The Filament hosts first Coffee House of the year


Seniors Jerusalemm Mekonnen and Lanii Nguyen perform during the event.


Seniors Jerusalemm Mekonnen and Lanii Nguyen perform during the event.

The Filament hosted its first Coffee House on Nov. 16 in Clausen Hall. The Coffee House is an event in which the Filament invites fellow students to sing, play an instrument or express themselves through poetry. It is an event open for all to attend and support their fellow classmates.

“The Filament supports the arts, and coffee house brings the arts together,” senior and co-editor in chief Marissa Shartel said.

The Coffee House was host to many performers of various grade levels. Each performer had to audition before being eligible to perform. All students were welcome to come watch the performances by purchasing tickets to the event.

“I think the coffee house is really great for people to show-case their talents without being judged,” sophomore Sakshi Chhabra said.

Performers were given the freedom to sing any song of their choice that was appropriate for school. Many performers sang modern day songs. Paula Naanou sang “Someone Like You,” a popular song originally performed by Adele. A few others even performed music written by themselves. Gwen Levey sang “Someday,” a song she had written herself.

“It was very nerve racking but it was fun,” Naanou said.

The Filament provided free coffee for everyone that attended, and also sold baked goods. All of the members of The Filament ran the event and also helped set up. For many performers, this was a very exciting event for them to illustrate their talents in front of their peers.

“A lot of planning took place for the event,” Shartel said.

Many performers used different kinds of instruments along with their music. Guitars, pianos and even a ukulele was used.

“I believe music is a big part of high school student’s lives,” Shartel said. “The Filament does this event every year, and believes it is successful because it brings students together with music and the arts.”