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Amazing Kids! is proud to highlight the Amazing Kids! of the Month!

Each month, we showcase kids who are accomplishing amazing things.  We hope that by telling their special stories, we will inspire other kids to accomplish their own amazing achievements. 

Amazing Kids! of the Month for December, 1998: 

Amazing Journalists, Artists, Photographers, Poets, Writers, Musicians, and Multimedia Artists from the Illuminations Club,
El Segundo High School, El Segundo, California

An excerpt from Illuminations 98, a CD-Zine
by high school students at El Segundo High School:
Artwork by the talented student artist, Anne Marie Green

This month we highlight the amazing work of Illuminations, a journalism club, 
and the amazing talent found at El Segundo High School, El Segundo, California.

Introducing Some Amazing Journalists and Talented Students from El Segundo High School...

For the final month of 1998, Amazing Kids! is pleased to highlight the work of a wonderfully talented group of students from El Segundo High School, part of the El Segundo School District in 
El Segundo, California.  (El Segundo is a friendly city, situated close to the Los Angeles International Airport and the Pacific Ocean.)

As you browse through the following pages, you'll see inspiring samples taken from the Illuminations '98 CD-Zine, an award-winning publication which features art, music, photography, short stories, poetry and video work by students at El Segundo High.

Under the direction of Mr. Gen, an English and Journalism teacher at  El Segundo High, students from the Illuminations Club have produced the CD-zine* for the past two years (this school year marks their third year). This group of amazing teens are currently working on their latest CD-zine, which will be finished in May, 1999.  A real team effort, club members work for one hour a week at lunch throughout the school year to create the CD.  It is a result of much hard work of devoted journalism students, and some very talented students from El Segundo High!

It's not surprising to know that all their hard work has paid off.  These up-and-coming young journalists have consistently won first place awards for journalism excellence in national competitions! They have been recognized by the Columbia School of Journalism, known for being one of the top journalism schools in the nation.  For several consecutive years, they have won first place honors by the National Scholastic Press Association and the American Press Association.

This past spring (1998), the students were recognized at the National Journalism Convention in Seattle, Washington.  The people who attended were mostly adult professional journalists.  But that didn't phase Illuminations Club president Casey Brazeal.  Casey, a senior at El Segundo High, is responsible for coordinating the production of the CD-zine.  Casey gave a presentation to the entire group of journalists, demonstrating the 1997 Illuminations CD-Zine!  Talk about amazing!  (not to mention, brave!)

Check Out the Amazing Talent at El Segundo High:
Read about Casey Brazeal, the Amazing Illuminations President
Read about Mr. Gen, the Amazing Teacher Behind Illuminations
Illuminations CD-Zine Credits
A special message for teens

(A CD-zine is similar to a magazine, but is published in a compact disk or "CD" format)

Help Support the Illuminations Club

After seeing the amazing creative work on Illuminations '98, you might want to have your very own copy!   The club is selling them for $8 each.  Proceeds go to helping support the Illuminations Club activities. 

For more information, please call Mr. Gen, the director of the club, at El Segundo High School at:  (310) 615-2662, or email him at:

Or write to Mr. Gen at the following address:

El Segundo High School
640 Main Street
El Segundo, California  90245

 The students thank you for your support!

Introducing Mr. Gen: Amazing Teacher!
Mr. Gen is one of those amazingly dedicated teachers, who really gives 200% effort in his teaching.  Mr. Gen is the teacher who started the Illuminations Club.  He has led the club to receive its many awards which recognize the outstanding journalism work of its student members.

Who is Mr. Gen, and what are his thoughts on teaching and technology in the classroom?  Below Mr. Gen tells us in his own words.

A Word About Teaching from Mr. Gen:

Ive been teaching at El Segundo High School for the past eight years. Before high school, I taught at the university level. Presently I teach 9th grade English, Journalism and the Academic Decathlon team. Once a week during lunch, the Illuminations Club meets in my room to work on the multi-media CD-ROM magazine. The CD is a product produced by students, designed by students, and sponsored by students. The members of the club receive no academic credit they do it for the sake of learning and the joy of producing something, which the community can enjoy. Illuminations is an opportunity for students to showcase their work and interests. I believe that my job as an educator is to provide students with opportunities. Most students make the best of the opportunities presented to them provided if they capture the vision of what can be. 

I am presently pursuing a doctorate in Educational Technology at Pepperdine University. It is a very exciting program. I look forward to planning and implementing the curriculum and technology needed in the classroom of the 21st century. I believe that technology is a tool that will empower students from every background, and it is the responsibility of society to place these tools into the hands of each student.

El Segundo High School's homepage:

Mr. Gen's Personal homepage:

A Special Message from Amazing Kids! for all you teens:

It's no secret...every person has the potential to be amazing in their own way.  Sometimes we just need a little help in finding out what our special talents are! 

If you are doing some amazing things too, we want to hear about it!  Send us your stories about your amazing accomplishments, so we can tell the world just how amazing you are!  We are always looking for new stories.  And don't be shy!  We'd love to hear from you!
Here's an idea you might want to try:


If you know someone who needs a little encouragement, why not tell them what you think is special about them?  Maybe you can be the one to help them uncover their own special talents! 

Amazing Kids! is looking for teens like you to be Amazing Teen Volunteers and Ambassadors. If you'd like to join Amazing Kids! in helping to spread the word, please email us at: 


 It's cool to be an Amazing Kid!


Calling All Amazing Kids!  We Need Your Help!

If you are, or know any kids who are, doing amazing things, we want to hear about it

Send us your stories, so we might be able to feature you too someday!   Please be patient, and we will do our best to tell your story some day -- hopefully soon! 

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