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Project Talent

Ana Barrera talks colors, paint, art and more

The Enterprise Captain Shreve High School, Shreveport, LA Volume 48, No. 2, Winter 2017-‘18 • Free

Over the creek and through the mud A look at the Raider Nationals Championship

Martial arts: A journey in building confidence Teachers take an interest in martial arts


Contents

Staff

3 - Martial arts: A journey in building confidence

Editor

Delve into the world of jiu-jitsu and muay Thai with four of Shreve’s English teachers.

6 - A reel good time hunting and fishing

Hunters and fishermen of Shreve recount their favorite memories while outdoors.

8 - Profiles in community service

Z-Club co-presidents draw on life experiences to become leaders in community service.

Rachel Dupree

Reporters

Kaden Bagwell Jaimin Bhagat AntZavier Brown Kelsey Harlow Alexis McClain Jada Wiggins Chase Willis

Faculty Adviser Kevin Allen

The Enterprise news magazine is published quarterly by students in the journalism class at Captain Shreve High School.

10 - Project Talent

Ana Barrera talks colors, paint, art and more.

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12 - Over the creek and through the mud

JROTC Adventure Team tells about the hard work it took to get to Raider Nationals.

14 - Anime Mania

Anime Club members explain the appeal of the globally popular animation style.

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Martial Arts: A journey in building confidence

Story by Rachel Dupree & Chase Willis Photo by Rachel Dupree

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pproximately 200 forms of martial arts exist around the world, including hybrid forms – mixtures of different styles that have merged to create other individual forms of martial arts. Brazilian jiu-jitsu is one of those martial arts, and currently, English teachers Michael Scott, Michael Doughty and Jason McInnis participate in a weekly session at the local dojo Gator Pit to hone their skills as martial artists. “Right now, I have essays I need to grade,” Scott said while he was stretching in preparation for the night’s instruction and eventual spar. “Nah.” It was clear he would much rather practice Brazilian jiu-jitsu. Doughty said he spent special time grading essays the night before. When the Gator Pit first comes into view, it looks like a giant warehouse with glass doors. Inside, however, it is a nice facility built for martial arts. To the right, a long bench taking up the length of the wall serves as a place for the students to put their belongings and take a much-needed breather. Also to the right, many trophies are on display; to the left, the wall is padded, and a Gator Pit banner is hung, sporting an alligator in a gi. “Jiu-jitsu is a grappling martial art that has a really cool cultural background,” Doughty said. “An expatriate from Japan who knew ninjutsu went to Brazil, and it combined with some of the other martial arts there. It became a hybrid martial art in Brazil, so it’s very unique, but it also shares some things in common with the Japanese heritage.” All three teachers started over the summer, going to the

dojo at least twice a week and learning, drilling and sparring together. Unlike many martial arts, in jiu-jitsu there is no punching or kicking – instead, mainly grappling. “Basically, you come in, stretch – you know, basic stretch maneuvers that you do on the mat as a group – and the instructor will have someone come up and will demonstrate the move,” Scott said. “As they’re demonstrating it, they’ll explain why it works. The little things like hand positioning make all the difference in the world if you’re trying to do a certain type of choke. Then, you’ll pair off with somebody and you do the maneuver they showed, and you drill it however many times you can in three or four minutes. Then, you’ll stop and they’ll show you another maneuver, and you’ll drill that one.” After the instruction and drilling period, the students pair off with each other to spar, or “roll” as it is called, which is a series of short periods – normally around four minutes – where the pairs go head-to-head and grapple. There is little talk, little noise, and it seems like there isn’t much movement. However, when the students spar, they are trying to get into certain positions that give them an advantage over their opponents and allow them to transition from maneuver to maneuver. The goal is to ultimately get their opponents into positions that result in a submission or a tap. “I put you into a position where, under different circumstances, you will be rendered unconscious or have a broken bone, but the other taps out before it can happen,” Scott 3


said. McInnis explained that by forcing an opponent to tap out, they’re saying, “I give up!” Since all three teachers began over the summer, they have a collection of favorite moments, the setting mostly revolving around friends and fellow Brazilian jiu-jitsu practitioners. “It’s really funny when you’re rolling with somebody and they’ll make a joke or something while they’re rolling, and you start laughing, then they’re like, ‘This strategy has worked!’ and they beat you,” Doughty said with a laugh. Scott recalled many things that happened during the time he has been taking the art, but his favorite seemed to be the night when he took an elbow to the face. He seemed rather proud of the mark it left. “My favorite [moment] so far that I think a lot of people who have me as a teacher know is the day I came in with the big ol’ red knot on my forehead,” Scott said. “I took McInnis’s elbow to the face. It was an accident, he did not mean to. He was going for a sweep, and I was leaning forward to stop him… With that kind of thing, you wear it as a mark of glory – it’s cool, honestly, there was no shame behind it. I just took an elbow to the face.” However, McInnis did not say that accidentally elbowing Scott was his favorite moment. His story was reminiscent, and he decided to describe the night he sparred with an old friend of his. “There was a guy I knew from high school, who is just a year older than me, who I was able to reconnect with,” McInnis said. “The first time I went to jiu-jitsu, I was able to reconnect with him, which made it easy for me to come in.

The night before, I had a super great night of rolling and in like 30 or 40 seconds, I was almost able to get him to tap. He is a purple belt, which makes him way better than me and more experienced. The next night I came back I had a horrible night because I got stung by everybody.” McInnis said that one of the benefits of practicing Brazilian jiu-jitsu stems from having great nights and horrible nights. He said it is a part of the mental impact the sport leaves on a person – learning to take whatever is thrown a person’s way and rolling with it. McInnis has always taken an interest in martial arts since he was young boy growing up in the 1980s. As a young child, he trained in Taekwondo, which was started by seeing ninjas and karate movies while he was being raised. Taekwondo is a Korean martial art that places emphasis on head-height kicks, jumping, spinning kicks and fast kicking techniques. McInnis’s sudden interest in Brazilian jiu-jitsu came about when he was looking for a new athletic activity to keep him active. From McInnis’s perspective, in order to be successful in Brazilian jiu-jitsu, a person must have “a no-quit mentality.” Training in jiu-jitsu is a great cardio workout because every muscle in the human body is being put at work. It also builds mental strength, allowing a person to reach his or her full potential when up against an opponent. English teacher Sarah Hamm also practiced a martial art: muay Thai, which also has physical and mental demand. Muay Thai is the national sport and cultural martial art of Thailand and was recently accepted as an Olympic sport. “Muay Thai is the art of eight limbs – it is not just punch-

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ing and kicking,” Hamm said. “You may punch, elbow, knee and kick. You use lots of different weapons to be used. You stand very tall in muay Thai versus American boxing because your opponent has the opportunity to kick you, and you don’t want to be in the range of a kick.” Hamm actively trained in muay Thai for three years until she decided to pursue a full-time career in teaching. She trained at the Tankhead Fight Club on Texas Street in downtown Shreveport, attending training every Monday, Wednesday, Friday and sometimes on Saturdays. While training in muay Thai, Hamm was grateful for the opportunity to learn proper techniques. Her interaction with others practicing muay Thai gave her the encouragement to continue her training. Hamm enjoyed muay Thai because she liked the way it made her feel – she had been active but not athletic. She took an interest in muay Thai after searching for a new workout routine, and a friend recommended the Tankhead Fight Club. “I was looking for a new workout routine, and this friend of mine said she knew a kickboxing gym, and I thought it was for aerobics,” Hamm said. ”I walk inside and it’s primarily men. Women are in the minority. They are wrapping their hands to place their gloves on. There are mats that you cannot walk on without proper shoes. It was an actual dojo, a place to practice martial arts.” In March 2013 Hamm was given the opportunity to travel to Thailand, where muay Thai is the national sport. She traveled along with a co-owner of the Tankhead Fight Club. Thailand has outdoor training camps where they train in

the morning and afternoon. The trainers at the camps were ex-fighters. One of Hamm’s favorite memories involves one of the competitive trainers. “I was punching – these trainers who are ex-fighters get really into it,” Hamm said. We did what’s called pad work, where they call a command and you execute. The fighters tell you to sing, which means let them hear your punch. So, when I took my gloves off, my knuckles were bleeding. Then the trainer comes over, looks and says, ‘Good, you finally hit hard enough!’ I felt so tough.” Hamm said if she had the chance, she would do it all over again. She said to be successful in muay Thai, a person must be consistent and obtain good sleeping and eating habits.

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A REEL Good Time Hunting and Fishing T

he leaves rustle, the water splashes, there is a smell of burning leaves in the air. Little does the deer know that camouflaged in the tree, the hunter waits, hearing every sound and seeing every moment. Little does the fish know that the splash in the water was not another fish but actually a bobber thrown from above.

Colton Gill

Do you have any special stories or achievements?

“Probably winning my first tournament. It was a great feeling to be able to hold up the trophy. We got after the fish early and ended the day breaking the state record with 18.6 pounds [combined] of five fish.”

What are some superstitions before you hunt or fish? “It won’t be a good day if I don’t eat a honey bun and have a Cookies ‘n’ Creme Hershey’s bar.”

How does hunting and/or fishing make you feel?

“Fishing teaches persistence. And you need persistence in your life. You have to be able to never give up and always work for what you want. That’s why I love fishing.” Photos – Top: Colton Gill at Grand Bayou Tournament where he won with Noah Westmoreland. The fish weighed 6.05 lbs (Colton’s Best at a Tournament). Bottom: Colton’s biggest fish caught at Grand Bayou in a non-tournament, which weighed 7.2 lbs.

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Harlee Connell

Do you have any special stories or achievements?

“I was bream fishing with my dad out at one of his friend’s pond, and I was only like 5 years old. The bobber went under the water with a bream on the line, I reeled in the line on my Barbie fishing pole and a bass jumped out of the water with the bream in the bass’s mouth. I managed to hook the bass, and the bream swam right out of its mouth.”

What are some superstitions before you hunt or fish? “I always have to bring my lucky [sun]glasses when I go fishing and drink a Monster Energy drink.”

How does hunting and/or fishing make you feel?

“Fishing is something that can relax me or make me really competitive, but either way I really enjoy it. There is nothing like being able to go out on the lake and just being able to spend all day doing something you love. [Fishing also] allows you to spend time with people you love.” Photo – Harlee Connell at Cross Lake competing in a tournament with a bass weighing about 5 lbs.

Noah Westmoreland

Do you have any special stories or achievements? “I was deer hunting and a group of pigs came out, and I shot at one but killed two with one bullet.”

How does hunting and/or fishing make you feel?

“I just love being out in the woods or on the water. It’s peaceful and a great place to be. It’s also a great place for family and friends to come together, connect [and grow closer]. Most of all my greatest memories have come from hunting and fishing.”

Photo (Taken at “mossy break” near Mansfield) – Noah Westmoreland’s first bow-kill. He got the kill under a corn feeder.

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Profiles in Community service: Mary Douglas and Emily Hurst Story by Alexis McClain

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s Mary was lying in a hospital bed the day she was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes, she received a call from the late Richard Lary, the former Captain Shreve football coach. “Coach, also being diabetic, called to check on me as soon as he heard the news about my diagnosis,” Mary said. “He assured me that everything was going to be okay and that I could still maintain my normal life with a few added adjustments. One week after that, Coach Lary was the first person to give me my bedtime shot, and right after we ate a bowl of Frosted Flakes as our bedtime snack.” This moment was one that Mary said she will never forget and that has had a strong impact on her life. “Obviously, a major adversity I have had to overcome is being diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes,” Mary said. “It’s been difficult to try and maintain consistent blood sugars with such a busy schedule.” Though this was an obstacle in Mary’s life, she was able to overcome this with the help of loved ones, like Coach Lary. “Coach Lary was so comforting and supportive along my journey with Type 1 diabetes,” Mary said. “And I know that he is always watching over me.” All of the people who were so willing to help Mary with this obstacle are part of what made Mary want to help others, the way that they helped her. When Mary was in fourth grade, she became involved in community service with her church. “Every Wednesday we would volunteer to work with the Lighthouse kids and help them complete their homework, play games and eat dinner,” Mary said. “Ever since then I

“Providence House is something I hold very near and dear to my heart,” Mary said. “I have developed such a special bond with each one of the kids in the house and will forever remember the memories I’ve created with them.” These experiences were only the beginning of her passion for serving others, and Mary said community service is something that is rewarding in many ways. “I encourage everyone to go out and volunteer,” Mary said. “There is no greater feeling than helping someone who is in need.” Mary said volunteering opens people’s eyes to the world around them and helps them to appreciate all the little things they have in their lives. “We take so many things for granted in life,” Mary said. “But by getting involved with the community and reaching out to those in need, you become more thankful for what you have.” This passion for serving others is what encouraged Mary to become a part of Z-Club and to later become a co-president. “My favorite part about Z-Club is getting to bond with girls who share the same passion I do, which is volunteering,” Mary said. “It truly is a blessing being able to bond and serve the community at the same time.”

Emily Hurst

have volunteered as a crew leader at VBS, done mission work in San Antonio, Texas, aided the children’s case managers at Providence House and so much more.” Mary became involved with Providence House after her mother started working there as the director of education. She began to volunteer every summer to help with the daily field trips and other activities. 8

When Emily was in middle school, she moved here from Mississippi, and this was a large obstacle that she had to face because she had to become completely adapted to the new environment. “At the time it was very hard,” Emily said. “I definitely had to step out of my comfort zone to meet new friends, and I had to lean on my family a lot. Looking back, it has shaped who I am today by making me friendlier and more caring.” This is one event that has formed who Emily has become, but it is not the only thing she has had to go through. “The main struggle I’ve faced is being confident,” Emily said. “I’ve learned not to second guess myself and to keep my head up every day no matter what challenges are thrown your way.”


These adversities shaped her personality, and making friends was one of the reasons she got involved with community service. “I love doing community service because I learn so much from it,” Emily said. “I learn how businesses work, what goes into a nonprofit organization and even just details about people’s lives.” Emily loves the connections that she makes and the lives she is able to witness when participating in community service. Emily is also a member of the Providence House Youth Advisory Council. “I help out a lot with the Providence House,” Emily said. “I also love volunteering at the Glen Retirement Center. I think everyone should experience the feeling of simply sitting and talking to someone. Sometimes that’s the best kind of service, just being there for them.” Like Mary, this passion for serving the community moved Emily to become involved in Z-Club. “My sophomore year, I mainly joined Z-Club because all the girls I looked up to were in it,” Emily said. “I didn’t even know exactly what it was, but I saw how sweet and smart the girls in it were, so I joined. Then junior year, I ran for exec board for the same reason. The older girls were so encouraging and helped me decide what to run for.” As Emily became more and more involved with Z-Club, she formed a passion for serving the community. “I saw how rewarding and exciting it is to help others or host an event,” Emily said. “That year, I threw myself into Z-Club. I went to businesses to get donations for Carnival, I

helped plan socials and I worked really hard to do as much service as possible.” The first time Emily hosted an event in Z-Club, she was so proud and she was able to see what it was like to bring an event to life. It encouraged her to become more involved, and by senior year she was able to be a co-president with Mary. “It is very reassuring and encouraging to know that they are our presidents,” Z-Club member Abigail Roberts said. “You can always count on them to get things done, and they have worked really hard to make Z-Club the best that it can possibly be.” Members of the club know that Mary and Emily work hard to make the club successful. “Now, I’m super glad to be president and have so many responsibilities and hands-on involvement with everything in the club,” Emily said. “I hope I can be someone for others to look up to or admire, so I can inspire them to join just like the older girls did for me.”

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Project Talent Story and photos by Kaden Bagwell

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hen you enter the art room on a Thursday evening at Caddo Magnet High School, where Project Talent is held, it is immediately apparent that you are in a creative environment. The only person likely to acknowledge your presence is the teacher. Everyone else is so immersed in their artwork that they do not even notice you enter the room. A girl in the far corner of the class catches your eye. When she reaches across to dip her paintbrush into the paint on her palette, you notice something interesting about her hand. Her palm is covered in brush strokes from blending the paint to the exact color she needs, which is intriguing because all of the other artists are doing this on their plates. Captain Shreve senior Ana Barrera is literally in touch with the art she creates. “She wants to do it. She’s motivated. She’s dedicated. She loves it,” are the words of Project Talent teacher Shirlene Alexander on Barrera’s passion for art. Project Talent, commonly referred to as PT, is an advanced art class based at Caddo Magnet High School for selected students in the Caddo Parish area. The class is held on Thursdays after school from 4-7 p.m. with a 30-minute break somewhere in between. “It’s a great class. If you counted minutes, we are probably getting close to the number of minutes of a [school] class for a week,” Alexander said. This talented arts program has been in existence since 1975, and Alexander has been teaching the class since 1983. Barrera is an artist recognized across the district, and she is currently the only Captain Shreve student in Project Talent. She holds four trophies from the Caddo Parish Reflections Awards and won $100 for her artwork at the 2015 Artbreak. Her artwork has influenced life at Captain Shreve as well. Last year she designed the t-shirts for the Grease musical and the 2017 Gator Run. “I know that there are many talented artists at Captain Shreve,” Barrera said. “The problem is nobody is looking hard enough to find them.” Barrera hopes that young artists at Captain Shreve will get in touch with their art teachers and attempt to join the program. There are very strict requirements for new members. New members must be recommended by an art teacher at the school they attend. New members must also have their portfolio, a collection of completed artworks, ap-

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proved by the Project Talent instructor. New members also must be upperclassmen. Students join Project Talent at the beginning of the school year and work all year to have their artwork entered into the artwork exhibit to be displayed at the Louisiana State Museum. “It is kind’ve the finale of everything,” Alexander said. “It’s a professional show. There are invitations, news media, reception. It’s really a nice deal.”

Q & A with Ana Barrera

When did you start showing signs of having interest in art? “I started classes very young. One time when I was three I started drawing on the table with crayons. Well, my parents caught me and were mad and sent me to my room. When they took a second look at the scribbles on the table, it was an image of a chicken on a farm. They were impressed because I was able to draw recognizably at such a young age. My parents and family members saw that I had talent, I just needed help tapping into it. So, they thought that taking art classes would help me become a better artist and also be super fun. “My classes when I was little were very basic. They were just simple classes, and the teacher let us do whatever. I went to class 6-7 hours a week back then. These classes didn’t teach me much about different techniques, but it did give me an opportunity to create art. When I was 12, I started taking professional art lessons from Marco Tulio. He was just named the best Mexican 3D artist a year ago or so. He actually painted an optical illusion in a park of a huge bottle of wine breaking the concrete with a cork flying through the air. It is painted so that when you are flying


over the park in the sky it looks real.” Why is art important to you? And why should it be important to others? “Whenever I’m painting, all of my attention is focused on the art. It is a way for me to escape from the real world and forget about all of my worries. I’m not saying everyone should be a painter, but I feel that having a hobby is great, especially if that talent is creating art.” What is one of the biggest challenges you face as an artist? “One of my biggest challenges is being around other artists that are better than me. I see their work and compare it to mine, and that sometimes makes me discouraged. They might utilize techniques that I haven’t been taught yet, and it makes me want to learn everything that I possibly can.” What is one of your pieces you have struggled the most on? “Last year my second piece was a self portrait. This would be my least favorite piece because I don’t like the way my face looks. Self portraits are especially hard because you are drawing yourself, and the way your brain sees yourself and how you actually look is different. It was also very difficult to blend the shades of skin tones. For example, you are supposed to use purples to shade instead of commonly misused colors such as brown or black. I’ve been practicing a lot on this, and now I’m pretty confident in my ability to do self portraits.” What is your favorite piece you have ever created? “That’s really hard because I love all of my work, but I guess the last piece I made at Project Talent (the shoe painting) is my favorite. I just really like it because it has been my most challenging piece to date, and I’m very happy with the final product.” How do you feel Project Talent has developed your artistic abilities? “I’ve learned new techniques and how to draw from still life, which is super, super hard, and now I’ve managed to nail this concept. In PT, our shoe project is an example of this type of art. I’ve also learned a bunch about colors and tones and how to blend them.”

Ana is pictured with Project Talent instructor and Caddo Magnet High School art teacher Shirlene Alexander.

How could students at Shreve become more informed on advanced art opportunities? “If students at Shreve are interested in higher level art, they should definitely talk to their art teacher. I’m sure they’d be happy to help students get connected with opportunities such as Project Talent.” What do you plan to do after high school? “I plan on pursuing an art career in the near future at Louisiana Tech. I’m going to major in architecture and interior design. Art is just a true passion of mine, and having a successful career in that field would be a dream come true. I feel that it would also make my mom really happy because she loves art also.”

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Over the Creek and Through the Mud: Raider Nationals

Photos by Cornell David McGee Story by Jada Wiggins Photos by Lt. Col. David McGee

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rawling through mud, swimming through creeks and running up mountains are some of the things the JROTC Adventure Team had to go through when competing in Raider Nationals that was held Nov. 4-5 in Molena, Georgia. It featured a series of tasks, which included a team 5K run, cross country rescue and a physical team test. At Raider Nationals there were 10 cadets on each team, and they had to travel one mile with eight backpacks each weighing 35 lbs. “We adopted our motto, ‘embrace the suck,’ because we practice four days a week, rain or shine,” Commander Allison Howell said. Howell said that even when it was cold and raining, they were outside practicing so they could achieve their goal by doing the best they could with what they were given. She said that when they were in sucky situations, they simply pushed through and tried their best. Howell said the motto kind of just stuck with them and continued to motivate them and help them get all the way through Nationals. Senior Cameron Brantley said Adventure Team has helped him by putting him “into situations where I cannot turn back.” He said he was pushed both physically and mentally while at Raider Nationals. “It has allowed me to meet many different amazing people from different schools,” junior member Mallory Kelley said. 12

Adventure Team members Allison Howell, Mallory Kelley and Bryson Stringer carry a canoe.

Kelley said that Adventure Team has helped her with social skills by forcing her to work with others from different schools. She said they had to communicate to accomplish a goal, such as finding different points during competitions. Kelley also said that she has met many of these people while going to different camps and competitions. “It has taught me to listen to others, but also to listen and be confident in my own ideas,” Kelley said. Learning how to put aside her own opinions and looking at the big picture was a challenge. Kelley said she had to learn to look at the big picture and try to find the best way to solve problems. For example, having to find a way to get the whole team through a one-rope bridge. Kelley said that before Adventure Team she had trouble listening and being open to others’ opinions, but being on the team for two years has helped improve it. “The team has made me extremely proud to be not only on the team, but the commander of this team,” Howell said. When they faced each situation or challenge, they all together as a team took everything on. Howell said the team proved what they were capable of by staying motivated and by the way they pushed themselves and each other. She said they are constantly motivating each other to do their very best at all times. “If we don’t have communication during our competitions, the whole team will not be able to have the mindset


about technique that we will be using to complete our challenges,” Kelley said, “Most of the events that we compete in are timed.” Kelley also said that having timed competitions causes them to develop good time management skills. When competing in events like the one-rope bridge, they have to figure out how much time they are able to spend doing different parts of building the bridge and loading the people on the bridge so they do not spend too much time on one thing. “No one is ever left behind,” Howell said. “We believe that we are only as strong as our weakest link.”

Team members Caitlyn Burton and Cameron Brantley crawl through the mud.

Team member Cameron Brantley crosses a creek while attached to a rope.

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Anime Mania Story and photos by Kelsey Harlow

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rom what senior John Bryant can remember, anime all started for him at the age of three. As a toddler, Bryant was exposed to the anime world by his older brother, and after he moved out, Bryant kept watching it on his own. Each show brings him to a reminiscent state, reminding him of different times of his life. “A lot of anime has a message of never giving up and that you can achieve anything if you work your hardest,” Anime Club member John Bryant said. “That has had its effect on me because it’s inspired me to always do my best and to never give up until my goals are achieved.” In the beginning anime was produced by and made for the Japanese, but gradually they began to make their way into English-speaking areas. Japan’s first major animated export to the United States, “Astro Boy,” was first aired on NBC. This production set the tone for many more generations to come. 14

“I love ‘Astro Boy,’” Anime Club Vice President Khalil Johnson said. “It shows a future that is so much different than now. It shows the audience to never give up through its main character, who is really just a kid.” There are many forms of anime, but the most popular seems to be TV shows. Some popular Shows include “Naruto,” “Dragon Ball Z,” “Pokémon” and “Bleach.” These shows can be found on channels such as Cartoon Network and Adult Swim. “Anime is way more adult,” Bryant said. “It has a lot of deep, intricate storylines and also many adult situations and themes. There’s a reason it comes on Adult Swim.” Students who are interested in anime say they see something in it that other students often do not. “I think anime isn’t mainstream because many people think just because it’s animated it’s for little kids,” Bryant said. “I think if people would just give it a chance, they’d


see why the people who watch it love it.” Other students disagree. “I don’t like anime,” junior Lauren Turner said. “Girls are way too sexualized in the way they are drawn and are often displayed as the typical dimwitted and helpless type.” The way girls are portrayed in anime varies from show to show. Club member Bobby Shell said that most females in the anime he watches are confident in themselves and very powerful. “Some shows that I enjoy watching include ‘Naruto,’ ‘Dragon Ball,’ ‘One Piece,’ ‘Fairy Tail’ and ‘Death Note,’” Shell said. Anime characters are inspiring to their audience, and viewers can relate characters to their own lives. “I would say some characters I can relate to the most are Ruby Rose, L and Sasuke,” Shell said. “They all represent some part of my personality that I like or want to improve. Ruby represents being the light in the world, and something I try to be for my parents. L is resilient, and Sasuke is strong and doesn’t care what people think because he is assured.” Besides watching anime, Shell also enjoys viewing drawings of anime and writing fanfiction. “I’m not a very good artist,” Shell said. “I’ve written some fanfiction, but I wouldn’t say it’s great.” Even though Shell said he is not great at writing fanfiction, he still enjoys it. Anime is really enjoyed by its viewers, and it reminds the audience of memories that will last them a lifetime.

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