"Ocean of Dreams," a literary collection created last year by students at Wood River High School, is one of only two high school publications in Idaho to have been recently honored by the National Council of Teachers of English.
The magazine last month received an "above average" ranking in the council's Program to Recognize Excellence in Student Literary Magazines. A publication from Centennial High School in Boise received a "superior" ranking and was the only other Idaho publication to be honored.
"Ocean of Dreams" was created, designed and published by the WRHS Writers' Club with contributions from other students. A collection of short stories, poems and artwork, the magazine is the writers' club's first publication.
The magazine was edited by writers' club president Megan Jensen and designed by Nick Dobie. Assistance was provided by advisor Darlene Dyer, an English teacher at the high school.
In addition to Jensen, contributing writers and artists were Veronica Bruess, Ryan Gelskey, Tasha Hunt, Elizabeth Dion, Felicia Bauer, Hayden Waller, Faith Coben, Sierra Money, Sandi Garcia, Jackie Clark, Marvie Catangcatang and Athyna Levin.
"We have all worked long and hard to put this magazine together, collecting stories and art, editing and organizing, and I sincerely hope that you enjoy every letter and splash of color within these pages," Jensen wrote in the publication's forward.
"I'm very proud to be the advisor for the writers' club," Dyer told the Idaho Mountain Express. "They did an awesome job last year of designing the entire publication."
Dyer said the club plans to put together a second publication this year. She said submission categories have been increased to include artwork, stories, poems, photography and nonfiction pieces about the Wood River Valley.