Oct 13

College Essay Workshop -- Online Version

For those who couldn't make the YWP-VSAC College Essay workshop Oct. 14 (it was pretty awesome -- thanks to the seniors who attended), you can go to our online version. From now until Oct. 31, access resources, help & feedback. 


Apr 15
Edeffner's picture

Keep Us Children Safe

We see the videos of kids like us on both sides: some are pro-gun control and some don't want any restrictions on guns.  But before we talk about the solution to the problem, we must first fully understand what this is all about.  This issue is about teenagers not being killed at their schools, a place where they are supposed to have problems, but none that kill them.  Adding restrictions may help keep guns out of the wrong people's hands, but there are already too many guns available to dangero
Apr 13
essay 0 comments challenge: Earth
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Sand Up

Never before in the history of the world have humans been closer to issuing their own destruction. The very earth the we live on, the very water we drink even the very air we breathe is in danger and our government seems totally unconcerned. Climate change threatens the very foundations of human civilization. It threatens to rip us out at the roots and we need bold action now. Congress seems unable to gaze through the clouds of corruptness that hang around capitol hill for a solution.
Apr 13
essay 0 comments challenge: Earth
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Apr 09

Pipelines, Protests, and Patriotism

     Can taking a stand against your government be considered a patriotic act? One April morning in 2016, 200 Native Americans rode on horseback to a camp near the Standing Rock Sioux reservation to take a stand against the US government. They had come to protest the location of the Dakota Access pipeline because they felt it was a threat to their community. Throughout the summer, indigenous peoples from all over the country traveled to stand in solidarity against the pipeline.
Apr 05
Nayan's picture

Don’t look back

Empty , dark and I am scared I don’t know what to do. I feel like my parents left me for days but it’s only been 2 days. They only gave me a hundred 100 for food. I already spent on a new game. I am hungry I don’t know what to do. I am bored Maybe I should go to  my friends house to eat and play some games. As I am walk to his I see a man standing next to a brick building. His face is covered with a scarf. He throws a piece of a paper at me and he runs.
Apr 03

50 years ahead of his time

As some of you may know, each year I tap the maple trees behind my house and make syrup. It is a peaceful, methodical process. There is no way to speed up liquid boiling, or to hurry along the sap flowing out of the trees when done the way I do it, the old-fashioned way, a single tap per tree on which hangs a bucket and a top. The process is driven by nature -- temperature changes, physics and weather.
Apr 02
essay 0 comments challenge: Earth
Nayan's picture

Earth is more

I was watching the News when I heard about the climate change. How it’s hurting the environment. Polar bears are going extinct and how penguins are losing their homes.

Land of Free

Look out, America
They’re coming

The Privileged 
The ones who are fed with golden spoons 

The Artists
They’ll paint you themselves 
if you don't match what's already on their pallets

Watch out!

The Poets
They’ll write themselves in history as heroes
But not the sins they committed to receive this title


The Do-Gooders
Mar 28
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We Will Not Stop: What I Learned From the March For Our Lives in Washington DC

If I can, I will record audio for this tomorrow.

On March 24th, 2018, I marched down Pennsylvania Ave in Washington DC with at least 200,000 people. We marched for our lives. Gun violence is a human issue above all else and one that cannot be bribed into oblivion in our government any longer.
Mar 27
Kiran's picture

Jane Eyre: A Cinderella Story

“Tale as old as time. True as it could be” While these words, from Disney’s 1991 rendition of Beauty and the Beast, refer to the plotline of a man turned beast and the pivotal nature of true love’s kiss, they can also be applied to the fairytale archetype itself. Whether it’s the similarities between Beauty and the Beast and Princess and the Frog or Sleeping Beauty and Snow White, this archetype is present in countless movies from a myriad of eras.
Mar 24

The Sound of Music - Fun, Family-Friendly, Entertaining and…Anti-Feminist?

From singing children to nuns stealing car parts, The Sound of Music will be remembered as a fun, childhood-classic production - especially that flirty song sung by the teenage love birds about anti-feminism. Wait, what? In The Sound of Music? Sadly, this is true, and there’s even a reprise in the second act to remind us of the same theme.
Mar 24
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I sit on top of the world 

Prickly needles poke into my bare legs only covered by my shorts.

Then I feel a different pain deep and clenching digging into my chest 
I know I should get down, but I don't want to
I just want to sit there seeing the world around me 

The rolling hills, the farther they go back, the more the colors change from dark sand green to mint grey. As I look around the weight in my chest subsides 
Mar 23
Kiran's picture

The Duality Of My Thanksgiving

Despite the abundance of stores full of Christmas decorations, Thanksgiving is right around the corner.

For me, Thanksgiving has always been a time of self-reflection but also a somewhat painful manifestation of the dual identities I struggle to balance daily. Amidst the holiday cheer and playful “Friends-giving”, understanding where I fit in can be difficult.
Mar 22

State Parks

    State parks were rivals against the cathedrals and castles of Europe. These beautiful parks were born in the mid-1800's, but it really all started with Yosemite California. John Muir wanted to preserve this area, Yosemite, which began the national movement of National Parks. During the Civil War Abraham Lincoln and Congress put Yosemite under protection of California. The first ever park that was officially established was Yellow Stone Natural Park. Ulysses S.
Mar 21

Reality of life in a tree

From up in my tree, I can see everything, hear everything, think everything, write everything. I can escape from the reality of life. Waiting for me at the bottom is my backpack with all my homework. I can let the breeze take away my fears my thoughts, just sit and live in the moment. I will always remember this moment. But… it's not true. I can see everything,  hear everything, think everything, write everything, those I can do. But I can't escape the reality of life, because its reality.
Mar 21
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Peace and War

Peace is the single most strived for achievement in the history of mankind. Peace, everyone says, is what our goal should be. Yet, there are many things that few people realize. In order to achieve and maintain peace, we must have a military capable of destroying that peace. We need this military because without such, greed will take over the hearts and minds of other countries and they will invade.
Mar 21
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You need to stop feeling sorry for yourself, stop handing out participation “trophies”, and stop the parental outrage of “competitions” because their child didn’t win anything. This snowflake attitude, where parents are choosing to spoil their kids rotten, in exchange for forfeiting their discipline on their children. This lifestyle is why today’s generation, whom are growing up to join the workforce, believe they are entitled.
Mar 21

Protect the guns to Protect the kids

I'm going to say straight out that I am not marching this Saturday. I believe that we do need guns, but we need to make sure they are in the right hands. This really concerns me if we have restrictions on guns. We need guns to protect us from, big surprise, The Government. Even if one rule starts restricting guns or a certain kind of gun it will just go down hill from there. Plus, we won't be taking the guns away from the criminals.
Mar 19

Dear Mr. Haight