NHS Students Muse on Forts in Special Edition Available Now
Story from Lincoln County School District
“We build forts to protect ourselves, to shelter us from weather, enemies and danger. Once the gate has closed, the fort should be impenetrable. Everyone is safe. That is the magic from forts.”
These are the opening sentences in the essay, “A Mental Fort,” written by Newport High School junior Elena Ellingson-Cosenza. Her essay is just one of the many literary musings on the subject of forts appearing in “Fortitude,” a special 20-page edition of Newport High School’s monthly magazine, the “Harbor Light.”
The publication features the stark image of a driftwood beach fort on the cover. It has been distributed around Lincoln County and other outlets along the North Oregon Coast all the way to Astoria.
“Fortitude” features short essays, reminiscences, mini-memoirs and poetry inspired by the word “fort” and its many interesting derivations. The issue also contains photographs documenting the magazine staff’s fort-building field trip to Fort Stevens State Park in Hammond on a rainy day in March.
NHS junior Kimberly Crowley designed the entire issue. “The beauty of the special issue is the opportunity to have true creative freedom,” Crowley said. “It challenged me, being solely responsible for the design, but I still found it to be incredibly fun and fulfilling.”
NHS teacher Sam Murphy, who is the “Harbor Light” advisor, came up with the title for the publication. “We were excited to highlight this particular aspect, the building of driftwood forts, of coastal living,” she said. “I’m very proud of the work that the students did for ‘Fortitude.’”
“Fortitude” was produced as part of the Lincoln County Ocean Education Initiative known as Devocean. In recent years LCSD administrators, teachers, students and community partners in marine science and education, have collaborated together to study the ocean in innovative ways. This devotion to the ocean – or Devocean – describes Lincoln County’s overarching and ongoing quest to study and steward the ocean, the world’s greatest classroom. Using traditional and new media, Devocean will showcase the many extraordinary happenings related to ocean education in the district.