James Lick students celebrate at the Slick release party

James Lick Middle School was buzzing with excitement on the morning of Slick magazine’s release party. As the newly published writers filed into 826 Valencia’s Writers’ Room, they were met with stacks Slick—hot off the press. Teachers, 826 tutors and parents were seated and the students were given a chance to discuss their writing experiences as well as reading (for the first time!) their published work.

James Lick students celebrate at the Slick release party
Brysa Quintero, Uchenna Mbata, Natalie Guarini and Jamal Morris read from the magazine's introduction
James Lick students celebrate at the Slick release party
Juan Amaya investigates the merits of doodling in class
James Lick students celebrate at the Slick release party
Yoselin Sepulveda reads from her article about the origins of modern-day basketball

In between munching on purple and yellow celebratory cupcakes, students were finally able to dig into Slick.

James Lick students celebrate at the Slick release party

James Lick students celebrate at the Slick release party
Students and tutors enjoyed the cupcakes
James Lick students celebrate at the Slick release party
Evelin Cruz checks out her article

Volume 2, Issue 2 of Slick is filled with topical articles and vibrant writing. In this issue students tackled a variety of subjects, including Hitchcock’s cinematic influence, the thrills and dangers of roller derbies, the infamous Zetas drug cartel, the joys and perils of YouTube, and the components needed for a good relationship. This 47-page issue features the work of 24 young writers. Copies are at the Pirate Store now—get yours before they’re all gone!

James Lick students celebrate at the Slick release party
Slick is truly a treasure