About a year ago, Lillian Brumback, the founder and president of the high school student-led magazine The Jaguar Athenaeum, recognized a gap in Carrboro’s art scene.
Brumback said many talented student artists were isolated within their respective mediums, unaware of each other’s presence. This year, Brumback launched The Jaguar Athenaeum, a platform to unite young artists and provide opportunities for those who lack resources or representation.
The Jaguar Athenaeum, based out of Carrboro High School, was originally created as Brumback’s Gold Award Girl Scout project.
Brumback assembled a team of other students to compile professional resources for their peers, from scholarship information to guidance in fields such as performing arts or literature.
The first issue features articles about networking, the psychology of color and choosing a job in the theater. Brumback said the mission is to equip students with skills for their college and career development.
While this issue is specific to Carrboro’s art communities, Brumback said that they plan to gradually expand content, encompassing broader elements accessible to neighboring schools.
“We're encouraging [other schools] to make their own and to spread that idea of all the experiences we are each learning,” Brumback said.
At East Chapel Hill High School, the East Chapel Hill Observer is providing high school students with opportunities in writing and reporting. The newspaper is published by students in a journalism class.
ECHO co-Editor-in-Chief Avery Tortora initially had no intention of joining the class, but was referred by her tenth-grade English teacher. She said it became her favorite class because of its collaborative and creative work.