwiches, pastas, fries, appetizers, hot dogs, and, of course, pizza. The original restaurant was started nine years ago on 30th Street in North Park after the owners noticed a lack of restaurants serving their hometown style of food. “The idea for Lefty’s came from the over-abundance of mom and pop shops the owner grew up with in and around Chicago—the ease of ordering a deep dish or grabbing a hot dog, a bag of fries or a beef sandwich, and all of the happy feelings that came along with that,” manager John Garza, a Chicago native, said. “Pretty soon, the owner got tired of missing those comforting flavors and began spending hours in his kitchen, coming up with recipes.” According to Garza, the restaurant was named after the owner, whose nickname is Lefty because of his dominant left hand. This pizzeria in the heart of Mission Hills has a devoted clientele that keep coming back for more. “We love Lefty’s. The pizza is the best we’ve ever had,” said diners Beth and Dave. “The service, the whole atmosphere-it’s just so casual and nice.” The feeling at Lefty’s is definitely casual, with lots of Chicago sports memorabilia adorning every wall, and multiple televisions playing the Bears game. The chairs, tables and booths are all wooden, creating an old-timey vibe, and there’s an authentic “hand wash” station smack dab in the middle of it (to get all of that pizza grease off your hands or clothes). The bathroom at Lefty’s is playfully graffitied with sentiments like: “Jessica and Brad fell in love... with this pizza!!” “First time in San Diego, glad we made it here. Go Cubs!” Although the deep dish is the star of the show here, the underrated thin crust pizza is crunchy, cheesy, and delicious. The pasta marinara is also flavorful, with fresh made meatballs topped with basil, parmesan and heaps and heaps of spaghetti. Another authentic Chicago favorite is the beef sandwich. Served with peppers, giardiniera and an extra splash of “da-jus,” this sandwich is huge and dripping with goodness. “The most popular item on the menu is probably a tie between the deep dish pizza and the Italian beef sandwich,” said Garza, the manager of the Goldfinch location for two years. “My personal favorite, however, is probably the thin crust pepperoni pizza and the Caesar salad.” Basically, Lefty’s is a casual restaurant that serves a ton of different Chicago-style meals, priced cheap. The playful, sports-oriented ambiance is great for families or couples and just about everyone in between. The food is delicious and the pizza is in a class of its own. Service is always friendly, and the takeout options are just as good as the dine in. Bottom line is, if you like a friendly atmosphere and even better food, Lefty’s is the place to go. “My favorite part about working at Lefty’s is the fact that it’s so relaxed,” Garza said. “It’s informal, and I love getting to know the neighborhood. Everyone, including the Chicago natives, is so loyal.”


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