NewsDepth A+: Our Voices

At Richmond Heights Secondary School, students in tenth, eleventh, and twelfth grades can take Music Production, taught by Mr. Delgado. The class challenges students to create their own unique beats. This year’s class did a great job of creating beats, but took it one step further by using the beats in audio stories they created that answer tough questions about life. This week’s A+ Award goes to the Music Production class at Richmond Heights Secondary School for asking the tough questions and showing their creativity.

Mr. Delgado shared with us that the students did a great job creating their beats during the first semester, and that they needed a challenge for the second semester. That’s when he, and his coworker Ms. Trescott, partnered with a local journalist and storyteller to raise the stakes for the students. They challenged their students to think of a hard question about life and to conduct interviews and research to find an answer, and they really stepped up. “I’m a cheerleader, and I noticed that school spirit has really fallen over the last few years. I really want to know why,” Devine, a tenth grader, shared. Devine interviewed students at basketball games. While we’re talking about basketball, congratulations to the Richmond Heights Spartans on capturing this year’s Division 4 Boys Basketball State Championship!

Ameer, an eleventh grader, was curious about why cursive handwriting wasn’t taught when he was in elementary school. “My grandmother really likes cursive writing and I think it looks great. I really wish my teachers taught it to me when I was younger,” he told us. Ameer interviewed his teachers, recorded himself learning cursive, and even reached out to the Ohio Channel, which reports on the state government, to learn about a recent law that put cursive writing back into the curriculum.

“I’m really impressed with the work the class has done,” Mr. Delgado said. “They really had some great questions. One student even interviewed members of the city government about recycling.”

This week’s A+ Award goes to Mr. Delgado’s Music Production class at Richmond Heights Secondary School for asking tough questions and creating great music. Way to go!

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