Before heading off to Spring Break, Sequoyah participated in its first ever Bookmark Competition. Organized by the Library Stewardship, a student-run group within Sequoyah, students were asked to submit an original bookmark following their theme of choice. Students had three weeks to create their bookmarks before members of the Library Stewardship were to reach a final consensus on the winners.
As student chair of the Library Stewardship and organizer of the competition, Yara Cruz ’22 observed that while there are currently no plans for future bookmark competitions, “I want this to be a stepping stone for bringing more structure and attention to the library committee. On behalf of…whatever student leads it, but also on behalf of faculty and [in service of] creating more of a formal structure for checking out books…and using Destiny and all [our online resources].”
In the days leading up to the competition, the Library Stewardship made announcements in morning meeting and throughout the school day. Essence Williams ’22 says “we had a slideshow with basic rules” in order to introduce the competition to the entire study body and to address any questions.
With multiple submissions, Cruz says the competition was a success! Here are the results:
Simon Listiak ’23
Listiak shared, “I really enjoyed working on [this bookmark] and I think it’s cool that I have this community where I’m allowed to be kind of nerdy sometimes… Just having a place where everyone can like what they like and have people to talk to about their interests.”
Here is the description they submitted for their bookmark: “I really love the Lord of the Rings trilogy, as well as all of J.R.R. Tolkien’s Middle Earth mythos. This bookmark is of Minas Tirith, the dazzling marble city of Man constructed around a cliff face. Because of its marble structure, I decided to make it black and white to enhance the awe-inspiring feel of the city. ”
2 Runner Ups:
From left to right: Ada Argueta ’22 and Amy Guzman ’24
“I wanted to create a bookmark in honor of Women’s History Month. I also wanted to tie in Sequoyah’s essence of Talking Leaves and I included that along the stems presented in the front part. Women hold so much knowledge and I wanted to honor that by drawing a woman holding a plant which would grow into a book :).” – Ada Argueta ’22
“Los Angeles was a pretty good inspiration for my bookmark. The tags/street art in the image is a photo my friend took from downtown (they gave me permission to use the photo in the bookmark). I used the Los Angeles map as the background of the metro bus stop. Transportation is important in our city, so I added a Pasadena Bus Stop nearby our school. All of the items in this collage-bookmark represent our city and street life.” – Amy Guzman ’24
From left to right: Sookie Orth ’24, Adrian Arida ’25, Bug Nachmanoff ’24, Simon Listiak ’23