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Teen Life

News and opinion from local teens

Annie Simon, 17

Fatal Moment Never trust a pizza pocket.    Despite its cheesy cheeriness, despite its crispy contentment, despite its saucy satisfaction, the pizza pocket conceals a hidden motive: destruction.    And by destruction I am referring to skin cells.    It was freshman year; I got home from soccer practice to watch the women’s national team in the World Cup. What better thing to accompany me on the couch, I thought, than pizza pockets fresh from the freezer? So I put them in the… Read More »

Annie Simon, 16

Left Bench I’m not a quitter. This is the only thing holding me back from quitting the sport I have played for over 12 years. Combine a coach who hardly knows you’re there, no playing time, and teammates who are under the impression that you don’t care: get an emotionally unstable girl who is starting to think she really “isn’t good enough to play.”  In reality, I’m at almost every practice, working hard to earn a spot on the field;… Read More »

Annie Simon, 15

The Food Experience Food isn’t solely for sustenance: it’s a way of life. Although some people disregard meals and see them merely as necessary, I look forward to the parts of the day cut out to revel in the Earth’s bounty. I was raised to appreciate good food, to criticize it, and to enjoy it. I have loved food since I was young; when I was little, I wrote recipes and bought numerous cookbooks, and my mom and I baked… Read More »