Beyond the classroom, Keystone students balance maintaining a rigorous and demanding academic course load with numerous extra-curricular activities. Students immerse themselves in their personal interests and develop leadership and learning opportunities on campus through student-led initiatives.
These projects begin with a student's particular passion and curiosity for an idea that interests them and manifests into student led organizations that directly impact the Keystone community. This week, the Marketing and Communications Department sat down with two organizations, The Voice and Your Insight to learn more about their projects.
The Voice is comprised of students who beautifully weave together their skills and interests in photography, writing, and editing to produce weekly articles on a range of topics. Although currently available only in Chinese, as The Voice continues to grow, they hope to someday reach audiences beyond the gates of Keystone.
For the last two years, Grade 12 student Cindy Liang has been a powerful student leader behind The Voice. This publication, run by students from grades 10-12, publishes weekly content on the digital platform, WeChat. For Cindy and her peers, being a part of this organization has strengthened their desire to bring topics important to students to the community and provide avenues for creative and intellectual exploration outside of the classroom.
“We believe that students are actually a very unique group of people who are forming this community, because this is a school made up of students, and we are the ones building the culture of a school,” Cindy stated. “We would like to use The Voice to tell future students more about Keystone, and what it’s really like to be a student here from the perspective of students!”
Another student led publication, Your Insight, writes and publishes English editions of their newspaper. Your Insight challenges their peers to ask hard questions about current events at Keystone, and demands rigorous reflection and thoughtful responses, all of which culminate into highly opinionated pieces of excellent writing.
For Grade 12 student Evan Yang, who joined the organization last year under the leadership of student advisor Ms. Audrey Moh, found the publication to be an exciting challenge for him. Throughout the year, he learned how to fine tune his English writing skills, work collaboratively as part of a small team, and even learned about journalism as a possible professional pursuit after Keystone. His wise words of wisdom to students keen to begin their own organizations is this: “After the experience Your Insight last year, I noticed that if you want to start your own publication, you have to find people who are like minded, and who think in the same direction as you. It’s good to be able to work together collaboratively, but the ultimate goal needs to be the same: You need to be able to work together collaboratively and efficiently.”
Keystone students frequently develop and implement community-based projects through student-led initiatives. Student organizations The Voice and Your Insight sat down with Keystone’s Marketing and Communications Department to talk about their ambitious projects.
To view the interview, please click here.