In keeping with the company’s commitment to providing opportunities to foster creativity through its Future Authors project, Canon Solutions America, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Canon USA, Inc., is pleased to support the release of “Emergence,” a collection cultivated by students at Jericho High School in Jericho, NY.
The Future Authors Project, first launched in the Jericho School District in 2017, is an annual project that gives accomplished high school students an inside look at the process of writing, designing, writing and from idea editing to publication. The Future Authors Project also offered students the opportunity to sign copies of the digitally published books, printed by Suffolk Printing, for attendees at the official book launch on November 18 at Jericho High School.
The theme and title of this year’s book, Emergence, was inspired by the emergence of a particularly difficult year; writing together has been a celebration of the school’s perseverance and how the students and teachers in Jericho always strive to be their best. The 2021 summer workshop was the school’s first in-person activity in over a year. Emerging from the darkness and isolation of the early days of the pandemic, this year’s creative pieces reflect the joy, connection, reflection, and camaraderie that students experienced in large part simply because they could be. together. The 2021 Summer Workshop was our first fully face-to-face activity in over a year. We had emerged from the darkness and isolation and were for the most part intact. Our writing reflects the joy, connection, reflection, and companionship that we have experienced in large part simply because we could be together. It was what we needed, to be together.
“The texts and images included in Emergence are a collection of personal reflections from the difficult year many of our students and staff have gone through and how they were able to overcome such adversity. Many of the challenges and difficulties shared I met during my forties allowed a lot of introspection, especially given the time spent at home. I am very proud of each of our students for having shared a glimpse of their experiences and their creative spirit with us, because their crudeness and their vulnerability have resulted in a huge collection of stories for this book, ”said Dr. Daniel Salzman, English Studies Program Associate, Jericho School District.
As part of the project, students used Canon imaging equipment during the creation process to capture vivid photographs to accompany their written work. This year, due to the limitations of the pandemic, Canon experts organized a virtual photography course to help educate and prepare students for the photography portion of the program, using the power of the Canon EOS Webcam Utility software. Student submissions were then collected and digitally printed and bound into a book using Canon printing technology. Subsequently, each student received a “published author” credit.
“This year has provided us with a number of challenges, but thanks to Canon Solutions America and their continued support to our school and its students, we were able to complete another bestselling book. When we first partnered with Canon Solutions America on the Future Authors Project, our goal was to provide our students with an outlet to nurture their creative abilities, and even in such an unpredictable year, we were able to provide once again this opportunity to our students, ”said Suzanne Valenza, English teacher, Jericho High School.
For a number of students, this was the first time their work had been published in a print book, eliciting strong feelings of accomplishment. Brian Reich, Jericho High School Senior, said it was one of the proudest moments of his career as a young writer.
“The piece I wrote was inspired by the feeling and experiences that have taken place over the last year or so in quarantine, and writing this piece was truly a passion project for me. See my writing posted in Emergence was amazing, I just kept looking at my name printed on the page and having a smile from ear to ear. I really feel like I’m officially a writer, and that’s the best feeling in the world “Said Reich.
Canon Solutions America President Peter P. Kowalczuk attended the event and spoke to Jericho students about the importance of leveraging his creativity and striving to grow personally and professionally.
“We are passionate about providing opportunities for students to unleash their creativity and opening up the vast world of publishing to students in our communities through our Future Authors project, and we are delighted to celebrate yet another launch. successful book with Jericho High School. This program is a compelling example of the incredible impact digital book printing has had on the industry, ”said Peter P. Kowalczuk, President of Canon Solutions America. “Special thanks to the Suffolk Printing team for the opportunity to help us showcase the technology and printing capabilities of the imagePRESS C10000VP in this production. Canon Solutions America is proud, beyond words, of every student who successfully participated in this program and displayed their passion for writing and creativity. “
Source: Canon Solutions America
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