I’ve known rivers:
I’ve known rivers ancient as the world and older than the
flow of human blood in human veins.

My soul has grown deep like the rivers.

-Langston Hughes


Water is a vital element in the continuation of life. Whether in the jungles of the Amazon to the kitchen sink of our homes, we could not last one day without it. It precipitates from the sky in various forms that trickle their way through the clouds in order to nourish the world below. The element gathers together, starting in individual drops and gradually collecting to form a stream, then a river, then an ocean.

When looking at rivers, they cause us to wonder about the force of water.   On just about any occasion it is not a thought that crosses our minds.  A simple river has the power to create and destroy, join together or tear apart. To think, something as fluid as water can be the strongest force on this planet.

Rivers are the center of life, therefore the center of culture.  They bring many different kinds of people together.  Like rivers, people are all different, but like the ocean they all come together as one.  Like the rivers and the ocean, people are all different and come from different cultures. We want this magazine to be about the different cultures and people of West Jordan High School. Please send art, literature, and music about you and the cultures you come from.