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Everybody recorded at the same place, but not with each other. Then one day, Janile Mundy, Dominic Sampson, Anthony Hill and Devante Swan recorded together. They realized that everything they did went together. They felt that they went through the same experiences. The purpose of the song is to show their motivation to get their name out into the world.
I live off of music, like camping and long walks on the beach. I and my ex had broken up, and I found happiness through writing music and rapping. We got back together, and she said I would never be a good rapper. Not a good voice. Said I was a bad rapper, so I got better. Keeps me going.
R A Y RIVIERA
I R E N E MULLER
F U N N Y
H O N E S T
S C H W A G H B
It was easy, it just came natural. Free styling, rhyme, and incorporating punch lines was just easy for me. The song “Running Rebel” came from a bunch of my freestyles put together. I have a CD coming on June 29th called “Rounds with Demons.” I enjoy rapping because it’s a huge way to express myself without hurting anybody else, and it becomes something funny.
R A P P E R PROC RA ST INAT OR A
I was bored one day and I went to my friend’s house and I read a book called “The Giving Tree.” Since it was a children’s book my friend laughed at me, so he told me to man up and become a thug. So he played a song by Waka Flocka, and I thought to myself “I can do that.” I went on Youtube and searched up “how to rap.” The results I found motivated me to become a rapper. So then I called my dad and told him I was a thug and I’ve become a rapper.
I really love learning about music; it makes me feel like a different person and I would like to get out of high school and keep studying music. My hobbies beside music are mostly technology and mostly playing Xbox-360, but most of all I spend my time writing poetry with the spare time I have after playing video games.
CREATIVELY UP - T E M P O S P
As my father tells it, he sang to me every day until I started singing back. Now the only problem is getting me to stop. I picked up a guitar at 14 and discovered songwriting. I write about the places I live, the people I fall in mutual weirdness with, or decidedly don’t, the weather, gas prices, and the small pieces of my dreams I still remember by the time I can get to my notebook in the morning. I’m living in Juneau, Alaska now and working on my first album.
You hear an explosion: strings plucked, horns blown, drums pounded. The song reigns over the room. Every forte and pianissimo, slur or staccato, crescendo and accelerando has
break between evening talk shows. Imagine a Civil War battle field,
its place. Every musical element builds
with the percussion of cannons and
on the others, each note purposeful and
the staccato of muskets. The cavalry’s
holding its own.
trumpets. The snare made up of soldiers
Beauty starts in song, and the song
boots, marching forward into an
starts from a muse, and the muse comes
inevitable climax. The falsetto of the
from beauty. A self-sustaining cycle,
horses’ whinnying with the baritone of
creating and involving emotion, start to
the general’s commands creates a duet of
A song may not need a lead singer,
The final number of the musical
conductor or band. A song can stand on
arrives. The conductor bows and rests his
the street corner at night with no one to
baton on his black stand, the brass and
talk to, muttering broken and disjointed
woodwind instruments fall, the upright
phrases of half rhyming poetry – and still
be a song. A song can be the surprise jam session of a bunch of hungry teenagers on a Sunday afternoon inside a burnt out garage. A song can be the commercial
Everyone can hear it, everyone one can see it. You can’t stop it. Be moved. Be excited. Be cautious.
When I shut my eyes, I’m reminded of another world inside me. It’s much larger than the earth. The lands I travel to are the past and my imagination. Like the real world, it’s something I have to explore. The colors here are a shade or two darker. And things are not actually blurry; it’s more H A N G U I like the kind of undetailed images in the distance B ENERGETIC A L K E R or when I’m looking from the corners of my eyes. W A M A Z I N G LONG DISTANCE My favorite places are the ones from when was really young. The farther back I go, the sadder and happier I feel. Salty and sweet at the same time. But there’s treasures littered everywhere, some hidden, others out in the open. Each is very precious. In this place, there’s no such thing as trash because all memories and creations are important. Even if they hurt, I want to remember them all; I want to. R
IN HER WORDS: I love to sleep and listen to K-Pop, and I am obsessed with walking. My favorite class is World History, Math being second place after it. When I was writing this piece I was homesick. I was just remembering my childhood in Bacninh, Vietnam. I miss being there and realized that back then I didn’t appreciate the memories, but now I’m older I realize I do.
This man is amazing. He can do everything from breaking ankles to hitting someone hard. He’s the total package. Out of all the skillful things he can do, he’s mainly known for one thing, and that’s running remarkably lightly on his extremely quick feet. As everyone goes through the stepping rope (where you step between the ropes shaped as squares) they’re not going through it fluently; they’re all tripping up or falling on their hands and knees. [TAYLOR FERRIS] Dear Employees at Traditional Macho Men: Please keep in mind that by the time you are 29 years old we will have to let you go. You have the rest of your life ahead of you and we do not wish to hold you and your capabilities back any longer. We value each and every one of you. For some of you, your birthday may be approaching rather fast; the rest of you still have plenty of time. No matter what the case may be, you should be making the most of your time here with your family by selling the company’s name to consumers. Those of you who will be leaving us soon: we hope you will come by frequently since this is your home. Sincerely, Management [JENYCE STROY]
I wish my mom and dad were here with me on my 15th birthday.
It’s a special day that shows I have grown older. Thanks for being here all the first 14 years of my life. In one of those birthdays with no friends - just you and a cake - I felt happier than this year without you guys. I miss you a lot, and I hope you guys are here next year. I want to tell you that I love you and I will always love you. Today’s my birthday and I want to promise that I will study hard and make you guys proud of me. I am proud that you guys are my parents. [SIRISAWAN SYLUANGKHOT] Money is important in my life. Money is the thing that I have been utilizing everyday. People can earn from their abilities and can survive for their whole lives. One of the most general things is money can show in the appearance of every individual person. This shows that money is the most important thing people exchange to have things and benefits, and demand respect, which everyone obviously wants to have. Honestly, physical things come from money. Money appears everywhere; it is proof that I became a successful person. For my experiences, I already knew how to use money in a good way or not. Money is the best thing I could see to make my life even better than before. [HA LE] She is the kind of friend I can never replace; she’s been through thick and thin with me. She helps me with my problems and she also puts a smile on my face when I have a bad day. I love her for who she is. I could say that she is a true friend of mine who is always in my heart. However the unimaginable thing happened: she died early with the cancer at the age of thirteen. We were supposed to graduate in elementary together but it didn’t happen. Because she’s gone. And it’s really hard to accept the truth that she has passed away, but for her own happiness I will let her go. I’m still keeping her memories everywhere I go. [SUNSHINE BACUS] He rips out the ad and puts it in his jacket pocket. He eats a dinner of congee and pulled pork with soy sauce. This time he poured too much soy sauce. He takes the bottle and turns it to the nutrition facts. [CINDY THAI NGUYEN] Love is not just a word; love is a thing that happens between two people. You can love what you want, like families and friends, animals and things. My friends says, “I like that person” and I say “You love? Or like?” My friend says, “Love-love. I like how he acts, how he smiles, how he laughs.” I said, “You are crazy.” She said, “You’re still young. When you grow up, you will know what love is.” Then I knew it was love, not just for a boy or a girl, for anybody. I’ve seen a lot of people who love each other and they get mad. They don’t know each other anymore. A love song is just a caress set to music. So we would see who we love, so we don’t hurt all the time. My Dad always says, “Don’t waste your time on love. Let the love come to you. Don’t run to it or it will run away from you. Love is like a war: easy to begin but hard to end.” I remember my first day in high school. I was fourteen and saw a lot of girls older than me who had boyfriends. I was a kid. I didn’t understand what love meant. They called me and said, “Oh girl, don’t you have a boyfriend?” I said “Who needs a boyfriend?” They laughed at me and said, “Oh kids, never mind.” [FADUMO HASHI] When I think about it / I sometimes have hope / But other times, I just don’t / You think about the reality of it all / And based on the past / All you do is fall / It’s never been different / Any other way / The process just repeats every single day / It never changes / It stays the same / And you just wish and wish for a change / But no / That is not the exchange / The process just continues / And then you just don’t know what to do / You wish for something real / That’s all you’ve ever wanted / But you’ll soon realize / Something real does not exist. [CLARA KRUMIN]
The Unaverage Mind of a Male Adolescent Allure 2011 great a girl magazine man I’m going to be a fashion freak after reading this Eva Longoria got divorced I didn’t even know she was married what does allure even mean is it related to illusions could it be that they named the magazine allure because they are trying to deceive the human eye of what true beauty really is? Oh yay some more content about fashion tips what a $6000 jacket is it really worth that much it looks pretty intimidating it’s decorated with studs all over the jacket it I can’t imagine a girl rocking that what a coincidence the best shampoo of 2011 is the one I use my hair is beautiful this section is amazing lust and must it shows high priced items that most people would want and then items with similar designs. [JORDAN DOAN]
ORDER Do you hate the agonizing sun glaring in your face on the sunny days, or would you just like to look cool to your friends and other people? Then why not buy some Gucci Glasses! The product will provide you with the highest quality frames (made of plastic) and would guarantee you will get the ladies (or guys) gossiping over your new appearance. Gucci glasses will bring
the untold greatness from the inside and magnetize it ten times! CHAOS Who would actually notice an nonimportant factor of the magazine ads are quickly appearing every two pages showcasing makeup acne cream nail polish shampoo what the heck is with all of these ads and imposter ads riddled with website addresses you could fill a yellow book
with all these names and addresses controlling parents want their children to be mini me or celebrity samples of colon or perfume on certain smelling ads slept with old strategies growing stale, new invented methods provide continuing fresh and unique interests to the industry. Like an anaconda constricting its prey to a lifeless end.
used to draw hearts on notebook paper, pantomiming every hormone driven teenager in a chick flick, squeezing in kaleidoscopic patterns. There was too much white space. If I drew what represented love, it would seem more real.
nly problem is they were empty inside. I used to punch walls when my anger got the best of me, fiery fist and fortification violently kissing a red mural of blood decorating the wall with my surrender to masochism.
QUEENELLE GAZMEN INTROVERTED COMPOSER H O A R D E R N
WALL-H U G G E R IN HER WORDS: I’m the type of person who will not be upfront about my feelings. I can tell it frustrates my friends and at times, I even get tired of myself. I rarely vent to real people. Giving them a reason to worry about me just feels so selfish. Instead, I write. On napkins at fast food joints, the back of worksheets, my iPad. This poem was for last year’s Slam, but I never performed it. If a certain someone reads this poem and you think it’s you, that’s just coincidental.
ut that was before music found me. Muffling the stress and tests of reality, synchronizing me to total solitude. Loud enough to deafen all the problems on this planet, real enough to propel me back to the ground between the tremor of the last song and the thump of the next. Hard rock for anger, indie for loneliness, oldies for the heck of it, acoustic for tranquility. Where the chords and beats time my movement and the lead singers narrate my story. A Cain and Abel hotline finding comfort in my ear canal in the form of plastic buds.
tory-time:I met someone who I thought was really special on every day, in every hallway, in every situation, but I was the background music. Playing along with their act offstage, but someone else sharing their spotlight.
istening to your beautiful voice made me feel a lot better, but who you were thinking of serenading was someone I couldn’t be.
Weave hair, braided, corn roll
Need the same hair color or else
The obvious hair will grow out and not match
At the same time you have to cover up a patch
I’ve never worn these extensions,
Since I have boring Asian hair
But at the same time I wish I had fake hair
usic and I should be in holy matrimony. We cover up the pain, leaving me fresh and able to operate without an emotional breakdown.
alls became piano keys, hearts became melodies, and I became Earth’s escapee. I stopped punching walls. I can bang keys on the piano in my living room. My fingers pouring the perfect combination of base and treble clef, the hearts I drew on the side of my notebook became lyrics to a new song that kept me sane. Those empty hearts outlined with 0.7 lead lacked variety, the same monotonous two curves meeting in the middle.
aroon 5, Jason Mraz, Destiny’s Child took me out of this nest where all the people care about are the sex and the paychecks.
L O V I N G
y alcoholic brain is heavily concentrated with swimming thoughts of falling in this so-called “love,” crawling in the so-called “perfection.”
Like artificial coloring or saturated fats
It would seem that it’s only like racks on racks
IN HER WORDS: I’m quiet until you get to know me. I like to sit and soak up what people have to say like a dry sponge left out on the window sill for three months. I like sitting in my room and dancing in front of my mirror. I like to sit on the couch chomping on Thin Mints Girl Scout cookies while watching America’s Next Top Model. I think I’ve dyed my hair so many times I lost brain cells.
I mean they seem interesting, that’s a fact.
won’t be your savior, your only go-to person, your most played song. never will be. You’ll find the proper accompaniment.
or now, let me play for you.
A mini rainbow in the palm of your hand, it’s able to travel, and to be read again and again and again. It’s able to entertain you for a small amount of time. The man in the ad looks off in the distance, with his hands resting in his pockets. By his stance, you can tell that he is not worried about what is coming next. He looks ready to take the world. [CASEY JORDAN]
Miley Cyrus. The whole article was about how people were calling her fat, and she tried to ask them to stop calling her fat through twitter. This article was 2 pages and I just couldn’t keep my mind concentrated. All I could focus on was the picture of Miley eating a large box of McDonald’s French fires. [JHOMARIE SADANG]
Want more? Stop. Listen. Hear anything? Some disorder with a side of passion?
be loud, stupid, and have no recognizable
Some destruction with a sprinkling of rage?
value to the normal eye, but when viewed
Some sorrow with a heartfelt sob? A sign
under the microscope of human emotion,
of some kind? Some disorder with a side
they may prove to be sources of learning
of passion? A sound doesn’t mean you plan
about ideas not yet approached.
ahead. You probably didn’t mean to fart
Sound may not have a literal meaning
in fourth period the other day, and even
inside of itself, but it may have accidental
though it was unplanned, the sound still
meaning to someone else.
had meaning. If not for you, then those around you.
Maybe you talk with a lisp. Maybe you can’t pronounce “punctual.”
You don’t write a three page essay
like to talk with a southern accent. That
about sounds you hear. Most of the time,
doesn’t matter. What matters is that you
sound has no special meaning. Most sounds
listen. Listen to what that girl you think is
are just words, with literal meanings and
into you is saying. Or how that punk says
tangible definitions. A yawn is “I’m tired.”
he doesn’t like you. Or how your teacher
A sigh is “This again?” A shriek is “Get this
wants you to put down your phone and look
giant spider off my back!”
up at the white board and answer question
Shakespeare’s Macbeth said that “Life
twenty-three from the text.
is a tale / Told by an idiot / Full of sound
The message is written right there.
and fury / Signifying nothing.” Macbeth
You just need to catch it.
had it partly right. Tales told by idiots may
WRESTLING R U S S I A N T E D D Y
B E A R
IN HIS WORDS: Once you’ve wrestled, everything else in life is easy. In my second year of wrestling, I made it all the way to state championships. I also love art. I made a design that was chosen for the school’s wrestling sweater and I even made a few bucks during summer. When I moved here two years ago, my whole life flipped upside down.
Why can you believe in all the words written by a stranger on a local, national, or international advertisement but you can’t even listen to the words from your own mother? I have held your hand long enough. I’ll help you one last time. [LILIAN VO]
Advertisements are taking over, Shows get extended an extra ten due to all the commercials, Heck, sometimes there are shows called infomercials, Will this end? Don’t answer, it’s rhetorical, I see advertisements everywhere,
Up, down, far, near, here and there, North, south, east, west, On big billboards, by themselves or even in pairs, Like those ones that changes in intervals, For a minute it could be promoting a musical, Then it switches to soap that’s also medical,
I can see ads that are gigantic, I can see ads that are little, Ads about innovations in robotics, And ads endorsing Skittles, Ads are just everywhere, [RAFAEL AGAS]
What’s a cool kid? That’s When
cool kid. Instead I was the kid who wore the same
and a white tee shirt. Every go
K H A L I CROWL NALIKA’S C
W R E S T L E R SBK XTHE MONSTER
IN HIS WORDS: It’s not really a poem - it’s more of a collection of thoughts I have. There are a few lines you could call a poem. Nothing really inspired me to make it. I just make music and decided to make a poem.
inspired by beauty too. Be that person.
feel when our eyes
O B S E S S E D phenomenal I might be a teacher in TNTT, taking your place but never replacing you. [THERESE BUI]
I liked the fact that you always had a smile on your face because this is how I remember you. Someday when I grow up,
and I get sad on the down low. If love takes time, I’m behind.
I wanted a refund for
, but I lost my
receipt. When you have feeling for someone that is strong enough, you
I love her
is an understatement,
actually. She’s what you’d call Waldo rare.
You are the reason why I’m here You are my one and only love You gave me
When I needed it You knew how to make me
When no one did You came up with ways to make me
L O U D PARANOID
VOLLEYBALL P L A Y I N G SOUR PATCH KID
IN HER WORDS: I’d rather be alone than be surrounded by many people excluding myself from the world around me. I’m the type of person who keeps everything to myself where I basically don’t talk to anyone about my problems. I appreciate that my friends are there but sometimes I feel like I am pushing them away by not venting my thoughts and feelings. But in the end I’m always here for them.
And I am here Throughout
we’ve been together It was
But then I thought Would this last Do you love me as much as I love you?
Would you love me
Just like you said Just like you promised I am hoping, hoping that you meant everything you said was it all true or was it all a did
that that’s what I wanted to hear or are you a
just like the other guys but if there are chances that you were me then
might as well get beaten again
R I C H I E L D E N A J O S E ANDREA Y AGUIRRE BUENBRAZO SANTA L M A R I A
G O O D
F O O D
H I T T I N G
C R I T I C
D R E A M E R
VOLLEYBALL Y P
L O V I N G
O U T G O I N G
F O O T B A L L
B I O P O L A R
D I F F E R E N T
G U I T A R I S T
IN HER WORDS: I wrote the piece because I was talking to my fake daughter (friend) and she told me how she never showed anyone the truth about how she really felt because she said ‘everyone in society is judgmental’ and I thought about life and how people have more than one face to show the world
IN HIS WORDS: I wrote it because that’s how I see it like society in general too gullible. I think women are easily influenced on what they see and they want to exemplify themselves as the perfect figures. My hobbies are football, music and friends. This is my stream of consciousnes from language arts
IN HER WORDS: I felt anger sort of bubbling after each step. I cussed at the wind on my way back to school. I told a couple people about it. When I went home, I remembered it, I typed it, and I moved on with my life. That encounter taught me that I never ever want to work at Safeway.”
IN HER WORDS: My hobbies are volleyball, church, leadership, and photography. This poem is part of my multi-genre essay. I really didnt know that I submitted a poem i thought it was the picture. I was talking about an advertisment and applied it into my own life. the reason I submitted this was beacus Mr. Smith told me to.
F R I E N D
The typical 2 Life isn’t a bundle mom who of fun. It’s hard work and dedication to what collects the you have. Everyone in this world has their groceries, own wings and yet some people still take advantage of other’s. Life is never fair, and carpools for to be able to survive we have to do what we children and can, speak up and live how we want. We can’t trust many people, but we can love a lot. has lunch Those who you think you can trust are really meetings is finally able those you can’t. There are many secrets one to express herself before having to deal with her ordinary routine. She is in control. She strives to treat her family well. Each 340 ml can bring a symphony that takes her along the journey of her daily routine. Her sleepless nights have been swept away. The strands of hair draping off to the side of her forehead and the crinkled workout tank does not bother her in anyway. She is too focused on how her body is controlling her mentally. Her thoughts have led to prosperity. Thinking positively has made a difference every day. If she continues to be optimistic, life will flash by her eyes with a smile. But by stretching and relaxing herself she is clearly neglecting the need of her family, which is awfully selfish.
person can have, and there are many things you don’t know about that person. Everyone has more than one face. They can even have three. They are the type of people I wonder about the most because their lives are so interesting. It makes you wonder what’s going through their minds. What they’ve been doing in their lives. Life is more fun when you’re weird because when you’re weird it shows you’re different than others. It shows what you’re capable of doing. Everyone has a story that has all these secrets that will never be told, and everyone has those stories that people will never live or hear. Sometimes you may be scared of what the future brings. I know I am. When I think about the future I wonder who I will become, who I’m with, and what I’m going to do. I realize that I shouldn’t keep thinking about it, or else I will stress out more, so it’s best.
I flip through the pages of a magazine seeing pictures of males with the perfect bodies and I guess I just get jealous
I can’t explain why it’s just an envious feeling Advertisements for women that are all related to the outer appearance like clothes fragrances make-up etc. are not even comparable to those that are found in magazines intended for the male audience compare a magazine that is specifically intended for the female audience to a magazine that is intended for the male audience there is such a big difference in the content of both magazines look at a magazine that is for guys and you are mostly going to see it filled with articles relating to cars sports politics economy and all of those topics men find interesting while the women see them as dull and boring. Is it the influence of the media or is society too gullible?A feminine viewer with low self-esteem (self-image) might look at this advertisement and be influenced by what she sees, thinking that if she had that tight outfit and those red velvet heels that are designed to captivate the attention of the public, then why not purchase them? Why not be called beautiful and “hot” again even if its fake beauty? All that matters is evading the ridiculing jokes that society has embedded in their minds due to their unattractive appearance, right?Does Morality matter? Do advertisers care?
I ran across the street and onto the sidewalk, I ran all the way to Safeway.
I ran across the street and onto the sidewalk. I ran all the way to Safeway. Frazzled, I walked quickly down the aisles. I needed chips. I grabbed three and rushed over to the self-checkout area. Beeep. Beeep. “Unexpected item in the bagging area. Remove this item.” GAH. SHUT UP, MACHINE. $11.98?! For chips?! What even!? Forget it. I’ll just get two. I clicked cancel. Then cancel all. The machine started flipping out and making all kinds of sounds. I stared at it in horror. What? I don’t have time for this! I turned to see a little old lady staring at me in disbelief. I looked back at her puzzled. She looked to an orange sign taped right above the screen of the checkout machine. “WARNING! PLEASE DO NOT PRESS CANCEL ALL. CLICK HELP.” Oh. “You must go to Renton High School, huh?” She looked at me, frowning. “Yeah.” I answered without thinking. She scoffed, shook her head, and walked away looking disgusted. It was only seconds after I uttered that single yeah when I finally understood what she meant. Ouch. It’s people like that checkout lady who anger me so much. People like her who make my insides churn and make my head itch. She’s an ignorant and closed minded person. She will never truly see beauty in things. Amazing people will pass her by and she won’t even know it. I mean, yes, I understand you’re irritated at me for not reading the obvious highlighter orange sign right above the screen. It’s my fault. Alright, go ahead and get mad at me. But to hold the school responsible for my mistakes? No. I cannot stand that. You don’t hold a whole group of people responsible for one or two’s mistakes. That’s wrong. That’s unjustified. That’s not even logical. I mean, how does that explain my mistake? It doesn’t. I should’ve just agreed and told her: Yes, that’s definitely the reason I made a mistake. Everything is just so much clearer; I’m dumb because I go to Renton High. But that’s not true at all. After I walked back to the ARROW room and let all my frustration out, I felt better. I’m proud to say that RHS is a great school filled with diverse, strong, and wonderful people. You can go ahead and have your opinions. You can go ahead and sit in your pool of hate. But just so you know: You’re not going anywhere. So Miss-Grumpy-Checkout-Lady, YOU have a nice day.
For a freshman English Greek mythology unit, Maria Caoagdan created a small box theater with turning panels in the front. This box tells the story of the creation of winter. Several panel slides have been selected and featured below.
MARIA CAOAGDAN OTAKU-CHAN FAN F I C T I O N W R I T E R MAJOR PINK L
Demeter, the goddess of the crops and harvest, and Zeus, the king of the gods, had a daughter Persephone.
This necklace my father gave to me when I came to the U.S. The sides of the locket say, ‘love you forever’. The locket’s color is silver and it’s a beautiful locket. When I wear that necklace I feel calm and happy. The locket lays down on my chest and sometimes I touch it to remember my father. Also that necklace is the prettiest thing ever that my father gave to me. [SUMAYA DAUD]
IN HER WORDS: Since I’m such a perfectionist, I’ve decide to exceed expectations. I taught myself to draw. Basically, I’ve been drawing ever since I was still in the Philippines, ever since my mom bought my paper and art supply. And anime airs a lot there. First anime I watched was Pokémon, but Pokémon was not really my favorite. So that’s where I got my idea for anime. Even after I migrated to America when I was seven, I never stopped my passion for creativity. Throughout the years, I’ve improved greatly in my art, became more detailed. I use a lot of references. I observe a lot of everyday activities and motion. I’ve been committed to drawing.
One day, while Persephone was gathering wild flowers, she was abducted by Hades, the god of the underworld where the dead live.
141516 ARROW On Fridays and celebration days we go to the mosque. A mosque is a place all Muslim people pray at. When we are praying we need to wear a casual cloth that the Muslim people only wear, and it is for men. You have to wear that when you are going to pray because you get a lot of confidence and you focus on what you are doing. The dress is long and it could be any color, and the one I had was white. It is supposed to cover you except your neck to your head and the front of your hands. Sometimes when we come from the mosque and we are heading home people look at us as if we are different people and try to make fun of us and how we are dressed. Many people try to let it go but they can’t because it is too hard for them. People think that they could do anything to someone who is different and can’t stand for himself. Sometimes it goes farther and farther and the bullied person tries to quit his religion. What could be worse if someone pushes someone else so many times that they quit the thing their life was all about? To be a good man you need to be good, trustworthy, forgiving, have patience and do what’s good for your life. Once I was the one who tried to not wear the long dress but I let it go and did not listen to those who judged men and what they were. It is good not to quit on yourself. I learned that many people are judged on what they look like and how they dress. One day I was the one who tried not to be himself. I felt bad about it but I didn’t want to be a nothing who can’t stand for himself. I fought with them until they gave up and then I learned something that I never thought I would’ve learned, and that’s how I feel about it. [ABDIRAHMAN A. MOHAMED]
While Persephone is in the underworld, her mother mourns and refuses to allow crops to grow until she gets her daughter back again. Helios, the god The resulting famine of the sun, told threatened the extinction Demeter who of the human race. So had abducted her Zeus sent Hermes down to daughter. Demeter Hades to make him release went to Zeus for his Persephone. help, who refused, so Demeter withdrew from her role as goddess, and without her no crops could grow.
Hades grudgingly agreed, but before she went back he gave Persephone a pomegranate with a unique power.
When she ate the fruit, Persephone was bound to the underworld forever, and was required to remain there, as the wife of Hades for a part of the year.
Imagine a car crash. This is the fury. Everything happens, no rhyme or reason. Imagine a tree falling in a forest. On
till the last second and finishing it in a
top of a glass house. Full of fireworks
blur of movement. It might be unhealthy,
and fuses. In Key Arena. During a Ke$ha
but it’s provocative. It’s playing with
fire, wild animals and poison oak all at
That’s noise. Sometimes noise isn’t the
best form of expression. You can’t control
It just feels right.
noise, it just happens. Like a hurricane in
Noise makes you sit straight in your
a jar. Pop it open, and watch as the cat
car. You can’t find anything on the radio –
flies across the room from sheer force.
108.7, 97.7, 84.5, AM or FM – so you turn
But sometimes breaking the family
off the radio, roll down the windows, and
china with a baseball bat can feel more
stick out your head. Wind deafens, the
artful than Beethoven’s 6th.
smell burns as your eyes roll back, but
stained glass with a brick can incite more
only in the best way possible. Take the
creativity than staring at the Mona Lisa.
scratches, the bruises and the messy hair
Car horns and screeching breaks can have
as signs of pride. Be a fighter.
better rhythm than the greatest drummers. Noise is putting your work to the side
Burn, break, obliterate.
161718 ARROW Loosen up when talking
to the customers. Since
we do work in a men’s
store we have to be kind
F O R E I G N E X C H A N G E S
of sexy, and show some
IN HER WORDS: It’s my little sister and I miss her a lot now that I’m here even though I like it a lot. I like to eat. The food in the United States is really good. I love frosting, and Reese’s peanut butter cups. I’ll have to take a lot with me when I go back to Austria.
cleavage for crying out
loud! [TAIJAE DAVIS]
His eyes were honey glazed emeralds that wrapped round me like a warm embrace, just like his candy coated lies [Stephanie Gonzalez] How could you? for
years. How dare you cheat on me? I these phrases throughout my
since I was
cheated on my dad than
We have been married
my parents have
constantly. My mom
my mom and dad has been never ending.
They would fight and one little thing became
them off. My dad
. In his mind he believes that
. The words
came from him. That is why I began
. I started to
withdrawing myself from this
world. The one word to describe my life would be
. February 6, 2012 is the day my
. [AZARIAH RAQUIZA]
ABIGAIL CETINO BACKSTAGE
L U R K E R G
N E A T
F R E A K
IN HER WORDS: I made the drawing a few years ago, 2009 I believe. I was experimenting with inking and you can see that in her hair. I remember working on the drawing well into the night. I had newspapers on the ground [to] prevent stains. It was in my room. I was proud when I finished it ’cause I wasn’t so good at drawing side views but I was glad it turned out well in that drawing.
One and the Same So tell me what’s beautiful
The ones that make me who I am
Is it her? Is it me?
Yet we’re one and the same
The shape of her eyes
Judged by society on the daily
The curve of my smile
Scored according to these made up rules
Is it the make-up that makes her more appealing?
A double zero here, a fourteen there
My plainness that makes me more approachable?
Why do we have to be different?
The curves I’ll never have
Look at her smile, her personality, her charm
The compliments I’ll never hear
Isn’t it just as beautiful?
Tell me why
As beautiful on the fourteen as on the double zero
Why don’t I have what she has?
So tell me now
I’ll tell you, I don’t want it.
She’ll never have the imperfections
MICHELLE TERPSTRA A R T I S T
B A K E R
D R A W E R R
E N T H U S I A S T
IN HER WORDS: It was an assignment in class. I took it home to finish it. I’m taking Graphic Novelling for 4th period in Mr. Milton’s, though I give all the credit to Ashley Dunn. I’ve been drawing since I was two. It was fun. I doodle my friends on the sides of my papers. Now I sound like a creeper.
Why would you be so cruel to lead me to this cliff hanger? I just want to know what happens next. How could such possible products lead me to [THANH NGUYEN] such joy?