MONTREAL, MARCH 13, 2012 – After immersing themselves in the justice system, 63 Secondary V International Baccalaureate students at Marymount Academy in N.D.G. swapped out their powdered wigs for thinking caps in order to pen, design and produce a 220 page short story book.
The book, called “You be the Judge,” was the culmination of a project which began in October. After studying the theme of justice, the students were asked to compile stories with the hopes of compiling a book.
While the students were supervised by Maya Doughan, none of the stories were modified by Doughan or any administrators to ensure that the text was authentic to their writing styles.
“Our students did everything,” said Doughan. “They were responsible for the front cover, the back cover and all the artwork. The only thing I did was the forward and thank you, while our Vice Principal wrote a blurb on the back cover.”
Serving as editors for the project were Daniel Baggs, Nathalie Vitalez, and Robin Ghosh while the front and back covers were designed by Stephane Perez, Pamela Bilikova and Sheron Rahavan.
“It was a phenomenal project,” said Doughan. “It meant a lot to them, they’re really proud of their work. I’m overwhelmed and super proud, I don’t know how else to put it. From A to Z, it’s all the students’ work. This was something that they accomplished that they were able to do.”
“Now when they see it, they can look through it. It’s a real book! I’m honored to have been around these students,” added Doughan. “A lot of hard work went into this project, so when you see it finally done, it’s really something to be proud of.”