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Second anuual arts festival skills are shown at Lincoln High

by Aurora Oliva

Have you ever wondered what the person next to you is going to accomplish in life? No doubt talented people exist all over the world, and Lincoln’s art department illustrates vibrant artwork and talent.

Lincoln’s visual and per- forming arts department held a festival on January 16 in the au- ditorium hall from 5:00 to 6:00 pm for the art, architecture and ceramics students to show off their artwork. Then at 6:00 to 7:30 for drama and chorus stu- dents. As well as two sections of tables with food and drinks were provided for everyone who came to support the art department.

Architecture students dis- played their models. Jonny Nguyen, a senior at Abraham Lincoln, showed his completed model house for Yerba Buena Island. The house was made of “foam board, moldable butter board, white spray paint, tape, tacky glue, clear plastic, a foam base and staples,” says Nguyen.

“It’s a pleasure having my artwork shown,” says Nguyen.

“It reminds us of how our deep- ly connected community is on a level greater than what we see.”

AP studio art, ceramics and the regular art classes also showed off their work.The art classes showed a variety of col- lages and paintings.

The pieces of art that caught the attention of the au- dience the most were the section of fruit drawings. The accuracy and colors brought life to the fruit basket that was drawn.

The ceramics classes show-

cased artists from all different grade levels. They present- ed sculptures of both real and mythical animals as well as in- animate objects.

At approximately six o’clock the auditorium doors opened to start performances from Lin- coln’s chorus, band, orchestra, jazz band, drama and improv.

The show started with the drama department giving a small scene of a play called “Star Spangled Girl” by Neil Simon. The scene is about two magazine

writers who unexpectedly fall in love with each other. They are both stunned that their feelings for each other are mutual. The scene ended with a kiss between them both, along with a roar of cheers and applauses from the audience.

As one performance end- ed, the drama or improv group performed to give the next group some time to get ready. Drama both made us feel intrigued and entertained. They tugged at our emotions a couple of times. The

improv performances made the audience laugh, especially with the blind speed dating game sketch.

All of Tristan Arnold’s band and orchestra classes per- formed. All classes played both mellow pieces and some upbeat pieces to keep the audience en- tertained. The show ended with Lincoln’s chorus singing “Stand by Me” and “Chicago”’s “All That Jazz.” The crowd energetically sang along.

Emily Lin, a Junior, states, “Singing is hard core. So hav- ing an audience that appreci- ates and supports what we do is something I’m thankful for.”

Whether or not this be- comes a tradition, Lincoln has talent. The talent that was shown was impressing to every- one who watched.

Inclusion students provide coffee service to Lincoln staff

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by Daniel Fielding

           “Abe Café” is the name of the coffee and snacks cart that has graced hallways once a week at Lincoln this year. The small business, managed by Mary Gomez and her inclusion students, charges teachers two dollars for a cup of coffee and a treat.

           Although it has only just started, Lincoln staff everywhere have enthusiastically welcomed it.

           The goal behind this coffee service is to teach the inclusion students about budgeting, cooking and social interaction, as well as provide an overall “real world” experience.

           The coffee is donated by Peets, whose employees often share their coffee selling expertise with Gomez’s students.

           “J.J. Khin is kind of the head leader of the business,” says Gomez. Other students who help are Bryan Kuon, Fumika Hirata, and Xiaoyan Wu.

           Dressed in matching aprons, teachers have expressed that they are a joy to see on Wednesday mornings.

            “I always get my coffee from them. And I love J.J.! She has this great, dry sense of humor when she sells me coffee,” says English teacher Hollie Retzinger.

           In its first year at Lincoln, Abe Cafe has already gained a few regulars including teachers Luke Drager, Christiana Hart, Hollie Retzinger, George Cacianes, and dean Joel Balzer.

            “Love it, absolutely loooooove it,” gushes Cacianes. “I pay ahead of time for ten cups of coffee. Well of course, I’m from New York, so I love coffee. But what makes it really special to me is the fact that the special ed program administers it. I think it’s genius to get those kids out of the classroom, interacting with teachers and students. It cheers me up every Wednesday. It gives them so much respect and dignity. I look forward to it every week.”

            “It is one of the best things to ever happen at Lincoln High School,” says Balzer.

           However, even in the wake of the high praise Abe Café is receiving, Gomez is quick to mention that the concept is not brand new, and it is actually a well-established SFUSD inclusion program called “Coffee Cart.”

           Gomez admits, “The teachers here at Lincoln think that it’s this brand new thing that I invented, but I didn’t invent it, they have it at Balboa, Burton, Mission… actually we are kind of one of the last ones to do it.

            Gomez expresses desire to expand Abe Café, stating how the program is much bigger at other schools.

            “When I first thought about starting this at Lincoln, I went to Balboa to observe their program. They do it three times a week, and they sell more stuff. Every teacher gets it there.” She concedes that at this time it would be overly ambitious to try and match that quality of service. “I want to do it. But it’s a lot of work and planning…and it just started slow this year.”

           Of course, Cacianes is all for it, “I would love it if it was at least twice a week. If it was five days a week, you know I’d buy it every day.”

           What do the inclusion kids love about the program?

           “Getting people’s money… Oh and talking to them too, yeah,” says Khin, leader of the cart, with a coy smile.

           Any money earned goes to fieldtrips and more supplies for the coffee cart.

            Like Gomez, Khin also expressed motivation to continue the program.

            Abe Cafe is not available to students. SFUSD nutrition standards prohibit the selling of sweetened beverages and caffeine to students. However that rule does not seem to apply to clubs during Spring/Fall Fest, possibly because the beverages are not being sold in the name of the school and thus the SFUSD policies do not apply.

            For now, Abe Café will continue to provide its weekly service for Lincoln staff and continue to gain attention throughout the school.