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Athletic Year in Review:

Although the 2019-2020 athletic year was cut short, it was certainly one for the record books at EHS. Both the girls volleyball and football teams set the tone for what would be a fantastic year in the Athletics Pillar with SPC championships earned in front of the home fans in Houston. The girls cross country team added their own exclamation point on an exciting fall season by earning their second-consecutive SPC runner-up trophy.

The winter season proved to be an exciting one as well as each EHS varsity team achieved the remarkable feat of placing in the top-two of the SPC south zone, thus earning first-round byes in the SPC tournament. The EHS wrestling program enjoyed an outstanding SPC weekend in Dallas as the Knights earned their third consecutive runner-up trophy while 11 wrestlers placed in the top-three in the SPC. The varsity boys basketball team gave #1 seed St. Mark's all they could handle in the SPC semi-final as the heavily-favored Lions used a fourth quarter rally to win by nine points. The Knights rallied to defeat St. Stephen's in the consolation final to finish 3rd in the SPC with an overall record of 22-8. The varsity girls basketball team may have been the story of the winter as the Knights earned a thrilling win over Kinkaid in the SPC consolation final and finished the season with a record of 23-6.

The spring athletic season was off to a terrific start before activities were suspended. The varsity girls track team earned second place finishes in two of the three major early-season track meets and looked primed to make a run at an SPC title. The varsity boys lacrosse team gave fans much to be excited about as the team used an explosive offense and ferocious defense to defeat Strake Jesuit, Lamar, and Houston Christian in the first few weeks of the season. The varsity girls softball team looked to capture their fourth-consecutive SPC championship and played very well in capturing the championship in the Schulenburg Tournament in early March. The varsity boys baseball team carried a 2-0 SPC record into spring break after two impressive wins over Kinkaid and Houston Christian. The Knights were eager to open newly renovated Jess Borg Field just after Easter.

Despite the early end to the athletic year, the EHS community has much to celebrate. This senior class will be remembered for more than wins and efforts in competition. The class of 2020 embraced the expectations created by those who preceded them and left their own indelible mark on the EHS Athletics Pillar.

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Students Examine the Art of Amoako Boafu

Photo by O'Neal, Harriosn '23

Last month, students in the National Art Honor Society (NAHS) gathered after school at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston, to tour and discuss Amoako Boafo: Soul of Black Folks, a display of paintings created by the 38-year-old Ghanaian artist, Amoako Boafo. As the exhibition’s title suggests, the paintings are portraits of black people, including the artist himself, his friends and family, and even celebrities like Beyoncé and Jay-Z.

Students, accompanied by some of their parents, explored the show with museum docent Janice Warren, who asked questions to prompt reflection and discussion. When Warren explained that the paintings in the exhibition were created between 2016 and 2022, the group recognized how the artist’s style had evolved over that period of time. In contrast to his older work, Boafu’s newer paintings have simpler compositions and bolder, brighter colors, which puts more focus on the figures.  “I liked seeing Amoako Boafo’s progression throughout his career,” shared Callahan Baker ’24.  “I learned how the colors and background can influence the theme of the art.”

Another aspect of Boafu’s work that intrigued the group is how he paints the figures’ skin with his fingers. As a result, the subjects’ bodies are a web of moving lines. “The skin was made from all kinds of brown textures and a bit of blue,” observed O’Neal Harrison ’23. “I learned that even one of the most childish forms of painting can be used to create stunning works of art.”

Boafu’s work not only challenges traditional painting techniques but also ideas about race, identity, and representation. NAHS faculty sponsor Lauren Cunningham was inspired to organize the event after she saw the show this summer. “I was really moved by Boafu’s art, and I wanted students to have an opportunity to take a closer look and explore the deeper meaning.” Mia Tuckwood ’23 attended the tour and commented afterwards, “His art made me think, which is what art is supposed to do. [It was a] very cool experience.”

(left to right) Mia Tuckwood ‘23, James Carter ‘23, Caroline Lile ‘24, Callahan Baker ‘24, McKenna Foteh ‘24, Lucy Katz ‘24, William Citizen ‘23, Townsen Thomas ‘24, O’Neal Harrison ’23