Page 1


THE MOSAIC STAFF Delaney Crane Ellery DiVenere Amanda Muchmore Emily Muchmore Elizabeth Corona

COVER ILLUSTRATOR Kim Pu, cover

EDITOR-IN-CHIEF J. A. Timperley


Hadley Junior High School Literary Magazine

MOSAIC VOLUME 7


TABLE OF CONTENTS TITLE

AUTHOR

GRADE PAGE

An Adventure To Remember

Amanda Muchmore

Gr. 6

2-3

Dreams Do Come True

Emily Muchmore

Gr. 6

4-5

At the Circus

Catherine Reedy

Gr. 8

6-7

At the Circus Paper

Libhy Howard

Gr. 8

8-9

Feminist Othello

Claudia Jackert

Gr. 6

10-14

What is the Truth?

Sienna Gagliano

Gr. 8

15-17

Going ‘Fore’ The Green

Jonah Snelling

Gr. 8

18-20

Harvest

Yanni Mihalopoulous

Gr. 8

22-23

To See True Beauty...

Amber Zayed

Gr. 8

24-25

Nothing Is As It Seems

Soraya Batty

Gr. 8

26

This I Believe...

Molly Becker

Gr. 8

27-28

Two Journeys Down The Same Road

Annie Bishop

Gr. 8

29-30

Time’s Avail

Maggie Carr

Gr. 8

31-32

I Believe in the Power of Loving…….

Luke Evangelista

Gr. 8

33-34

Giving is the Best Gift of All

Grace Goebbert

Gr. 8

35

A Talk With Your Best Friend

Erin Hernandez

Gr. 8

36-37

Tony

Kyle Keane

Gr. 8

38-39

Daniel Blue

Sydney Taylor

Gr. 8

40-41

I Believe In Me

Sarah Kitslaar

Gr. 8

42

Power of the Ordinary

Cate Lombardi

Gr. 8

43

This I Believe

Andrew Scheller

Gr.8

44-45

The Unbearable Weight of Comparison

Claire Wild

Gr. 8

46-47

Kaitlyn McDonald

Gr. 8

49

Yanni Mihalopoulos

Gr. 8

50

Soraya Baaty

Gr. 8

51-52

“Who’s Got Your Ear?”

Molly Becker

Gr. 8

53

‘Who’s Got Your Ear?”

Maggie Carr

Gr. 8

54-55

“Who’s Got Your Ear?”

Paige Dickson

Gr. 8

56-57

No Place to Call Home

Sammy Harris

Gr. 8

58-59

Demons Who’s Got Your Ear?

Erin Hernadez

Gr. 8

60

Kolin Kennebeck

Gr. 8

61-62

THIS I BELIEVE…..

WHO’S GOT YOUR EAR……. “Beautiful & Perfect” Book to Song Otherside Crank


TITLE

AUTHOR

GRADE PAGE

Ship Breaker Overcoming Adversity

Lindsey Lifka Ethan Moon

Gr. 8 Gr. 8

63-64 65

Who’s Got Your Ear?

Amrita Rajesh

Gr. 8

67

Who’s Got Your Ear?

Sydney Taylor

Gr. 8

68

Who’s Got Your Ear?

Payton Wright

Gr. 8

69-70

Who’s Got Your Ear?

Amber Zayed

Gr. 8

71-72

Puppy Mills

Emily Alexander

Gr. 8

73-76

Feminist Othello

Claudia Jackert

Gr. 8

77-80

What is the Truth?

Sienna Gagliano

Gr. 8

81-82

Tryouts

Anna Ebl

Gr. 8

83

Challenge Seeking

Merry Tlue

Gr. 6

84

The Title of this Story has Yet to be Revealed

Claudia Jackert

Gr. 8

85-88

I SEARCH…….

89

Cancer Treatment

Luke Evangelista

Gr. 8

90-93

The Beauty Industry

Arriane Love

Gr. 8

94-101

POETRY…..

102

As Strong as We Are

Jacob Diep

Gr. 6

103

I Am

Ellie Tolman

Gr. 6

103

A Letter To a Door

Luke Nemec

Gr. 6

104

Break Up

Taylor Mason

Gr. 6

104

My Room

Brennan Dougherty

Gr. 6

105

Doodling

Elizabeth Corona

Gr. 6

106

The Passion of My Life

Ellery DiVenere

Gr. 6

107

My Obsession

Jennifer Corke

Gr. 6

108

My Cello

Emily Tate

Gr. 6

109-110

Where I’m From

Katie Laird

Gr. 6

111

My Room

Elizabeth Corona

Gr. 6

112

My Peace, My Room

Amanda Muchmore

Gr. 6

113-114

A Swimming Obsession Soccer

Claire Lohman

Gr. 6

115-116

Emily Muchmore

Gr. 6

117-118

Jack O’Gorman

Gr. 6

119

Jonah Snelling

Gr. 6

120

Ryan Clapp

Gr. 6

121

My Obsession Baseball, Baseball, Baseball Obsession


TITLE

AUTHOR

GRADE PAGE

Parody From Hamlet

Tony Lanzillo

Gr. 7

122

Why I

Marian Lewandowski

Gr. 8

123

Lightning

Nora Wahlman

Gr. 6

124

Perfect

Angelina Ortiz

Gr. 6

124

Poetry

Mikhail Akins

Gr. 6

125

The Bravery of Silence

Evan Kopec

Gr. 8

126

Pink Lemonade

Julia Lane

Gr. 6

127

So Much Depends Upon a Black Warrior Pencil Courtney Schoen

Gr. 6

127

Unsung Heroes

Maja Jukic

Gr. 6

128

Hurricane

Emily Braeback

Gr. 6

129

Winter Love Story

Taylor Mason

Gr. 6

130

Gossip Girls

Aqsa Mahmood

Gr. 6

130

So Much Depends

Tyler Akins

Gr. 6

131

The Sky

Aqsa Mahmood

Gr. 6

131

The Flag

Nick Peraino

Gr. 8

132

I Am

Ellie Tollman

Gr. 6

132


“To me, the greatest pleasure of writing is not what it’s about, but the inner music the words make.” Truman Capote

1


An Adventure to Remember By: Amanda Muchmore Grade 6

T

he radiant sun shined beauti-

formed but we barely noticed them. Hop-

fully, the white puffy clouds

ping on the little boat, we sailed back to

were like marshmallows and our time on

the island had been perfect. We were en-

the wonderful island of Abaco.

As the boat bobbed through the water, we revisited all the wonderful ad-

joying another day on our spectacular ventures we enjoyed together so far. spring break vacation in the Bahamas

Suddenly I noticed the wind turned icy and started to billow. Many dark clouds

with my cousins. Across the serene sea formed in the sky filled with unknown we sailed on my uncle’s little white boat secrets which I tried to figure out. Quickly, the joyful chatter silenced. The to a small and pleasant island called sun hid itself behind the dark suspicious Hope Town. We strolled back to the

clouds and at that moment our pleasing journey to a new and exotic island

cruiser after our island adventure enjoyturned into a sailor’s worst nightmare. ing our silky smooth ice cream on this

When I glanced at my uncle, he had a concerned look on his face that I

scorching day. As the cool winds ruffled had never seen before. All of a sudden, the glistening water some small waves

we were startled by a loud boom of thun-

2


der. Immediately, the wild waves

brought us closer together. We knew

crashed against the side of the tiny boat

that one way or another, we were going

and the freezing rain stampeded down

to win the battle against the sea.

like a herd of horses. My uncle rapidly

As all holidays do, spring break

grabbed the bright life jackets. He told

came to an end and it was time to head

us to secure our jackets and to hold on

back to the suburban village of Glen

tight. I knew he was serious when he

Ellyn. As we rushed through the chaotic

put one on himself. The vibrant orange

airport, I reminisced upon the fantastic

life jackets were the only things you

times we had in the Bahamas. Our

could see in the pitch-black darkness of

funny fishing adventures, super snorkel-

the afternoon. Full of relief, in the near

ing expeditions and serene sound of the

distance, I saw the tiny island of Abaco.

ocean were some of the highlights of our

As we approached the dock I knew that

trip. However, one event that stood out

we just made it through one powerful

the most was our frightening experience

storm as a family.

on the boat during the awful storm. As a

When we finally reached our cozy result, I learned that if you can go cottage, our mouths chattered rapidly.

through the fun things as a family, you

All we could talk about was our harrow-

can go through the rough ones as well. It

ing experience on the small white boat

was certainly an adventure to remem-

and how we will never forget that in-

ber.

credible day. I know that the events of that day changed us as a family and

3


Dreams Do Come True By: Emily Muchmore Grade 6

“A

s wishes may inspire dreams, so dreams may inspire

“Be patient Emily, the boat will be here soon,” she soothed.

wishes.”-Anonymous. To stand up on wa-

It was easy for her to say! Visions

ter skis was my elusive wish. Last hot

of me riding the waves on sleek water

and humid summer on my uncle’s white

skis played over and over in my mind.

cruiser was the perfect moment. Putting Suddenly, on the beautiful horizon, I all of my fears and worries aside, I

saw something speeding my way. I

vowed to reach my goal. Nothing was go- blinked and squinted rapidly to make ing to stop me; not one thing. Tick, tock, tick, tock, swish,

sure I wasn’t hallucinating. The boat had arrived! Joyfully, I raced like a stal-

swash, swish, swash: I actually heard

lion into the cool refreshing water and

the time passing slowly in my head.

leaped onto the cruiser. Once my two

Even with the sandy the dunes sur-

cousins and my sister reached the boat,

rounding me and plenty of cousins to

we were off like a shot. As we ap-

play with, nothing could satisfy my crav- proached the proper depth, my uncle reing to be out on the speedy boat. I had

vealed the order of brave skiers. I was

frolicked in the water all day and now I

last. After what felt like a century, I

was going bonkers!

jumped into the cold blue water.

“How much longer until I will be able to go water skiing?” I pestered my

“Are you ready?” asked my uncle with his thumb up in the air.

mom.

“Yes!” I replied excitedly, “Let’s

4


go!”

mom ran up to me and gave me a bear The engine roared and I sped off

hug.

as fast as lightning. Clearly, I was up!

“Was it worth the wait?” she

My body was filled to the limit with

quizzed me.

adrenaline. Shaking from head to toe, I

I answered, “Yes, it was an

felt like I was floating up to the puffy

amazing experience.”

marshmallow clouds. Slicing through

At the succulent barbeque that

the white water wake, I thought I

night, more congratulations came my

would be as terrified as a little kid

way. Everyone was thrilled that my

dreaming about a vicious monster; how- wish had come true. Over the next few ever I was having the time of my life!

enjoyable days, everything went back to

Racing through the water with exqui-

normal but I will never forget that won-

site scenery and landmarks surround-

derful experience.

ing me, I was in vacation heaven. As

In summary, trying is better

quickly as my wish was granted, it

than succeeding. Even though I at-

ended. Even though it was only ten sec- tained my goal, just trying to water ski onds, it was certainly the best ten sec-

is what really mattered. Don’t be afraid

onds of an amazing vacation.

to try something because you think you

Aboard the boat, I was billowed

will fail. I learned that lesson last year

with congratulations. Proudly, I rode

and I will never forget it.

the white cruiser into the sunny shore. Once we arrived back at the beach, my

5


At The Circus By: Catherine Reedy Grade 8 phant. A bullhook is a vicious whipping tool. It

M

ost people recognize the tricks, the has a metal top to hit and scratch the elephants trunk, and the smiles. The crowd might with. The trainer mostly likely used a bullhook

only be thinking about what’s happening on to punish his elephant. When Tannenbaum stage. Although, people might not see what hapwrites how the elephant’s toenails were dirty. pens behind the scenes. Animals are being punThis shows that nobody cared about him. They ished, locked up, and loathed. This is shown in were only using him for a show. This part of the the poem At the Circus. The author’s use of impoem really shows how the trainer treats his eleagery, tone, and turning point creates a cold visphant. Not many people know it, but animal cruual for the reader. elty is committed in many circuses. The author’s The author’s use of imagery creates a use of imagery tells the reader this. cold visual for the reader. In the first and second The author’s use of tone creates a cold stanza, the author uses imagery to create a quesvisual for the reader. In the fourth stanza, the tionable attitude for the owner toward the eleauthor did an admirable job at using tone to exphant. “Infected tick bites.” “His skin scattered plain how the elephant wanted to feel. “If he with maps of scars huge rivers of cuts.” “His toecould dream he would dream of trunks.” “Long nails matted with dried mud laced with straws.” soft touches caresses so slight the intimacy is a Infected tick bites is giving off a negative connoshadow.” “His skin scattered with maps of scars, tation; it shows the reader how ghastly living rivers of cuts.” The words “soft touches” show the conditions were for this elephant. Infected tick elephant wanted to be treated gently, lovingly, bites also show the owner obviously didn’t care and carefully. When the author says “intimacy is about his elephant by telling the bites were ina shadow”, she is saying the way people love him fected. The author tells about the elephants is so small it’s a shadow hiding. The word “maps of scars huge rivers of cuts.” This tells the “caresses” explains how he wants somebody to reader how badly the author treated the eleshow affection and love toward him. The word

6


“map” tells the reader how many scars were on

might not know everything that goes on at cir-

the elephant because maps have lots of lines.

cuses.

Rivers are usually long and deep. Mentioning

Animal cruelty is going on in many cir-

the elephant had “rivers of cuts” show the reader cuses. Animals are being abused and violated how the cuts looked. The author shows how

with bullhooks. Since 1992, 29 elephants have

lonely the elephant is because he is dreaming of

been killed due to poor attention by Ringling

somebody loving him. It shows that not only peo- Bros. toward their animals. Animal cruelty ple can be hurt. The tone in this paragraph

should be illegal. Animals are like humans: they

shows how the author felt about the elephant

have feelings and they should be treated better

being treated so badly, and how he felt about it.

than how they are now. This poem is a powerful

The author’s use of the turning point cre- worded story about an unloved elephant who ates a cold visual for the reader. In the tenth

dreams of getting out of the abuse he has to live

stanza, Tannenbaum created a twist in the

with. This poem is important because not many

event. “She loves elephants she thinks he is

people know what goes on behind the tricks,

dancing.” “It will be one of the most beautiful

trunks, and smiles.

moments she has ever witnessed.” The turning point shows how the girl loves this elephant. To the reader the girl is expressing the kind of emotion and expression that the elephant dreams of. This part of the poem also shows how people can think one thing when a totally different situation is going on right before their eyes. The girl thinks he is having fun and dancing when the elephant is actually hurt, exhausted, unloved, and broken: being whipped, cut, and beaten. Often at circuses, animals are being abused and treated like nothing. This shows that people

7


At The Circus Paper By: Libbey Howard Grade 8

O

ften times when you turn on the TV you

that the elephant has so many scars on his body

find yourself watching the Ring-Ling

that they can be connected to form a map. Huge

Brother Barnum and Bailey circus advertising

river of scars conveys a picture that the elephant

their “Greatest Show on Earth” There are

has deep and long buts resembling rivers.

dancing elephants, tigers jumping through

Through the manipulation of diction

hoops, and seals balancing beach balls on their

Tannenbaum successfully develops a hopeless

noses. However the self proclaimed “Greatest

mood.

Show on Earth” is guilty of torturing their

The author uses personification to create

animals for entertainment and profit. This was

a lonely mood. For example in stanza six the

shown in the poem At The Circus by Alexandria

author describes the loneliness of the elephant.

Tannenbaum. The author’s use of diction helps

“he stands and unhinges his yawning lashes”

create a lonely mood.

The phrase stands and unhinges reminds me of

The author uses diction to create a lonely someone who is taking so much effort to get up mood. For example in stanza seven the author

and open something that has been closed for a

describes the elephant’s body. “his sleep-less

long time. The phrase yawning lashes has a

body gives out” The phrase sleep-less makes you

negative connotation because when your lashes

think that the elephant couldn’t even buy a

yawn then it seems that every part of your body

minute of sleep. The phrase gives out has a

is so tired that even your lashes are. In stanza

negative connotation, it makes you think that

four the author describes the feelings the

the elephant is giving up. In stanza three the

elephant has towards his shadow. “intimacy is a

author describes the scars that are mapped out

shadow” The word intimacy has a positive

on the elephant’s body. “his skin shattered with

connotation because it means close and familiar.

maps of scars, huge rivers of cuts” The word

The word shadow is a negative connotation

shattered has a negative connotation because its

because it resembles darkness and depression.

implying that the elephant has been hurt or

Although the connotation of intimacy is positive

broken badly. The phrase map of scars suggests

when you look at the phrase together it makes it

8


negative because it is saying that the elephant is close with depression. Through the use of personification Tannenbaum produces an abandoned mood. Through the author’s manipulation of diction and personification she creates a lonely mood for the readers. Even though it seems unimportant changing one word can create an entirely different meaning for the reader. By using literary devices like personification, similes, metaphors, syntax, imagery, and diction it helps the reader create a mental picture and understand the poem more thoroughly. Through Tannenbaums use of these literary devices she showed this in the poem At The Circus. Elephants should not be tortured for the entertainment of others or the profit of other businesses.

9


Feminist Othello By: Claudia Jackert Grade 8

Although it is not often associated with the thou do such a deed for all the world” Emilia feminist movement of the early 1900s, replies “the worlds a huge thing it is a great Shakespeare’s plays do have some things in price for a small vice.” Desdemona says common with it. Both feature strong women “Beshrew me if I should do such a wrong for who think outside of what was considered the whole world.” Emilia proclaims “”Why, socially acceptable for the time. Emilia is a the wrong is but a wrong I’ the world and feminist because of her progressive views having the world for your labor ‘tis a wrong regarding adultery, and the way that she in your own world and you might quickly responds to Iago towards the end of the make it right” This conversation is an play. This is similar to the way Lady outstanding example of Emilia’s progressive Macbeth acts in the play Macbeth. The way views on how women should be able to think that Lady Macbeth will take charge of the and act. The way that her more radical situation

like

Macbeth

should

in

a views are juxtaposed against Desdemona’s

traditional marriage. These two characters meek proclamations that women should all are

especially

Shakespeare

good was

examples

of

how be good wives that should never even

progressive

in

his consider committing such an immoral act, make Emilia all the more a feminist for

portrayal of female characters.

Emilia could be considered a feminist contradicting the views of the woman who is considering her views on adultery. In Act 4 higher than her in society. The manner in Scene 3 Lines 75 to 90, she is having a which she goes about this is similar to the conversation

with

Desdemona,

who

is actions of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s

flabbergasted that any woman would cheat tragedy Macbeth. In Act 2 Scene 2 Lines 65on her husband. She asks Emilia, “Wouldst 75, Lady Macbeth is talking to her husband

10


shortly after he murdered the king. Macbeth progressive in the way that they stand up is justifiably flustered because he has just for what they believe is right and do not killed the king and walks back to their room listen to the corrupt male influences in their with

the

bloody

knives,

which

she lives. There is a conversation in act 5 scene

specifically told him were to be planted at 2 where Iago is trying to silence Emilia the scene of the murder. Macbeth says “ I’ll because she knows too much in regards to go no more I am afraid think what I have the tangled web of lies he has crafted. Iago done Look on ‘t I dare not.” Lady Macbeth says “I told him what I thought, and told no replies “Infirm of purpose! Give me the more Than what he thought himself was apt daggers. The sleeping and the dead are but and true.” Emilia questions “But did you as pictures. ‘Tis the eye of childhood That ever tell him she was false?” Iago replies “I fears the eye of a painted devil. If he do did” To which Emilia says “You told a lie, an bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, odious damned lie! Upon my soul, a lie, a for it must seem their guilt.” In this she is wicked lie! Was she false with Cassio? Did saying that she will go to the crime scene you say with Cassio? “ Iago scolds her “With herself and chides Macbeth for acting like a Cassio Mistress, go to! Charm your tongue!” child and fearing the ‘painted devils’ of the Emilia stands up for herself saying “ I will men he murdered. She compares them to not charm my tongue I am bound to sleeping and then proclaims that she will go speak….And your reports have set the smear the grooms with Duncan (the king’s) murder

on!”

This

shows

that

Emilia

blood to frame them for the horrendous possesses the nerve to go against her deed.

husband and speak out about what he has

Shakespeare

done.

This is remarkable because in

Shakespeare’s feminist characters were Shakespeare’s time women were expected to

11


be complacent wives, so for Emilia to speak very painting of your fear. This is the air out against her husband and and condemn drawn dagger which led you to Duncan. O, him of the crime that his words wrought these flaws and starts, Imposters to true was

a

progressive

thing.

Similarly

in fear, would well become a womans story at a

Macbeth, Lady Macbeth speaks over her winter’s fire, authorized by her grandam. husband at a formal dinner to conceal his Shame itself!” Why do you make such faces? apparent madness in Act 3 Scene 4 Lines 60 When all’s done, you look but on a stool.” to 80. Macbeth tells the ghost, “Thou canst Here is another instance of Lady Macbeth say that I did it. Never shake thy gory locks having to take charge for where her at me.” Ross, one of the gentlemen at the husband falls short. She tells the gentlemen table, noting macbeth’s crazy behavior, says at the table that watching Macbeth will only “Gentlemen, rise. His highness is not well.” lengthen his ‘fit’. She then pulls him aside Lady Macbeth frantically scrambles to cover and tells him to man up because whatever it for her deadbeat husband “Sit worthy was, it wasn’t worth the tantrum he was friends. My lord is often thus, And hath throwing. The way that she dealt with the been from his youth. Pray you, keep seat. situation shows how the gender roles in her The fit is momentary; upon a thought He marriage were often reversed because of the will again be well. If much you note him You fact that Macbeth was often not comfortable shall offend him and extend his passion. with doing what she felt was necessary to Feed and regard him not. She then pulls make their lives better. This is similar to Macbeth aside and berates him “Are you a Emilia in not in the sense that she is man?” Macbeth replies “Ay, and a bold one, condemning

her

husband

for

doing

that dare look on that Which might appall something wrong, but in the way that she the devil.” Lady Macbeth says “This is the berates her husband and takes over.

12


call out “Thou hast not the power to do me Emilia was a very strong female character harm As I have been hurt. O gull! O dolt, as in the way that she deals with the death of ignorant as dirt! Thou hast done a deed- I her best friend and mistress. This is shown care not for thy sword. I’ll make thee known, by her treatment of Othello in Act 5 Scene 2 though I lost twenty lives. Help! Help, ho! Lines 180 to 200. Emilia has just walked in Help! The moor hath killed my mistress! on

Othello

who

has

just

smothered Murder,murder!” In this conversation all the

Desdemona in a fit of rage and madness. pieces have fallen into place for Emilia and Othello says “Who needs this iterance, she realizes her husband’s treachery. She woman? I say, thy husband. Emilia says “O tells Othello that Iago has lied to him and mistress, villainy hath made mocks with that Desdemona was too good for him. love!-my husband say she was false?” Othello, Othello replies

fearing

she

might

alert

the

“He, woman. I say thy authorities to his crime, draws his sword

friend, thy husband; honest, honest Iago.” and Emilia tells him that she could die Emilia, enraged that her husband has killed twenty deaths is it meant Othello being her best friend by manipulating people with punished for the murder of Desdemona. She his untruthful words says “If he say so, may then calls out, not caring that he could his pernicious soul Rot half a grain a day! potentially stab her. This shows incredible He lies to th’ heart! She was too fond of her bravery on Emilia’s part and loyalty because most filthy bargain.” Othello draws his of

the

way

sword here “ Hah?” he says “Do thy worst! knowledge

that that

she

dealt

Othello

with the smothered

This deed of thine is no worthy heaven then Desdemona. She disregards the danger of thou wast worthy her” cries Emilia. Othello Othello’s being armed and his unpredictable says “Peace, you were best” Emilia begins to mood and goes out on a limb to avenge her

13


mistress’s

death.

Lady

Macbeth

takes

charge similarly in Act 1 Scene 1 Line 70

In conclusion, if Shakespeare’s did not

when she learns of the witches’ have have strong female characters, the plays prophesied that Macbeth will be the next would have radically different endings. King of Scotland. She says “To beguile the Emilia is a feminist character, as evidenced time, look like the time. You hand your by her progressive views towards adultery, tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower, be the her attitudes towards her huband, and the serpent under ‘t. He that that’s coming must outspoken nature in which she speaks to be provided for; and you shall put the night’s men. This is not dissimilar to Lady Macbeth, great business into me dispatch, which shall who goes against her husband’s wishes to all our nights and days to come give solely fulfill her own desires. The way that the and

sovereign

sway

and

masterdom.” female characters in Shakespeare’s plays

Macbeth says “We will speak further.” Lady change the outcomes is similar to how Macbeth replies “Only look up clear. To alter strong women changed history during the favor ever is to fear. Leave all the rest to feminist movement in the early twentieth me.”

This is another great example of century. If all women could take charge like

strong outcome

female of

characters

the

play

in

changing

the these characters, I believe that the world

Shakespeare’s could be a better place.

writings. If Lady Macbeth had not decided that they should kill the king, then the entire play would have been changed. Just like how if Emilia had not spoken out against Othello’s treachery, the play would have also ended in a different way.

14


What is the Truth? Sienna Gagliano Grade 8 stanza, the author shows that the little girl What Is The Truth? only sees the good with the seclusion that she Often times, society is protected from doesn’t really know how the elephant feels. the outside world; or in other words-the truth. The girl “thinks he is dancing, and it will be In the poem At the Circus by Alexandria one of the most beautiful moments she has Tannenbaum, it shows how people are ever witnessed”. This line reminds the reader sometimes forced to look only at the good, not that the elephant is basically held captive. focus on also the bad. This refers to the poem When the author uses the word “thinks” it because, throughout the experience, makes the impact of not really knowing, but Tannenbaum shows how the elephant feels. assuming. Through this image, the reader This is shown when the elephant makes it understands that she may not be aware of the clear that he is feeling trapped, sad, and dreadful experiences this living creature is put miserable. But when the performance starts he through. The word “dancing” is usually is expected to look just the opposite. The associated more with a positive connotation audience then makes the inference that he is more than a negative one. Mostly when happy; they don’t dig deeper into the situation. someone dances, they are filled with happy Tannenbaum used a shocking turning point to feelings. The word “beautiful” is an adjective; show her bias-a little girl with a blue, wispy meaning something that is quite extraordinary bouquet with a clean white dress only sees or good looking. It can also mean satisfying or that he is “dancing”. To her that is the most quite elegant. If you capture a “moment” it can beautiful thing she has ever witnessed, but to be considered a good, bad or maybe a negative, the elephant is the most unnatural, torturous or positive memory or happening. If we look at thing he has to endure. the word before it we see that the author uses Tannenbaum’s turning point really beautiful, and as I said before gives us a shows how people may be shielded from what positive feeling. “Witnessed” means that one is really going on. For example, in the tenth has seen or heard something, and that

15


furnishes evidence. So the little girl has seen

came from but you are able to see that they got

(witnessed) a beautiful sight of the elephant

there. This is kind of associated with a map. The

dancing. Then, through the shocker of the

next word “scars” is a term that mans a result of

turning point, Tannenbaum willingly pulled the

what happened. This could be referred to as a

readers to experience the troubles of nature. We

result of a mental or physical incident that the

may no longer look at only the good, but we need elephant was brought upon. Unfortunately, it to deepen our minds and look a little closer. With the use of clever metaphors,

suffered both. “Rivers” is the next word on that line, from background knowledge, and a little

Tannenbaum shows how abominable the

research, I found out that rivers are long and

conditions are for the Asian elephant. Also she

flowing; with a vast quantity of water. Or,

concludes that people sometimes don’t realize it.

Tannenbaum is referring to the water meaning

Evidence that proves is stated in stanza three,

blood from the elephant’s cuts. This is similar to

where the author makes it clear how cruelly

the movie Dumbo; the audience sees the mother

treated the Asian elephant is, and how the

going crazy, and she gets labeled “mad”. But

community does not see it. “His skin scattered

what they don’t see is her baby getting taken

with maps of scares-huge rivers of cuts.” In this

away from her. Look and dig deeper to find the

line Tannenbaum shows the reader that the

reality of the situation.

elephant is treated kind of abusively and quite

Tannenbaum successfully pulled the reader to

unfairly. When the author says “scattered” she

realize the other possibilities and the reality of

refers to the massive amounts of scars on his

the happening-not just too look at what you see,

rough grey valuable skin. As scattered meaning

but what you don’t. This was acknowledged by

“found in intervals rather than all together”, you the use of clever metaphors, and an astounding get from this allusion to see the mistreatment of

turning point. In the Asian elephant’s life, he

the animal. “Maps”, make me think (from

realizes what it is to feel trapped, and

background knowledge) that sometimes they are mistreated-To have to put on a show that you tricky to figure out-confusing. Maybe the author

can’t, or are miserable doing; to please everyone

is trying to say that you don’t know where they

else, but not yourself-He feels too. The changing

16


of the poem states “it is captured in a photograph”-his pain and suffering that is. The little girl thinks he is dancing, and does not realize he is not. He was forced to do the show. This proves that people don’t really know what is going on “behind the curtains”.

17


Going ‘Fore’ The Green Jonah Snelling Grade 6

I

opponents

t was two days after my tenth

ahead of me, so I was able to practice

birthday. As I woke up early on a

extra. When the line reduced, I began

bright, steamy summer day, I knew this feeling super tense. My hands started was the one day I’d planned for since the perspiring and shaking, making it winter. I was preparing to go to my first

tougher to grip the club. Now, there was

golf competition, the 2011 Ryder Cup

nobody left in front of me. It was my

Youth Skills Challenge. When my dad

turn to take my two putts. By watching

and I left to go to the challenge, I was

the competitors before me, I had an idea

elated. I knew it would be a difficult task of how to hit the putt. While stiffly to win, but I’d been committed to

standing arched over the ball, I was now

practicing, and my game had improved

excessively nervous. The object was to

immensely. I came ready to play.

have the lowest score possible by rolling

When we arrived at Oakbrook

the ball into the circles, for three, two, or

Golf Club, I discovered what I was up

one point(s). As I was ready to begin my

against. There were at least 200

short backswing with numerous people

competitors, and 30 in my age group.

watching, I started thinking about

Everyone was strongly anticipating the

whether I would sink or run my putt.

first skill, putting. This was the most

Once I released the thoughts from my

effortless part of the contest, at least for

head, I started back slowly then followed

me, so I was highly confident. When I

through on the 15-footer. It sounded

stepped in line, there were about 100

smooth as ice off the clubface. Rolling

18


steady toward the hole, the petite ball

couldn’t do anything about it now. It was

glided through the 3-point, slowing

my turn for two chips. I placed my ball

through the 2-point, and setting itself in in the starting circle and set up over it. I the 1-point zone. I was relieved that I

took a half-full backswing and came

hadn’t flubbed the putt, but I still had

forward to the same height. The white

another shot. This time I was more

round object rose and landed short, but

relaxed. I calmly swung back and

rolled into the largest circle labeled

followed through. It was another steady

three. In my opinion, I chipped it

putt, rolling through the 3-point, but

beautifully and it boosted my confidence

stopping in the second zone. Although

for the next shot. Setting up for a second

not as admirable, I was pleased overall

time, I took the club back and followed

with my putting score, a three. While

through, creating a swift sound to the

being handed my scorecard, I was

face. Gently, the ball bounced into the

applauded by the spectators. We were

ring and landed in the 3-point area

guided to the next hole where the second again. Feeling excited about how I did, I skill of chipping was located.

had complete confidence going into my

Certainly, this was my least

favorite and final skill, driving.

preferred skill. This was the one I was

As I watched the competitors

nervous about most. As we arrived in

before me, I wasn’t very impressed with

our cart near the green, I pulled out my

their driving skills and felt I had the

sand wedge and practiced. I wasn’t

ability to win my age group. When I

feeling as confident chipping, but I

neared my turn, I was anxious to take

19


my shots. I didn’t have any tension at

the challenge. I was ecstatic that I’d

all; then I tensed up and didn’t feel

made it. Overall, I’d learned that I

comfortable when I was up to shoot. I

should never underestimate myself

had to step back and calm my emotions.

because I did something I didn’t expect.

I reset over the ball and took my full

This experience motivated me to try my

swing, making a strong “PING” sound

hardest in everything I do, no matter

off the metal face. Because of how direct what. I’d struck the ball, I was overjoyed. It bounced in the center of the fairway and into the 175-200 yard zone. I could hear the spectators whispering to each other, and I was hoping they were talking about my drive. I set up my next shot the same as the last, and swung entirely. The ball had the same sound, making the same result. I smiled to myself in joy and stepped off the tee box. The challenge manager handed me my final scorecard, and my dad and I went into the clubhouse to give my scores to the scorekeeper. Later, I received my results and I qualified for the regional section of 20


THIS I BELIEVE…..

21


Harvest By: Yanni Mihalopoulos Grade 8

T

he salty breeze filled my lungs as I

popping up to the surface. My dad and

walked outside. The ocean’s aroma was

grandpa had just arrived at the dock. “What are those bubbles out there?” I

first to greet me when I stepped out of my grandparent’s house in Maine. I walked down

asked

the shoreline to investigate the water’s

He explained to me that the bubbles were

tranquility. No waves or whitecaps were

made from the mackerel feasting on bugs and

spotted in the bay, perfect fishing conditions. I krill. My grandpa started up the motor and

ran back up the rocky shore to inform my grandpa of my findings. We then decided to

told me to untie us from the dock. I pulled in

take advantage of this perfect weather and go

the rope and gave us a push off the dock.

mackerel fishing. Mackerel are fish that travel Slowly we got over shallow water and into in schools following food, such as bugs, krill

deeper waters. Once again I saw the mackerel

or anything on the water’s surface. They are

popping up like bullets hitting the water. They

also known for their naturally oily skin, and

were everywhere! I was so anxious to put

tender meat. I woke up my dad from his

some line into the water that I almost caught

slumber, and quickly convinced him to come

myself

fishing. My grandpa, dad and I ate some eggs

untangled the line and demonstrated how to

with toast and were out the door.

release the line. Following his exact steps I

I was thrilled walking into dusk,

with

a

hook.

My

dad

carefully

plopped my hook into the water waiting for a

everything so quiet and calm, making this

bite. Scanning the water like a radar I spotted

occasion even more special. I rushed down to

the bubbles. It was as if I became the captain

the boat, and ever so carefully hopped on.

at that moment, telling him the itinerary of

While waiting on the boat I examined the

how to get the perfect fishing spot.

water, watching little crabs walk on the

Two years ago in Maine I have been

muddy ground then disappearing into the

given a fantastic once in a lifetime experience.

seaweed like ghosts. Looking out to the

Waking up early, bonding with my dad and

horizon, about 300ft, I saw little bubbles

grandfather, and catching lunch. I hope that

22


someday I can bring my kids to come fishing up on the ocean, and making memories like I had. I learned to love the land, and wish to keep its beauty. From that day on, I have chosen to respect and care for the land, by picking up trash and using the land to its fullest without abusing it. I believe that in later generations our family we be able to share these same moments just as great as they were for me.

23


To See True Beauty You Must Open Your Eyes By: Amber Zayed Grade 8 I believe in the beauty of the world and the

beach. The feel of the salty sea on my sun-

people that inhabit it. I am very fortunate; by

screened skin tingled. This is when I realized

the age of fourteen I have traveled to fifteen

how beautiful the sea is, and how it is filled with

states and three countries. Throughout my

amazing creatures of life.

travels I have become mindful of the natural beauty that fills this planet. I remember when I went to Mexico. It is

Kindness is the glue to this world and people all over the world have shown it. Onetime in particular someone showed me from one

filled with history, culture, and beauty. Our

simple action. In Florida we took a bus to the

hotel room had a balcony that had an ideal view

terminal, to board my plane. When we got on the

of the ocean and the horizon. I decided that I was bus it was cramped. I was eight and there was going to wake up in the early morning. It was to

no place to sit; my only option was to stand. The

see the sun rise. Watching the sunrise was a

roaring bus started to move, I was being flown

simple moment that I will never forget, but

from one side to another, my little hands were

beauty in its purest form. It was as if a painter

slipping from the silver rails. It was too bumpy

created a masterpiece right in front of my eyes.

for me to withstand. All of a sudden an older

Different shades of yellow, orange, and pink

gentleman stood, smiled and gave me the seat

were bursting in the sky. One moment you could

empty seat I needed. It was a simple but

see the shiny stars and the next the sun was up,

beautiful act from the heart.

telling me day has arrived. I never realized

I believe everything has true natural

something so beautiful that happens every

beauty and the people that fill the Earth have

morning went unnoticed so often.

those same qualities. The one-shared message I

Last summer was the first time I

have received from all these experiences is you

traveled to California. It was the first time I had

have to look hard and keep an open mind to see

swum in the Pacific Ocean. The waves were vast

the world for what it is. Not everyone can see

and blue and foaming sea bubbles when they

and appreciate the beauty this world has to offer

crashed up to shore. When I was in the water,

and I’m fortunate to be one of those people who

the tide would come and push me back to the

can. I have evolved as a person from these

24


journeys. There are still countless places and adventures I hope to embark on in the near future. But I am so lucky to have experienced so many places in this world already and I will always believe in the beauty of this world.

25


Nothing Is As It Seems By: Soraya Batty Grade 8

“Nothing Is As It Seems.” I believe that nothing is as it seems. I am half Mexican from my mom’s side and half Irish from my dad’s side. My dad has a pale complexion which was passed down to me, and because of that I am portrayed as simply “white”. Nobody ever believes that I am Mexican. When I was little I lived in Mexico, and even there where people knew I was Mexican and spoke Spanish, they insisted on calling me “Guerita” which is “Blondie”.

Spanish perfectly. I respond back in a sarcastic tone “Perdon, lo puedes dicer otra ves. No te oi” which is “I’m sorry, can you repeat that? I didn’t hear you”. They then end up quite embarrassed and astonished when I retort back to them in their native tongue. I could say that this doesn’t bother me, but I would be lying. Yes, I do tolerate people not believing me, but it still bothers me quite a bit. Alas it will still happen, even when I am older, and the years go by.

All my life, in school, people would be in disbelief when a teacher would ask who is of a different nationality and knows a different language, and I would raise my hand. No one believed that I am indeed Mexican, and that I do in fact speak Spanish. I then get asked: “Do you really speak Spanish?” “If you’re Mexican, why are you so white” “Say something in Spanish.” So I always respond with something like “Hola, me llamo Soraya, y si se español” which translates to “Hi my name is Soraya, and I do know Spanish.”

When you first meet someone you judge them based on how they act, look, and just make assumptions. Most often a first judgment is incorrect. I believe that we live in a world where we judge the average person by the color of their skin, eyes, and hair, and not by their personality or character. Now the old adage “don’t judge a book by its cover” makes more sense to me. Now when meeting someone new, I refrain from judging them because I know that if it were me being judged I would not like it or think of it as fair. I believe that nothing is as it seems, and sometimes, it Sometimes, I overhear the is a good thing. occasional Mexican talking about me and criticizing me in Spanish. “Ves esa niña? Que fea esta. Ugh, no me gustan personas Blancas” Which is “See that girl? She’s so ugly. Ugh, I don’t like white people.” They obviously think that I am just some white girl from the United States who doesn’t know how to speak Spanish. But they are wrong because I am Mexican and understand

26


This I Believe... By: Molly Becker Grade 8 Thus she held her head high, never felt Asperger syndrome: A developmental

sorry for herself, and found the good in

disorder characterized by severely impaired

every situation.

social skills, and repetitive behaviors;

I specifically remember one moment

disease my sister has had since she was

that transformed my beliefs. When Ally was

born, though it was only diagnosed two

in her freshman or sophomore year of high

years ago. So I guess you could say this

school she had plans with some girls to hang

syndrome always made Ally “different”, it

out after school. After they completely blew

was because of these differences Ally made

her off and Ally found herself home and

me believe in the power of grace.

alone I felt enraged. It was at this moment

It was not because of her condition

my mother broke down in tears and my

that people choose to be harsh and

heart shattered for my sister. But it wasn’t

unfriendly; it was my sisters lack in the

my mother’s tears or my anger that awoke

ability to pick up on social cues and fit the

me to this realization. It was the lack of

mold teenage girls require. As a result these sorrow Ally had for herself. My sister, girls, with their own agendas, left Ally for

though confused, assured both my mother

whatever was better. She was gossiped

and me, these girls did have somewhere to

about and made fun of for this awkwardness go. she held in society. Still, my sister carried

It happened again junior year. While

herself with an amount of dignity even to

at a family dinner, Ally shared that earlier

this day I can’t fathom. She welcomed those

in the week, she and her classmates had to

girls back with open arms when things

bring in food for some class project. She

didn’t go their way. She ignored the rumors

noticed no one was eating this girl’s food

because she knew people were being hurtful. because everyone said, she smelled a little

27


“weird”. After articulating this part of the

someone negatively and probably was

story even my own family said “Well you

considered that weird kid in class. So I stop

didn’t eat it right?”Ally replied with, “Well of myself apply what I have learned from my course I did.” She explained to us that there big sister, and carry myself with grace, just like I know she would.

was no reason for her not to and it was a phenomenal dish. My family, a little taken back, realized that she was right, we had let our presumptions get in the way of reason. It was experiencing these acts of kindness and enlightment from my sister that helped form the person who I am today, or at least who I try to be I try to be. Though my sisters amazing gift is something I wish we had in common and one that came as naturally to as it does to her, I sadly admit it is not. I will still walk down the hall and spot someone who I once fought with and have the urge to turn my shoulder and start whispering. I catch myself trying to avoid being partners with the annoying, weird kid in the class. But those moments are where Ally plays a big role in strengthening my character. I remember she would never talk about

28


Two Journeys Down the Same Road By: Annie Bishop Grade 8 black or missing teeth. My excitement I am a blessed child; I have never

seemed to have been stolen by them, and

been through any traumatic events, and it was then replaced with several other emotions. First shock, then sadness and

I live in a safe neighborhood with

everything I could ever need and more. I shame washed over me. Here were all am ashamed, however, to say that it

these people that for one reason or

took me more than one reminder to

another were forced to live in poverty.

realize just how lucky I am.

This meal that we were about to serve them was probably their first legitimate

The first time I realized this, I was very young, perhaps around third

meal they had been given in ages, and

grade. My family and I went to Chicago

they were clearly thankful for it. Then

with a ministry, to serve the homeless.

here I was, a little girl who lived

In the past, I had helped bake meals for

luxuriously compared to them and had

events such as these, but this was the

never even considered how lucky I was. As I grew older, my life as well as

first time that I would actually be

helping to serve. My excitement bubbled the rest of my family’s grew busier and inside of me, and I am not sure quite

busier. Not only did I lose the time to

what I was expecting to see, but it was

serve the homeless, but I also lost my

not at all the reality.

ability to be grateful and I started once again to take things for granted. That is,

From the front doors poured a couple hundred beings, older, and most

until almost six years later, when I was

clothed in rags, with stringy hair and

awoken by a fire.

29


A couple months ago, I awoke

realize how lucky I am, but it odd. These

early in the morning to a policeman

two events have reminded me to never

banging on our door, telling us that we

forget how blessed I am and to always be

needed to evacuate the house because

grateful, because things can be taken

our neighbor’s house was on fire. I

away as quickly as they are given.

scrambled out across the street with the rest of my family and our pets. Through the deluge of smoke a huge flame climbed out of our neighbor’s roof. A few yards away were their small children, crying, wondering if their home and all their possessions would be lost in the flames and smoke. After the flame had been extinguished almost everything was lost, either burned up or damaged by the smoke, and they had to move to a hotel. I realized that that fire could have just as easily been started in my house. And once again, I was compelled by how lucky I am that it wasn’t. It’s odd how it takes someone else’s misfortunes to

30


Time’s Avail By: Maggie Carr Grade 8 once been so close to me. I entered a state of I believe that time is precious. That

solitude, where I barely interacted with

though there will always be a romanticism

people, my few remaining close friends I

for memories passed, time spent wishing for seldom saw outside of school, and most days, a dog at the foot of my bed and the voice of

hours gone is as good as time wasted.

an audiobook were the limitations of my social interaction. I was confused, spun into

Throughout my early childhood for example, it seemed as though friends were

crowds of people I didn’t know, never with

easier to make, judgments less harsh, and

the wit, charm, or bubbly personality some

mistakes were easier to forgive. Childhood

had at their aid. I learned how to avoid

seemed a euphoria of simplicity. Time was

people, and how to meld into the

generous to mistakes and failures. What I've backgrounds of the lives of others. School learned about time though, is that it's not a

had become somewhat of a painful endeavor

renewable resource. Try as we might, there's and my weekends were quiet and empty. no way of getting back the hours wasted, It was during these first few months

and time will always run out. And as time

of middle school that one of closest friends,

drifted away, as did morals and friends.

one that I had tailed around in the shadow The purgatory spanning from sixth to of, decided to force me back into a social life. eighth grade is ordinarily where one is

It was something I was disagreeable with at

supposed to develop who they are and find

first, still avoiding multiple worded

their niche within society. I, as but a modest responses and talking to people I didn’t wallflower, lost most of my rights to niche at know, but as she introduced me to her friends, ordered me to sit next to her, ranted

all, along with some of the friends who had

31


to me about her thoughts and opinions, and used me as a canvas in which she could pour all her emotion onto, I learned that there were far worse things than people, socializing, and friendship in the world. I learned how to make friends, though my introductions still awkward, I learned the art of conversation, though my responses still riddled with pauses and ‘um’s.

And I also learned that there was no way of ever getting those hours of my childhood back, and I couldn’t keep using that time as a comparison to the life I had to live now. I had to learn to cope, find the best of every situation, fix what was broken, and anticipate whatever memories were yet to be made, should they be happy or sad. I learned that no, I would never be as happy as I was before middle school. But as things were, I was content, and that was good enough.

32


I Believe in the Power of Loving Someone Enough to Let Them Go By: Luke Evangelista Grade 8 when my family went to visit his grave. I believe that letting a loved one go because the loved one’s is suffering

At the time of his burial, as the final goodbyes were whispered and with tears

and in pain is the greatest thing you can streaming down all of our faces, a do for them. My grandfather was like a

humming bird circled around us and

second dad to me. He was always there

then stopped right next to his urn. We

for me and I could always go to him for

thought nothing of the incident until I

advice. But the day came when I had to

put it together. My grandpa always

let him go.

loved birds and owned two birds while I

That was the hardest day of my

was growing up. They would sit on his

life. Whenever I had a problem, I would

shoulder for hours after he picked me up

go to him. Then, he was diagnosed with

from school. It was his way of relaxing

terminal cancer and was only given a

being with his two pet birds. Now, as I

couple of weeks to live. The weeks

think of it, it was a sign. It was the right

following were full of constant care and

thing to do.

suffering, but the pain in his eyes told us

As time went on, my family and I

it was time to let him go, even though

visited his grave often. When we were on

we did not want to. It was the right

our second visit to the cemetery, a flock

thing to do; it was the best thing for him, of birds came out from the trees and but the hardest thing to do for me. After his death, sorrow filled the next few weeks of my life, especially

swarmed us as we got into our cars and were leaving. On our third visit, as we were saying our goodbyes to the grave, a 33


hawk swooped down from the forest and landed a few yards away from us. It glared at us for a long time until we drove off and it disappeared back into the forest. For me this was a sign, sent by my grandfather telling me it was a sign that it was okay to let him go. It was his way of letting us know he was thankful and now free of pain. I believe in loving someone enough to let them go.

34


Giving is the Best Gift of All By: Grace Goebbert Grade 8 to wrap their gifts as they excitedly told us about I had never experienced so much how surprised their family was going to be when happiness in one room before. A handful of they unwrapped their presents Christmas volunteers and I sat behind a neat row of tables morning. as we waited patiently for the people that we Our next customer was an elderly woman were serving to walk down the long hallway. with a pair of pajamas for her newborn grandson. Suddenly, the silence was broken by a muffled She told me that she knew that his parents were song that was coming from the other room. It just going to adore them. I began to notice a grew louder and louder as the singers marched common theme in each of the stories. Every closer and closer to our narrow little hallway. I person who walked into that church was straightened a stack of ribbons preparing for their purchasing a gift for someone else. It brought arrival. Then abruptly, a group of about 30 or so them so much joy to be able to surprise their persons came walking in. The hallway was then loved ones and make them happy. We could all filled with cheery voices saying, “Merry feel the contagious exuberance that was filling Christmas!” and “Good Morning!” Almost the building. everyone had a bright smile on their face. I felt I believe in the power of giving. On guilty that only hours before I had been Christmas morning, I come downstairs to a little complaining about how I had to get up at 7am on pile of presents all my own, but the people that a Saturday to drive to Chicago and wrap presents were receiving the gifts today only got one or two. for 3 hours. Now I felt happy that I was able to I think that by helping out I was able to put in help hand out presents to people in the west side perspective my own Christmas experience. By of Chicago. doing that I was able to realize the privileges that I that not everyone experiences. Suddenly I had my first customer! It was a young couple holding a large garbage bag full of toys for their son and daughter as well as their niece and nephew. My sister and I quickly started

35


A Talk With Your Best Friend By: Erin Hernadez Grade 8

I believe in the power of prayer. To me,

and all of a sudden I was sobbing and worrying

prayer is the equivalent of telling my best-friend

about everything that was wrong in my life. I

a secret. Just like forming a trusting

can’t play sports, I’m not popular, I’m not

relationship with a friend, it takes time to form

talented. A stream of “what-ifs” came pouring

an intimate relationship with God.

out of my head: What if I die tomorrow? What if

Communication with God may seem hard, but all I get cancer? What if no one will ever like me? it takes is a prayer every now and then. Prayer

What if the world ends? What if I am ugly?

can be like a long phone call to a friend filled

All of the sudden my mind became a mud

with repent, or it can be a short text that shows

pit filled with terrible thoughts and I was

your thinking about them. All strategies are

trudging through going one mile an hour. Inside,

powerful and lead me closer to him every day.

these thoughts overcame by whole body and

I didn’t always know this wisdom

sucked the life out of it like a leech on a small

however. In fact praying is still relativity new to

mammal. Outside, my hands were shaking like a

me. I grew up in a Catholic family, and although

maraca. My breathing was un-even, my heart

we followed all the customs perfectly, I had no

was beating 100 miles an hour, and I could taste

relationship with Him. I had no idea the

the salt from my tears that caused my mascara

abundance of God’s love for me, and it took some

to run.

struggles to find that out.

After becoming somewhat sane and what

I have severe anxiety. Every little thing

seemed like hours of crying, I confided in my

that goes wrong drives me crazy and I worry

parents about my attack and we prayed. We

about and over-analyze every detail. I didn’t

prayed that God would come into my heart, take

know I had anxiety until the summer of 6th grade care of me, and help me find a coping mechanism when I had my first attack. I came home from

for anxiety. It took some time for me to truly

the pool dripping with self-consciousness about

find this answer, but slowly I begin to realize my

how my body looked in my swimsuit and

coping mechanism was prayer. I now understand

exploded with emotion. This was my “trigger,”

he made me with my anxiety so that I could find

36


my way to him. Praying results in a calm feeling, one I want to feel forever. Now, my attacks aren’t as frequent and are much shorter. I pray every day that God may empty my soul of all worry. Prayer makes me feel comforted and loved, a feeling many can’t get, even from best friend.

37


Tony By: Kyle Keane Grade 8

Tony When you’re in elementary

bear while making up for a player. As I called for a time out, I saw from the

everyone in school hangs out with people corner of my eye a kid that was that are just like them. They have their

wandering around, the way he was

little gangs and they try and do

walking was just calling out for some

everything with them. I was one of those company. We continued playing and I people; always hanging out during

noticed he started walking towards us.

recess, after school, and during lunch

“Can I join your game?” his voice trailed

with the same bunch of friends. But in

off, unsure. My thoughts immediately

third grade, I got myself a friend that

went to the embarrassment of losing to

was nothing like me-the best friend I

my friends, so I quickly replied, “Sure,

ever had.

you’re on my team.” I heard the

Recess. The part of the day every

grumblings and complaining in the

kid looks forward to in elementary

background, but I ignored it and we

school. I had gotten my posse together

continued. To my surprise and delight,

for our daily game of soccer. We needed

this kid, named Tony wasn’t bad at

to avenge the loss from yesterday, but

soccer and to my friend’s dismay, we

that was hindered today because we

managed to win 4-3, a close victory.

were down a player. But that didn’t stop Tony and I continued to talk after we us. We were down 3-2 and our team was were called in. exhausted by the extra work we had to

Tony wasn’t the smartest, or the

38


most athletic kid, but he had a kind

day in 3rd grade, I would have lost out on

heart, and knew how to have fun, for

a great friend. Tony taught me that you

example, one time when we hung out at

could find a friend in anyone, and even

my house, we had exhausted all of the

my other friends taught me a lesson; do

things to do-Ping pong, air hockey, video not judge a person by their outward games-yet he found another thing to do.

appearance, only by their character. I

Bringing out an old, small basketball

want to thank Tony and my other

hoop and a half deflated basketball, we

friends for those lessons that I learned

played Deadball. the ball was so deflated that hot fall day at recess. that it would die if you even threw it on the ground as hard as you could, and yet it was the most fun I’ve ever had. But my old friends didn’t come to know this. Every day we continued to play soccer, and Tony and I became really good friends, but slowly our numbers of players slowly dropped off the team as they started playing other games, deserting me and showing their true colors. One true friend is better than any fake friends. Had I declined him that

39


Daniel Blue By: Sydney Taylor Grade 8 crack and reveal the obscure creature During my first time at my outside. It all seemed like a dream I friend, Nyomi’s house, I was met with would wake up from, but it wasn’t. open arms, love, and care. The most During this time with Danielle, I loving of all was Nyomi’s sister, discovered exactly how far her Danielle. She played with us and adoration for others stretched. She throughout the years, she supported and her family drove all the way here us. She resolved fights between from Phoenix, Arizona for my brother’s friends, gave us advice in different high school graduation. By that time, situations, forgave our mistakes, and we had to help her up and down the showered everyone in her unfettered stairs but she always stayed love. However, it all came crashing optimistic. Maybe that was the reason down when a stormy and murky our family and friends fell in love with monster began to brew. her, always asking how she was and When the golden carriage we wondering if they could do anything to gleefully dashed around in first began help even after she went home. She to wear, Danielle began to have was always worried about how her trouble moving the left side of her friends and family would be without body. The day before my birthday, her. It didn’t stop there and would March 13, 2012, Danielle was have continued if the shadowy being diagnosed with brain cancer. When I did not finally strike. received the news, I felt dazed and On January 17th of this year, numb. Like the carriage had begun to Danielle passed away. I was not there

40


for her final moments but I did attend her funeral. I learned more about her adoration of the world through her friends and her family. In the hospital she influenced the nurses and other patients with her bright outlook on life, despite the shady and gloomy reality looming ahead. Even though our carriage had broken down, she still carried on until the end. I strive to be as influential as she was. I believe in Danielle.

41


I Believe in Me By: Sarah Kitslaar Grade 8 every second and I was holding everybody back. I believe in me. Only this past summer, I changed my gears in an attempt to make the I realized that I am capable of much more than I ride a little easier, but it didn’t work. I finally knew. I came to this realization when I went to stopped, and took a deep breath. My friends summer camp and went on a one week long bike helped me regain my strength, and got me back trip around Michigan and its upper peninsula. on my feet. This was not only the physically hardest things I I picked myself up and kept going. I told have ever accomplished, it also took a lot of myself that I could make it through the week, emotional strength as well to power through the and that I could carry on and keep going. I knew week. More importantly however, it was the that it would take a lot of physical and emotional moment that defined me, and what I was strength, but I knew I could push through, and I capable of. did. As we approached our ending point on the We biked on the side of highways, and seventh day, I felt like the happiest person in the trails, even in the middle of what seemed like world, and I was. I was partially happy because deserted towns. By the end of the first day, I felt the week was over. No more setting up and like there was no way I could finish the next six taking down tents, no more eating out of mess days that were ahead of me. There were times kits, and most of all, no more biking! I was also in the trip where several of my cabin mates had happy because I made it through. I was so proud break downs. of myself, probably the most proud I have ever I was close to breaking down, too. I been in my life. I am capable of much more than remember one particular moment when, a little I realize, I have so much more in me than I more than half way through our bike trip, I really think. Going on that bike trip made me almost lost it. We were biking down what realize that. I believe in me. seemed like an endless road in what I would call “The middle of nowhere”. The sun was beating down on my forehead, my muscles were aching, and we still had miles to go. I was slowing down

42


Power of the Ordinary By: Cate Lombardi Grade 8 I believe that there’s not one moment,

often. It was whenever my dad, sisters, and I

but one idea that continually influences my life.

took our old dog Callie, for walks. It started out

It’s the fact that its important to open our eyes

as a twice a weekend routine, but it turned into

and appreciate all the moments that life has

something more. Whether it was a boiling July

given us. These events may not be huge or

day or a frosty November afternoon, we grabbed

extravagant, but within these moments I have

the leash, and headed out. The thing I remember

truly recognized that ordinary experiences are

best about the walks, were the stories my dad

the memories that I will never forget.

told. We walked block to block, as he told us the

About two years ago, I experienced this

enchanted fantasy stories about s kingdom, and

overwhelming rush of gratitude for the moments the families that were in it. Gathering ideas that have been placed in my life. Sheets of

from each other, we walked the same route,

untouched snow blanketed the yard, leaving only adding our own versions to the tale. my dads footprints visible. In the center of the

Honestly, I could repeat each word about

driveway, my sister and I sat ourselves down

the stories my dad shared. I have them

and waited. We waited for the passing of the

ingrained in my head, because they mean

snow blower to cover us with layer upon layer of

everything to me. Not the silly stories, but the

snow. This continued for hours, until the

memories of the telling, and sharing that my

driveway was cleared. I remember I wished for it dad, sisters and I were part of. to never end. We all lost track of time, but when

From year to year, it has become clearer

it finally did end, I didn’t dwell on the ending of

and clearer that the simplest events that take

the day; I began anticipating and awaiting the

place in your life, can end up having the greatest

next day to come. This may seem like a boring or effect. everyday event to some, but to me it meant the

The ordinary has power beyond

world. It was this very distinctive moment,

understanding. One thing I will always

where I understood how ordinary doesn’t define

remember is that ordinary has beauty, and

boring.

beauty is the wisdom to appreciate it. Another magical event that took place

43


This I Believe.. By: Andrew Scheller Grade 8 In sixth grade, I had an experience that

I realized the joy of accomplishing

changed my life forever and taught me

something on which I had worked so

about passion and perseverance. Before I hard. found out about jazz band, I was just an

Even after my breakthrough, I

average piano player taking one short

still didn’t expect to make the jazz band

and non-challenging lesson a week. I

as a sixth grader. I had never auditioned

lacked motivation, I didn’t feel

for anything in my life, and I was

challenged, and I was not very

extremely nervous. My palms were

passionate about music. Then my mom

sweaty and my hands were slightly

heard about the Hadley Jazz Band

shaking. Even so, I played extremely

through a friend, and talked to me about well and was accepted into Jazz Band. I joining. I was reluctant to join at first,

was very happy and pleasantly

but my mom encouraged me to join and

surprised, but I knew the music would

in retrospect, I am very glad she did.

just get harder.

When I first got the tryout music I

It ended up not getting harder.

was blown away. I already wanted to

That tryout experience rounded and

give up, but again, my mom encouraged

developed me as a player and a person,

me to keep trying. I practiced longer on

and I never struggled that much in

that piece of music than I had ever

music again. My life changed drastically

worked before. I disliked practicing it at

after that moment. I went from only

first, but as I got the music down, I

playing the piano to having my band

suddenly began to love playing the piece. director invite me to play in the Hadley

44


Symphonic Band as a percussionist. This past summer I decided I wanted to learn to play the trumpet and now I currently play both piano and trumpet in the Jazz Band. Playing in the two bands is now my favorite activity and I have had to give up other activities just so I could make it to the rehearsals. I believe that challenge sparks passion. My passion for playing music was triggered by a huge challenge that I took on. Challenge forces you to work very hard at something, which can eventually lead to you realizing your talent and how much you love to do what you are doing. Through my experience in trying out for the Jazz Band, I found out that when you challenge yourself, you spark passion.

45


The Unbearable Weight of Comparison By: Claire Wild Grade 8 Through the mere fourteen years of my life, I have come to realize that the perpetual

altogether and instead people congratulated me on my wonderful performance.

goal of humanity is to change ourselves based on

Although I completely understand the

the image of someone else. In reality, someone

innocence of the small remarks, I could never

would never find fault in their own being if; one,

clear my mind of the fact that they thought I was

today’s media was not continually telling us that someone else. After the first 10 times, the there are so many things that we need to change, comments were brushed away. After another 20, and two, if we never analyzed ourselves in

I started to process the comments. And after

comparison to another person. As a 14 year old

about 50, I really began to question people’s

girl who is right at the time in her life that

ability to distinguish between two different

parents call “finding yourself,” I have struggled

people. The more I heard the comments, the

with finding the true me, because of a tendency I more I felt that I needed affirmation from a have built up that automatically compares

public audience that I was good at something,

myself to others. I believe that comparison

just like my sister. I chose to scrutinize myself

clouds the mind from being able to see our

against Kate in comparison on what she had and

individual gifts.

what I thought didn’t.

Comparison started at an early age for me. As a bubbly seven year old, my twin sister

After a long conversation with my mom and personal reflection, I finally understood that

commenced her budding career as a singer, and I although many people notice Kate’s singing, I too do have so much respect for her ability. Kate is

am full of brilliant talents that define me. I do

very humble about her talents with others and

well at school because I actually love to learn

me; her singing is just who she is.

and work hard. I am creative. I see the good in

As a twin and someone who is perhaps

people. I have realized overtime that this

the closest emotionally and physically to Kate, a

attention that Kate gets could be a hidden

frequently asked question of me was and still is,

blessing for me. In order to maintain my level of

“Are you the singer?” Multiple occasions have

individuality, I have formed my own identity. My

arisen where the question was sidestepped

choice method of coping was to figure out who I

46


am, where my strengths lie, where my boundaries are, what I believe in, and my own personal style. This entire experience has been extraordinarily freeing. I know for certain that I am me.

47


WHO’S GOT YOUR EAR…..

48


“Beautiful” by Christina Aguilera & “Perfect” by Natasha Friend

By: Kaitlyn McDonald Grade 8 The book “Perfect” by Natasha Friend and the song “Beautiful” by

themselves as beautiful. In “Beautiful”, it states in verse 1,

Christina Aguilera are two stories with

“I get insecure from all the pain, I’m so

the same message. In the book, Isabelle

ashamed.” And in verse 3, “Trying hard

Lee is struggling with bulimia, an eating to fill the emptiness, the pieces gone left disorder. This is because she feels the

the puzzle undone.” These statements

need to have others think she’s

show insecurities and the problems in

physically beautiful and popular to be

life people deal with before they can be

happy, but she later finds beauty within happy with themselves. In “Perfect”, herself. In the song, it sends a message

Isabelle is pressured to be thin but she

of when struggling with being happy

finally decides to stop and finds her

with yourself on the outside, look for

voice, like on page 152 when her friend

your beauty on the inside. Therefore, the Ashley asks, “You don’t want to (throw themes for both of these passages are finding your inner beauty.

up)?” Isabelle responds with a “No.” The theme of these writings is

In “Beautiful”, Aguilera writes in

finding are both about finding inner

the chorus, “I am beautiful, no matter

beauty. Even though people struggle to

what they say, words can’t bring me

see it sometimes, it’s still there. When

down.” This shows that no matter what

we really look inside ourselves we can

others may say to her, she knows she

always find it there.

can always find beauty within herself. This relates to the book “Perfect” when Isabelle gets over her eating disorder with help from her family and support group and she realizes she’s perfect just the way she is (94). In these two stories it also shows the struggles these two girls faced before they could see 49


Book To Song By: Yanni Mihalopoulos Grade 8

work and jobs leaving the boy by The book Home of the Brave and the song Cats in the Cradle by Harry Chapin, both involve the lost relationships between a son and his father. Kek the main character of Home of the Brave lost his father in war, leaving him to live a life without the support of his dad. In the song the fathers son was always being put aside when he wanted to play ball, or even borrow the car keys. Kek and the boy

himself. Both Kek and the boy shared great times with their dads, but without them, the boys were all by themselves. The boy’s dad in the song didn’t pass away like Keks, but with his constant traveling and work it seemed to the boy that he was never with him. Making the father-son bond dissipate until the boy became just like the father, putting his dad away until work was done some other time.

both shared a weak bond between their fathers. Kek lost his father from a tribal war when he was just a boy (page 49-50) His father would always teach him on how to herd cattle, tend to his mother, and help out the tribe. When his father died Kek was left with no more learning opportunities, but would have to learn by himself. The previous bond had helped him survive and feel at home when he was with his dad. This loss of a father-son bond was also shared in the song. In the third stanza the boy asked his dad to play with his new baseball for

These two relationships impacted to mental abilities of the sons and fathers. I have learned that it is very important to keep a firm bond, because if that bond breaks you can lose complete touch with your loving father. For most children, not having a father can be very difficult to learn skills in life. Like the boys life not being able to ride a bike or do homework. In Kek’s life he didn’t know how to heard cattle or keep up his family. This is why having a very strong relationship with your father can be life changing, especially in Kek’s and the boy’s lives.

the first time. The Dad was booked with

50


Otherside, Crank By: Soraya Baaty Grade 8 Otherside by Macklemore is a song would never do that, not that drug, and about a rapper named Pimp C who died

growing up nobody ever does.” These 2

of a drug overdose. It talks about how

lines, one from the song and one from

doing drugs is very bad for you and has

the book are alike because Kristina is

many negative effects. The song explains talking about how she never thought she that rappers don’t realize how much

would use drugs. Macklemore is saying

they influence other people to do drugs

that when he was younger he, and many

because they are looked at as role

others, thought that they wouldn’t do

models. The book Crank by Ellen

drugs. Their thoughts are the same

Hopkins is about her daughter Kristina, because they both are people that think and how she was a good student and

they won’t ever do drugs but later end

never used drugs. When she visits her

up doing them.

dad, she meets a guy-who she falls for-

Another similarity between the

that gets her to start doing drugs. Once

book and song is when in Crank the

addicted, it goes to tell about how her

author says “I was raped because I

life is changed as her addiction takes

would have done anything for just one

over and the many consequences that

taste of the monster” (502.) and in the

come from it. Both the book and song

song when Macklemore says “girlfriend

talk mostly about the consequences and

came and a couple hours later said his

the affects that come with using drugs.

name, shook him but he never got up.”

Otherside, and Crank are alike in

In both lines it shows that doing drugs

many ways. In Crank it states “In school will make you put yourself in very I was never confronted with drugs,

dangerous situations just so you can

surely never sought them out.” (66.)

have another taste. The message I got from these 2

Then in Otherside it says “thinkin’ I

51


sources was that you may think drugs are not such a big deal but with just one try, you can get addicted. That with just one use, drugs can be life changing and dangerous. Kristina says, “Addiction is much more than a buzzword” (535.) and Macklemore says “We sell our dreams and our potential to escape through that buzz.” When using drugs not only do you destroy you and your dreams, but it also hurts and affects those around you.

52


“Who’s Got Your Ear?” By: Molly Becker Grade 8 accordance with the song. The song also states as “Who’s Got Your Ear?” “Hall of Fame” a famous song released in August of 2012 is an empowering piece showcasing the possibilities of life as you overcome obstacles. This song shares a similar theme with the autobiography written by

a part of the chorus “Dedicate yourself and your gon’ find yourself standing in the hall of fame and the world gonna know your name” Both these lines announce that with hard work and determination you can be great and make your dreams come true. Though this shared message seems to be

Gabrielle Douglas; Grace, Gold and Glory: My Leap of Faith. In this story Gabby shares her incredible, and “rocky”, journey to becoming an Olympian. The Script song and Gabrielle Douglas’s book both emphasize the challenges in life and both share a common theme of overcoming adversity. In the chart topping hit “Hall of Fame” the Irish rock band recites “Yeah, you can be the greatest, you can be the best” This line appears to be giving the message that no matter who you are or where you come from you can accomplish things of great magnitude. Similar to, gold medalist, Gabby Douglas, documentation of her life, she writes “When they couldn’t find a single rental that was in their budget, we ended up living in the only place that wouldn’t cost them a cent – the floor of our blue Dodge van(16).” Both these aspects of the song and book \ represent that it doesn’t matter what you come from you can overcome anything in order to accomplish your dreams.

one of importance, it is also one of great connection for each writer. Gabby and the Script have more alike than meets the eye. While it is obvious both share a popular piece of work lightly touching on overcoming adversity, the two entities have faced time of doubt and trouble. Early in the story Gabby shares with readers that nearly 200 days before the Olympics she was an inch away from quitting the only sport she had ever known. The Script also faced a time of doubt when they came to the US and were quickly dropped from their record label. As well as not being able to get back into the business, a member of the bands mother fell extremely ill. Gabby later admitted that the period of time helped her put the “fire under her butt” that she needed to be the champion she was and The Script shared in an 2008 interview that though that period of time was extremely stressful it made them grow closer together and produce better music. Strong, relevant, messages in these two

“It’s a testimony of one huge lesson that I’m still learning every day: With strong faith in God and some serious determination, every dream is possible”(6), A bold line a part of Douglas’s book. This line is one that really ties

pieces makes them strong and relatable. Both the book and song are successful in advertising the message of overcoming challenges to become successful.

back and drives home with the message in

53


What’s Got Your Ear? By: Maggie Carr Grade 8 In literature and music, the works persistently complains about his life, that leave the biggest impact are always where he lives, the schools he’s gone to, the ones that are the most truthful,

the people he knows, and talks about the

relatable, and can perfectly capture

life he wants, away from the strain and

thought and emotion. To achieve this

pressure of having to face his problems.

goal is something that’s been attempted

“They’d let me put gas and oil in their

time and time again, and while many

stupid cars, and they’d pay me a salary

have been successful, others have struck and all for it, and I’d build me a little as classics that will be read and listened cabin somewhere with the dough I made to for years or decades after they’re first

and live there for the rest of my

released. Two prominent examples of

life.” (199.) However, there are also

these said works are The Catcher in the

points in the story where reality catches

Rye by J.D Salinger, and “Please Please

up with him, and he, even if only for a

Please Let Me Get What I Want” by The moment, comes to realize and accept Smiths, as both pieces portray strong,

what he’s going through before

identifiable emotions that have deemed

returning to his delusional elation.

them the nonpareil works they are

“Then, all of a sudden, I started to cry. I

today.

couldn’t help it. I did it so nobody could The 1951 novel The Catcher in the hear me, but I did it.” (179.) Holden’s search for placement is

Rye by J.D. Salinger, in spite of its initial controversy, steadfastly holds a

one that has been so highly commended

place on a metaphorical pedestal in

because it exposes topics and emotions

classic literature. The story centers

in which most people tend to brush

around Holden Caulfield, a jaded and

under the carpet. His struggle is real,

despondent anti-hero shifting from

something concrete and relatable; it’s

school to school, wandering in a state of

weaved with themes like loss and

contemplation and fatigue. In both his

maturity, and depicts a more cynical

dialogue and narration, Holden

outlook on life. The purpose and

54


meaning of the story is one that’s been

himself again. And this predicament

echoed in many instances, other books,

isn’t uncommon. The weight of

movies, and more famously in the 1984

depression is something most people at

song, “Please, Please, Please, Let Me Get some point have felt. It takes more effort What I Want”, written by Johnny

for some to lift than others, and some,

Morrissey. Like Salinger’s book, the song like Holden and Morrissey, have to wait symbolizes a severe downturn in

as their attempts to find closure are met

someone’s life; both convey the

with no avail; have to hear that they’ll

perspective of someone who’s stuck in a

get over it as if the cure is something to

pit of doubt and depression, and though

be found in the contents of a first-aid kit.

they’ve tried and tried again can’t seem

Salinger and Morrissey both

to gather the strength and motivation to perfectly convey this struggle, whether escape.

it’s in a two minute song or a 200 page

Though Morrissey had no

novel. It’s why The Catcher in the Rye is

significant examples of melancholia in

on thousands of reading lists each year,

his life, he, like any human being, had

and why “Please Please Please Let Me

bouts of loss and desperation, and felt

Get What I Want” has been covered by

the emotion and self conflict written in

so many different artists. Because

the song. The line “Haven’t had a dream they’ve made their mark on society, and in a long time, see the life I’ve had can

their significance will reverberate for

make a good man bad,” shows implicitly

years to come.

how his efforts to relieve happiness have only been met with dead ends and a silver lining has not yet been found amongst the storm clouds of his pessimism and cynicism. It shows how he’s given up, and has now resorted to bearing the weight of his problems and emotions, pleading for them to be lifted rather than failing in lifting them 55


Who’s Got Your Ear? By: Paige Dickson Grade 8 Many countries have tried to live in but they don’t share their wealth equally communistic societies, they have

with the districts, as they originally said

ultimately failed. They have the idea that they would after the revolution. That “everyone is equal,” and that that thought didn’t happen. won’t be corrupted by peoples egos and

In Imagine, John Lennon is saying

desire to be “superior” over another

that if everyone was treated equally and

person. The song Imagine by John

had equal resources then we could all be

Lennon and the book The Hunger Games

happy. This song is about communism

by Suzanne Collins both have communism and egalitarianism. He knows in his weaved into them. The Hunger Games is a futuristic

mind when he says “you may say I’m a dreamer” that this song will never become

novel that takes place in Panem, the new

reality but he still enjoys pondering the

country created after the downfall of

thought. He’s implying at a world that

North America, in which the government

will never exist successfully. He also

lies in an area known as the Capitol.

wrote “I’m not the only one,” which means

They oversee the outlying twelve districts

that other people may have the desire for

that surround them. When Suzanne

communism in addition to him. After that

Collins wrote about the history of how

he says “I hope someday you will join us,

Panem, and how it came to be, we find out and the world will live as one.” Which that originally the capital was supposed to means that supposedly is the world turns be a caring area that watched over and

into a communistic society then everyone

supplied the districts with whatever

will be happy and get along.

supplies were needed (18). However, we

The Hunger Games and Imagine

find out in the first few chapters how

both have unsuccessful realities. The

entire districts are starving, and the

Hunger Games actually is trying the

capitol citizens are living with enough

communistic government, and Imagine is

wealth to last them multiple lifetimes.

hoping one day it will become reality.

Their government was set up as a slightly Both of these are demonstrating a faulty communistic, slightly totalitarianistic

idea, the idea that everyone will share

government. The government is in charge everything with all other people.

56


The Hunger Games and Imagine are both great to listen to and read. In both of these pieces, communism is a certain aspect of the story, they aren’t equally involved in both but still plays a part in the story.

57


No Place To Call Home By: Sammy Harris Grade 8

I didn’t listen to much music in

represents her struggle to exit the

elementary school. However, in fourth

shadow of American Idol and be a

grade, I heard Breakaway by Kelly

professional singer. The word

Clarkson. Last year, I found a book

“Breakaway” likely means to leave

named Divergent. It’s a dystopian

something, due to the line “although it’s

novel in which all the sixteen year olds

not easy to tell you goodbye.” Its

choose factions based on the

repetition at the end of almost every

characteristic they value most. Tris,

stanza creates a feeling of urgency. With

raised to be selfless in Abnegation,

the line “Buildings with a thousand

decides to choose Dauntless, the brave

floors… maybe I don’t know where

faction. However, Tris is Divergent,

they’ll take me,” she shows confusion

meaning that she is selfless and

about the future. Another literary

intelligent as well as courageous, so

element used is the metaphor “out of the

she struggles to fit in. Later, I learned

darkness and into the sun” symbolizing

Kelly Clarkson moved to Los Angles

her new spotlight. The beginning,

after being unable to make it in

“Living in a small town, and when the

Hollywood, but her apartment burned

rain would come down, I’d just stare out

down and she lost all of her belongings.

my window,” shows the mood of

Afterwards, Kelly auditioned for and

hopelessness and the small town

won American Idol. She was

suggests pressure to be the same.

catapulted into instant fame. Kelly

Divergent and Breakaway are

Clarkson’s song Breakaway and

similar because both Tris and Kelly have

Divergent both have the message of

to break away from something. Kelly has

leaving something behind, which is

to leave American Idol, while Tris ends

shown in many ways.

up separating herself from her family,

I think that the Kelly Clarkson chose to sing Breakaway because it

58

and in the end Dauntless and the faction system. Tris says herself “On these


mornings when my brother makes breakfast and my father’s hand skims my hair… it is on these mornings when I feel guiltiest about wanting to leave them.”(3) Unfortunately, Dauntless believes in “faction before blood.”(43) When the intelligent faction makes all of the Dauntless into obedient soldiers, Tris, spared due to her Divergence, runs back to Abnegation to save her family, in effect leaving Dauntless. Throughout the book, she comes to realize that selflessness and bravery are often the same, leaving her questioning if dividing factions is a good idea. All in all, I think that Divergent and Breakaway both have the message of leaving something behind. While Kelly Clarkson wants to become a singer independent from American Idol, Tris is ends up leaving both of her factions and the only system of government she knows. Stepping out of a comfort zone requires bravery, but can have a great outcome.

59


Demons By: Erin Hernadez Grade 8 Page (1-30) While in a boy named Justin’s

The newly discovered Imagine Dragons are becoming wildly popular.

body he falls in love. Slowly, he learns that

Alternative music is growing in interest

he must leave Rhiannon the girl he loves so

among teenagers. One of their hit songs

he can learn and understand how his body

“Demons” shares a meaning with the book

changes every day. Rhiannon says to him,”

“Everyday” by David Levithan. Falling in

You need to figure things out. I can’t take

love is a magical feeling but the theme of

this. I don’t understand.” Page (300) Every

these two pieces is to take care of what’s

day he leaves Rhiannon confused and hurt.

inside you before you can start caring for

Through hurting her, he realizes that he has

another.

to take care of himself first because without doing so he would keep hurting Rhiannon.

Generally, the chorus of a song is

Page (301)

where the meaning really hides, but in this

Deleting your problems inside is not

song I think that the bridge is the most meaningful. The lyrics say,”I say it’s up to

only good for loving another, but can teach

fate… I need to let you go… I can’t escape

you how to love yourself. Demons inside you

this now… please show me now.” This tells

can create you or destroy you. It may take

me that the artist realizes that the issues at some struggles, but getting them your of your life is imperative.

hand inside of your heart are the first step towards loving someone. The lyrics also talk about hiding the truth and not getting to close. My interpretation is that the lyricist knew that there was something wrong with him. He just didn’t know that he had to fix it. The same is true in the end of the book. A is a body changer. Every day he changes bodies into a different person with a different personality, different gender, and different sexual orientation, different everything. Although his conscious is male, he goes into male and female bodies alike.

60


Who’s Got Your Ear? By: Kolin Kennebeck Grade 8 Chicken Fried, Zac Brown Band; No

life that mean the most, not where you

Easy Day, Mark Owen

live, what you drive, or the price tag on your clothes; there's no dollar sign on a

The song Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band was written after September

piece of mind this I've come to know…”.

11, 2001, when terrorists flew planes into

This means that in America we have so

the Twin Towers and the Pentagon. Zac

many opportunities, but what matters

Brown said, “I was realizing how fortunate most is that we are all free. He then sings we are to be free, travel and to play music

about every day things we get in America

or whatever it is that you do as an Ameri-

that we take for granted, like “a little bit of

can that there is a cost that other people

chicken fried, a cold beer on a Friday night,

have paid for us to be able to do those

a pair of jeans that fit just right, and the

things and enjoy all the simple things”.

radio up; well I've seen the sunrise, see the

That is where the song came from. A great love in my woman's eyes, feel the touch of a book that relates to this song is No Easy

precious child, and know a mother's love”.

Day by Mark Owen. In this book, Owen

“A little bit of chicken fried” means that, in

shares his experience as a member of

America we can get good and enough food.

SEAL Team 6, the team that killed Osama We can get clothes that fit us, and have the right to speak as we wish. We also have

Bin Laden. This book shows how much

courage it takes to protect our country and the right to choose who we want to love make it “free”. The men and women who

and have as many kids as we want. In the

fight for our country risk their lives to let

book, our soldiers were fighting in Afghani-

us have things that people in other coun-

stan to bring down Al Qaeda, a group of

tries can’t get; things that seem like every- terrorists who planned 9/11 and are now day life to us. Chicken Fried, by Zac Brown terrorizing Afghanistan. The SEALs killed Band and No Easy Day, by Mark Owen,

the leader of Al Qaeda, Osama Bin Laden,

share the common theme that in America,

to try to help Afghanistan become a free

we are fortunate to have many things, in-

country like we are. In the song, Zac

cluding our freedom, which we should

Brown sings that we have many things we

never take for granted.

take for granted every day. These things

In Chicken Fried, Zac Brown sings, “And it's funny how it's the little things in

61

are only made possible because of the brave troops fighting for our country as


shown in No Easy Day. In the song, Zac Brown sings, “I thank God for my life, and for the stars and stripes, may freedom forever fly, let it ring, salute the ones who died, and the ones that give their lives, so we don't have to sacrifice all the things we love… Like our chicken fried…” and continues the chorus. He is thanking people like Owen in No Easy Day. This book shows the hardships SEAL Team 6 went through trying to protect Afghanistan, such as when they had to go into Pakistan just to kill Bin Laden. But that is just one mission of many wars, where many lives were risked and taken to protect an American way of life that we take for granted every day. Next time you get angry about something small, think about everybody who lives in less fortunate countries, people who barely get food or clothes at all, let alone good food or clothes that fit. The song Chicken Fried by Zac Brown Band and the book No Easy Day by Mark Owen share the common theme that you should try not to take the little things we have in life, for which our soldiers fight, for granted, and the importance of our freedom.

62


Ship Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi God’s Gonna Cut You Down by Johnny Cash By: Lindsay Lifka

Grade 8

One of the many conflicts in Ship

shows how Richard has abused Nailer

Breaker by Paolo Bacigalupi has a no-

before, “Nailer tried not to show fear.

ticeable similarity with God’s Gonna Cut The man didn’t have anything in his You Down by Johnny Cash. The com-

hands; no knife, no belt, no willow whip.”

parison that I made was the sense of re-

When I saw the word midnight rider I

venge or that revenge is coming. The

thought of a vigilante or a criminal, and

conflict that I compared the song to was

Richard is nothing but a criminal (15).

the one between the main character,

Rambler to me was a way to say some-

Nailer, and his father, Richard. The cho- one who rambles and normally, people rus really connected Ship Breaker and

are like this when they are drunk or

God’s Gonna Cut You Down.

high. Nailer’s dad was known for being a drug addict and a drunk so this was an-

Within the book Ship Breaker,

Nailer’s father is a violent, abusive, drug other connection (55, 56, and 59). Along addict, that kills people for a living. “Go

with being a criminal, Richard was also

tell that long tongue lair, Go and tell

a gambler. Nailer’s dad was an unli-

that midnight rider, tell the rambler, the censed killer; and if you are going out to gambler, the back biter, tell ‘em that

kill people for profit it’s a gamble in its

god’s gonna cut ‘em down, tell ‘em that

self (99). In one part of the book it shows

god gonna cut ‘em down.” This stanza in how much of a gambler he is, “Richard the chorus is similar to who Nailer’s dad Lopez wouldn’t hesitate. He’d slash the is and how revenge will come. I per-

rich girl’s throat and take the rings and

ceived Richard as all of those things be-

shake the blood off them and laugh.” The

cause of what he does in the book.

last two lines in the stanza “tell ‘em that

He could be seen as a long

god’s gonna cut ‘em down, tell ‘em that

tongued liar and a back biter because of

god gonna cut ‘em down.” goes along

how abusive and mentally unstable he is with the book because revenge does (55, 56, and 58). Pulling from the book it come for Nailer’s dad (310). 63


Johnny Cash practically wrote this chorus for Ship Breaker. The connections between the book and the song are so alike it could be the theme song if they ever made a movie. The conflict between Nailer and his dad are shown through the chorus of the song.

64


Overcoming Adversity By: Ethan Moon Grade 8 The theme between “8 Mile” by Eminem and

underrated and there are very few of them. In

“Hunger Games” by Suzanne Collins is

“Hunger Games” Katniss takes her little sister’s

overcoming adversity. Both Eminem and the

spot in the Hunger Games- games of life and

main character, Katniss are trying to get passed death for the Capitol’s entertainment. (22-23) an obstacle that they are faced with and places

The theme is similar in the way of

they are stuck at they are faced with terrible

Katniss and Eminem getting past places they

times in their lives that they figure out how to

were stuck at in life. Eminem sings, “Sorry

overcome. Eminem’s song is about how he needs momma I’m grown, I must travel alone.” to get his life on track and redeem himself from

Eminem was holding back on growing up but

all of his mistakes.

began to become true to himself got past that

Meanwhile, “Hunger Games” Is about a

immaturity. Katniss heard Primrose’s name get

poor girl living with her sister and single

drawn for the Games and she had to get past

mother struggling to eat at times and follow the the place of realization she was going to have to rules of the District. Katnisse’s sister gets

take her sister’s place and die (22).

drawn to be in the Hunger Games and fight to

Eminem uses specific words and

the death. Katniss volunteers to take her place

phrases to create a depressing yet uprising

and Katniss wins it all but causes uprisings

mood. Eminem starts off by saying how he’s

throughout Panem and the Capitol is out to get

okay and he’s going to make it in life anyways.

Katniss.

He is describing how bad it is yet saying he is

Although the song and book have no

going to get through it anyways. Suzanne

similarity in plot the theme of overcoming

Collins begins by describing how awful life is in

adversity is quite obvious between the two

District 12 and what Katniss has to go through

pieces. In “8 Mile” Eminem sings, “Wish I could

(3-20).

be the daddy that neither of us had.” Eminem is

In these two pieces they have the same

clearly saying he didn’t have a dad and he

theme though the stories aren’t the same the

wants to be the dad figure for his brother. Then

themes can be brought out quite easily. The

in “Hunger Games” Katniss talks about her dad theme is mainly supported by the obstacles and who died in a mine explosion and how she be

tough places faced by both Eminem and Katniss

became the father figure because after her dad

where neither has a father figure. The stories

died in that terrible accident her mother shut

are also told very differently. “8 Mile” is sung in

down and Katniss became the caretaker (5).

verses and rhyme scheme so that there are

Another obstacle Eminem was faced with was

limited words while “Hunger Games” is in

being a white rapper. White rappers are quite

regular narrative format.

65


Who’s Got Your Ear? By: Sean O’Brien Grade 8 Everybody has inner demons. However,

accident. She then forces him to bring her

some people’s are more powerful than others. In

favorite character, Misery, back to life in a new

the extreme sense, some are consumed by them.

book since he killed Misery off in his most recent

In both the book Misery and the song Demons,

novel. Although Annie is light and bubbly most

the topic is inner demons.

of the time, she has moments of pure rage, which

Misery and Demons both explore similar

result in Paul being in immense pain and

topics. In Demons, the band recites, “When you

sometimes losing body parts. The word choice in

feel my heat, look into my eyes. It’s where my

these works gives a dark mood that assists with

demons hide, it’s where my demons hide. Don’t

the overall message. For example, in Demons,

get too close, it’s dark inside. It’s where my

the artist says words like “heat”, “hide”, and

demons hide, it’s where my demons hide.” In

“dark”. In Misery, the author says words like

Misery, Stephen King writes, “ ‘I thought I’d

“howled”, “fearsomely”, and “lifeless”.

make us sundaes, Paul,’ Annie said. Her tone

There are themes and topics that appear

was spuriously jolly’…‘No need for thanks. You

in both songs and books. In these two works, the

deserve it. You’ve been working so hard.’ ” (227)

topic is inner demons. People do things that they

Additionally, Stephen King writes “ ‘Geeeee-

are not proud of, but one instance of hate or

yahhh!’ she screamed, and brought her fist down anger does not define them. Everyone has on the bunched salt-dome that had been Paul

demons, but that doesn’t mean that people are

Sheldon’s left knee. He threw his head back and

engulfed by them.

howled, veins standing out in his neck and on his forehead…Whatever had been wrong with her this morning was worse tonight. Much worse. He realized he was seeing her with all her masks put aside-this was the real Annie, the inside Annie. The flesh of her face, which had previously seemed so fearsomely solid, now hung like lifeless dough. Her eyes were blanks.” (69 and 159) The topics of Demons and Misery are intertwined because Demons is about a man who has a dark side that causes him to lash out at others. Misery is about a woman named Annie Wilkes who rescues her favorite writer, Paul Sheldon, after he got into a devastating car

66


Who’s Got Your Ear? By: Amrita Rajesh Grade:8 Songs and books can be similar in theme

by his friend, Troy starts to embrace the

even if they seem completely different.

fact that he is obese and doesn’t see as it

Alicia Key’s Girl on Fire is a song about

the worst thing that could happen to him.

empowerment. The book Fat Kid Rules the The anonymous girl and Troy are not exWorld by K. L. Going is about Troy Bill-

tremely pretty or extraordinary, but they

ings, a 296 pound teenager who contem-

both have something special inside of

plates suicide because of his weight, but

them that is waiting to jump out. Another example of how this book

soon changes his mind when a local legend asks him to be the drummer in his new

and song are similar is the metaphors. In

band. Even though the two pieces both

the songs, there is a stanza that says,

have different plots, both the song Girl on

“Everybody stands, as she goes by/Cause

Fire by Alicia Keys and the book Fat Kid

they can see the flame that's in her eyes”.

Rules the World by K. L. Going carry a

This connects to a part of the book when

common message that everyone is special. Curt –the local legend- takes Troy to his first concert. “We walk past everyone

In the song, Girl on Fire is about a girl who is not who she appears to be. For

who’s been standing on line for God knows

example, the lyrics, “Looks like a girl, but

how long and I can feel their eyes boring

she's a flame/So bright, she can burn your into me as we pass. …The bouncer nods at eyes/Better look the other way”. According Curt and lets us in with no cover fee. He to these lyrics, this girl seems ordinary on gives me a look as we enter, but doesn’t the outside, but on the inside, she has a lot ask for an ID.” (86). In the book, Troy feels of potential. In Fat Kid Rules the World,

like everyone is watching him and that

Troy believes that he is just "a fat kid"

everyone is letting him go even though he

who is biggest loser on Earth. But soon he has major flaws. To Troy, Curt is his comes to realize that he can do anything

flame, his confidence. Just like how in the

he wants to do, including being the drum-

song, the flame in the girl’s eyes is what

mer in a band. At the end, Troy says,

makes everyone watch and stand up for

“There’s a lot about me you don’t know,

her. In both of these, the two people are in

my friend.” I tilt my head knowingly.

control and they feel confident in them-

“Don’t mess with the Fat Kid.” (180). This selves. shows that after feeling like he is needed

67


Who’s Got Your Ear? By: Sydney Taylor Grade:8 Another relationship is that all the characters in the The book Lord of the Flies is about a

book that die are swept into the ocean. This

group of boys who become stranded on an

is relevant to the stanza, “There are ghost

uncharted island and try to keep order

towns in the ocean.” In Lord of the Flies the

between them. The author, William Golding, main characters noticed, “A shrimp of a boy, fought during the WWII and developed a

about six years old, and one side of his face

point of view of how quickly mankind can

was blotted out by a mulberry-colored

revert back to savagery. It also shows how

birthmark (35).” Although the boy did not

quickly our civil ways can crumble. It is

stand for anything other than being the first

represented through glasses which

casualty on the island, he relates to the song

represent civility, a conch shell which

line “At night they would go walking till the

represents law and order, a sow which

breaking of the day, the morning is for

represents human nature, and several

sleeping. Through dark streets they go

points of civilization using a few key

searching to see God in their own way.” This

characters. The song Cemeteries of London

is mainly because he flees, in the middle of

by Coldplay is inspired by 1850s London and the night, into the forest during a wildfire the spiritually dead. The theme that is

except he is not weeping. Rather, he is

shared is that the song is about the

searching for a way out and the other boys

physically dead while the book is about the

who he had abandoned. He is the only

metaphorical death of humanity in each of

character whose death is not confirmed. The

the boys. So the relationship between the

difference between the song and text is the

song and text is the deaths mankind must

interpretations. While the book is set at the

face both physically and metaphorically.

beginning of WW2 and the song is inspired

When, in the book, the boys kill the character representing innocence, which is

by 1850s London, the interpretation and

swept into the ocean (152-154), it relates to

themes are the same in some type of way.

the song’s stanza, “So we rode down to the

Lord of the Flies is about the “fall” of human

river where Victorian ghosts pray, for their

civility and the “rise” of savagery while

curses to be broken.” This is because the

Cemeteries of London is about those who

boys who are crying on the beach, wishing to have literally died. Lord of the Flies and go home (156-157) are similar to the

Cemeteries of London both are about the

Victorian ghosts praying by the river.

deaths mankind must face, both physically and metaphorically.

68


Who’s Got Your Ear? By: Payton Wright Grade 8 torn away?” Eventually he realizes that

All of Me by Matt Hammitt and The

he can’t rely only on his prayers being

Fault in Our Stars John Green When someone’s life is suddenly

answered to save him if he didn’t really

at risk of being lost to sickness, it is

love his child the same way he loved his

sometimes hard for others to become

other children. Loving the baby was a

close to them because the fear of the

risk but “too wonderful to speak” and

heartbreak that will come if they die.

worth it all. This child did in fact survive, and

When the writer of the song All of Me heard that his child would be born with

this true story had a happy ending that

a potentially terminal heart problem,

Hazel and Augustus did not get in The

this was exactly what he thought. Hazel Fault in Our Stars. Hazel and Augustus Lancaster from The Fault in Our Stars

met at the cancer support group though

knew what it felt like to be the one who

a mutual friend and became very close,

was dying, due to terminal cancer, but

but about halfway through the book, on

when she met Augustus Waters in a sup- a trip to Amsterdam they took to see the port group for the disease, she began to

author of their favorite book, he informs

understand this feeling of wishing to de- her that his cancer has returned, worse tach herself from him to avoid the hurt-

than the first occurrence. At location

ing as well. In the end, both the song

2548 in the Kindle Fire edition, the text

and the book characters learn that lov-

says “I couldn’t be mad at him even for a

ing someone they could lose is always

moment, and only now that I loved a gre-

hard, but never regretted.

nade did I understand the foolishness of

To begin with, All of Me was writ- trying to save others from my own imten by a man who had recently learned

peding fragmentation: I couldn’t unlove

that his child would be born with a heart Augustus Waters. And I didn’t want to.” problem which could cut his life short if

For those who have not read the book,

he even lived at all. The father describes the metaphor of a grenade is used his thoughts in reaction to this in the

throughout the story, describing some-

song as “afraid to love something that

one terminal; someone who, until this

could break, could I move on if you were particular chapter, could not be loved. 69


Unlike the baby, Augustus dies, but the memory of him still forever lives with Hazel, and it makes her a better person all the same. Hazel and the writer of All of Me both believed it was impossible to love when death obscures the path between two people, making the choice between love with pain or safety without love. In the end, they chose love, and even though one of the stories ends with death, neither of the ones who loved them regretted it. The Fault in Our Stars and All of Me are about two people who made the choice to give all of their love to “grenades�, but their love lived on.

70


Who’s Got Your Ear? By: Amber Zayed Grade 8 It was a tough challenge to pick

games that had been killed. She says,

a song and a book to analyze. In the

“A place like the meadow in the song I

end I chose to use my favorite book,

sang to Rue as she died” (354). This

Catching Fire by Suzanna Collins, and

shows how she lost something dear to

one of my favorite songs, Fix You, by

her she can’t replace.

Coldplay. In the second book of the

The universal theme I received

trilogy Catching Fire, Katniss the main from these things is that love will precharacter and her close friend and

vail in the end. There is a contrast be-

lover, Peeta reenter the game of death. tween both the song and the book in They must overcome many challenges

one lyric. In the song it says, “And I

to survive. In the song Fix You, you lis- will try to fix you.” When Martin wrote ten to a story about a broken and shat- this song he was probably there comtered person, who has tried something

forting his wife, telling her she would

but has lost in the end. Both things

get through this hard time, which

convey the message of loss, difficulties

shows love. In the book Katniss and

in life, getting over them, and the love

Peeta try to keep each other alive out of

that comes out of it.

love. Peeta says “If you die, and I live,

One of the comparisons of these

there’s no life for me back in District

two things would be the message of try- Twelve. You’re my whole life. I would ing, but losing to something in the end. never be happy again” (351). This In the song it says, “When you lose

proves Peeta’s undying love for Katniss

something you cannot replace,” this re- and how he would give up his life to minds me of losing someone. Chris

save hers.

Martin had written this song for his

I have learned that both the song

wife who was dealing with the loss of

and book express the loss in life as well

her father in 2002. This shows how

as the love people can find within it.

Chris Martins wife had to cope with the While analyzing the song I could feel loss of someone she loved. In the book

the heartbreak someone was feeling

Katniss talks about Rue, a competitor,

and how someone else is comforting

ally, and friend Katniss had in the first them by the phrase “and I will try to fix 71


you�. In the book I could also feel heartbreak as well as love. Katniss and Peeta realized they both can’t go through life without each other, but also realize only one can survive. That shows heartbreak because they will miss each other and the love they share. Overall both things express the loss of life and how someone who loves and cares deeply about you can help you through it.

72


Puppy Mills By: Emily Alexander Grade 8 “facilities where humans breed helpless dogs, providing minimal care to maxiPuppy Mills Sitting in a metal wire cage in the mize their profits.” This shows that bitter cold is an adorable puppy. The

Puppy mill owners have little experience

sky is dark and lacy, delicate snowflakes with taking care of puppies and giving fall from the sky. The little puppy is

them the proper veterinary care every

freezing, the cold metal of its cage touch- animal deserves. This also shows that ing her skin. She tries to sleep, but as

puppy mill owners ignore the fact that

she lies down her left paw gets stuck in

millions of animals are dying from over-

one of the little sharp holes at the bot-

population. Somehow, they can look past

tom of her cage. The puppy is in pain,

all of the deaths from overpopulation

but she knows that someone will only

and only focus on how much money they

notice her trapped paw in the morning.

can rake up from their slaves. Puppy

She scratches at a few fleas in her fur,

mill owners are selfish and greedy, and

and she waits for the next day. Another

they have a heart of stone. They treat

day of solitude.

their dogs like their slaves. The dogs

In puppy mills, all dogs experi-

that breed are bred until they “get an

ence loneliness and pain, mentally and

illness or injury” (PAWS). When they

physically. Dogs are man’s best friend,

are no use to humans anymore, they are

even though man abuses dogs. Worst of

sent to another puppy mill for a shot at

all, there are specific places where dogs

maybe another litter of puppies, or they

are abused. These dog factories revolve

are brutally killed (in my mind they are

around greed and neglect. These facto-

murdered). Unfortunately, there are

ries are called puppy mills and they con- many puppy mills in the United States. tinue to be a growing problem in the

According to PAWS, “There are approxi-

United States.

mately 5,000 puppy mills in the US.” It

Puppy mills are places full of ne-

is shameful. After puppies are born,

glect and greed. Puppy mills go hand in they are brought to a pet shop to be sold. hand with greed. According to PAWS,

The majority of the puppies are from

Pets are Worth Saving, puppy mills are,

puppy mills. Most people who buy from 73


pet shops don’t know about puppy mills

grow up with problems socializing. This

or the neglect or diseases of puppies. All can make people abandon them after they see is that “cute puppy in the win-

they are bought. Also according to the

dow.” Puppy mills treat animals poorly. book “The PETA Practical Guide to AniThey could care less about what the ani- mal Rights” by Ingrid Newkirk, “The mals are going through or the filthy con- adult dogs go mad and whirl like derditions they are living in.

vishes in their cages from lack of move-

Puppy mills give the majority of

ment and social interactions.” This

their dogs bad diseases. Puppy mills

shows that when dogs are in cages and

also hurt them mentally. When many

they can’t move or play go crazy. Puppy

dogs leave puppy mills, they leave with a mills make dogs very unhealthy. terrible souvenir: a disease. According

Los Angeles is trying to fix puppy

to the ASPCA, “some congenital and he-

mills and the overpopulation crisis.

reditary conditions in puppy mills are:

Making changes against puppy mills can

epilepsy, heart disease, kidney disease,

be hard. A lot of states haven’t bothered

hip dysplasia” and many more. Some

to improve this in the United States.

puppies also carry with them “fleas,

Luckily, Los Angeles has recently made

ticks, heartworm” and other illnesses

changes to pet shops. According to the

(ASPCA) since many animals in puppy

Huffington Post, “The Los Angeles city

mills don’t get proper veterinary care

council voted on Wednesday to require

(puppy mill owners don’t provide veteri-

all pet stores to sell only rescued ani-

nary care because they don’t want to lose mals.” This is a wonderful new law beany of their own profits), they leave

cause now less animals will die every

puppy mills often very sick. Puppies

year in puppy mills from overbreeding.

also can get ill mentally. Since they

Also, fewer puppies will acquire terrible

never leave their cramped cage, they can diseases that wreck their lives. With never run around or socialize with other rescued puppies being sold in pet shops, dogs. Since they can’t socialize (which is the dogs will get another shot at life. important for puppies mentally), they

There will be fewer dogs killed from

74


overpopulations. This new law will

through neglect and unhappiness, and

save many rescued dogs and give them

puppy mills keep puppies in terrible

loving homes. This act will also limit

conditions. Luckily, Los Angeles has

the amount of puppies from puppy

enforced a law saying that pet shops

mills.

will only sell rescued pets. I think that I would highly suggest getting a

the government and puppy mill owners

dog from an animal shelter. I suggest

should be held responsible. Puppy mill

this for many reasons. All dogs in shel- owners kill millions of helpless dogs ters have hit a hard bump in their lives. every year. They are just spreading They are abandoned because of maybe a this terrible issue. I am also a little disnatural disaster or a person not want-

appointed with the government because

ing them. There are many reasons why they should try to OUTLAW puppy a dog might be at a shelter. But the

mills. There will never be a shortage of

most important, all dogs deserve a sec-

puppies, since there are millions of

ond chance. A lot of the dogs in shelter

homeless puppies. And even if the

get killed because there are way too

states can’t outlaw puppy mills, then

many dogs, and the shelters are solid.

they should at least try harder to help

Puppy mills create more dogs than are

homeless animals.

needed. Adopting saves animals and

The sky is light, a mix of pink

gives them another chance. Also,

and gold. The sun blinds the puppy for

adopting would help decrease the over-

a second. The puppy’s paw is still

population crisis going on in the world.

twisted into the cage. Suddenly, a

Adopting could help get puppy mills out bulky man appears holding a dog. The of business because you are buying from puppy squeals happily as she realizes a shelter, not a pet shop. Animal shel-

that help is here! The man comes to

ters give hopeless dogs good homes and her cage. The puppy wages her tail. save animals.

The man yanks open her cage, but in-

Puppy mills expand largely when stead of getting her paw loose, he carepeople buy from pet shops. Puppy mills lessly dumps the other dog into her ruin dogs’ lives by hurting them

cramped cage and trudges off. Now 75


there are two dogs in a cramped cage, waiting for someone who will buy them in the future. It is imperative to raise awareness about puppy mills. Since puppy mills are spreading fast, more animals are being born and killed. I am hoping that people who love animals will find a better way to show their love than going to puppy mills.

76


Feminist Othello By: Claudia Jackert Grade 8 “Beshrew me if I should do such a wrong for the Although it is not often associated with the whole world.” Emilia proclaims “”Why, the feminist movement of the early 1900s, Shake- wrong is but a wrong I’ the world and having the speare’s plays do have some things in common world for your labor ‘tis a wrong in your own with it. Both feature strong women who think world and you might quickly make it right” This outside of what was considered socially accept- conversation is an outstanding example of able for the time. Emilia is a feminist because of Emilia’s progressive views on how women should her progressive views regarding adultery, and be able to think and act. The way that her more the way that she responds to Iago towards the radical views are juxtaposed against Desdeend of the play. This is similar to the way Lady mona’s meek proclamations that women should Macbeth acts in the play Macbeth. The way that all be good wives that should never even consider Lady Macbeth will take charge of the situation committing such an immoral act, make Emilia like Macbeth should in a traditional marriage. all the more a feminist for contradicting the These two characters are especially good exam- views of the woman who is higher than her in ples of how Shakespeare was progressive in his society. The manner in which she goes about this portrayal of female characters.

is similar to the actions of Lady Macbeth in Shakespeare’s tragedy Macbeth. In Act 2 Scene 2 Lines 65- 75, Lady Macbeth is talking to her hus-

Emilia could be considered a feminist consider- band shortly after he murdered the king. Macing her views on adultery. In Act 4 Scene 3 Lines beth is justifiably flustered because he has just 75 to 90, she is having a conversation with Des- killed the king and walks back to their room demona, who is flabbergasted that any woman with the bloody knives, which she specifically would cheat on her husband. She asks Emilia, told him were to be planted at the scene of the “Wouldst thou do such a deed for all the world” murder. Macbeth says “ I’ll go no more I am Emilia replies “the worlds a huge thing it is a afraid think what I have done Look on ‘t I dare great price for a small vice.” Desdemona says

not.” Lady Macbeth replies “Infirm of

77


purpose! Give me the daggers. The sleeping and false with Cassio? Did you say with Cassio? “ the dead are but as pictures. ‘Tis the eye of child- Iago scolds her “With Cassio Mistress, go to! hood That fears the eye of a painted devil. If he Charm your tongue!” Emilia stands up for herdo bleed, I’ll gild the faces of the grooms withal, self saying “ I will not charm my tongue I am for it must seem their guilt.” In this she is saying bound to speak….And your reports have set the that she will go to the crime scene herself and murder on!” This shows that Emilia possesses chides Macbeth for acting like a child and fear- the nerve to go against her husband and speak ing the ‘painted devils’ of the men he murdered. out about what he has done. This is remarkable She compares them to sleeping and then pro- because in Shakespeare’s time women were exclaims that she will go smear the grooms with pected to be complacent wives, so for Emilia to Duncan (the king’s) blood to frame them for the speak out against her husband and and condemn horrendous deed.

him of the crime that his words wrought was a progressive thing. Similarly in Macbeth, Lady

Shakespeare

Macbeth speaks over her husband at a formal

Shakespeare’s feminist characters were pro- dinner to conceal his apparent madness in Act 3 gressive in the way that they stand up for what Scene 4 Lines 60 to 80. Macbeth tells the ghost, they believe is right and do not listen to the cor- “Thou canst say that I did it. Never shake thy rupt male influences in their lives. There is a gory locks at me.” Ross, one of the gentlemen at conversation in act 5 scene 2 where Iago is trying the table, noting macbeth’s crazy behavior, says to silence Emilia because she knows too much in “Gentlemen, rise. His highness is not well.” Lady regards to the tangled web of lies he has crafted. Macbeth frantically scrambles to cover for her Iago says “I told him what I thought, and told no deadbeat husband “Sit worthy friends. My lord is more Than what he thought himself was apt and often thus, And hath been from his youth. Pray true.” Emilia questions “But did you ever tell you, keep seat. The fit is momentary; upon a him she was false?” Iago replies “I did” To which thought He will again be well. If much you note Emilia says “You told a lie, an odious damned him You shall offend him and extend his passion. lie! Upon my soul, a lie, a wicked lie! Was she Feed and regard him not. She then pulls Mac-

78


beth aside and berates him “Are you a man?” the way that she deals with the death of her best Macbeth replies “Ay, and a bold one, that dare friend and mistress. This is shown by her treatlook on that Which might appall the devil.” Lady ment of Othello in Act 5 Scene 2 Lines 180 to Macbeth says “This is the very painting of your 200. Emilia has just walked in on Othello who fear. This is the air drawn dagger which led you has just smothered Desdemona in a fit of rage to Duncan. O, these flaws and starts, Imposters and madness. Othello says “Who needs this iterto true fear, would well become a womans story ance, woman? I say, thy husband. Emilia says “O at a winter’s fire, authorized by her grandam. mistress, villainy hath made mocks with love!Shame itself!” Why do you make such faces? my husband say she was false?” Othello replies When all’s done, you look but on a stool.” Here is “He, woman. I say thy friend, thy husband; honanother instance of Lady Macbeth having to take est, honest Iago.” Emilia, enraged that her huscharge for where her husband falls short. She band has killed her best friend by manipulating tells the gentlemen at the table that watching people with his untruthful words says “If he say Macbeth will only lengthen his ‘fit’. She then so, may his pernicious soul Rot half a grain a pulls him aside and tells him to man up because day! He lies to th’ heart! She was too fond of her whatever it was, it wasn’t worth the tantrum he most filthy bargain.” Othello draws his sword was throwing. The way that she dealt with the here “ Hah?” he says “Do thy worst! This deed of situation shows how the gender roles in her mar- thine is no worthy heaven then thou wast worthy riage were often reversed because of the fact that her” cries Emilia. Othello says “Peace, you were Macbeth was often not comfortable with doing best” Emilia begins to call out “Thou hast not the what she felt was necessary to make their lives power to do me harm As I have been hurt. O better. This is similar to Emilia in not in the gull! O dolt, as ignorant as dirt! Thou hast done sense that she is condemning her husband for a deed- I care not for thy sword. I’ll make thee doing something wrong, but in the way that she known, though I lost twenty lives. Help! Help, berates her husband and takes over.

ho! Help! The moor hath killed my mistress! Murder,murder!” In this conversation all the

Emilia was a very strong female character in pieces have fallen into place for Emilia and she

79


realizes her husband’s treachery. She tells fear. Leave all the rest to me.” This is another Othello that Iago has lied to him and that Desde- great example of strong female characters changmona was too good for him. Othello, fearing she ing the outcome of the play in Shakespeare’s might alert the authorities to his crime, draws writings. If Lady Macbeth had not decided that his sword and Emilia tells him that she could die they should kill the king, then the entire play twenty deaths is it meant Othello being pun- would have been changed. Just like how if ished for the murder of Desdemona. She then Emilia had not spoken out against Othello’s calls out, not caring that he could potentially treachery, the play would have also ended in a stab her. This shows incredible bravery on different way. Emilia’s part and loyalty because of the way that she dealt with the knowledge that Othello

In conclusion, if Shakespeare’s did not have

smothered Desdemona. She disregards the dan- strong female characters, the plays would have ger of Othello’s being armed and his unpredict- radically different endings. Emilia is a feminist able mood and goes out on a limb to avenge her character, as evidenced by her progressive views mistress’s death. Lady Macbeth takes charge towards adultery, her attitudes towards her husimilarly in Act 1 Scene 1 Line 70 when she band, and the outspoken nature in which she learns of the witches’ have prophesied that Mac- speaks to men. This is not dissimilar to Lady beth will be the next King of Scotland. She says Macbeth, who goes against her husband’s wishes “To beguile the time, look like the time. You to fulfill her own desires. The way that the fehand your tongue. Look like th’ innocent flower, male characters in Shakespeare’s plays change be the serpent under ‘t. He that that’s coming the outcomes is similar to how strong women must be provided for; and you shall put the changed history during the feminist movement night’s great business into me dispatch, which in the early twentieth century. If all women shall all our nights and days to come give solely could take charge like these characters, I believe and sovereign sway and masterdom.” Macbeth that the world could be a better place. says “We will speak further.” Lady Macbeth replies “Only look up clear. To alter favor ever is to

80


What is the Truth? By: Sienna Gagliano Grade 8 Often times, society is protected from the most beautiful moments she has ever witnessed”. outside world; or in other words-the truth. In the This line reminds the reader that the elephant is poem At the Circus by Alexandria Tannenbaum,

basically held captive. When the author uses the

it shows how people are sometimes forced to look word “thinks” it makes the impact of not really only at the good, not focus on also the bad. This

knowing, but assuming. Through this image, the

refers to the poem because, throughout the

reader understands that she may not be aware of

experience, Tannenbaum shows how the

the dreadful experiences this living creature is

elephant feels. This is shown when the elephant

put through. The word “dancing” is usually

makes it clear that he is feeling trapped, sad,

associated more with a positive connotation more

and miserable. But when the performance starts

than a negative one. Mostly when someone

he is expected to look just the opposite. The

dances, they are filled with happy feelings. The

audience then makes the inference that he is

word “beautiful” is an adjective; meaning

happy; they don’t dig deeper into the situation.

something that is quite extraordinary or good

Tannenbaum used a shocking turning point to

looking. It can also mean satisfying or quite

show her bias-a little girl with a blue, wispy

elegant. If you capture a “moment” it can be

bouquet with a clean white dress only sees that

considered a good, bad or maybe a negative, or

he is “dancing”. To her that is the most beautiful positive memory or happening. If we look at the thing she has ever witnessed, but to the elephant word before it we see that the author uses is the most unnatural, torturous thing he has to

beautiful, and as I said before gives us a positive

endure.

feeling. “Witnessed” means that one has seen or Tannenbaum’s turning point really

heard something, and that furnishes evidence.

shows how people may be shielded from what is

So the little girl has seen (witnessed) a beautiful

really going on. For example, in the tenth

sight of the elephant dancing. Then, through the

stanza, the author shows that the little girl only

shocker of the turning point, Tannenbaum

sees the good with the seclusion that she doesn’t

willingly pulled the readers to experience the

really know how the elephant feels. The girl

troubles of nature. We may no longer look at

“thinks he is dancing, and it will be one of the

only the good, but we need to deepen our minds

81


and look a little closer. With the use of clever metaphors,

suffered both. “Rivers” is the next word on that line, from background knowledge, and a little

Tannenbaum shows how abominable the

research, I found out that rivers are long and

conditions are for the Asian elephant. Also she

flowing; with a vast quantity of water. Or,

concludes that people sometimes don’t realize it.

Tannenbaum is referring to the water meaning

Evidence that proves is stated in stanza three,

blood from the elephant’s cuts. This is similar to

where the author makes it clear how cruelly

the movie Dumbo; the audience sees the mother

treated the Asian elephant is, and how the

going crazy, and she gets labeled “mad”. But

community does not see it. “His skin scattered

what they don’t see is her baby getting taken

with maps of scares-huge rivers of cuts.” In this

away from her. Look and dig deeper to find the

line Tannenbaum shows the reader that the

reality of the situation.

elephant is treated kind of abusively and quite

Tannenbaum successfully pulled the reader to

unfairly. When the author says “scattered” she

realize the other possibilities and the reality of

refers to the massive amounts of scars on his

the happening-not just too look at what you see,

rough grey valuable skin. As scattered meaning

but what you don’t. This was acknowledged by

“found in intervals rather than all together”, you the use of clever metaphors, and an astounding get from this allusion to see the mistreatment of

turning point. In the Asian elephant’s life, he

the animal. “Maps”, make me think (from

realizes what it is to feel trapped, and

background knowledge) that sometimes they are mistreated-To have to put on a show that you tricky to figure out-confusing. Maybe the author

can’t, or are miserable doing; to please everyone

is trying to say that you don’t know where they

else, but not yourself-He feels too. The changing

came from but you are able to see that they got

of the poem states “it is captured in a

there. This is kind of associated with a map. The photograph”-his pain and suffering that is. The next word “scars” is a term that mans a result of

little girl thinks he is dancing, and does not

what happened. This could be referred to as a

realize he is not. He was forced to do the show.

result of a mental or physical incident that the

This proves that people don’t really know what is

elephant was brought upon. Unfortunately, it

going on “behind the curtains”.

82


Tryouts By: Anna Ebl Grade 6 again!! I was doing great! Mr. Davis “Dad!!”

I yelled, “Hurry up!!” We

asked for my number that was pinned on

sloshed our way through the wet ground into Glenbard West’s Field House,

my back so he could write my stats in. I told him and when he found me he said,

relived by the dryness. After sliding on

“Oh you are the coach’s kid. Darn!” He

my basketball shoes and sweatbands

wanted me on his team!!

(my trademark J), I ran out to join the

When this happened again with the

other girls gathered around a man

next coach, I was dumbfounded! I was

named Clint.

like Lebron James! Everyone wanted

We listened as Clint explained how

me, but only one could have me. My dad.

the tryouts would work. As he was

I couldn’t believe how good I was doing,

talking, 4 other men, one of which was

considering my performance at Titans

my dad, were chatting and gathering

tryouts… not the best. But all that

clipboards and pencils. I knew those

mattered was I was better now! I

were the coaches but since I was one of

couldn’t wait to start the season!

their daughters, I would be on my dad’s

After this experience, I decided I

team. We broke into our first groups.

would set a

Mr. Davis, one of the coaches, had us

goal for myself. I wanted to continue

do right handed layups. When I had

building my skills for as long as I could,

tried out for the travel team layups were my worst skill. I went over the form in

since no one can be perfect. But I want to be as close as I can be to perfect. I

my head and on my turn, I made it! And every other turn, I made it again and

want to have this challenge pushing me. After all, I was the one who found it!

83


Challenge Seeking By: Mary Tlue Grade 6 really fast. When I got it, I felt like I was My fist time learning how to ride my bike

in heaven.

One sunny afternoon I went

Now I know, keep trying for

outside and got my bike. I pulled it all

something new, and not giving up, is a

the way into my front yard. Then I put

great way to learn something new. I also

my feet, on the paddles, next I sat down

felt really cheerful about myself. I knew

and hold on to the handles. I felt

now, I won’t have to practice anymore,

nervous, and my whole body was

and that I could ride a big bike all by

shaking, then my dad pushed me, I felt

myself.

like I was going to hurt myself, and I did. This one was easier, because it was a smaller bike. I rode it over and over and over again, until one day I knew that I was riding my bike all by myself. The next day I got out my big bike, which we just bought. I took it all the way to my front yard. Then I sat it up by myself, this time I practiced all by myself too! I pushed myself and moved my feet. It didn’t work, so I keep trying every afternoon, until one night I got it. I hold the handles tightly and paddled

84


The Title of This Story has Yet to Reveal Itself By: Claudia Jackert Grade 8 Imagine a typical suburban town. Hold that image in your mind. Capture it, turn it over, and try to pick it apart. Now zoom in. There is a street in this town. The houses are pretty uniform. Your standard semi modern houses, built perhaps in the late 70’s, early 80’s. Nothing too spectacular, but nothing to scoff at either. On this street there is a house. It is painted an average, if slightly unnatural shade of robin’s egg blue, two uninspiring stories of the slightest mediocrity and unfulfilled dreams of a hindered architect. In this house, there is a window. There are lace curtains that prevent passerby from taking a look inside, but dawn is breaking over the horizon and its palette begins to spill through these curtains and into the room behind. The morning dripped through the window, buttery and various shades of pastel. On the bed stand, there sits a thick arduous book, gathering dust. Despite the fascinating content, this book hasn’t been leafed through, much less scoured for important information in quite awhile. Next to the bed stand there is, logically, a bed. It’s an ornate bed with a canopy, probably a remnant from a time when a little girl inhabited this room and wished for an alternative to her current reality. In this bed, a girl sleeps. Dark hair has fanned over the her pillow and in her face, there is nothing to suggest any emotion whatsoever. Her countenance is a marble façade, the slightest point to her heart which was fast turning as cold and barren as her facial expression. Her heart was slowly spoiling with good reason. At home, her life was chaotic and troubled. The earliest memory she had was one of making herself small against the cold smooth wall as her father threw a plate straight at her mother’s head. She watched as her mother stepped gingerly, unfeelingly aside and the plate shattered into a millions of shining shards with a puff of dust and indifference. Her father had always had a fondness for drinking- much more than he loved his wife

or daughter- and would sometimes finish a whiskey bottle in its entirety after a particularly hard day managing the quarry. He wore crisp suits and dapper ties, for his family had always been well endowed. However it was his horrible unpredictable bouts of anger that come with the drinks that bothered the girl so much. He would be angry, and rough and sometimes, in the loud fights with the girl’s mother, things would come to blows and often end with her mother folded against the wall protecting herself from the blows that fell upon her frail frame in an endless torrent that was the only articulation to his rage and fear of what was to come.Her mother was a spineless creature, kind and defenseless like a newborn. She had married the wrong man in the foolish days of her youth and the girl was the sad result of this marriage. She was the one who really suffered through the endless litany of fights and false truces. And though her mother carried all the physical scars and bruises underneath her clothes and kept her silence close to her chest with the grieving resignation of someone who has lost everything dear to them. The girl’s name is Jade, her namesake being a semiprecious stone that her mother was fond of back when her father bought her mother jewelry and didn’t spend every waking moment on a bar stool. But that was a time when her mother still smiled and Jade couldn’t see over the top of the table, now all that existed in her household was an acute sadness that gathered in the corners of rooms and lingered like an awkward guest from a long ago party that had never quite discovered the door out. The fights would break out almost nightly, thunderous and brutal. Never once did her mother fight back, just took every single word and abuse the father undermined her with. In the capricious and fragile space of memory, every sharp declaration twisted a knife further into Jade’s cracking heart. As the shadows of the day, edged grey delicate in

85


their lace frames, crept across the floorboards of her room, the girl slept. She scarcely stirs as the morning meets its death and afternoon takes its place in the grand pageant that is the world. The girl is not awake to see this; she is somewhere far away from the mundane little room in her tiny suburban town. Though her physical form slumbers, her mind ran amok. Thoughts scurried over her frontal lobes and disappear at the base of her skull, sending tiny frenetic signals down her spinal cord and puppeteering the occasional twitch or slight noise. Looking past the straight mechanics of her brain and pulling away the translucent curtain into her thoughts, we see her for who she aspires to be. She is dreaming. Unlike most of us, who sleep through the night, ignorant of what our minds do when left to their own devices, she can see everything in vivid technicolor. Her mind is a brilliant escape, a fabulous Oz to her Dorothy who is trapped in the Kansas of the real world. In this particular dream in which she is partaking, she rules the land. The landscapes are jagged and glacial. A prehistoric and rugged place in which the beasts and humans ran wild, untied to the shackles of civilization. Behemoth pachyderms and lean, lanky cats with large teeth –which would on occasion snap up young children- wandered through the plains and mountains . The nomads who inhabited this land followed nothing but the movements of the herd across these fertile plains. Straddling this great illusion was the orchestrator of all of it all, Jade. At home she was only a girl, powerless in the face of her mother and father’s disintegrated marriage, but in the theater of her mind she was whatever she wished. Currently she was the leader of the tribe. Dressed in the furs of some great ancient mammal, hair knotted into a bun, with pounds of heavy ceremonial jewels weighing upon her lanky muscled frame, striding through the tent city. All around her there the air smelled of hard labor and struggles. The scent of sweat comingled with blood and cooking fires.

Somewhere in the camp a baby is crying, but the sounds of its tears carry off on the back of a cold wind. Though most of the tribes were still nomadic, some had begun to settle down, adulterating the fertile plains with their plows and crops. She hated it. Though to make war with them would mean the decimation of her tribe. But sooner or later Jade speculated that a clash would be inevitable. The tribes of the east and west were beginning to form alliances with each other in preparation for the day when tempers would rise to a pitch and cause all the stifled anger and selfishness to release itself in a dangerous and costly confrontation. She herself could not commit to such a pact, and instead chose to turn a blind eye to it. They were not a tribe of warmongers, just gentle pack animals with no enmity towards the others. To kill a member of their group would be on par with the murder of something so dumb and mild as a cow; and it was for that reason only that she felt the slightest sense of security. Her people worked their entire lives and died old and satisfied. As she ambled through the camp, a cry echoes out, distinct and clear from the rest. “Look! Over the ridge!” Sure enough, cresting the hill in a formidable reddish brown cloud of dust , came the warriors. The higher ranking ones rode in formation with their leader heading the pack. He was from one of the tribes much farther north and was decked out in war paint, waving a spear. After him, there came a plethora of foot soldiers, all armed to the teeth and huge. As it dawned on Jade what was occurring, she rushed to save her people. Breaking into a sprint, she flew to the head of the camp to defend it. Angrily, she pulled a small bone knife from the loop of leather around her waist and brandished it, partially out of a need to intimidate her enemy and partially out of the rage of knowing that she could not even control the dream. A group of people gathered around her, readying for the savage battle which was looming awfully close. Behind her, she

86


could hear the women and children fleeing, sounds of baggage hastily gathered and the tinny wail of an infant cutting the strange silence of the few moments before the struggle. As the warriors flooded over the ridge, their formation seething and undulating in the sheer numbers of hundreds of warriors, her vision inexplicably wavered and she felt faint, but wrote it off as fear of what was to come. And the eerie silence was broken as the warriors hit their short line of defense. Blood and sweat ran together in rivers as they fought. Cries of the wounded and the rapid staccato of horse’s hooves on hard packed dirt cut the air in sharp bursts. Smells of sweat and human desperation, a need to live one more day permeated the air, and as she engaged a beefy man with a wiry tumbleweed beard in hand to hand combat, Jade tasted the slightest metallic blood. As she paused for the briefest moment, off guard and felt a blunt warm pain in her side. She looked down only to see a fast growing red stain in her lower torso, as she looked up the huge hairy hand of the man came rushing at an inhuman speed in a backhand and she was knocked off her feet. As she looked up, from her place on the bloodstained turf, he smiled toothlessly his face looking shockingly similar to her father’s; framed in the perfect cloudless blue sky he turned on his heel to run further into the fray but before he could get out of reach, she reached forward and stuck him with her dagger. It was not a particularly good or clean cut, but she sliced a muscle in his calf, a deep and bloody wound. It caused much pain and the man fell to his knees squealing like a gluttonous child. But before she could witness his bleeding out, her vision clouded and black spots began to appear. One of her loyal subjects rushed to her aid, as she lay crumpled on the ground, a slow and steady warm rush of blood serenely flowing from her side and onto the emerald green of the beautiful prairie. Whispering words of comfort into her ear, he tried in vain to

staunch the blood that she so desperately needed to survive what was fast turning into a nightmare. She clung fast to life like a suckering vine, as the cold fingers of death tried to pull her into the deep dark floodwaters of oblivion. Slowly and surely, they grew over her eyes, blocking out the flawless blue of the sky. And through her delirious mind, panic cut a frightened chord. She had never before died in the dream realm. How would she come to in real life, if she was dead here? Here amongst the bodies of her slain comrades and dead enemies, she lay gasping greedily for the cold mountain air. And in a final moment of comfort and loss, her few remaining tribes people surrounded her fragile, dying form. Hands reached out and touched her face, wiping sweat from her fevered brow and simple words of love and kindness drifted to meet her ears. Though the language was guttural and simple, there was a certain weight to those words and despite the pain and blindness, Jade smiled. And it was during this moment of kindness and loss that she departed from the dream world, ensconced in the delirium of her deathbed. She was not present to witness the immeasurable sadness of the tribe as they wailed over her still warm body. In another world the sunlight was fading in the lace framed window. The huge orange burning ball hanging low over the black tar horizon and the neighborhood was coming alive in the humid air of the July night. And as her moment of death occurred in the dream realm, she was withering in the physical world. Silent invisible poisons had pooled in the periphery and slowly gathered and crept forward an advancing wall of death. Under her door the silent killer serenely slipped. Down the stairs around two corners in the kitchen, a stove was on, no flames brushed the iron grate of the stove, just the slightest hiss of escaping gas. Oblivious to the threat at home, her mother was at the grocery, purchasing food for dinner. She is standing at the cash register receiving her change.

87


She flinches slightly as the cashier reaches out to hand her the remainders of the twenty she forked over, and there is an almost imperceptible breath of relief as she notes that the hand does not threaten her safety. Her long slender fingers curl around the paper and metal, her palms are sweating slightly. The long dead face of a president is gazing grimly into this moist expanse. She departs the grocery and loads the food into the beat up car to drive home. Across town, Jade’s father is hunched over a glass in a dark almost windowless room. The neon glow above the shelf housing liquor casts a strange shadow over his face and he is far past the point of speaking. Downing the last of his drink, he gazed bleary eyed at the clock and there was the slightest recognition in his eyes that it was getting late. He slapped down an obscene amount of money on the scratched surface of the counter and drunkenly waved his hand at the bartender who was cleaning glasses. Stumbling for the door, he miraculously makes it out and goes car to car, trying to open each one and setting off several alarms before finding his own. He gets behind the wheel and backs out. Speeding down the highway, he gets about half a mile before a tree comes out of nowhere and suddenly he and his car became a smoking twisted hunk of metal wrapped like a bow around an ancient oak. Through all these events, Jade sleeps as she always does. But it is no longer a healthy sleep. The invisible poisons, drawn from the earth and piped into her home to make her life easier are now making it worse. They have taken up residence in her lungs and nostrils and her brain is losing oxygen. If she could wake up in that moment, she would discover that she has lost control of the right half of her body and cannot speak. The poison shuts down her brain, the electric signals no longer tickle her spinal cord, the heart no longer flushes fresh red blood through her veins, and no longer do her thick lashes flutter in her sleep. Jade is no longer there. The

88

slender dark arms of oblivion welcome her warmly as a car door slams in her driveway. Her body is still warm when her mother reaches her. And unlike Jade’s death in her dream tribe, the whole neighborhood hears these wails of grief. My story applies to the Kaufman rule “If you don’t risk failure you will never do anything different” in the sense that I tried to break out of some more conventional writing ideas for this and make it less based in reality than most stories, I tried to make the main character’s thoughts more prevalent than her actual situation in life. The other rule that I considered as I wrote this was how he was talking about exposing wounds. In the story, Jade has a lot of wounds that she doesn’t expose for fear of violent reprisal at the hands of her alcoholic father. It is because of this that she is welcomed into oblivion at the end of the story because her fear to speak out leads her to never articulating her sadness, so her parents never really know who she is at the time of her death. I think that in this story, words shaped a lot of what happened. The main force that really shaped how Jade lived her life was her father’s words and her mother’s lack of words that caused her to resent them both and why she turned to her own fictions to solve her problems.


I SEARCH…..

89


Cancer Treatment By: Luke Evangelista Grade 8 Cancer Treatment What I Know Cancer is a very big issue in America and all over the world. My grandfather recently passed away from a form of cancer. It affected our whole family and it made us very passionate about cancer. Nobody ever thought much of cancer until it affected our whole family. We all became aware of this horrible disease and therefore, the whole process is interesting to me. Cancer is a disease that takes the lives of millions of people every year. There are many different types of cancer and many ways to cure it. However, cancer can reach a certain stage when it cannot be cured. The most common ways of treating cancer is through radiation and chemotherapy. With chemotherapy, poisons and chemicals are injected into the body to destroy cancer. The drugs target fast-growing cancer cells and also stop hair growth. That’s why cancer patients lose their hair. In my grandfather’s case, the radiation and chemotherapy was too toxic for him, and it sickened him and destroyed his health. The hospital was very advanced and had all the latest equipment to treat cancer. Patients with cancer are treated very well. Doctors understand that the treatment is very difficult to endure. Everyone wants to make a difference and end cancer once and for all. I know millions of dollars have been raised to find a cure for cancer by charities and walks/runs for cancer. Doctors and scientists are constantly trying to find new drugs and cures for cancer, with limited success. It may seem easy to find a cure, but it’s more complicated. Although there is funding and very smart doctors and scientists striving to find a cure, I want to know why there hasn’t been a total cure for cancer yet. I want to know what new treatments are available to cure cancer. Also, what have doctors tried and why has it failed. In conclusion, cancer is something that is very important to my family. It affected my family along with millions of other families. It is a major health issue in our society today, so I want to educate myself about efforts to eradicate this disease. What I Want To Know

I am interested in the topic of cancer research because my grandfather recently passed away from this disease and it affected my whole family, and we all became interested in cancer. I witnessed my grandfather suffer from cancer and therefore it made me passionate about it. The fact that there is no cure scares me. There are millions of people battling a disease with little hope. I want to know what cancer treatments are effective in fighting the disease. I hope to learn a lot. In order to answer my main questions I have to formulate smaller questions. I want to know what types of treatments have been tried and what treatments have failed. I think lots of cures have been tried but nothing has been successful yet. I know that cancer is a very terrible disease and it seems like there is no cure. Cancer spreads rapidly so the cure would have to work immediately. I want know how close doctors and scientists are to finding a cure for this horrible disease. Would there be different treatments for different cancers? Are all forms of cancer the same? If all forms of cancer were the same, then I think doctors would only need to have one treatment. If not, then doctors would need a vast number of treatments for all types of cancer. There are different stages of cancer. My grandfather had stage three which was untreatable. The disease spread quickly and doctors gave him six months to live once he was diagnosed. These are the smaller questions I have relating to the subject of cancer research. Again my main question; what types of cancer treatments are effective in fighting the disease? I hope all my questions are answered in my research, and that I become an expert about cancer research in the process. Research Journey Source #1: Book Finding my source was easy. The librarian helped me find a book about cancer. I knew this book was credible because it had many types of diseases and went into detail about them. I put the authors name into Google and I found out he has written more than four hundred books. I believed this source would answer the overall question of what is cancer

90


and offer insight on how to cure it. I was confident it would be a good source. According to Newton, cancer is not just one disease. It is a combination of almost one hundred diseases. This disease is responsible for one out of every four deaths in the United States. If that is not bad enough, 1.2 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer in 1988 and out of that number, 500,000 are expected to die of the horrible disease (147). Cancer treatment is designed to remove most of the original tumor as possible and second, prevent the tumor from recurring or spreading (153). The most common types of treatments for cancer are: surgery; radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone treatment, and bone marrow transplantation. Surgery is most effective when the tumor is small and in one area of the body (154). Radiation kills cancer cells. This form of treatment is most commonly combined with surgery. Another common treatment is chemotherapy which is the use of chemicals or drugs to kill cancer cells. These drugs can be given orally or by injection. Chemotherapy is sometimes used before surgery or radiation because it reduces the size of the tumor (155). Immunotherapy is a new form of cancer treatment. It uses chemicals that naturally occur in the body to kill cancer cells. These chemicals; called interferons, stimulate the patient’s immune system to fight the cancer more effectively. As for cancer vaccinations, research is ongoing. It suggests the vaccination will be given to patients who already have cancer to help their immune system fight the disease. Different kinds of cancer grow at different rates. Hormone therapy is used with such types of cancer like breast, prostate, and uterus cancer. It involves drugs that reduce the amount of hormones in the body and their ability to cause change to the body. This extends the patient’s life (155). One of the last common forms of cancer treatment is bone marrow transplantation. Bone marrow is the tissue found in the center of bones. Chemotherapy and radiation destroy bone marrow which is turned into blood cells so bone marrow transplants are necessary to keep a patient healthy (156). In conclusion, this source supported what I believed and gave more detail to the things I already knew. It did not provide any opposing views. I still want to know what new

forms of cancer treatments are being developed and what treatments have failed. I feel this source greatly helped me in my research journey.

Research Journey 2 Source #3: Website I found my source by putting the keywords cancer treatment into the Google search engine. It was a top search and it was a government site so I knew it was credible. The website was very current. The website featured several facts and good information. Doctors and research experts contribute to the website. All contributors work with the National Cancer Institute and is fact-based with no opinions. Proton therapy is a new form of cancer treatment. In 2009, an estimated 1.47 million Americans will be diagnosed with cancer. Of that number, 60 to 75 percent will use radiation therapy. A select few will get treatment using proton therapy, which minimizes long term effects and increase their odds of beating cancer. Proton therapy was approved by the FDA in 2001 and has gained the public’s interest. The first proton accelerator opened in 1990 dedicated to medical treatment at Loma Linda University. Today, there are seven accelerators in the United States that are saving patients’ lives. This treatment is mostly used on children with cancer but also on adults who have small tumors in their organs. To go along with proton therapy, another type of treatment that is up and coming is cancer vaccinations. These important vaccines are designed to treat cancers that have already developed. They are intended to stop or delay cancer cell growth. A vaccination is a medicine that boosts the body’s immune system to fight off disease. White blood cells play a major role in fighting off the disease in a vaccination. These cells protect the immune system from foreign diseases or invaders. In the vaccination there is B cells which make antibodies. These antibodies, like police or doctors; targets bad cells or cells that are infected and terminate them. Vaccinations are still being developed but their effectiveness is promising.The FDA has approved two types of cancer vaccinations. One for hepatitis B and one for human papillomavirus types 16 and 18. The hepatitis B virus can cause liver cancer and papillomavirus

91


which is responsible for about 70% of cervical cancer diagnoses. The two vaccines are Gardasil and Cervaix. Additionally, the FDA has approved a vaccine for men with mentastic prostate cancer. In conclusion, this source supported what I believe and provided much more detail to what I knew about cancer treatments. This source did not provide any opposing view. It was all facts and information. I still want to know what types of cancer treatments have failed. I feel this source greatly helped me on my second research journey.

the types of treatments my grandpa was offered. She said he was offered a couple types of treatments but they went with radiation and chemotherapy treatment. The radiation and chemotherapy treatment made him very sick and my family decided to stop the treatment. According to my grandma, “I just couldn’t watch him suffer anymore.” This interviewed helped me greatly in my research journey. My grandma told me what it was like to go through a loved one dealing with cancer and she offered insight to what the types of treatments are. It opened my eyes to really how cancer affects families.

Research Journey 3

What I Learned

Source #2: Interview

I researched the topic of cancer treatment. I wanted to research this topic because my grandfather recently passed away from cancer. It has affected my whole family and it made us all very passionate about cancer and finding a cure. I knew right away I wanted to research cancer treatments because our family did not know anything about the treatments until the doctors informed us about my grandfather’s possible options. There are treatments in development for cancer research, to go along with the treatments already available. First of all, cancer is a combination of almost one hundred diseases and is responsible for one of every four deaths in the Unites States. If that is not horrific enough, in 1988, 1.2 million Americans were diagnosed with cancer. Of that number, five hundred thousand are expected to die (Newton 147). Most cancer treatments aim to remove as much of the cancer cells as possible and prevent it from recurring. When cancer cells combine, they form a tumor. Almost all treatments are designed to remove the tumor or shrink it (Newton 153). The most common types of cancer treatments are surgery, radiation, chemotherapy, immunotherapy, hormone treatment, and bone marrow transplant (Newton 154). My grandpa chose to do radiation and chemotherapy to try to cure his cancer. Even though my grandma said, “It was a very hard process, both physically and mentally.” (Stephanides). The treatment my grandpa underwent was very hard on him because his cancer was very advanced and it was basically incurable. His survival rate was 42%

While we were sitting in class learning about the interviewing process, our teacher read aloud names of people we should interview. She said it could be a family member and I knew right away that I wanted to interview my grandma. I wanted to because my grandpa went through cancer and she knew a lot about it. I interviewed my grandma at her house and I learned a lot of things I didn’t know. To begin with, I asked my grandma if she had any pamphlets or papers she wanted me to look over. She had saved a lot of them so I took a look at them. When my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer, the hospital gave my grandma informational papers about what to expect with a family member with cancer. The pamphlets where full of information about side effects and different types of treatment. When my grandpa was diagnosed with cancer, the hospital gave her a ton of papers and she kept them. All the sheets were very helpful for my research journey. After she gave me some papers, I asked my grandma about what was her reaction to my grandfather being diagnosed with cancer. She said, ‘It was a very hard process, both physically and mentally.” She watched her husband, my grandfather, suffer through this horrible disease. It was hard physically for her because she had to watch what my grandpa ate and watch for side effects of the treatment and take him to treatment. My grandfather had diabetes so it was double the work for my grandma, who had to always be at his side. Also, I asked her about

92


with half a year of being diagnosed with cancer (“Esophageal”). Sadly, the cancer was way too advanced and he passed away two and a half months after he was diagnosed. Cancer treatments have changed with the new technologies that are being discovered every day. The new form of cancer treatments is proton therapy. This treatment minimizes long term effects and increases the patient’s odds of beating cancer. The FDA approved it in 2001. A select number of people got to use this new form of treatment. Of 1.47 million Americans diagnosed with cancer in 2009, only a select few get to use proton therapy. It was first used at Loma Linda and now has treated 16,000 patients since 1990 (Arzt). In 1990, the first proton accelerator opened for medical usage. (Moya Del Pino) Another up and coming cancer treatment is in the form of a shot. A vaccination helps boost the body’s immune system to fight off the disease. Cancer vaccinations are being used to treat cancers that have already been developed; therefore, the shots are given to the patients who have cancer, not to prevent it (Moya Del Pino; Newton 155).The new drug stops or delays cancer cell growth. These vaccinations are still being formed but their outcome to treating cancer is promising. So far, the FDA has approved two types of vaccinations, one for Hepatitis B and one for human papillomavirus types 16 and 18. Those two new drugs are called Gardasil and Cervaix. (Moya Del Pino). Besides cancer vaccinations and proton therapy, there are a multitude of different options to treating cancer. Surgery is the most effective when the tumor is small and in one area of the body. Radiation treatment usually goes hand and hand with surgery (Newton 154). Radiation accounts for two thirds of all treatments given to cancer patients during their illness. (“Statistics”). Chemotherapy uses chemicals to fight the cancer cells and can be given orally or by injection, but radiation is given by machines (Newton 155; Stephanides). Another kind of treatment is immunotherapy which is a new form that uses the body’s chemicals that occur naturally to kill cancer cells. The chemicals are called interferons, stimulate the body’s immune system to fight off the cancer cells more effectively (Newton 155). Overall, I think I have become an expert about the topic of cancer treatments. I have

93

gained a lot of knowledge about things I did not know already. Cancer treatment is very complex but it can save patients lives. It is very important to know the types of cancer treatments because a loved one could be diagnosed with cancer, as in my family's situation, we had to make a hard decisions and being educated could help immensely. I see great value in doing this I-Search paper in the long run. It has taught me grow as a learner. Reflection Through this research journey I gained so much more knowledge about my topic that I did not already know. I had a good amount of background knowledge before researching cancer treatments because my grandfather went through cancer. I learned a lot more about researching and determining if sources are credible or not. Also, some challenges I came across were finding specific information because cancer is a very vast topic full of information. I had to narrow it down to the specifics of cancer treatments. Over this research journey, I think I have become an expert on cancer treatments. I learned a lot of facts and new information I did not already know. The new information I acquired will help me in life by knowing what treatments there are in case someone I know is diagnosed with cancer and might be looking for insight on what to do. Not only the new knowledge, but the researching part will help me in high school and in college.


The Beauty Industry By: Arriane Love Grade 8 The Beauty Industry

There’s a lot to this mystery, and I’m ready to get down to the bottom of it.

What I Know

What I Want to Know

Have you ever felt that you’re not good enough? If so, you’re not alone. Beauty perception (the way that girls think about themselves) is interesting to me, because some of my close friends are constantly looking down upon themselves. I, personally, am the type of person that’ll glance at a picture of a model and immediately wish it was me. In modern-day society, we are greatly exposed to models - all of whom we are made to believe “flawless.” Models take the time to perfect their image to obtain the job they’re applying for. It seems to us that teenage boys especially enjoy models’ appearances. Maybe this is because they see the models as “skinny,” “pretty,” or “perfect.” When girls hit the age where they become interested in boys, the main thing they aim to do is fulfill these boys’ desires. If a girl doesn’t look like a model, her self-esteem will plummet, just because she doesn’t fit the bill. As you can see, the reason girls strive to become someone other than themselves is simply to impress the boys. If girls don’t receive compliments from boys, they come from the girls. In a sad way, the common girl habit of rejecting a compliment has never failed to amuse me. Compliments shouldn’t be shoved away; they’re meant to be acknowledged. Furthermore, the intention of telling a girl that you think highly of her is to make her feel good about herself. Yet when a girl flat-out denies it, she’s just taking herself for granted. People mean a compliment when they say it! For some reason, girls tend to think and say, “I’m not good enough,” or “nobody will ever like me.” What makes girls feel this way? In my opinion, the answer is our overexposure to models. What makes them so different anyway? They’re normal girls just like you and me. Unfortunately, though, that’s not the way that they’re broadcasted. Maybe there’s a reason why girls think down upon themselves - and maybe its the reasons listed above. I hope to further understand the effect that models have on teenage girls’ self-esteem and self-esteem itself. What makes one girl different from the other?

Even though I already know a little about beauty perception and self-esteem, there's still so much I'd like to know. Three years ago, I started to take an interest in the topic because of a very close friend of mine. She's always telling herself that she isn't good enough, though she truly is. What I'd like to know is how the media (specifically, beauty perception) impacts the selfimage of teenagers; and what is being done to address this predicament? I've taken my question and narrowed it down a little, and the first thing I'd like to know is how the media impacts the self-image of teenagers. I know that some girls will look at a picture of a model and instantly wish it was them. Girls will think that they're not "pretty," or "skinny." With those thoughts in mind, a couple more issues come up. It's natural to wonder whether models had trouble with selfesteem before they began their careers, and if this profession fixed the problem. In addition, I've noticed that every "flaw" a girl picks out from her body leads to one thing: low selfesteem. If you’re suffering from low-self esteem can it lead to anything more severe; like selfdepression? Since self-esteem is such a quandary, it's important to inquire as to what people are doing to stop it. There are organizations focused on the topic, and people who go out of their way to make girls feel beautiful. People can do things on their own, but how do professionals handle the issue? Conclusively, there are many things that I hope to find out through this writing journey. I plan to take the role of an advocate, because of my strong feelings toward the topic. I have many questions that I would like to have answered, but my main focus is how the beauty industry impacts teenagers' self-image perception and what is being done to address this worldwide crisis. Through books, websites and interviews I hope to come to conclusions with my topic. Research Journey 1: Book Anderberg, Kirsten. “How Do Images of

94


Beauty Affect Society?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 72-75. Print Barbreri, Annalisa. “Should People Strive for Beauty?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 102-105. Print. Flora, Carlin. “Should People Strive for Beauty?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 106-113. Print. Malkan, Stacy. “What Are the Effects of the Beauty and Fashion Industries?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 141-152. Print. Scott, M. Linda. “How Do Images of Beauty Affect Society?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 76-83. Print. For my first research journey, I chose to use a book recommended by Dr. Bruno. Opposing Viewpoints: The Culture of Beauty. The publisher of the book was Gale. The Opposing Viewpoint books always have two sides to each argument, which means that the book is not biased. At the bottom of each new article, there was a cited source from where it came from. I checked in each of those places to make sure that the article was true. After looking at the chapter titles and headings I believed that a couple of my questions would be answered. How does the media impact the self-image of teenagers? Before models became models, did they have low selfesteem when they were teenagers? Does becoming a model make you feel better about yourself? With two articles being available for each topic, I hoped to gain much knowledge about each question. According to Kirsten Anderberg, the beauty industry is solely dependent on selfhatred, and billions of dollars are spent yearly on the industry. Models themselves notice the self-

hatred that other models convey. The way that they’re presented is considered “beauty” with all of the heavy makeup and plucked eyebrows (73). Carlin Flora agrees and quotes Richard Robins, professor of psychology at the University of California, Davis. “When women evaluate their physical attractiveness, they compare themselves with an idealized standard of beauty, a fashion model.” According to Flora, girls make themselves presentable no matter what the occasion, they even get dolled up when all they’re doing is going out for a coffee run. She references a previous study that was done: psychologists videotaped subjects on physical attractiveness, emotional expressiveness, and social skills. All three qualities contributed to the subjects’ overall likeability, but attractiveness was the least important factor to others (112). Therefore, when girls spend so much time getting dressed up, it’s really a waste of time. People don’t really care, they just want reasons to like you. Even though Flora believes that getting dressed up wherever you go is a waste of time, Barbreri believes otherwise. “Lipstick is queen, next to mascara,” (103). Lipstick and mascara are the two items most women say they cannot live without. According to skin care guru, John Gutafson, different types of makeup when offered to women after they were beaten by their partners, helps them psychologically. (104) The power of lipstick was best described by a diary written by Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin; a liberator of Bergen-Belsen Concentration Camp in 1945. He writes: “I can give no adequate description of the Horror Camp in which my men and myself were to spend the next month of our lives . . . shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted. We were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it. It was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for

95


these internees than the lipstick . . . At last someone had done something to make them individuals again: they were someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At last they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity,” (104-105). Fortunately, most of us have not been in a concentration camp. Although there they focused of the importance of using makeup, Flora disagrees. “Individuals should focus on selfacceptance,” she says. She believes that humans can’t come close to being able to judge their own looks. Others see the whole package, but individuals tend to focus on detail. When a person looks in the mirror, he or she zeroes in on the imperfections. Imperfections on someone’s body give them their own trademark, but to themselves it’s just another thing that makes them disfigured. If you can’t trust your own selfappraisal, or the reassurances of friends and family, you’re left to the cool judgments of strangers to satisfy you’re appearance (107). Self -judgments shift like weather on a spring day (108). One moment you can feel good about yourself, and then the next you’re completely down. Self-concepts are built of thousands of social comparisons. Donelle Ruwe, and English professor at Northern Arizona University tells Flora, “I think that when you’re self-conscious about your body, too much of your mind and emotions are focused on it. But once you let go of that selfconsciousness, you can interact without it getting in the way.” A person you finds you likeable won’t notice your imperfections, only you will be held accountable for the way you think others see you. Ken Harris admits to feeling a bit guilty about he does for a living. As a digital photo retoucher, he airbrushes fashion photos of the glamorous models who broadcast idealized images of beauty around the world. The photos are “perfected to death,” he said. “I don’t see these photographs as being authentic or real. I see them as being mechanical and inhuman.” (146). The more perfect models look, the more products women will buy. Product

manufacturers are “not going to keep something that looks flawed or natural. They’re not concerned with natural. They’re concerned with selling their product,” Dominic Demasi, a digital photo retoucher explains (147). After reading through this source, the explanations supported my previous beliefs that the standard of “beauty” challenges and impact the self-esteem of normal girls. They’re led to believe that they have to make themselves look like models, when in reality models are perfected to fit that criteria. Some new questions were raised, I wonder, do people not really care about how you look? Are models comfortable about being “digitally edited” before the pictures are released? How do models really feel about what they do for a living? I felt that this source was extremely helpful in helping me to gain knowledge, coming to conclusions on some of my questions about beauty. Research Journey 2: Website “11 Facts About Teens and Self-Esteem.” dosomething.org. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. http://www.dosomething.org/ tipsandtools/11-facts-about-teens-andself-esteem “11 Facts About Body Image.” dosomething.org. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. http://dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11facts-about-body-image “Questions and Answers about Low Self-Esteem (LSE)” theselfesteeminsitute.com. Web. 27 Nov. 2012. http:// www.theselfesteeminstitute.com/aboutself-esteem.html The two websites that I decided to use for my second research journey, I believe are very credible. The first, dosomething.org is run by an organization that collects information from specialists in different topics. The second, theselfesteeminstitute.com is run by a therapist that specializes in self-esteem. I can claim both of these websites credible, because I looked at the biographies of the authors and found out all about them, and why the things they say are correct. In order to find sources relating to my topic I used keywords such as “self-esteem,” and “beauty industry.” By using those key search

96


terms I was able to pull up several articles and websites relating to the media and self-esteem. Through dosomething.org, I was able to pull together different articles and find out some different facts about teens and self-esteem. Low self-esteem is actually a thinking disorder, which causes an individual to view him or herself as inadequate, unworthy, unlovable and/or incompetent. They often feel down about their looks, performance in school and relationships with family and friends. 75% of girls with low self-esteem reported engaging in negative activities such as cutting, bullying, smoking, and drinking. Most people believe that cases of low self-esteem are only found in girls, when in reality it happens with boys too. Although they’re in the same situation, their symptoms are different. Boys can be prone to obsessive exercising, binge eating, steroid abuse, and diet aid abuse when faced with low self-esteem. (11 Facts About Teens and Self-Esteem) The way you view your body heavily impacts your self-esteem levels. 53% of thirteenyear-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies. The number grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen. 40-50% of American women are trying to lose weight at any point in time. If your self-hatred for your body starts as early as thirteen, imagine what extremes you can go to- to lose weight. One out of every four college aged women has an eating disorder. (11 Facts About Body Image) There are many ways to determine whether or not you have low self-esteem such as lacking confidence, feeling insecure about yourself and comparing yourself to others around you. If any of the symptoms apply to you, but you don’t understand why you’re suffering from low self-esteem it might be because as a child you were mistreated, overly criticized, or harshly disciplined. After keeping all of these feelings bottled up inside yourself fear and anxiety accompanies your self-esteem issue. (theselfesteeminsititue.com) After reading through the websites, the information followed what I believed and gave me more insight. Some of my old questions were answered like, what are the factors of low selfesteem? The two websites I used were very helpful in giving me straight-forward facts about my topic, that pulled my thinking together.

Faivre, Carolyn. Personal Interview. Glen Ellyn: 29 Nov 2012. For my final research journey, I conducted an interview with Dr. Carolyn Faivre. I found her online by looking up “self-esteem specialists in Glen Ellyn,” and her website came up. I scrolled through, checking out all of the information they had about her. I found out that she had her Masters and Bachelor of Science degree in psychology. After looking through a list of other specialists, I decided that Dr. Faivre would be the most knowledgeable about the topic because of her degrees. Through the interview, I asked Dr. Faivre a series of questions all revolving around the beauty industry and self-esteem. I was able to gain much knowledge as to what self-esteem really is, and what is being done to prevent it. I found out that self-esteem is the amount of respect you have for yourself, and the willingness to try new things. Some signs of low self-esteem are distress about not being happy, the fear of trying new things, and the way you act around others. According to Dr. Faivre, the media has a big impact on teenagers. The industry presents artificial images of what they think you’re supposed to look like. With the media shooting out so many different images, they give girls insensible feelings about themselves. Faivre told me that her step daughter worked at a modeling agency in New York as part of an internship, and she said that the models put in very long hours working under the hot lights. They had to wear outfits that other models had already worn, all smelly with sweat. The modeling industry isn’t as glamorous as it seems. Her step daughter ended up being asked to become a model for the agency, but after seeing how hard the job was, she gave up all ideas about wanting to become a model. In order to become part of the modeling industry, you have to go in with very high selfesteem. You’ll be put under a lot of pressure, so you have to be sure not to lose yourself under pressure. One of my initial thoughts on the impact of models was that if girls see pictures of them, they’ll instantly feel down about themselves and wish it was them. According to Dr. Faivre, I was wrong. Cases of low self-esteem

Research Journey 3: Interview

97


start way before someone is introduced to modeling. Dr. Faivre believes that the parents have a lot to do with low self-esteem. The more parents need something from their kids can really shape self-esteem. The parents’ reaction to something becomes the children’s reaction. Although, she can’t do anything to prevent low self-esteem, she encourages parents to support their child. They need to have a nice base of support in what they do. The children need to have passions, something that they have no pressure to excel in. The child needs mentors in what they do, other than their parents. After conducting the interview, I was able to answer many of my questions like what exactly is low self-esteem; what are some signs that show low self-esteem; how does the media impact the self-esteem of teenagers; how do people react; and is there anything being done to prevent it? Being able to actually sit down and talk to Dr. Faivre was very helpful. I was able to have a face to face conversation, and actually understand what she was telling me. What I’ve Learned The beauty industry is something that everyone sees, something you cannot hide from. Some people strive to become models as soon as they are old enough, but they don’t understand what type of mess they’re getting themselves into. The beauty industry is a rough business, being told that you aren’t good enough, or you’re just not fit to be a model. One may not be affected by it, but some are. If one is affected, that may mean that one has low self-esteem. So many questions were running through my head during this research project, and a couple of very important ones were answered. The beauty industry impacts the self-image of teenagers heavily, and there is little being done to prevent low self-esteem. One of my biggest questions was answered early on in my research: what effects do models have on teenage girls’ self-esteem? Stacy Malkan the author of “The Beauty Industry Promotes Unrealistic Beauty Standards,” conducted an interview with digital photo retoucher, Ken Harris. He admits to feeling guilty about what he does for a living. He airbrushes fashion photos of the glamorous models who broadcast idealized images of beauty

98

around the world. “They’re perfected to death,” he said. “I don’t see these photographs as being authentic or real. I see them as being mechanical and inhuman,” (146). I was able to sit down, and interview therapist Dr. Carolyn J. Faivre of Glen Ellyn, and she agrees with Harris. She believes that the media presents an artificial image of what people are supposed to look like, and gives teenage girls insensible feelings about themselves. I have always believed that the media was a bad thing. Models don’t really look like the way they’re presented. I have always felt that the modeling industry hurts girls so much. It just gives them insecure feelings, they might think that they aren’t good enough, or they don’t measure up to “beauty.” I think that the world would be better off without the modeling industry. It would make girls feel so much better about themselves. After reading the article, a few questions were raised like: do people not really care about how you look, are models comfortable about being “digitally edited” before the pictures are released, and how do models really feel about what they do for a living? The modeling industry has a very heavy impact on the self-image of teenagers, and it is something that can progress to become a huge issue. Sometimes when girls see a picture of a model, they feel the need to look like them. They’ll get dressed up for any occasion, even a simple coffee run. Carlin Flora, the author of “Should People Strive for Beauty?” references a previous study that was done: psychologist’s videotaped subjects on physical attractiveness, emotion expressiveness, and social skills. All three qualities contributed to the subjects’ overall likeability, but attractiveness was the least important factor to others (112). Therefore, when girls spend so much time getting dressed up, it’s really a waste of time. People don’t really care; they just want reasons to like you. Even though Flora believes that getting dressed up wherever you go *explain a little more*, Barbreri believes otherwise. “Lipstick is queen next to mascara,” (103). Lipstick and mascara are the two items that most women say they cannot live without. According to skin care guru, John Gutafson, different types of makeup when offered to women after they were beaten by their partners, helps them psychologically (104). The power of lipstick was best described by a diary written by Lieutenant Colonel Mervin Willett Gonin; a liberator of Bergen-Belsen


Concentration Camp in 1945. He writes: “I can give no adequate description of the Horror Camp in which my men and myself were to spend the next month of our lives . . . shortly after the British Red Cross arrived, though it may have no connection, that a very large quantity of lipstick arrived. This was not at all what we men wanted. We were screaming for hundreds and thousands of other things and I don’t know who asked for lipstick. I wish so much that I could discover who did it. It was the action of genius, sheer unadulterated brilliance. I believe nothing did more for these internees than the lipstick . . . At last someone, no longer merely the number tattooed on the arm. At last they could take an interest in their appearance. That lipstick started to give them back their humanity,” (104-105).

Low self-esteem is actually a thinking disorder, in which an individual views himself as inadequate, unworthy, unlovable, and/or incompetent (“11 Facts About Teens and SelfEsteem”). Some signs of low self-esteem are: getting stressed about not being happy, being left alone, afraid of trying new things, and acting differently around other people (Faivre). If someone is mistreated, harshly disciplined, overly criticized, put down, embarrassed and/or humiliated, unsupported, kept isolated, and left alone for long periods of time, then they will have low unhealthy self-esteem. You know for a fact that someone has low self-esteem when they have a tendency to make the wrong choices, lack confidence, and often compare yourself to others (“Questions and Answers about Low Self-Esteem (LSE)”). So many girls suffer from low selfesteem, but very little is being done to prevent it. Dr. Faivre says that kids need to have passions in something where they don’t have pressure to excel in, they have mentors other than their parents, be involved with a spiritual community, and good physical activity. But most importantly she encourages parents to support their children. Theres not much that kids can do themselves, but if their family supports them, their selfesteem will be healthy. Dr. Faivre told me that there are a couple of organizations that travel around the country talking to kids about selfesteem, and why it is such a big issue. They are: The Mindup Program, Young Adult Performer,

Rha Godess, The Ophelia Project, and TED Talks. For example, The Ophelia Project travels around the country and talks to kids grades K12. Their mission is to empower all members of a community to recognize and address relational aggression through systemic change in the social culture. There are many different sections to their curriculum, and some of them include: Kids Helping Kids, CyberCool, and RAISE Boys: Reduce Aggresion, Increase Self-Empowerment (ohpeliaproject.org). There isn’t much that can be done to help the affected people, but these organizations try their best. Besides finding the answers to my questions, I was also able to find out many interesting facts about self-esteem and body image in general. 75% of girls with low selfesteem reported engaging in negative activities such as: cutting, bullying, smoking, and drinking (“11 Facts About Teens and Self-Esteem”). Engaging in negative activities can lead to selfdepression. Twenty years ago, models weighed 8% less than the average women. Today, they weigh 23% less than the average women. The average American women is 5’4” tall and weighs 140 pounds. The average American model is 5’11” tall and weighs 117 pounds (“11 Facts About Body Image”). In my opinion, there shouldn’t be a standard weight and height for models. Everyone should have a chance, because body image shouldn’t matter. The one fact that stood out to me the most was: a study found that 53% of thirteen-year-old American girls are unhappy with their bodies. This number grows to 78% by the time girls reach seventeen (“11 Facts About Body Image”). If low self-esteem starts this early, so much self-harm can be done in such little time. Throughout the research, I have learned so many new things. Ranging from what selfesteem really is, and how low self-esteem can start, all the way to how the media impacts the self-image of teenagers and what is being done to prevent it. I have asked an unbelievable amount of questions, most of which were answered like; what are the factors of low self-esteem, how does the media impact the self-image of teenagers, and what is being done to prevent it? The media has a huge impact on teenagers and it’s a very negative one. It can lead to self-harm if it gets really serious. Not much is being done to prevent it, but there are some organizations that are trying their best to spread the word around. This

99


issue is extremely important to the world because someone you know might be suffering from low self-esteem. Girls all around the world are feeling down, and they don’t know what to do. They take it upon themselves to self-harm instead of talking to someone about what they are going through. If everyone was aware of what was going on, then maybe we would all come together to find a way to fix this issue. If beauty comes from the inside out, everyone can be treated for who they are, and not something they are taught to be. Reflection When Dr. Bruno first mentioned this project, I was not looking forward to it. Thirtytwo drafts, self and peer edits, seven different papers, it sounded like so much in such little time. As the writing began, I felt it was easy to adapt to the process. First draft, self edit, second draft, peer edit, and so on and so forth. It was not hard to catch on, and soon I was enjoying myself. After doing tons of research, I was able to learn so much more about my topic. With doing so much research, it made me judge my skills from before. There is never enough research, you can always keep going. You have to read through the article, and really think about what you are reading, otherwise, the fact given won’t mean anything to you and your research. Every time I would get a paper back, Dr. Bruno would tell me that there was a little detail that I had to fix up, and it was really well written. When I would get a paper back, it would make me feel good about my writing because the feedback would be helpful, and I could use it for the next paper. The only challenge I faced was being able to comprehend some of the things that I read. There were small little excerpts that had a deeper meaning than I could understand. So in order to understand, I went a little further and researched what I had already found. I didn’t experience any aha moments, but I did come across some things that I found really interesting. After researching, I feel like I could easily educate someone about self-esteem, and the beauty industry. I have gained so much knowledge. The whole process of having to think about what you’re reading will definitely help me in the future. I will continue to keep researching, and really take in what I learned. It’s more than the reading; it’s really getting to comprehend

what you’ve just read. In order for it to have meaning, you have to know what its saying. Looking back on the project, I’m glad we had to go through it. After looking past all of the work, I thought it was really fun basically getting to structure our own research. I will admit, I had a lot of fun with this project. Work Cited

“11 Facts About Body Image.” Dosomething.org. Web. 27 Nov 2012. http:// www.dosomething.org/tipsandtools/11facts-about-body-image “11 Facts About Teens and Self-Esteem.” Dosomething.org. Web. 27 Nov 2012. http://www.dosomething.org/ tipsandtools/11-facts-about-teens-andself-esteem Anderberg, Kirsten. “How Do Images of Beauty Affect Society?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 7275. Print Barbreri, Annalisa. “Should People Strive for Beauty?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 102105. Print. Faivre, Carolyn. Personal Interview. Glen Ellyn face to face: 29 Nov 2012. Flora, Carlin. “Should People Strive for Beauty?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 106-113. Print. Malkan, Stacy. “What Are the Effects of the Beauty and Fashion Industries?” The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 141-152. Print. “The Ophelia Project.” Opheliaproject.org. Web. 19 Dec 2012. http://opheliaproject.org “Questions and Answers about Low Self-Esteem (LSE)” theselfesteeminstitute.com. Web. 27 Nov 2012. http://

100


www.theselfesteeminstitute.com/aboutself-esteem.html Scott, M. Linda. “How Do Images of Beauty Affect Society?� The Culture of Beauty. Ed. Elizabeth, Des Chenes. Farmington Hills, MI: Greenhaven Press, 2010. 7683. Print.

101


POETRY…..

102


I Am By: Ellie Tolman Grade 6

I am strong. I am powerful. I am transformed. I am different. I am selfish. I am brave. I am divergent.

As Strong as We Are By: Jacob Diep Grade 6 As strong as we are, We can’t beat everyone. As strong as we are, We can be defeated. As strong as we are,

Choose I see colors all around me. What should I choose? The day has finally come. What should I choose? I must decide or be fractionless. What should I choose? Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. What should I choose? They call my name. What should I choose? I think hard. I know what to choose.

We can be killed. What we can do is; Be together, Fight together, And help each other. As we stand together, We can’t be defeated

Me Hurt But not scared Nervous But not afraid Broken But not shattered Tired But not asleep Lost But not missing Changed But not different I am still me.

103


A Letter To a Door Break Up

By: Luke Nemec Grade 6

By: Taylor Mason Grade 6

Door, My love for you is like a apple core-

It must be hard No sleep Bright light shine through the window as One face appears, That person Attacks And gives you bruises Signaling that it’s time to work. It must be hard Swallowing people Without chewing Then they are spit out Of you, All day, every day. It must be hard Points carving messages Like tattoos, Messages of claim and harassment, Foul smells and all. It must be hard Hinged to a wall, You see people pass by And you wish You could break the metal hinges And walk away from the frame That holds you, And you wish you could Walk and talk Just like anyone can. But you’re just a door Made of unliving material. You’re just a door And it must be hard

It is rotting. Every time you leave, Every minute we are apart, It gets worse. If we fall I die, So I’m always in pain. So I have decided That… We are never ever getting back together I’m sorry it had to be this way.

104


My Room By: Brennan Dougherty Grade 6

105


Doodling By: Elizabeth Corona Grade 6

106


The Passion of My Life By Ellery DiVenere Grade 6

107


My Obsession By: Jennifer Corke Grade 6

108


My Cello By: Emily Tate Grade 6

109


110


Where I’m From By: Katie Laird Grade 6

111


My Room By Elizabeth Corona Grade 6

112


My Peace, My Room By: Amanda Muchmore Grade 6

113


114


A Swimming Obsession By: Claire Lohman Grade 6

115


116


Soccer By: Emily Muchmore Grade 6

117


118


My Obsession By Jack O’Gorman Grade 6

119


Baseball, Baseball, Baseball By Jonah Snelling Grade 6

120


Obsession By: Ryan Clapp Grade 6

121


Parody from “Hamlet” By: Tony Lanzillo Grade 7 To do, or not to do. That is the question. Whether ‘tis nobler to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous homework, Or to take arms against this sea of teachers, And by opposing become a hobo. To be homeless-friendless The tiredness and a thousand pages that doing homework is heir to: ‘tis a bore, devoutly to be wished away, but to be homeless, friendless. To be a hobo perchance to be free! –ay, there’s the rub! For in that freedom of hoboness what hunger may come? When we have shuffled off this public system, Must give us pause- there’s the respect That makes the calamity of work. For those who would bear the homework and Standardized tests, The long hours, the sleepless nights The applications, the essays The cruel teachers, the cruel children! That spurn even the most hardworking. When he himself might his quietus make With a sharpened pencil? Who would troubles bear, To grunt and sweat under a weary life, But the dread of being undesired, The dreaded spot where no one wants you, Puzzles the will, makes us rather bear those ills we have than fly to others that we know not of? Thus instinct makes cowards of us all, And thus the thoughts turn the other way playing hooky is sicklied o'er with the pale cast of thought, And we think of the nice warm family in a nice warm home! With this regard our currents turn awry And we do our homework. Parody of the soliloquy from “Hamlet” know as “To be, or Not to Be” By Tony Lanzillo

122


Why I By: Marian Lewandowski Grade 8

Why I

Stare absent mind-idly at j.crew magazines. I wouldn't say that I hoard these 150 page spreads of the ever evolving prep life but more like collecting -a hobby. There's just something about the models cool disheveled high fashion look that just captivates my eighth grade mind. I look at each collection thoughtfully in the safety of my unkempt bed dreaming about the jobs these 25 year olds need to support their excessive wear of cashmere and Italian handbags. How I wish to be part of their elite group. Soon the artistry of the catalogue is destroyed and the pages are worn from dog earring the thin glossy pages. But my affair with j. Crew has developed into me spending more time with printed paper that gives the illusion of stacks of cashmere or chambray then on my math homework. The main reason I feel the need to keep 5 year old catalogues upon my mighty bedside table or tape them to various walls, ceilings and floors is to remind myself of a lifestyle that I want so dearly, how I could wear expensive clothing and do absolutely nothing seems ideal. Of course I'm all about the life where I jump spastically in electrifying shades of frosted lilac, neon azalea, and punk floral against white backdrops or go to St. Barths and show off Sperry for j. Crew topsiders! I see beautiful people wearing beautiful clothing living a life of leisure and that just sounds like a fantastic idea. Marion Lewandowski

123


Perfect By: Angelina Ortiz Grade 6

Lightning By: Nora Wahlman Grade 6

Perfect.

Lightning, lightning burning bright

7 letters

In the darkness of the night

2 syllables 1 meaning

Lightning, lightning striking loud

Having all the required or desirable

Like a giant angry crowd Lightning, lightning not so mild

moments elements, qualities, or characteristics; as good as it could be.

Screaming people, screaming child Lightning, lightning such a fright Hold my hand with all your might

Perfect. Something we desire; but can’t have Why is that? Because “perfect” is non-existent Everyone had flaws

Then it all when silent

Everyone makes mitsakes

The storm had been so violent I step outside and feel the air

Mistakes And we all have to accept it whether we like it or not No one is perfect

Wind is blowing in my hair And that’s when I knew that it was over.

124


Poetry By: Mikhail Akins Grade: 6

I'm scared of knowing that you are the key to all my problems and all the things that mean something to me. I'm scared to hear that your doing well without me and that you don't want me to be around for you. I'm scared that the only way that I'll get away from the deaths and the murders in today's society Is by sitting down and grabbing a pen and pencil and putting in all my hours to write about the things that we can change as people. I'm scared of waking up with that one person that means the most to me in my life everyday and then lose them. I'm scared that after I lose them I will lose myself and without a doubt lose the one thing that I have to live for. Poetry

125


The Bravery of Silence By: Evan Kopec Grade 8 The boy sits in the corner playing with his hands, trying to find a place of acceptance but is never offered the chance. He is silenced through stares and glares of disgust and confusion of his presence, only hoping one day they will see him equal. That they will share laughter and smiles, tell him secrets deserving of trust, invite him to the playground, share their fruit snacks, Call him there friend. Look for his insight, desire his opinion, and look for his values, the ones that make up him. But he will never be accepted because of his slowness. His desire to dance, his bright pink shirts, his pierced ears, his painted nails, his squeaky voice, his fashion sense, Because he is gay. Because he is gay he forced to eternal silence in a corner where the wall meets crooked. Making friends with his fingers and his toes, because only they can feel his pain and his sorrow. Because he is gay he is looked at as a mistake that was made for others to bully for their sick enjoyment. Because he is gay he is looked at as a smudge, waiting to be smudged until a permanent mark is left. Because he is gay he wakes up every morning waiting to be harassed by his own family’s words. Because he is gay he dreams of torture of others, that even his soothing mother can’t stop the flooding of his tears. Because he is gay, he doesn’t even accept himself as a human. He looks at himself as a monster. An ugly horned creature with beady black eyes that rips holes through people’s acceptance, humongous ears that are filled with sounds of hate, and screeching noises of evil. Because he is gay he fiddles with his hands in a corner of no end. But he is loved. Loved by his mother for being strong and open. Loved by his family for being honest. Loved by his teacher for taking the pain. Loved by his dearest friend for being the first. Loved by me for having courage, loved by the world for being brave. Being loved for who he is. Taking the punishment of being himself, for standing up to what is true. And although society may not accept him, he is the most valued of us all. Him and all the other smudges come together to fight for what is right. To be brave. To be happy. To be loved. To be safe. To be accepted. To be the most important people of us all. The purest ones of the world.

126


Pink Lemonade

So Much Depends Upon a Black Warrior Pencil

By: Julia Lane Grade 6

By: Courtney Schoen Grade 6

Clinks of ice cubes and the swishing of fresh squeezed lemonade is the rhythm of summer. Cold against your teeth, so sweet it makes your lips purse. A chill rushes through your body,As you gulp down the drink. Sold at stands run by children laughing and holding up signs that say “25 cents a cup!� Pink like a flamingo, sweet like candy, cold like Alaska. Pink lemonade is the rhythm to my summer.

127

So much depends Upon A Black warrior Pencil. Ingrained with silver Letters, Waiting to be Worn down, Into a Nub.


Unsung Heroes By: Maja Jukic Grade 6 The sunlight breaks through my white blinds

The bright

it casts a shadow on my room

green

and hits my baby pink walls,

chair

the guards that stand tall,

outlined in black, so out-of-place

keep me safe

in a heaven like this.

painted back when we moved and I loved the idea of pink walls. My big queen-sized bed The low moan of my bed when I get up,

that has been jumped on

the thump of my dresser drawers

punched

as I open them,

kicked

the creak of the closet doors,

slept on.

the splash of water

My whole room is one,

as my tiny frog George swims around

one big family

all voices that raised me.

each item holding its own story

If it is a weekend

the unsung heroes of my room.

perhaps I will read. Books scattered everywhere, priceless treasures.

My white desks one small, hardly there, the other big, bold, shelves coming out. And the chair

128


Hurricane By: Emily Braeback Grade 6 Hurricanes so destructive

For the news report

So strong

To see if all hope is lost

And so bright.

It is time

Swirling circles

To pick up the scraps

In the night.

Repairing

Lightning striking

Cleaning

The darkening sky

And chopping down trees

Rain tapping

Not knowing

On every single window

If another storm

On your block

Can be lurking

Not knowing if it is safe

Right next door!!!

To go outside or not Coming out of shelter Powers off Just realizing What you have lost Few hours have past Powers back on As time goes on and on Waiting patiently

129


Gossip Girls By: Aqsa Mahmood Grade 6

Winter Love Story By: Taylor Mason Grade 6

In the dark of night, We lay in the snow, With the wind blowing us away, We look upon the stars. With each one twinkling, The have moon in the sky Glows down on us, You put your arm around me

When they come out To hunt you down The dark of night Suddenly doesn’t seem so fearful. Picking you out, Moving into the brightness, And pushing you into the shadows. Spreading rumors, Hateful rumors about you. Dragging you, Into the life of nothing. Wandering down the halls alone, While people stare and laugh. Wishing you can change your life, But most importantly, Your fate. Spiraling into the darkness, There you sit. Waiting for some light, But all that comes is darkness.

130


The Sky By: Aqsa Mahmood Grade 6

So Much Depends.. By: Tyler Akins Grade 6

So much depends upon

I look up, To the sky, Its colors as vibrant, As a painting.

The men in black and blue That Think that they’re helping you, But really all they’re doing Is causing a commotion,

Blue, Orange, Pink, Purple, Indigo, Fading into the sunset, Until you see those tiny little sparkling dots in the sky.

Like causing a commotion In the ocean,

One, Two, Three…. So many,

Or bringing a helpless man/woman You can’t even count. Downtown as like in the movies All over a mistake

The big dipper, Aquarius, Leo

Which we all make.

Those little pictures in the sky, Made by those little dots, Sparkling in the sky

Then the big sheet, Of colors around you fade, Into indigo, pink, orange, and a soft baby blue, And a new day has begun.

131


The Flag

I Am

By: Nick Peraino Grade 7

By: Ellie Tolman Grade 6

I am strong. I am powerful. I am transformed. I am different. I am selfish. I am brave. I am divergent.

The greatest banner to ever flutter Softly in the gentle afternoon breeze In the wind I can hear a loud sputter It flies outside in a winter’s deep freeze It sits at half mast on the darkest days And when we first heard of the school shooting It flew when the Pentagon was ablaze When the buildings fell while commuting It is the symbol of sacrifices And victorious wars and tragedies It remains flying during a crisis

Choose I see colors all around me. What should I choose? The day has finally come. What should I choose? I must decide or be fractionless. What should I choose? Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. What should I choose? They call my name. What should I choose? I think hard. I know what to choose.

When some see it they are brought to their knees It is much more than three colors flying It soars when America is crying

132

Me Hurt But not scared Nervous But not afraid Broken But not shattered Tired But not asleep Lost But not missing Changed But not different I am still me.


I Am By Ellie Tolman Grade 6 I am strong. I am powerful. I am transformed. I am different. I am selfish. I am brave. I am divergent. Choose I see colors all around me. What should I choose? The day has finally come. What should I choose? I must decide or be fractionless. What should I choose? Candor, Abnegation, Dauntless, Amity and Erudite. What should I choose? They call my name. What should I choose? I think hard. I know what to choose. Me Hurt But not scared Nervous But not afraid Broken But not shattered Tired But not asleep Lost But not missing Changed But not different I am still me.

133


EDITORIAL BOARD Ms. J. Timperley And Staff of Mosaic The selected writings in the publication were chosen by the following method: Several times during the school year, the language arts teachers were asked to select writing samples that best represented the assignments given in the classroom as to coverage, creativity, and organization. Students could submit their best work as well. The editorial board gratefully acknowledges the cooperation of the Hadley Junior School language arts teachers.


Hadley Literary Magazine: Mosaic 2013  

Hadley students showcase their writing talents and voice throguh these pieces.

Advertisement
Read more
Read more
Similar to
Popular now
Just for you