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Hello, my dearest readers! On Sunday, April 25, Jamesville-DeWitt High School celebrated a very special day! Our very own drama students were honored at the 93rd Annual Oscars! The Oscars is a very posh and luxurious event filled with some of the most talented people in cinema. So imagine our surprise when not one, not two, but three students from J-DHS were nominated at the event. Tenth grader Connie Zhang went home with the award for best adapted screenplay for her screenplay, “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” 

“I want to thank the Academy for this amazing award. I mean, who knew? Most of all, I want to thank that very hungry caterpillar for writing such an amazing book and giving me the chance to adapt it into a multimillion dollar film that only ten people saw,” Zhang said in her acceptance speech. 

Zhang wasn’t the only student to take an Oscar at the awards. Junior Sam Phillips also took the prize for best actor for his performance as the caterpillar in “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.”

“I want to thank the Academy for this incredible honor. For this role, I really got into character. I remained in the mindset of a caterpillar for the four months of the shooting process. I haven’t eaten anything but lettuce! Does anyone have any cheeseburgers?” Phillips said in his speech. Phillips never did get his cheeseburger. After all, it’s Hollywood, home of the vegans. 

Finally, tenth grader Jasmine Ho took the award for best director for directing “The Very Hungry Caterpillar.” 

Ho was more than enthusiastic when accepting the award. “Bwhahahaha, I beat you, Martin Scorsese! Boom! I beat you, James Cameron! Boom! And I beat you, Steven Spielberg! Boom!” It should be noted that none of these directors were even nominated this year. 

Well, my dearest readers, there you have it. Our very own drama students made us proud at the Oscars. There are even rumors that they are to begin production on “If You Give a Mouse a Cookie.” Stay tuned.

Karletta Higgins
Born in 1987, Karletta Higgins is a convicted forger, and soap carving enthusiast. Karletta was arrested in 2000 when she attempted to steal the Declaration of Independence, but accidentally replaced it with the Gettysburg Address and signed her name at the bottom. When in prison she taught a soap carving class to her fellow inmates. Now she writes for Yampage at Jamesville DeWitt and in her free time attempts painting. So far, she can’t get past stick figures. The best way to reach Karletta is through her parole officer Tara Sandhu Pollock (‘23).