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Kate Hoover, 15

Graffiti Artist Walking through the streets of downtown Portland, Oregon, trying to find a place to eat dinner in the mecca of food trucks and creative doughnuts, I remember seeing graffiti everywhere: on the side of a building, framing a walk through an alley, on a bridge across the Willamette [...]

By | September 30th, 2014|0 Comments

Yvonne Lieu, 16

For a Straightened Spine I am a worrier. I spend hours filling my mind with endless possibilities of what could go wrong. Maybe the outfit I planned for tomorrow won’t be worn because of a sudden weather change, maybe I’ll forget my homework at home and get a zero, and [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|0 Comments

Audrey Hall, 16

Headstrong and Passionate One of the traits that I value highly in myself is my ability to make my decisions, no matter how much pressure I face. I have never been able to let others choose what is best for me. Throughout my entire childhood, I have found this aspect [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|0 Comments

Julian Cohen, 16

Chaotic Kitchen “No that’s not how you hold a knife, like this, c'mon put your knuckle against the blade.” There are many things in life that we let pass by unnoticed, and there are thousands of things everyday we tend to unconsciously push towards unimportance. Today, it seems that food [...]

By | March 12th, 2014|0 Comments

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 [...]

By | December 5th, 2013|0 Comments

Yvonne Lieu, 16

Molluscophobia Most people are fear spiders, clowns, or heights, but what am I afraid of? Snails. Molluscophobia is the fear of snails.    When I was five years old, I decided to take the risk of going barefoot in my backyard. I was pretty successful avoiding various shards of glass, slimy [...]

By | October 19th, 2013|0 Comments

Mara Paley, 16

Let it Roll   We grow up hearing that America is supersized, wasteful, yet for most of the younger generation this country is the only place we have ever lived-- the only place we have ever known. It wasn’t until I took enough time to adopt the lifestyle of another country [...]

By | October 19th, 2013|0 Comments

Hailey Falk, 16

 This Race Matters This race matters.    I shuffle my feet trying to distract myself from my thoughts. I feel myself moving towards the track and realize that I am responding to the race official’s instructions. Lane four, I remember. I count one, two, three, four, as I stare beneath me [...]

By | October 19th, 2013|0 Comments

Caleb Lundquist, 16

Christopher He is a sixteen year old boy, and when you look at us simply as people, there is no difference; we are equal, two friends who share common interests, frequently engaging in activities together. We talk about how our day went, listening and communicating through more than just words. [...]

By | March 27th, 2013|0 Comments

Paco Villegas, 16

Death By Isolation He was a hard working man, the kind of person who awoke before sunrise to feed his animals, the kind of farmer who tended his fields until his hands bruised, and the kind of father that didn’t rest until there was food on the table. He lived [...]

By | March 27th, 2013|0 Comments