The “Seventh Graders and Other Stuff” podcast, directed and hosted by seventh graders Aiden Mangalick and Maddie Rees, sprung to life toward the end of September. The podcast discusses a range of topics, such as newly released video games and how school is going.
“Maddie and I were playing video games and just talking about stuff when we realized that this is pretty good material for a podcast,” Mangalick said.
ILLUSTRATION BY SOPHIA LEE
Each episode is edited with the help of fellow seventh grader Lucas Orsulak, who manages the technical aspects of recording the episodes. The cover art for the podcast was drawn by seventh grader Sophia Lee.
The podcast is completely student-run, so in order to keep everything organized, the group tries to follow an outline while recording. The group writes up a brief outline a week in advance of what the episode is about. They then record the content of the episode on Fridays and edit it over the weekend. While the podcast is student-run, Mangalick did reach out to a couple of teachers to ask for advice.
“Maddie and I were playing video games and just talking about stuff when we realized that this is pretty good material for a podcast”
“I was really impressed when Aiden approached me and wanted to do what I could to help him,” English teacher Sabrina Strand said.
Strand helped out by giving Mangalick some pointers on the podcast. After giving it a listen, she started to spread the word about it to other faculty members. Strand thought that the podcast was a creative and fun way for students to feel connected as they started at a new campus, and she looks forward to seeing where the podcast will go in the future.
Organization and preparedness have proven to be some of the biggest challenges the team has had to deal with during their first couple episodes.
“The podcast was a creative and fun way for students to feel connected as they started at a new campus”
“The hardest part about [the podcast] is just organizing the material and getting people organized on time,” Mangalick said.
The team is pushing to get the podcast out to a broader audience instead of just the few classmates that know about it currently. There are currently four episodes of the podcast available to listen to, and the group hopes to have more out in the coming months.
Interested in listening? Find the podcast here.