West High School Students Contribute to Edible Alaska Magazine
Four West High School students were guest writers for the fall edition of Edible Alaska, a quarterly culinary magazine dedicated to Alaska's local food movement and rich culinary landscape.
West High School english teacher Adam Mackie was an instrumental leader and advisor that helped spotlight his students during the 2020-21 school year. "I partnered with the Anchorage Museum for a Teens for Climate Action simmit that evolved into weekly Zoom meetings where focused on composting. [...] We decided as a group to move in the direction of sharing the publishing the work were doing and invited Hollis [columnist for Edible Alaska] to talk with us about publishing in general," Mackie explained.
Edible Alaska contributor Hollis Mickey then invited students Vaishnavi Gornale, Clarie Evans, Riley Conti, and Madeleine Cannon to manage her regular column, Culinara Obscura, and share their story of fighting climate change through reducing food waste.
Conti shared that she's been making sustainable choices like composting since she was young, and is working with other West High students to bring positive change to the community. "As someone who believes in the future of this world and is about to enter the workforce, it is very important to me that Alaskans are working together for a better future. I am dedicated to working for a more sustainable future, and this is one step towards that goal."
It's Mackie's constant effort to have his students write for live audiences and pursue publication. "That's what writers do," he said.
Left to right: West High students Clarie Evans, Riley Conti, and Vaishnavi Gornale build compost bins made entirely of reused pallet boards. Evans, Conti and Gornale partnered with nonprofit Grow North Farm throughout the project. (Photo courtesy of Edible Alaska)