The Harker Eclectic Literary Magazine (HELM) has released its 12th edition, featuring the artistic work of students and teachers. The HELM is created every year by a student staff; this year’s chief editors were Olivia Zhu, grade 12, and Kaitlin Halloran, grade 11, under the tutelage of advisor Anne Douglas, upper school English teacher. HELM showcases the works of more than 30 students and teachers, highlighting their photography, drawing, poetry and prose skills.
For the first time in its history, HELM received enough faculty submissions to have a dedicated faculty section. This section will hopefully become a HELM staple in order to showcase, according to the editors-in-chief, the “teachers’ great dedication to their art and their students.”
This was also the first year that college essays were featured; the HELM staff sought to provide a window into the minds of the class of 2011 as they went through the college admissions process.
Because of the rigorous academic standards at Harker, it is easy to focus only on the logical, left-brained facets of the school. The HELM’s spring release stands as a strong reminder that the Harker community also nurtures the creative sides of its students and teachers alike.