By Jowana George
This year’s senior projects ranged from Icebox pies to organic facial cremes. Jowana George, 19, senior decided to focus her Senior Project, a requirement to graduate high school at McClymonds, on her longtime hobby: creating Icebox pies.
The Icebox pie is a combination of cream cheese and kool-aid pie. It consists of cream cheese, graham cracker, eggs, condensed milk, and on occasion ice cream. The crust is fashioned out of of graham crackers or wafers, and the cream cheese filling takes about 30-40 minutes to settle. It’s a southern pie that you do not bake; instead you put into a refrigerator.
“That’s the thing about Icebox. You can add anything,” said George.
With the help of her great aunt, George made her first Icebox lemon pie just a year ago.
“It was so good I had to make another one,” said George.
Along with the mentoring of her aunt, George watches “Cake Boss” on TLC and admires Paula Dean for inspiration. George claims that making the pies is easy but making a profit –“the math”– is the most difficult part. A typical pie costs $20 to make and sells for $3 a slice.
“This is only for the senior project. It’s too much to run a business.”
George sells out of a stand, equipped with a cooler to keep the pies refrigerated, in West Oakland, Lower Bottoms. Her goal is to bring another type of flavor to the average traditional pies through Icebox pies. Bringing southern styles to desserts.
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by Taylor Murray
I promised my mom I’d attend prom. That’s the only reason I’m going.
She said, “You WILL regret it if you don’t go.” She also said, “Prom’s a memorable moment.”
But why get all dressed up for one night? The ‘oohhss’ and ‘aaaahhhs.’ The pictures and the lights. It sounds pretty fancy though. I was convinced. But now that prom’s on my mind, what about school?
School vs. social life is a big issue. How can you balance the two? What if I tell you that sometimes you have to choose between the two, between writing note cards on teachers’ salaries and looking for a little black dress.
It seems like everything has a deadline, 40-50 note cards (for my senior project) due by Friday, prom next Friday, and selection of the college I will attend next year by May 1st. As for my own preference, I just want to pause my life.
With so little time left at Mack, I want prom to be just right. My hair is a major issue and I don’t know where to start.
As for my senior project, I’ve been procrastinating. I only have TWO note cards done so far! It is amazing how well I work under pressure, so everything I do, will be done the week of.
The one certainty is my college decision. I’ll be going to Saint Augustine’s College, all the way in North Carolina.
Now there’s last minute dress shopping to do. I just hope that my prom night will be all that I expect it to be. Fun with plenty of activity, fast dancing to Wayne’s music, romancing with my date, and eating shrimp and garlic bread. I will take loads of pictures of embarrassing moments so I can post them on my Facebook.
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