• SCHOOL: Lockport High School
• ADVISER: Chris Tucker
• WHAT THEY DO: Design and put out a student literary magazine to fund the Ed Crowe scholarship
• UP NEXT: Group will be hosted their big event a talent show, yesterday
Making the mind work
If you think putting together an annual literary magazine can’t be any fun, chances are you haven’t heard of “Mindworks” at Lockport High School.
The group of about 25 students work together to put out the annual “Mindworks” magazine and raise money for the Ed Crowe scholarship. The group does work hard to raise money and get the magazine out by mid-April said the teacher in charge of the group.
“They work well together, it’s a dynamic group,” said Mindworks adviser Chris Tucker. “Good kids. There’s good camaraderie. They have the ability to do something, and there’s always plenty of volunteers. These guys step up.”
But the group does have a little fun, too. Any money left over after the magazine and scholarship is used by the group. Mindworks bought blue hooded sweatshirts this year, and usually Tucker takes the seniors in the group out to dinner to a place of their choice. If this year goes well the group is going to Cedar Point in Ohio.
Of course that’s after the scholarship is funded, which is $500 now, but the club hopes to bump it up to $1,000 this year.
The magazine showcases poetry, short stories, artwork, photography and other literary works by Lockport students. The club takes anything anyone wants to submit, Tucker said. The students do everything to put it together he added, including binding the magazine together.
Katie Padowski is in charge of putting together the art for the magazine because of her experience with the school’s art program. She said helping the group with the art for the magazine was important because it could be in her future.
“I’m going to school for it most likely,” she said.
Students in Mindworks are usually chosen by Tucker out of his ninth grade honors class. Most of the students end up in Tucker’s homeroom class the following year, but some students who have an interest in joining the group can be added later.
Mindworks usually starts the school year with a poinsettia sale and then their big event takes place in April, a talent show. Mindworks’ members run the show backstage, like they do for every event they have. This year the show was held yesterday at the high school.
Mindworks is also looking into adding more fundraising events. Among these is a “rock, paper, scissors” competition, and a carnival in the high school parking lot sometime in June. The carnival is still being discussed, but the rock, paper, scissors competition is on. On May 31 Mindworks will be sponsoring a “Skate Jam,” which was influenced by a visit from Chris Naugle, owner of Phatman Snowboard Shop in Buffalo.
Tucker said the carnival had been discussed before, but like some other ideas the group comes up with, it gets tossed around for awhile. In fact, the group was still making a decision on what color shirts they should wear for the talent show in April. Some wanted different colors for each class, but Tucker favored one color for everybody. Maybe even with the nicknames he has for each person on the back, he joked.
Even though they have a good time, the members of Mindworks get the job done Tucker said. The reasons why they participate may vary from member to member, but they all can be counted on he said.
“They fly under the radar a little, but they have a lot of talent,” he said.
Some of the members joked that they’re a part of the group just because it looks good on a college application.
Contact reporter Joe Olenick
at 439-9222, ext. 6241.
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