Knight Gallery Inspires Students

(L-R) Seniors Lizzie Dupreeand Kyle Duval enjoy participating in Knight Gallery. Photo: Anna Stone

(L-R) Seniors Lizzie DuPree and Kyle Duval enjoy participating in Knight Gallery. Photo: Anna Stone

While students may have heard of Knight Gallery though morning announcements in assembly, many are not aware of what actually takes place during the creative club’s weekly meetings. Knight Gallery is a club that meets to review creative writing that Pace high school students submit to be in the annual literary magazine. It gives English aficionados an opportunity to enjoy beautiful writing, and to be inspired. “It’s fun to see how good other students’ writing is,” said sophomore Ibum Obu.

The meetings start at 3:15 on Wednesdays in Mr. Carson’s room (#304). There, students sign in and enjoy delicious homemade treats while they read some poetry or prose and discuss it. The meeting ends around 4:00, which allows students to be on time to sports practices and other extracurriculars. Knight Gallery editors understand that students have busy schedules and allow kids to leave early or enter late.

English teacher Ricks Carson, who is faculty sponsor of Knight Gallery along with Dr. DuPree, explains its importance. “Writing is the fine art that isn’t seen, heard or often performed,” he said. “Each writer is independent. Ninety-nine percent of all writing at Pace is academic, not ‘creative.’ Yet everyone was once a child with a soaring imagination. Where did it go? It comes to Knight Gallery.”

Students shouldn’t be deterred if they are quiet because participants only say as much as they want to. It is a very welcoming and accepting environment. After a piece of writing has been thoroughly discussed, everyone votes on it to see if it will enter the Knight Gallery magazine, which is comprised of all the best literary work. All students that enjoy the art of writing and the beauty of literature could benefit from attending Knight Gallery meetings.