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Another Successful Year of New Voices

Fifteen Mariemont High School students enjoyed another successful year of New Voices, a photography-based service learning experience. 

Once a week for ten weeks in the fall, 15 students, along with advisor Kim Richardson, boarded a bus after school to visit the Hyde Park Health Center. Students met with the patients from the Alzheimer's memory unit each week. Students and patients formed strong bonds as they talked and engaged in other activities, such as playing games, baking together, playing the piano, carving pumpkins and knitting. Students and their new friends at Hyde Park Health discovered the importance of listening and sharing as they formed new friendships with one another.

On February 22, the New Voices students, their families and the patients in the Alzheimer's unit along with their families got together to celebrate the ten weeks they spent together. David Rosenthal, founder of New Voices, created a compilation of video footage from the 10-week-long program and showcased it at the reception. It was a wonderful evening shared by all.

David Rosenthal founded New Voices in 2009. New Voices is a non-profit organization that connects high school students with important community issues through long-term artistic projects involving photography. New Voices has been written about in Art Education, the journal of the National Art Education Association and has presented its work at the National Service Learning Conference produced by the National Youth Leadership Conference for the past three years.

Mariemont High School students who participated in New Voices this year include Darius Dudley, Ethan Kennedy, Holly Byers, Kelsey Brown, Lila Willis, Nina Willis, Clara Scholtz, Lily Grantham, Meagan Meece, Emma Phillips, Conner Engle, Nina Payiatis, Anna Scheeser, Lily Toman and Lee Blackett. 

For more information about New Voices, read the October 2016 article entitled "Students Experience New Voices," written by Mariemont High School student Ellie Kapcar.