The Upper School musical, Chicago, razzle-dazzled audiences on February 9 and 10, with sold-out crowds in attendance on Friday and Saturday night. A satire on corruption, sensationalism, and celebrity, Chicago tells the story of two rival vaudevillian murderesses, Velma Kelly and Roxie Hart, who won’t let a little thing like an impending murder charge get in the way of their showbiz dreams.
Seventeen Ellis students were recognized at the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards this year, winning nineteen different awards in the critical essay, photography, digital art, ceramics & glass, and design categories. Each year, students in grades 7 to 12 are encouraged to submit their work to the awards which is the nation’s longest-running and most prestigious arts and writing recognition program.
Affinity groups at The Ellis School recognize, support, and celebrate diversity by bringing together students who share something important in common, e.g., race, gender, religion, or special interests. An inclusive space for students who share a specific identity, affinity groups build community, promote positive self-awareness, and influence positive change and conversation within the community. In affinity group meetings, students regularly use their voices to identify issues important to them, promote ideas for action, and have honest dialogue about their lived experiences in a safe, non-judgemental environment.
The Ellis Future City team won first place at the 2017 Pittsburgh Regional Future City Competition at Carnegie Music Hall on January 20 with their their future city, Idunn Eirr. Out of 29 teams, the Ellis team took first place overall and won two special awards: Best Essay and Best Power Supply System. Their first place finish also earned the team a spot at the National Competition in Washington, D.C. from February 17–20.
Seven Ellis students have their artwork featured in Art as Survival: Creations of Black Youth, a gallery exhibition at the Chatham University Art Gallery from February 1 to February 17, 2018. Sponsored by Chatham’s Multicultural Affairs Office, the purpose of the exhibition is to highlight black youth artists and the way art can be used to express oneself, respond to political and social justice issues, and amplify one’s voice.