CCA’s First Literary Magazine

Alexandra Gomez
January 10, 2011
Filed under News, News Feature, Top Stories

This school year, CCA is introducing a new publication entitled, Journey, the school’s first literary magazine, which will be released in the spring of each school year. According to Maritza Cosano-Gomez, Journalism teacher and Creative Director of CCA’s
Communications Department that’s sponsoring this publication, “Its mission is to expose and uncover the artistic talents of our secondary students as they journey through life, discovering what their talents and gifts are and what God’s purposes for them might be.”

This literary magazine has actually been a dream of hers, finally made real after four years of planning. “I’ve always envisioned CCA having a literary magazine, and that came true when Pastor Mark Davis gave us the “green light” a few months ago.”

According to Mrs. Gomez, “Journey celebrates life and its complexities through the medium of creative art: writing, art, and photography. Our students’ essays, poems, short stories, scripts, reviews, drawings, sculptures, paintings, and photographs explore the beauty and challenges of life, found in the lives of ordinary people from the artist’s personal perspective. The submissions that stood out were those art pieces that had one thing in common: the powerful urge to uncover the truth—no matter how beautiful or how ugly it might be.”

Students should realize as well that Journey is not only a publication to showcase their talents, but it’s also a great way to open college doors for those who wish to major in the arts as a career. Universities look well upon applications and transcripts that show students being published in a literary or other school publication. On some occasions, students with a slightly lower GPA than required by a chosen university, have been accepted because their work samples, which included published clips from their high school literary magazine, showed true strong points that related to the chosen field of study.

As the Messenger went to print and Journey, its sister publication, began its pre-production, with the selection process going underway, Mrs. Gomez’s vision couldn’t be anymore clear. “Jesus calls us to a higher standard and many times it is through our gifts and talents that He reveals His purpose in our lives. He entrusts each and every one of us with a talent and expects we do something with it. He also wants us to be His ambassadors and messengers, and oftentimes He uses our talents to do that. I hope that Journey is one of those extracurricular tools that Jesus uses to tell the world who He is and why we are His disciples. This publication is as much a reflection of Him as it is a reflection of us. After all, we are His salt and light in a very tasteless and dark world that many times uses art as a means to distort the beauty of His creation.”

If you have a flair for the fine arts, be it writing, art, or photography, and for whatever reason you didn’t submit your work to Journey this time around, remember there’s always next year. But in the meantime, do what God is calling you to do. Use the talents He’s given you and someday you’ll hear…

“‘Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things. Come and share your master’s happiness!’” —Matthew 25:21

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