As February rolls around, so do the ensuing night projects. It’s a time of stress, frustration and work for many, but the juniors’ big project always tries to bring a bit of joy into the middle of a Great Depression: 1929 Night. Students research the decade of the 1920s and use that research to create a magazine and booth for display during the big night in late-February. Previous years have allowed people to explore speakeasies, the first Academy Awards and casinos. Following the big night, there’s also an Academy Awards ceremony, where groups win awards for their booths and magazines. There’s plenty of work in creating it all, but the end result is a magical time warp into the United States 90 years into the past.
New for this year’s roaring night is a reward for the Academy Awards ceremony: A “Best Magazine Mockup/Cover” award.
You might be asking though, why 1929? “The 20s was a roaring decade,” said history teacher Ms. Gretchen Conners, who teaches two sections of juniors this year. “There was a lot of change socially, politically and economically. We currently live in that post-1920s world.” The 1920s brought several innovations and popularized several things that we take for granted today such as sound cinema, the radio and even the greatest invention ever: sliced bread. Along with the toaster, you could finally make buttered toast, and for people back then it was a marvel comparable to being able to watch videos on your phone. “There’s a lot of fun to the era, and I think that’s why a lot of people really get into it,” said Ms. Conners.
There is certainly a sense of both excitement and fear surrounding the junior class at this time. Da Vinci junior Nate Bitners describes, “I’m most looking forward to the actual night of 1929 Night, with the overall sense of relief that everything’s put together.” His group’s niche is “Sports and Culture”, and he’s already thinking of bringing a record player and some books from the era. As for his biggest concern, Nate says, “My biggest concern is if any of our group members don’t finish their work,” which is almost certainly a shared fear among most of this year’s class.
The big night and booth is one thing, but the magazine is another beast entirely. “I’d probably say the hardest part for every student is the magazine,” says Ms. Conners. With a cover, numerous articles, and lots of formatting and editing, the magazine will be the most time-consuming and tedious part of the project, but as long as a team is able to meet the deadlines everything should be okay.
Ms. Conners gives some final advice for all the juniors working on this year’s project. “Meet all the deadlines and be nice to your magazine editor,” said Ms. Conners. “Remember to just have fun. Allow yourself to get into the vibe of the 20s and have a big splash.” Take Ms. Conners’ advice and do your best for a wonderful final product, juniors!