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The First Time This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.
We started dating after the church retreat. I had known him for years but never thought of him as more than just another rambunctious guy in my youth group. I had never had a boyfriend, or even a second glance from a boy, so this was a major... (more »)
Desert Days
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The once lavender minivan rumbles down the twisting highway. Smiles and drinks are exchanged under blank skies. Pure white clouds of pungent smoke billow out from the windows, suspending themselves in midair. It reminds us of the heroes... (more »)
Finding My Own Path This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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The minute I stepped foot into Mrs. Park’s kindergarten classroom, I knew I was going to have a great year with an even greater teacher. Every morning, she would stand in front of room two, greeting each and every individual student with a... (more »)
Rain Clouds
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I went to the park right near my home. It was pouring rain. Enough rain to fill a bucket in 1 minute if I brought it out. Enough rain to make me look like I just got out of the shower after being the rain for 10 seconds. I'm at the park... (more »)
The Silver Sedan This work is considered exceptional by our editorial staff.
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On a brisk June morning in 2015, I experienced what it was like to be a deer. A blissfully vulnerable deer unknowingly being hunted. I now understand what it feels like to be preyed on. Evil eyes lock on the deer, fear bursts through its veins... (more »)
What Does it Mean to Be a Father?
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Father. A simple, six-letter word that can be defined as “a male parent.” But a male parent is merely a biological category. A father is much more than just a male parent. A father is supposed to protect you. He is supposed to give... (more »)
There Is No God: Why Do People Believe?
By , Ypsilanti, MI
Atheism is an ideology that’s both misunderstood and more uncommon than one might initially believe. Simply put, it’s the lack of belief in the existence of a deity or deities. In the last century, there has been a gradual shift... (more »)
My Fourteenth Birthday
It started out as an extremely humid summer morning on July 27th during the year 2013.  Snuggled up in my bed clasping onto my baby blue blanket fast asleep, I suddenly heard my dog whimpering outside of my room.  ‘Today’s... (more »)
Go Band
By , Defiance, OH
“If anyone wants to try out for the All-Ohio State Fair Band, let me know so we can get your application in,” announced Mrs. Hayes.  Later that day, I told Mrs. Hayes that I wanted to try out.  It was not until a... (more »)
The Launch
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‘I did not think a carrot could fly that far,’ I contemplated while sitting in lunch detention.  I knew that I was in trouble; however, I did not have one regret about what had happened earlier that week. At my school... (more »)
The Time My Life Slowed Down
Sweat drenching my body, tears running down my face, struggling to catch my breath, I badly wanted it to be a nightmare, but it was one nightmare I couldn’t wake up from. November 7, 2005, became one of the most unforgettable days I would... (more »)
Surprise, Surprise
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“Hi, my name’s Meghan, and it’s my birthday. Do you have anything for me?” These were the magic words that commenced the beginning of a birthday adventure. A particular cool, crisp, snow-fallen Friday in January marked... (more »)
On a chilly summer day towards the end of July, we found a black lab puppy on a newspaper add that stated, “Black Lab and Golden Retriever puppies for sale.” Knowing that all we wanted was another dog to fill the empty space in our... (more »)
Why Are You So Short?
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He picked me up when everyone pushed me further down than I already was.  I attended the second new school in two years and did not know anyone in the entire building, besides my two brothers. On top of that I was the shortest kid... (more »)
Reality Check
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It was on March 1, 2017 when I learned how precious life is, and that nobody should regret life. I got woken up by my mom to get up to go to school at 6:45 A.M. When she woke me up I said “I threw up this morning at 3:30, I can’t go... (more »)
--- - - - --- :  Like a ship in utter despair, I SOS’d on the rusted, antique telegraph, my hand trembling, yet sure, with every press on the key.  The telegraph sent a loud ring throughout the gym every time the key was... (more »)
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