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The Batch Teen Creative Journal expands its publications to include Northern Fremont County

Published: Mar. 1, 2021 at 6:37 PM CST
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FREMONT COUNTY, Wyo. (Wyoming News Now) -

A free creative publication for teens called The Batch started up in Sheridan and has since produced journals in Fremont county, with the first Northern Fremont County Volume being distributed today. While high school is a time where many young people are learning how to best express themselves, this Fremont County resident is volunteering his time to get their artistic expressions into the hands of as many people as possible.

Chase McFadden, Producer and Editor of The Batch, stated that he was an “English teacher for a number of years at the middle school and high school levels, and I’d get writing from students that was just incredible, but in that setting a lot of times, I was really the only person that was going to read it.”

Chase wanted to see students have the chance to have their work published, and local communities recognize them, so he started the journal, and continues to bring it to new counties. “Getting a broader audience for these young people’s talents, because they’re just really incredible. I think maybe a lot of people don’t realize that, that these are young people right in our own community that have these incredible talents and skills,” articulated McFadden.

As the first Northern Fremont County edition was just published, this Riverton High School freshman was delighted when she discovered her work made the cut. “I heard about it and I was like ‘Oh, that’s nice, whoa!’ because it was the first time I’d ever tried to put myself out there like that,” described Riley Walker, whose piece “Atreus,” was featured in the first volume of the Northern Fremont County Batch Journal.

McFadden added, “Students in the community see that it’s really a point of emphasis to have it be a really high quality product, that there’s some prestige in getting your work in there.”

Art, photography, and writing pieces are all welcomed submissions for the batch. Riverton High School student Jackson Hill whose photography was featured in the first Northern Fremont County Batch stated, “I’ve been taking these photos for about seven years and I’ve won some things at county and state fairs, but being recognized for something as big as this, as the Batch Wyoming was really cool, and making the cover was even more special.”

“Maybe this is helping to spark something in a young person and they can maybe find a way to take it forward,” McFadden explained.

An English teacher at Riverton High School has been instrumental in recognizing and helping students find the courage to submit their art and writing pieces to The Batch. The opportunity to help her students in this way, caused her to recall an art magazine she saw in high school that also featured teenager’s work.

“I remember thinking how cool it was, and I cut parts out of it and pasted them on my walls. Just knowing that these kids have artistic talents and giving them an outlet to put it in, is kind of cool. I feel a connection with my high school self in giving them that outlet,” stated Natalie Krusemeier, English teacher at Riverton High School.

For more information, or to submit your work, head to https://createwyoming.org/. You can also follow The Batch on Facebook, or on Instagram and Twitter @batchwyoming.

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