Ryan S. started experimenting with photography in the summer of 2016. He mostly enjoys landscape photography, such as pictures of buildings and mountains. His least favorite type of photography is selfies. Overall, photography is one of his main passions. “[Photography] has a good way of saving memories,” he said.
Téa S. started writing on a more serious level in the 6th grade and typically writes poetry and creative writing. They believe writing is an outlet for emotions that would usually tear people apart. “I don’t feel like writing should be without sadness,” Téa said.
Anela W. enjoys photography, especially nature. She has been into photography for four years now. “It’s a way to capture moments in life that is hard to see without photographing it,” Anela said. She does not, however, like taking photos of people. “It’s too popular. We see models often on a billboards, but not pictures of beautiful things like changing trees or forests. I also love taking pictures of historic items like buildings and artifacts.”
Iris enjoys the nighttime, chamomile tea, cats, listening to music while dramatically staring out a window, actual rocks, dreaming big, and baked goods. She occasionally writes for fun, but also to consolidate the many things bouncing around in her head, to process the hardships of life, and to count her blessings. Iris can only hope her writing will help others in their own journeys.
Summer Rose (a pen name) enjoys both writing and photography. They got their first camera when they were 10, which spurred their interest. Reading also sparked their interest in writing, specifically writing that portrays people and their life experiences as animals. They like taking photos of skies and sunsets because of all the colors. They don’t like taking photos in inside environments, and don’t like writing about things you hear about everyday.
Paige S. started drawing when her grandmother taught her and began at the Disneyland sketch place. She enjoys drawing sketches, more specifically fantasy. “I like drawing stuff you would find in dreams and then you look for in real life.” She also occasionally writes.
Bryce Van Derveer, a MSHS allumni, writes music for the ukulele. He started playing music in 6th grade, when he learned the clarinet. In 8th grade he transitioned to the base clarinet, which is his primary instrument in band. He has also recently picked up the guitar. He started learning the baritone ukulele a little less then a year ago. His interest in it started by watching Youtube video of James Hill playing, “Voodoo Child.” Van Derveer is going to the University of Oregon for college, but will not be pursuing music as a career. Along with music, he is also interested in cooking and art. He has taken an art class every year he’s been at Manitou.
Kaitlyn Cashdollar, a Sophomore, has been going to Manitou for seven years. She has been writing for the same amount of time. Through the influence of her mother and friends, she has grown very fond of creative writing throughout the years. Due to the lack of creative writing classes at the school, Cashdollar thought the school could use a place where creative art could be published and celebrated. Using this inspiration, she made The Manitou Muse, with the help of her teachers Dr. Robinson and Mrs. Rockenbach. She hopes that the Muse will be used as a creative outlet for students to express themselves. Along with creating the Muse, she is also the Student Editor of the site. Cashdollar is also a Senior Reporter for the Prospector, MSHS’s newspaper.
Tyler J. has been going to Manitou since kindergarten. Tyler enjoys writing poetry and used to do creative witting. He takes the most pleasure in writing poetry, however, because “It is the most advanced form of expression in writing,” and an especially good way to express emotion. Aside from writing, he also enjoys mountain biking, hiking, and backpacking.