SPARTA, NJ - Sparta High School’s award-winning literary-arts magazine, Beginnings, has started off 2016 with a new achievement. The magazine’s staff recently launched the high school’s first-ever digital literary-arts magazine.

The goal of the digital publication is to unite and celebrate all of the arts at the high school. The new site is a platform where they all can be recognized and enjoyed. The website will also showcase the work of nominated Sparta HS art students every month.

This month the website features three students who have talent in three different artistic disciplines.

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Andrew Lopuch, the Featured Artist of the Month is a junior who was nominated by his art teacher, Christine Mase. Mase describes Lopuch as a student who “challenges himself by pushing his skills. He suggests difficult ideas while risk taking with the art medium.” His watercolor self-portrait can be found for viewing on the website.

The Featured Musician of the Month is Emily Fitzsimmons. She is a senior and the principal cellist in Honors Philharmonic Orchestra. Teacher Lori Bach says Fitzsimmons “is also a member of the New Sussex Symphony and a very dedicated member of the Chamber Music Club and the Strings Club where she has performed in several chamber ensembles." She is featured playing Bach’s “Suite 1.”

Lastly, Beginnings recognizes Madelyn McEllen as the Featured Writer of the Month. McEllen is a junior who takes teacher Jamie Barker’s Creative Writing class. She has such a modest talent for Creative Writing,” says Barker, “Her use of description is vivid and powerful, and she has a knack for bringing new breath to relatable topics while recreating the past through nostalgic imagery." One of her poems, titled “Sepia Pictures” is posted on the new website.

“Beginnings will still publish a print copy of the magazine at the end of the year,” explains Editor-in-Chief Bridget Higdon, “but we must enter the age of technology, and the website will help us to reach a much wider audience than ever before.” 

Please visit the online publication.