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  • Nonfiction > Travel & Culture
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    The valley was rimmed by jagged black mountains that were rough against the velvet-smooth navy-blue sky. To the west, the mountains shrunk until they were nothing more than steep sea bluffs, dropping hundreds of feet into the ebony ocean. The shadowy mountains and water formed the brims of a scint...
  • Nonfiction > Personal Experience
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    Teachers often seem like cold professionals, and it’s easy to think of them as nothing more than the people who assign your homework, lecture on and on, and grade your tests. But teachers are more than that—they are adults who care about you and your well-being. I used to fall into the trap of...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Your voice is shattered into two million pieces as you tell me, “I don’t want to live anymore.” You don’t meet my eyes, and you couldn’t anyway; Yours are too clouded with tears to see anything but shadows. I gently reach out to touch your beautiful face, Beautiful even when you are s...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    whenever troubles gnaw at my insides my hands itch to write to vomit up the Hell that is chewing at my heart and soul and trap the Devil on paper but I don’t want to do that for my troubles with you I don’t want to capture anything to do with you in a poem because writing poetry is a ...
  • Nonfiction > Travel & Culture
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    The flies continued. They were vicious flies, wicked flies, undefeatable and hostile flies; they were a torment, a torture, terrible demons sent by the wrath of summer’s heat. They crawled into your ears and gathered at your lips and clung with their bloodsucking mouths to your arms and fingertips...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    Sonny had seen it all. From shows and gymkhanas to trails and lessons, this bald-faced gelding was an all-around expert. He had won a plethora of ribbons throughout his showing career, but chronic laminitis and Cushing’s syndrome had crippled his feet, confining him to simple walking and jogging i...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    A sweet and adorably clumsy bay Quarter Horse mare, Starlight’s Dandelion, aka Dande, was affectionately known around Hensley Ranch—where she lived—as “Baby Horse”. She was young, but that wasn’t the only reason for her nickname. Dande—in all honestly—was a complete klutz, and her cu...
  • Nonfiction > Memoir
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    Back when I was a young teenager, my Dad and I planted a skimpy garden in the 1/8-acre backyard of our small suburban house. The soil was parched— rain hadn’t fallen for months— so we weren’t sure anything would sprout. But lo and behold: after a few weeks of systematic watering and constant...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I’ll tell my daughter why the sky is blue, And why her throat aches for water when it’s hot outside. I’ll tell my daughter the names of the birds that dance across the morning sky, And the colors of each blossoming flower. I’ll tell her that when she’s happy, She has every right to b...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    you are so screwed up you have me in the palm of your hand and you mold me like clay into your hackneyed, battered sculpture I try to be strong but with one touch, one glance in my direction I am cracked once again so I hide myself behind a shiny coat of glaze when I am near you but the ins...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    surgeons leave scars and so did you but unlike a surgeon who removes the very things that cause harm you implanted them...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    The sorrow continued. It was a deep sorrow, a wide sorrow, a thick sorrow; It was a barrier, isolation, the bars of a jail with no windows or doors; It was a sorrow to break the hearts of all sorrows before it. It came in teaspoons, in gallons, in oceans that froze hearts like ice. It stole th...
  • Hot Topics > What Matters
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    Extracurricular activities are extremely important. Not only are they impressive on college applications, they are also huge stress-relievers. Sara Feinstein, a High School senior, states that “you need more than good grades and high scores to be accepted into college: you need a deep involvem...
  • Reviews > Movie Reviews
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    You want to be sure your bladder is empty before sitting down to watch Spellbound, because this nail-biting documentary contains no dull moments that allow one to escape to the restroom. Directed by Jeffery Blitz, Spellbound is a documentary centered around the 1999 Scripps-Howard National Spell...
  • Nonfiction > Travel & Culture
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    It is early morning. The warm yellow light of the rising sun caresses the snow-dusted, densely forested peaks. The tall mountains slope steeply down, tapering off into rolling hills and grassy plains, which end abruptly at a deep gorge. With rocky, steep walls, the gorge is dangerous for antelope, e...
  • Poetry > Haiku
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    Telling the truth is Overrated because it Always hurts someone...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I like the bitter taste of green tea Because it’s refreshing in this sugar-sweet world Where everything’s perfectly perfect Sweet and happy and wonderful But really, the world isn’t like that The world’s sour sometimes And isn’t always yummy You can’t always coat the unpleasant t...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    your lies whirl in circles inside my head and force their way into every neuron of my brain because of your lies i am always so so cold frozen forever because of you please somebody save me from your lies please somebody anybody please…...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    Your lips open like two floodgates Releasing a sentence like stinging rain of a storm And instantly, insanely, the hurricane of emotions bombards me Crashing over me Pulling me under Like waves of the ocean And I can’t even attempt to swim Because the tsunami of feelings Causing my muscles...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I always try so hard To do the right thing But the one time I chose to do wrong Was the one time that I lost Everything And forgiveness comes at a cost...
  • Nonfiction > Educator of the Year
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    I was never really sure about Biology. Some aspects were interesting to me, while others were dreadfully boring. However, the moment I stepped into Mr. Goldenkranz’ classroom, I knew that was about to change. Mr. Goldenkranz always seemed happy, and smiled whenever his students came into his air...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    My grandmother sits on the dingy floor of her tiny apartment As my grandfather plays the piano. She closes her eyes and hums the tune. She and my grandfather danced to this song On their wedding day. But those times are gone. She is no longer a young, happy bride. She unconsciously rubs her w...
  • Poetry > Free Verse
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    I wish my pain was like paper I could fold it up Put it aside And forget about it But my pain isn't like paper It's like blood It flows through every part of me And is everywhere, everywhere at once Oxygen diffuses from every one of my 350,000,000 alveoli into it Making each brea...
  • Poetry > All Poetry
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    It is late fall. The last brown leaves are crumbled and torn. And the final days of summer are in the clutch Of the forte Cold weather’s riddle. Fading is the light. My heart was innocent and light, And likely to fall. It was not a riddle That my spirit was likely to be torn. But you...
  • Opinion > Social Issues / Civics
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    Having a baby used to be a lot more simple. You got pregnant, waited nine months, and then gave birth to a beautiful baby boy or girl. However, there was always the question: what sex will my child be, and can I do something to determine it? Nowadays, there is technology to accomplish the task of s...

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