Ayala decided to organize the event as part of his senior project, needed for graduation. “The Night of the arts was an idea brought to me by Ms. Bell, as part of science club. I chose to do it because I do believe the arts are important; they allow for the expression and application of human creativity and imagination, and I myself have a passion and appreciation for art.” All students 9-12 were encouraged to participate.
Students performed science projects throughout the night, including presentations on animal dissection, alternative energy, how volcanoes work, the science behind fireworks, the science of flubber and oobleck, and how to use a match to get a boiled egg into a small bottle.
Dina Misaingsay and Cecilia Jimenez also showed those in attendance how to check out their own DNA strands by gargling salt water, injecting some chemicals, and waiting for the strands to form in a test tube. Misaingsay was excited to participate in the exposition: “I really like doing experiments. I think they’re really fun,” she said.
Students interested in art displayed their works throughout the school hallways for family and friends to admire. Artwork included paintings, drawings, and some creative jewelry made by the jewelry class. The jewelry was also for sale.
The high school and junior high bands were also featured in the spring concert later in the evening.
“In my opinion, I believe the most exciting part of the night was the science experiments because there was an anomaly of topics ranging from chemical reactions to animal dissections,” Ayala said.
Ayala was pleased with the outcome of the event: “I believe the night of the arts was a success. There was a positive atmosphere throughout the entire night. The students did the most they could in an attempt to please the crowd and have fun. The results surpassed anything I would have expected.”
Following graduation, Ayala will be attending Evergreen State College and aspires to continue on to law school after obtaining his four-year degree.