The Notes from the Underground (NFTU) publication released their final spring issue of the 2020-2021 academic year on Thursday, May 13. The launch party was postponed from the previous week due to unforeseen circumstances regarding weather. Although the weather tried to overtake the event, rain could not stop the NFTU team from sharing their newest issue. The launch was moved to the Cartee Gym and was completed with bagels, cookies and coffee. The party was one of the last activities before graduation, and the new date ended up being at a convenient time with AP exams having concluded earlier. The event also included the induction of the new Quill and Scroll members. 

“It was very bittersweet,” Copy Editor Ella McConnell said. “I loved being a part of the team and the work we produced. I’m very proud.”

This spring issue is the ninth from the publication. The issue included art, poems and essays from 36 different students in the upper school. Some of the work was set apart from the rest and granted a Notes from the Underground category prize winner. The winners included junior Shelby Harrell in nonfiction, junior Abigail Hugill in poetry, senior Emma Messer in art and freshman Sophia Krizner in fiction. 

“I think it’s very worthy of being the last issue,” Managing Editor Annette Lu said. “There was some really great writing. I’m glad I could actually put some work into it.”

The launch event not only had food and free copies of the new issue, but it also honored the new Quill and Scroll inductees. The inductees included seniors Nikolas Cicchetti, Aria Douglas, Caroline Higdon, Annette Lu, Clara Cate Lunny, Veronica Marshall Kirk, Ella McConnell, Daniela Paredes, Sonu Patel, Raegan Sherman, Daniella Streety, Logan Sundberg and Mary Leah Yearty, juniors Shelby Watson and Kate Krizner and sophomore Jackson Kottkamp, who were all honored for their involvement in either newspaper, yearbook, literary magazine or broadcast journalism. The senior members received certificates, pins and cords to wear at graduation. 

“The launch was amazing, and it was an honor to be able to share the stage with the Andalusian and yearbook to present Quill and Scroll awards,” NFTU sponsor Dr. Craig Beaven said. “For me, NFTU is the most rewarding part of teaching, and being able to celebrate our amazing issue with the whole upper school, right before graduation, was extra special. I am so proud of the incredible staff and the work they do.”

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