When teachers from the River Bend Area Learning Center in New Ulm returned from the Minnesota Association of Alternative Programs (MAAP) conference in Rochester they brought with them good news. At the conference they learned that several students were going to be published in a statewide student publication called the Alchemist.
Seniors Jon Valdez from Fairfax and Katie Rehbein of Sleepy Eye will be featured in the publication.
A drawing won Jon the cover spot with his artwork and Katie's poem will be featured.
Jon's artwork was art in transformation and portrays what it feels like to go through changes in life.
Katie's poem was an extended metaphor on life and she wrote about sports to do it.
Out of the six submissions that River Bend students have submitted to the Alchemist, students have had featured cover work three times.
While Katie says she likes to dabble in writing, she said that this is the first time her work has been published. Jon also had never submitted his artwork to be considered for a publication. However, both Katie and Jon said this has given them a new perspective in pursuing creative arts after high school.
Jon will be attending the Art institute in Minneapolis following graduation. Katie also plans on furthering her education, but is currently undecided as to which college she will attend.
The Alchemist is an art and literary magazine that is published and sponsored by MAAP. The publication is the result of hard work and passion by its editors, volunteer students and adults who select submissions for publication. Students produce the stories, poetry and art that fill the pages.