Students attend and present projects at Great World Text

Vianna Dao, Writer/Photographer

Oshkosh North English Two Honors and Communities students attended the Great World Text (GWT) conference hosted by University of Wisconsin – Madison, Center for the Humanities, on Monday April 24. 

Twenty schools, including Oshkosh North and Oshkosh West, from around the state attended the conference. GTW is a program that is centered around a chosen text for the given school year. Member schools are required to have students read the text in order to gain understanding. This year’s chosen book was There, There by Tommy Orange. The understanding of the text that students had were incorporated into individual or group projects that related back to the text. 

At the conference, students were able to attend a session with the keynote speaker being Tommy Orange. Orange spoke about his book and his experience leading up to writing There There

Select students who had written in the essay contest were chosen to have lunch with Orange. Sophomore Hannah Fiser earned a seat at the table. 

After lunch had concluded, the first session of presentations began. Students from the member schools had set up their projects in the discovery building. They were required to stand by their projects in order to answer questions that other students may have when they were viewing the projects. 

At the end, UW-Madison volunteers chose memorable projects to highlight, and sophomores Lillian Tom and Dominic Centner received praise for their cooking video project in which they made a cultural recipe and spoke about their connections to their culture.