Mar 10
lorenyoung's picture

Emerald Ash Borer

 
The ash tree is a very important tree in Vermont’s landscape.  Ash have beautiful diamond-shaped bark patterns and they stand out in a forest due to their tall and straight lines. 

To me, ash trees are iconic. They make the Green Mountains green in the spring and summer, and turn to vivid orange hues in the fall. My dad and I find morel mushrooms growing in the nitrogen-rich soil at the base of our ash trees. They are known for having great, full tops, and bring good value in the timber market. Birds love ash trees because they are high enough to keep away predators, and deer rely on ash trees as they eat the buds off the young tops in the winter. 
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. 

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Dec 04

Free


Freedom.

It can mean so many diferent things,
to so many people,
and to every single one it might
mean something different.

It could mean having the 
wind in your face
whipping your hair,
opening your mouth in a scream,
clearing your mind.

It could mean
running and running,
clinging on to the
hope that "free"
will keep true,
because your life,
and something much more valuable,
depends on it.

But "freedom" is just lines
with an amaginary meaning,
meant to simplify the human life.

And no one can ever truely be free.
 
Dec 03
essay 0 comments challenge: Waiting
farmer boy's picture

waiting

Nothing equals the wait down to Christmas morning. You can’t wait to wake up on Christmas morning and run up or down the stairs, depending where you are located in the house. You can’t wait to looking under the tree to see what Santa brought you for a present or what is in your stocking. You hope that Santa brought you got what you wanted for Christmas. You don’t always get what you want, you even get somethings that you don’t even think that you would get for Christmas.

 
Nov 29
essay 0 comments challenge: Do-Over
Grace._.'s picture

I Miss You

    I try to live my life with no regrets, but that is a tough task to undertake when I am faced with so many decisions that could go horribly wrong. If I take time to reflect on my life and try to think of one thing I would love to fix, I immediately think of my cousin who was once my best friend. It has been so hard to watch our relationship fall apart over the years. We went from being two blissful little girls who would play with Barbie dolls together and run around trying to catch kittens for hours on end, to strangers. We never talk, and when we do speak, it feels so forced and well… awkward. We were so close, but somewhere along the line, we stopped being friends. If I were able to go back in time and find out where it all went wrong and save our bond, things would be much different. For example, we would talk to each other not only when we absolutely have to, but all the time. Things between us would go back to the way they were. I think about this often.
Nov 26
essay 0 comments challenge: Do-Over
farmer boy's picture

redo

If I was granted a do-over, I would change getting up early in the morning because I get tired during school. I get up at 6:30am. I sometimes have a cup of coffee, but it doesn’t help at all. I don’t get up too early because if I did, I would get sent back to bed for getting up too early. Getting up early has its advantages, but it also has consequences. You also can get really tired and unfocused at school. 

    I start getting tired by mid morning in class at school. I don’t want to work and can’t focus on what we are working and what I do catch from the conversation, I forget almost immediately what we are talking about. This is why I would change getting up early in the morning.
Nov 26
essay 1 comment challenge: Changes
cowboycmar's picture

My Dog Marley

                                                                                         My Dog  Marley
Hi, I am Cowboycmar. My dog Marley was a beagle and she had to be put down last year because of cancer. It is a permanent effect because she is permanently gone. 

I miss her and her fur was soft. I swore she could read my mind. She was so fun to take on walks and car rides. She was so awesome!! She understood me and she was the only dog who could be put on a leash. She would run off sometimes but we would always find her. We had to hook her to the clothes’ line so she would not run off into the woods. She was also my grandma’s dog's best friend. They would run and play together in and outside. She would be so happy to go on walks. She was the most cheerful dog I have ever had!


Thanks for reading,
Cowboycmar
Nov 26
essay 0 comments challenge: Changes
cowboycmar's picture

My Dog Marley

                                                                                         My Dog  Marley
Hi, I am Cowboycmar. My dog Marley was a beagle and she had to be put down last year because of cancer. It is a permanent effect because she is permanently gone. 

I miss her and her fur was soft. I swore she could read my mind. She was so fun to take on walks and car rides. She was so awesome!! She understood me and she was the only dog who could be put on a leash. She would run off sometimes but we would always find her. We had to hook her to the clothes’ line so she would not run off into the woods. She was also my grandma’s dog's best friend. They would run and play together in and outside. She would be so happy to go on walks. She was the most cheerful dog I have ever had!


Thanks for reading,
Cowboycmar
Nov 20
farmer boy's picture

important

The first time I drove a tractor, I was 9 years old. The day started like any other day. We lived in Middletown Springs at the time. Learning to drive a tractor was fun and not that difficult.  We were going to pick the rocks in one of our fields so there was not any rocks in the field any more. The field was a pretty big field. The tractor was a Ford 1920. It smelled like exhaust from the tractor.  I was not too excited because that is not my favorite thing in the whole world.. At first, I was expecting to be walking around picking up the rocks but dad had other plans. He had me show him the brake and the clutch before he let me on to drive. I had the time of my life!In the end, I had 4 sunburns and a fun time
Nov 15
farmer boy's picture

medition

The one thought that will not stay out when I meditate is farming. I love to farm because I like the animals and the work is like playing to me. I like driving the tractors and snuggling with the animals. My favorite animals are farm animals.

 In my opinion, farming takes a lot of knowledge and skill. You need a lot of strength to farm and you need to be willing to stay up late in the night and to wake up early in the morning. I wake up early in the morning and go to sleep late at night and I don’t get tired that easy.
 
Nov 08
essay 1 comment challenge: Sprout
dylan dickerson's picture

Best friends


Best friends
Dear best friend

Please come back to stay

I sit here waiting for that day
I waited to end my prologue

Then finally that day came along
When you are not here

There is a huge puddle of tears
I look into the sky 

And when I think of you being gone 

I ask why
You are my everything 

Now I am sitting here aching
I wish would have ended with a happily ever after 

But it really ended with a big blur
When you came into my life it got so much better

Now I am crying in my sweater
It is like I am in a maze to find you

Someday I hope that I can breakthrough

 

When I got knockdown

You picked me up
I would always try to be as nice as you 

But I couldn’t catch up
 
Nov 08
essay 0 comments challenge: Boost
bobcat's picture

BOOST


In school I have blocked a lot of soccer balls from hitting people. I have helped people with math and reading. I also help people when they need help and when they are mad or having a bad day. In winter I help push sleds down the sledding hill. Also when someone has a sled crash I am always one of the first people there.
 
Nov 08
essay 0 comments challenge: Boost
arahorse's picture

boost


I boost kids at school when they are sad. I tell them it will be ok, and make them feel better. When they feel better I feel better. It's odd that when you make someone else feel good, you feel good too. I get it, kind of. It feels good to help someone. 
 
Nov 08
essay 0 comments challenge: Boost
farmer boy's picture

boost

I have to boost my brother sometimes because he is scared a lot. I have to boost a lot of people at school too.
Nov 03

Kinetic Light: Descent - Review and Response

On Wednesday, October 30th, I had the pleasure of seeing a performance of Kinetic Light: Descent at the Flynn Center for Performing Arts. The show is choreographed and danced solely by Alice Sheppard and Laurel Lawson. The audience watches as these two women perform incredible feats of strength and discipline despite physical adversity; ultimately shattering prior notions and assumptions of people who live with disabilities. 
Nov 03
zoeyu's picture

The Problem With Sophie Turner's Juul

It isn’t news that Sophie Turner is extremely attached to her Juul. Dozens of paparazzi pictures feature Turner clutching her vape, taking puffs behind the scenes of GOT, and most recently, crying real tears in Dark Phoenix, all thanks to her director taking her Juul away. 

However, Turner’s fixation to her Juul is sends a distressing signal towards teens. Even more concerning is the message sent out by many popular media outlets - which youth are all easily exposed to - portraying Turner in a light that almost promotes the use of e-cigarettes. The media's stance on vaping influences teen perceptions.
Nov 01
essay 0 comments challenge: When?
c.mcintire's picture

When?

    Has anyone stopped to ask you “if not now, then when?” Personally, no one has specifically asked me this question. However, I do feel that I ask myself this question quite often, or questions similar. I also use this question as to motivation. If I don't work hard in school now, then when will I have the chance to? Well, considering that highschool only comes around once in your life, for four short years, I will never have the chance again. Overall high school can be very difficult, and junior year is debatably the hardest academic year in a student’s education. I know that I will not get a second chance this year and it is why I am working so hard. These four years will help me do what I want to do in this world, and without the hard work, I will not be able to get there. Some people may say “You can pick up your game in college.” Well, without my hard work now I will not be able to get into the programs I see myself doing.
Nov 01
essay 0 comments challenge: General
lilnoreault's picture

The Little Girl


There once was a little girl who never once stopped dreaming of her life once she grew up. A prefect husband, no more money problems, never going hungry, a beautiful daughter. But when the little girl told her mother of her dreams of the future she would always say "It will never be perfect you will end up as a maid and mop the floors  like I do!" The girl never lost courage through the years but her parents got ill and she was left to tend to her younger siblings but as she got older she was accepted into a great school where she met a lovely man who loved her so much and the rest was history she was a doctor and invented medicine for the ill
Nov 01
essay 0 comments challenge: When?
k drake's picture

Is it enough?


If not now, when? A question that is as old as time, a question that has haunted people for many years. This is a simple question and yet it difficult to answer. We each interpret it differently, some may say it’s about fixing the earth, some may say it’s about the school system, and some, like myself, will say something about their own lives. 

    I have never had confidence, not in my entire life have I felt like I could do anything right. At the same time I try to please everyone, I tend to take on too many things at one time and get completely stressed out. It a bad habit, although I think I will always want to please everyone and I’ll forever have to live with it, there is another thing I need to work on more. 
    When will I finally feel good enough?
Oct 29
casee's picture

A Step Into A Forest

You look back, as you take your first steps into the forest. The bright mid-day sun fades as the trees begin to block it out, its warmth seeping from your skin as the shade covers it, you shiver. Less from cold, more from excitement, thought the cool breeze of early Fall does not help. The shiver abates, replaced by a lingering tingle and prickle as goosebumps form. 
The few freshly fallen leaves, mixed with those ones from years passed, crunch under your feet, not quite as satisfying as it will be in a few weeks. You can hear the trickles, gurgles, and babbles of a small stream, the buzzing and chirping of insects and wildlife all around. The pervasive slight cill, hinting at the snow, ice, and general cold that Winter will soon bring, envelops you, making the air gain a quality of crispness, no longer held back by the glaring sun.