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    JVS Students are Inspired by Poetry
    Resident Teaching Artist, Jimmy Woody from the CAL works with JVS students during the Open Mic event.

    July 2, 2015 -- JVS had a very unique opportunity to participate in a poetry writing residency through the Cleveland-based Center for Arts-Inspired Learning (CAL).

    Over the last several weeks, students met with Ali McClain, a spoken word poet/performance artist from the CAL for five sessions. During these sessions students experienced various types of poetry and explored storytelling and performance arts. They also wrote and performed original works.

    The culminating activity was an Open Mic event. Students had the opportunity to see four different performance poets. Following their performances, the poets facilitated writing/performance-oriented workshops for the students. The day ended with the students performing their spoken word pieces for each other.

    “Poetry is typically something that many of our students find difficult to access.  By focusing on performance poetry, we are able to give students a new perspective on the genre and on their own abilities,” stated JVS English Teacher Megan Champagne. “When students perform, their experience becomes visceral--something that they feel.  And by working with artists in the field, poetry becomes a real way of life.”

    Almost 100 students had the opportunity to participate in the poetry residency, thanks to grants from both the Nord Family Foundation and the JVS School Endowment Fund. Most of the students were from the Transportation and Manufacturing Academies.

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  • Itching to get Scratching: JVS Pastry Arts Graduate is Pastry Chef at Kiawah Island Resort

    Itching to get Scratching: JVS Pastry Arts Graduate is Pastry Chef at Kiawah Island Resort
    Brittany Boris

    June 29, 2015 -- Brittany Boris scratches a lot, but it has nothing to do with allergies.

    It just goes with Boris' territory as pastry chef at Kiawah Island Golf Resort in South Carolina and her "make everything from scratch" philosophy of baking.

    Boris, a 2007 graduate of the Bakery & Pastry Arts program at the Lorain County JVS, perfected her talents at the Pennsylvania Culinary Institute in Pittsburgh.

    "My mom wanted me to become a nurse," Boris laughed. "She wanted me to have a degree, not a certificate. When she saw all the different degree career options that I would be prepared for, she felt better about my career choice."

    Boris said the JVS Bakery & Pastry Arts program prepared her well for her classes at PCI and her degree in Bakery and Patisserie.

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