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Students call LOJ Sailor Showcase a 'really fun time'

Sailor Notes

BLOOMStudents and staff at Lake Oswego Junior High School presented their annual Sailor Showcase on Feb. 11, showcasing the talents of sixth- to eighth-grade students.

Although it might have been eighth-grader Parker Williams’ last Sailor Showcase at LOJ, he said he believes it was a night that will stay with him forever.

"There are only going to be certain times in our life when all the eighth-graders will be united for events like this,” Parker said. “This is why I look forward to the Sailor Showcase. Hopefully, I will experience similar events to this at the high school, to make more memorable experiences like the Sailor Showcase."

The packed house was full of parents, students, staff and community members. The night began with a densely populated gym full of eighth-grade science presentations. Peers presented together, explored neighboring projects and were evaluated by guest mentors, who determined which projects were worthy enough to continue onto the Regional Science Fair.

After the students were dismissed from their boards, guests could continue to view the projects and participate in hands-on activities, which included the chance to make toothbrush robots.

Students and guests who worked up an appetite could stop at the popular World Language Café. There, students taking French and Spanish volunteered shifts to serve ethnic foods and share cultural music, including student-made music videos. With their appetizing snacks, they could proceed to preview LOJ's school musical, "Seussical," onstage in the cafeteria. In the cafeteria, many were also entertained by P.E. Rhythm Routines from seventh- and eighth-graders, and a drumming presentation accompanied by our own school choir. Down the hall in the library, students from beginning, intermediate and advanced orchestra and band filled the room with LOJ's musical abilities.

Later in the evening, eighth-grade language arts and social studies teachers led political cartooning for intriguing current events. In the classroom next door, another eighth-grade teacher led mock debates about controversial issues, and all guests were welcome to participate in the lively debates.

As the night wrapped up, yoga was offered to calm guests from their exciting experience. Around 8:30 p.m., the night officially ended, and students had completed their celebration of excellence and hard work. Students, staff and guests enjoyed a night that captured what LOJ has done this year. They personally experienced how LOJ is one special, talented school that has a lot to offer!

"I had a really fun time touring the school and seeing what other students were up to,” eighth-grader Julia Lininger-White says. “I also enjoyed volunteering at the Sailor Café and serving the guests."

Lake Oswego Junior High eighth-grader Arielle Bloom is one of several columnists for the new Sailor Notes column this year.