Icarus received a pair of wings woven together and mended with wax in order to escape the Labyrinth with his father. Daedalus warned his excited son to be cautious of his proximity to the sun. Needless to say, Daedalus’s effort to deter Icarus failed, for the heat melted the wax of his wings. Before the fall of Icarus, I think it must be noted that his flight was one of passion. That same spirit and passion of Icarus is displayed throughout this journal from the numerous creative, talented cadets.
Though we may attend a school that focuses on science, technology, engineering, and math, the liberal arts are very much alive throughout the campus. The love and study of liberal arts are not bound to certain declared majors and areas of scholarship. The authors and artists in this year’s Icarus range from Mechanical Systems Engineering majors to Management majors to English majors. I think that this proves that there is not a formula or excel spreadsheet that can solve the questions tested against the human race. Nor is there one medium to express those wonders.
We avow who we are in small moments of creativity and vulnerability.
Those moments become our story.
I would like to take time to give a special thank you to Capt Katherine Witt for her guidance and support this year with Icarus and Professor Newmiller for his technological expertise with helping establish this website and providing me with endless assistance creating the page. Thank you to Lt Col Goolsby for his continuous advice and the Department of English for the opportunity to be the Chief Editor.
Of course I could not forget my editing team who put in hours of work reviewing each and every submission we received. Thank you to Kaleb Naylor and Avery Evans who put in a ton of time, energy, and resources into creating Icarus Interlude. I would like to thank all of the cadets who submitted their creative works. This year, we had over 200 individual submissions from over 100 cadets.
It has been a great honor to be the Chief Editor this year. Working with all the talented and dedicated creatives has brought great joy to my life, especially my last year at the Academy. I have learned so much from this experience.
Keep writing, drawing, taking photographs, singing, playing your instrument.
Your talents make you, you.
Class of 2018, ZAMP!
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