A new direction for Jupiter High’s Inkwell

Jupiter Inkwell, a Jupiter High School club for showcasing creative writing and art, is heading in a new direction. With a large staff and a new leader, Inkwell is moving from a website to a literary and arts magazine. 

“We want students to be able to express themselves and really contribute their ideas,” Samantha Porter, president and editor-and-chief of Inkwell, said. “We’re going to have a couple of pages in the beginning that are theme based and then after that it’s going to be students publishing the work that they’re proud of and the work that we’re proud of as a group.”

Last year, Inkwell served as a virtual hub for Jupiter High writers and artists to post their work. While most pieces were from former teacher Deidra Wilson’s creative writing classes and writing club, any student could submit their work. 

“It was kind of unofficial, and then Ms. Wilson left, and she asked me to take over, so I did,” Porter said. “I decided to put a lot of effort into it, and try to actually come up with a magazine.”

This year, Lisa Hayes, a Jupiter High School English teacher, stepped up to sponsor the club.

The magazine provides great opportunities for students to develop graphic design, public relations and organizational skills,” Hayes said.  “In addition, the staff encourages students to submit work to local contests that may help them win scholarships.”

Inkwell provides a platform for students to show off their creativity.

“There’s not really an outlet in school for the literary and art side [at Jupiter],” Porter said.  “They have art classes and they have National Art Honor Society but there’s no place to really publish their work and to use in college applications or interviews and things like that.”

While the students are just beginning to get to know each other, the potential of the magazine is exciting.

“I would love for it to be more known by the school,” Hayley Grimes, a Jupiter High junior, said.

With a determined staff and Porter at the helm, Inkwell hopes to reach the JHS mainstream. 

“This is a place for students to express their dreams and disappointments, their heartbreaks and hope through the creative process in a student publication,” Hayes said.