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Michelle Koh    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
It’s hard to believe that the now successful and well-known acapella group, Keynotes, is only two years old. Created by Anna Stacy ’13 in her Lower year, Keynotes began as an informal group of friends that people attended sporadically.Now, the audition-based group is Andover’s only co-ed a cappella group that is student directed. Co-Heads Tom Burnett ’15, Ali Decker ’14 and Harry Wright ’14 arrange every song that is performed by the Keynotes.With about fifteen talented members, Keynotes...
Tiffany Bauman    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Every year, students don dresses and ties and fill the halls of the Addison Gallery of American Art to celebrate the launch of the Courant, Andover’s leading student-run literary and arts magazine, and hear their peers read their published writing.“On Wednesdays, we submit to the Courant” and other witty slogans, along with thorough use of posters and social media sites, are some of the many ways the Courant reaches out into the community hoping to find a hidden, talented voice that people...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Known for its feisty performances, Blue Strut, Andover’s student-run jazz dance group, wowed audiences this year while maintaining tight-knit relationships off-stage.Led by Emily Ewing ’14 and Rachel Murree ’14, Blue Strut started the year off with a bang, performing a 1920s-themed dance for students and parents at Grasshopper Night.Winter Term, the group of eight dancers brought their signature sass to a basketball halftime show where they performed to Beyonce’s synth-pop hit “Sweet Dreams.”...
Sara Luzuriaga    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“‘Backtracks’ is an amalgamation of earnest ramblings, introspective reflections, personal epiphanies, informed reporting, fresh perspectives. ‘Backtracks’ is confessions, candid truth, revelations,” said Caroline Lu ’15, who will serve as Co-Editor in Chief of the magazine next year.As the oldest general interest magazine at Andover, “Backtracks” provides a creative outlet for students to share their thoughts and opinions. Janine Ko, ’14, the Editor in Chief of Backtracks, feels that...
Julia Boyd    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Whether at the Coffee House or the Abbot Cabaret, Azure commands the stage in black T-shirts and jeans, using only the harmony of their voices to create strong melodies that resound with the audience long after the performance is finished.Azure, the all-female a cappella group, performs different arrangements of popular songs at various events across campus. Azure members pride themselves on their good pitch and confident and courageous attitudes.“Having a good voice is important [for Azure],...
Julia Donovan    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“At the end of the day, even though our legs and feet are hurting and we’re at a two hour-long rehearsal or class, we’re still having an absolute blast,” said Lizzie McGonagle ’16, a proud member of Andover Dance Group (ADG). “[Andover Dance Group] is a group of devoted dancers who all share friendship, a passion for dance, and a love for the performing arts. No matter what we’re doing or how stressed out we are, we all love to perform together.”ADG, a modern dance troupe, performed several...
Julia Donovan    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“I got my first panic attack ever from seeing a photograph of someone who was just really beautiful,” said visual artist Emmie Avvakumova ’14. “I just couldn’t believe that someone that beautiful could exist. It was overwhelming. When I see beautiful people I never feel attracted to them. I feel like I want to photograph them.”For as long as she can remember, Avvakumova’s natural artistic talent has propelled her to succeed in almost every category of artistic expression. Through portraiture,...
Sharan Gill    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
While her artwork now hangs in the Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, lines the hallways of Elson and is displayed in the Gelb Gallery, Molly Magnell ’14 entered Andover with little technical skill despite her passion and talent for art.“When I came to Andover, I knew nothing about drawing in terms of realism. Looking back my portfolio was terrible. I was so intimidated stepping into my first art class after the basic one: Drawing I. We were doing all this stuff with proportions, lighting and...
Julia Boyd & Alexis Lefft    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
Coming from a family of artists, Shanice Pimentel ’14 was surrounded by the rich conceptions and histories of art even at an early age. Pimentel vividly recalls sitting next to her aunt, who is from the Dominican Republic, and watching her brush strokes create dimension and color on a white campus as she painted. Now, Pimentel hopes to pursue art as a main course of study in college.At Andover, Pimentel started further exploring art in her Lower year. “I took Art 304 [Drawing 1] with [Elaine]...
Julia Donovan    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
“Salvador Joey” reads the signature on the first successful portraiture by Joey Salvo ’14, a headshot of Salvador Dalí that he created in seventh grade. He has continued exploring portraiture ever since and has since become a passionate visual artist and skilled portraitist.“It all begins with the eyes,” said Salvo. “As long as the eyes are right, the picture captures the essence of the person you are illustrating.” Through both simple sketches of friends on Post-It notes and elaborate colored...
Chloe Lee    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
For Sierra Jamir ’14, art is the constant that has remained with her through the six times her family has moved.Since the age of three, Jamir has been drawing almost every day. As a child, she often drew cartoons with her father.“In elementary school, I made comic books every week. I made a whole series once, with ten books, ten pages each, in third grade. It was something I was always strong in, something I always knew how to do,” said Jamir.“At Andover, I was pretty involved in my first two...
Charlotte Berry & Kalina Ko    Wednesday, June 11, 2014
At 3 a.m., Emilia Figliomeni ’14 sat wrapped in green and tan blankets in the basement of Stevens with several scriptwriters during the 24-Hour Film Labs. Fourteen hours worth of script writing, filming and editing later, she stood in the crowded Underwood Room, proudly watching the screening of the movies.“I really felt like I had helped or ... maybe shared my love of film with some people,” said Figliomeni, a three-year Senior from Bologna, Italy.Figliomeni’s love of film began in sixth...

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