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Navigating life and school after an attempt
Navigating life and school after an attempt
Ell Franklin and Anthony Vasek November 3, 2023
“I’ve been focusing more on myself and what I need because I used to be a really bad people pleaser. I’ve always put everyone else first before me.”
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The CCLL Leadership team 

(top row, left to right: Erika Homan, Carolyn van Mantgem, Melanie Zapper, Taylor Nada, Tim Clewell.
bottom row, left to right: Johanna Mauro, Fionn Conroy, Kayla Gaskill)
Hello CCLL!
Taylor Nada, Online Editor • December 7, 2023
This year, the Arcata Arts Institute joined a new program known as the Creative Careers Leadership Lab (CCLL), an organization aimed at helping art students gain skills to succeed in future careers in the arts.  
Pepperbox Broadcast
Pepperbox Broadcast
Rey Barber, Art Director • November 17, 2023
“It’s the first time we’ve ever had a broadcast,” Kloe Bryant said, “so it’s really just testing everything out,”
Difference Between America and Other Countries
Shu Yamashita November 14, 2023
“In Italy, we have just one class and the same classmates, we don’t change classes. We have been in the same class for four years. We have twelve subjects,”
Is study hall really for studying?
Kyndle Eisner, Production Manager • November 14, 2023
“I feel like it’s less strict than last year, but the pass system is stupid and doesn’t work.”

AAI gives a free vintage sewing machine to a student with a fashion dream!

Students started master classes in AAI about a month ago. One of the classes offered is a class. Students enrolled in this class learned how to thread a sewing machine and about the different parts of the machine. One of the teachers announced, “There’s a free sewing machine here if anyone is interested.”

“I am!” I said. I was the only one to raise their hand. I was really excited because I had been looking for a sewing machine for a couple of years but couldn’t find one that was affordable. For me, this is “a blessing from God.”

I got teary-eyed with immense excitement. I’d been trying to find a sewing machine to pursue my dream of becoming a fashion designer, and this gift finally provided me with the most important tool I needed to accomplish it.

Being a fashion designer has been a dream of mine since I was 11 years old. My dream began when my aunt surprised me by gifting me a brand new sketchbook as a late Christmas gift. I’ve cherished this sketchbook since then. I filled it up within the first couple of years of having it.

My plans after high school are to follow through with my dream and go to a school in Atlanta specifically for fashion. I can’t wait to start my dream life after high school.


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