ASFA-CW 2017-18 Year In Review

Another year, another laundry list of challenges met, achievements earned, and lessons learned. Below the break, you’ll find an impressive list of the tangible successes our students have won this year; the pictures above are worth a thousand words awards, though. They speak to, well, ASFA-CW’s bigger picture, c. 2017-18… Continue reading

ASFA-CW Senior Profile: Ashley Tate

Memory Lane

Ashley’s Cadence bios through the years:

  • Ashley Tate is the new black. (2015)
  • Ashley Tate: “My mission in life is not merely to survive but to thrive; and to do it with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style.” — Maya Angelou (2016)
  • Ashley Tate: I don’t wear outfits; I create looks. (2017)
  • Ashley Tate has never seen a thin person drinking diet coke. (2018)

Seven Questions: Past, Present, Future

What’s your first creative memory?

My first creative memory would be when I was in second grade. That is when I really got into reading any book I could get my hands on, which led to me writing. There was a field that the kids used to play in at after school care. I was lollygagging in the fields, not really paying attention to the people around me. I was focusing on the grass and the little flowers that were blooming around that time. I looked at a flower and saw a little ladybug, and I thought that it was the prettiest thing. I couldn’t stop writing little poems about that ladybug. Continue reading

ASFA-CW Senior Profile: Blanca Tallaj

Memory Lane

Blanca’s Cadence bios through the years:

  • Blanca Tallaj hopes she will somehow get transported into a book and see what it would be like to be a character from a story, feeding adventures to hopeful, dreaming people who read. (2013)
  • Blanca Tallaj is in the gutter, but she is looking at the stars. (2014)
  • Blanca Tallaj will tell you she loves you even though she knows you know (talking to you, Han Solo). (2015)
  • Blanca Tallaj transcends. (2016)
  • Blanca Tallaj stops time for ten seconds even though it’s more like ten minutes. (2017)
  • Happy #CincoDeMayo! Blanca Tallaj loves Hispanics! (2018)

Seven Questions: Past, Present, Future

What’s your first creative memory?

My first creative memory dates all the way back to preschool. I went to a Montessori school, and my favorite lesson in school was dictating a story to a teacher, who would write it down on a sheet of paper. Once you finished telling your story, the teacher would hand you the piece of paper and you could draw a picture next to your story. I don’t remember the first story I wrote, but I have old preschool stories from that time, and they’re really amusing to read. They’re completely nonsensical, but wildly entertaining. I’ve been writing ever since. Continue reading

ASFA-CW Senior Profile: Dan Lucia

Memory Lane

Dan’s Cadence bios through the years:

  • Sage Lucia: Coffee coffee coffee coffee coffee coffe kaffe coffee cafe cof fee xoffee coffww codffeecoffeecoffeexoffeecoffee (2015)
  • Dan Lucia could write it better than you ever felt it. (2016)
  • Dan Lucia once launched the Babbadook on Blu-ray in the middle of Teavanna. (2017)
  • When I said that Dan Lucia got schlonged by Obama, it meant got beaten badly. The media knows this. Often used word in politics! (2018)

Seven Questions: Past, Present, Future

What is your first creative memory?

My first creative memory involving writing was when I was in elementary school—we were instructed to journal in our notebooks every morning following new prompts given to us each day. I found myself wanting to exceed our thirty minute time frame of creative writing and immerse myself further into the stories that I had only begun creating. I had begun to handwrite a story about me and my close friends getting sucked into the most famous horror movies ever filmed, and it actually exceeded over 300 pages. That was my first breakthrough that influenced me to continue writing.
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ASFA-CW Senior Profile: Dimari Jordan

Memory Lane

Dimari’s Cadence bios through the years:

  • I came here as Dimari Jordan, grew to be known as Dimartini, and will probably leave sophomore year as Dim-Dim. (2016)
  • Dimari Jordan is officially a meme; AKA, he can no longer be taken seriously. (2017)
  • Dimari Jordan looks disgusting — nipples protruding — in his blue shirt before Congress. Very very disrespectful. (2018)

Seven Questions: Past, Present, Future

What is your first creative memory?

My first creative memory would have to be drawing and creating stories about the Power Rangers, which I was absolutely obsessed with as a child. I basically would just come up with similar ideas to what I watched, but occasionally I’d creating something somewhat original. Continue reading