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New school, new me

New school, new me

Trinity Woodruff, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

“I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of stars makes me dream” -Vincent van Gogh. I spent probably the entire month of August just re-reading that quote everyday because it was the only framed thing in my new room. The big gold frame definitely stood out in a room full of blues and dif...

Horses and hospitals

Horses and hospitals

Taryn Ortiz, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

It was 11 am, and I a 9 year old, was next door at my neighbor's barn playing around with my horse Montana who was a brown and white paint. With one eye blue and the other brown, she stood 15 hands high. Sitting by the fence while Montana stood by me grazing with the neighbors mule, I suddenly had an idea th...

Apparating into my dreams

Apparating into my dreams

Sarah Maniscalco, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Many children have fantasized of soaring over the city on a broomstick or fixing their problems with the wave of a wand. I was one of those children who would’ve loved to be part of the wizarding world, and part of me would rather still be going to Hogwarts. My obsession began in third grade when I sa...

Nearly losing an eye…but being kind of glad about it

Nearly losing an eye…but being kind of glad about it

Zach Lewis, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Crack! The sound of a stick breaking over a tree. The same stick that gave me 7 stitches and left a piece of bark stuck in my forehead. It was a summer evening in early July just after my preschool year. My older brother, who had just finished 1st grade,  and I were chopping through the jungles of the Amaz...

Across the seven seas

Across the seven seas

Snigda Narisetty, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

“Please Dad! Can we please go!” I said as I pleaded to go to India again as a hopeful 7 year old. Almost my entire family lives in India, yet we only go every couple years and I take every chance to beg my parents if we can go again. Whenever we go, we usually spend the entire summer there and com...

No longer living in fear: freedom through Taekwondo

No longer living in fear: freedom through Taekwondo

Arushi Mithal, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 21, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

The shimmer of the sun on the surface drew me in, and before I knew it, I was out on the frozen lake. Seconds felt like minutes. I walked step by step, doing everything exactly how I thought I was supposed to. I wanted to walk on it and I was focused, but as soon as I realized that it could break, I...

Taking my dad to the hospital: a very scary day

Taking my dad to the hospital: a very scary day

Claire Pelak, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Informative Feature

Beep, beep, beep goes my dad’s heart monitor. His hospital room is cold and kind of dark. A nurse walks in and turns off the heart monitor, but I stay sitting, thinking about everything that had led up to this. It all started on a Saturday morning. I had just gotten out of bed when my dad wal...

Destined for adventure

Destined for adventure

Hannah Thomas Perez, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

“You have your mom's blood,” my dad tells me. He does not mean in my looks, though, he means in my adventure spirit. His comment is encouraging, especially considering it's replacing his usual response of, “why would you do that? You could die!” It all started with the Tower of Terror at ...

Tyler Simon, business owner

Tyler Simon, business owner

Tyler Simon, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

When you hear the title of “Sole Proprietor or Business owner,” people don’t usually associate it with a self-employed middle school student, but that was me. I didn’t earn that title all at one: it all started back in 2008. As a third grader, I was really into the Pokemon universe. Most ...

From “Kyle with Style” to Kylie: escaping masculinity and fashion stereotypes

From “Kyle with Style” to Kylie: escaping masculinity and fashion stereotypes

Kylie Clifton, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

Filth is what was hanging from my hangers. From the time that I was 6 years old, I knew that  the apparel that adorned my closet was wrong. The wretched things that were my boy clothes had to go. Every pair of skinny jeans, fitted shirts, pink and purple polos, denim shorts, suits, ties, were final...

Moving not just across town, but around the world

Moving not just across town, but around the world

Margaux Gendre, Journalism 1 Staff Writer

November 20, 2017


Filed under All, Feature, Personal Narrative

As I wake up from my slumber, I panic a little at first. The only thought running through my head at that precise moment was “ Where on earth am I?” I sat up in my bed, confused out of my mind, until I recognized where I was. I was in a new house, far from the one I used to live in, in a whole n...

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