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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Feb 07
essay 0 comments challenge: Decide
laurenwwright's picture

Last 5 minutes

8:55.
Dog; A domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, non-retractable claws, and a barking, howling, or whining voice. ​I've wanted a dog all my life. A lifetime best friend, with a limited presence. 8:56. Four legs running to the mailbox after hearing the sound of tires rolling over the gravel. Climbing into the car in your best clothes and seeing hair stuck to the side of your calf. 8:57. Rambunctious barking while tip toeing around the house in the quiet of the night. 8:58. Standing face to face with my childhood dreams, nothing but a centimeter of glass separating the air between us, 8:59 stands in bold white letters on my phone screen. I turn and start to walk away, light taps mixed with scratches ring through my ears, I turn around to see glossy brown eyes looking at me through little caramel and black hairs, with small paws stuck to the window on both sides of the foggy glass. 9:00.
 
Jan 28
wellss's picture

Surprises

I’m walking through the humid woods, getting away from all the things that this year has brought. In the woods, I have one spot that is mine, I always go to it.
It’s a small tree you can climb up near the beautiful brooke that overlooks my hometown. As I go up it’s soft and damp branches, I see something out of the corner of my eye.
It’s at the top where I usually sit. It’s round, and golden. It has to be an egg of some sort. For the first time in a long time I smile.
I haven't been in this spot since my grandma, E.m.m.y, passed away. The initials stand for Elizabeth Marry Margret Young, but everyone in my family called her Emmy. She used to find me in the woods in this exact spot. I have missed her a lot lately.
Jan 28
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Sea Glass

It was a partly cloudy day. A Thursday to be specific. We had just arrived the day before in Boothbay Harbor, ME. Everyone had already walked back to the hotel, after breakfast in the Inn. It was just my dad and I walking back. As we were walking, we decided we wanted to go ahead and sit there for a while watching and listening to the ocean. We sat in the blue and white wooden chairs. We heard the sailboats drifting out to sea. The lighthouse was just barely visible in the distance on a small island. The sound of the waves splashing against the rocks and the squeaking of the seagulls. It occurred to me how lucky I was to be in such a magical place.
Jan 28
CKSLB's picture

Circus

This new circus that came to town has an act where a man gets shot out of a cannon through a fire hoop. When the people said that the circus was going to come here, I thought it would be lame and that all the acts would be the same. When I went to the show, they had high jumpers that jumped down and hit the trampoline. The next act was lions being tamed by a whip in an instant. In one of the shows, one of the lion tamers got eaten. The people were also put on fire and ran around the ring and died, but no one noticed they died. The show was getting kind of bad and people started to go away, but not all of them. At the end of the show, they brought out all of the exotic animals. But the ringmaster was mad because there was no one left.

 
Jan 28
CKSLB's picture

Luck

When a person was walking down the street, he found a penny face up. This means that he will have a lot of luck, which he did. First, he got a free job interview that was for the richest job in town. He got a million dollar pay raise on his first day. He then got free food from his favorite restaurant and found a hundred dollars for him in the check where he found the bill. He found his house changed into a mansion and his bed had a tv and unlimited drinks and snacks. He thought he had it all, except the next day he lost everything. He went back to his normal job getting paid 10 dollars an hour and his house changed back too. He thought he was a rich and happy person, but he lost everything in one day.

 
Jan 28
CKSLB's picture

Luck

When a person was walking down the street, he found a penny face up. This means that he will have a lot of luck, which he did. First, he got a free job interview that was for the richest job in town. He got a million dollar pay raise on his first day. He then got free food from his favorite restaurant and found a hundred dollars for him in the check where he found the bill. He found his house changed into a mansion and his bed had a tv and unlimited drinks and snacks. He thought he had it all, except the next day he lost everything. He went back to his normal job getting paid 10 dollars an hour and his house changed back too. He thought he was a rich and happy person, but he lost everything in one day.

 
Jan 25
essay 0 comments challenge: Memory
cksmc's picture

Week 17


One of my earliest memories was when I was real young. I really liked the movie “JAWS”. And I would always flip my mattress up on its side. Then I would make a fake shark fin. And then I would pretend to hit the shark fin with small toys I had in my bedroom. And I think that is one of the earliest memories I have, I think I can think of more, but that Is one I definitely remember as a kid.
 
Jan 23

Student Rights and Responsibilities


STUDENT RIGHTS AND RESPONSIBILITIES

Informative article

Students need to be informed of their rights and the responsibilities that come with them. The key rights we have as students are shown in the Constitution's Bill of Rights. The two amendments that are crucial for students to understand are the First, and Fourth Amendments. The Fourth Amendment is freedom from unreasonable searches and/or seizures, (rights of privacy). The First Amendment right is freedom of speech/expression. This is the topic I am going to be focusing on. I want to inform kids of how we can use this right to better our communities, and how we can make positive change.
Jan 23
Jayden.C.block's picture

Stand Up


What are you doing? Yeah you, right there, sitting there reading this. What are you doing? Oh you're reading this and sitting there, right, guess I kinda answered my own question... ANYWAY! On a more serious note, WHAT are you doing? You are sitting right? Or are you Standing hmmmm? Standing for what you believe in? Standing for your time to show that you are more than what people think or say you are? Don't you get tired of living the same life day by day? Don't get me wrong, I know every day is different with it's own little spice of life but the only problem is that you work the same job, eat your food, watch your shows, go to sleep, and then what? I know everyone out there has something they wanna stand for! So why don't you? I bet I can figure out why with just one word. Intimidation. I know I know it's a big word (Intimidating isn't it?). And we live in a big world. The intimidation is huge!
Jan 22

dress code inequalities in main street middle school

note:
this piece was created by me a a few of my fellow feminists. it was meant to persuade our principle that our bodys should not be shamed, and soon, we will be presenting it to her. fingers crossed!

Inequalities in the enforcement of the dress code

By Hazel Green, Sarah Greene, Maaika Samsom, Maggie Kords, Ella Averbeck, Fraya Hubbard and Somerset Pierce
Jan 19

The American Flag Essay

Thsi was written befre Trump was president. Also I was only looking at the good things....
Jan 19

Fever 1793 Literary Analysis

So this is an essay that I wrote for school and I got a A on. So, I am proud of that! 
Also there may be spoiliers for the book Fever 1793 By Laurie Halse Anderson. Just a quick warning!
Jan 19

Horseback Riding

This is the story of how much horseback riding means to me and how much it has helped me in life.

 

In middle school, I decided to finally ask for horseback riding lessons because I had fallen in love with horses. I loved how beautiful they were, how strong they were, and I loved that people talking about horses talk about freedom. If you had told me three years ago that I would be going to an eventing camp I would have thought you were crazy.  But, through the years I have spent at a barn I learned many things that have helped me become the person I am today. Such as the fact that nothing is impossible.

 
Jan 14
Jayden.C.block's picture

Silent Scream

Stress, pain, anger, sadness. I feel these the most. I feel them all twist and turn and merge forming a scary blackness in my head that doesn't wanna let me go. So I scream. I scream for help but no sound comes from me. And when I start to feel it all crawl up to me, I turn to music. But the problem is that I end up feeling the song more than just listening to it. All these deeper meanings. In these songs, I hear the people screaming for help or what they're going through with a sweet voice that most people just say it sounds good. So I try what they do. I try writing. Books, music, anything to get it out but it ends up being too much. The stress eats away at my fingers as I write and play. The anger slips venom into my words. The pain strikes at my brain making me remember what I wish I could forget. The sadness turns to water and sqeezes out from under my eyes. That scary blackness moves from my head to my chest.
Jan 11
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America through the Eyes of the Economy (edited)

    Americans have changing views on the economy, and they have changing values. Americans want to fix economic issues they see; however, many also believe that the current methods are ineffective, or actually harming the economy. Many Americans observe issues, but do not want to fix the problems themselves. They simply leave the issue for future generations, or for others to solve. Putting off dealing with issues in meaningful ways is visible in more than just economics. The economy is a window into American values and political leanings.
Dec 28

My Common App Essay (parody)

“According to all known laws of aviation, there is no way that a bee should be able to fly. Its wings are too small to get its fat little body off the ground. The bee, of course, flies anyway. Because bees don’t care what humans think is impossible.”

When I first heard this quote during the first minute of the Bee Movie, my kindergarten self immediately recognized how profound it was. It was up there with The Leviathan by Hobbes and The Republic by Plato (all works that I have read cover-to-cover, unlike the other scums in my AP Literature class).

Now as I sit in my boring AP Physics class, writing this essay instead of working on a spreadsheet, I’ve realized that my life has been more colorful than the run-down, coal-mining town of Podunk.
Dec 15

fever 1793

The book Fever 1793 by Laurie Halse Anderson is about a yellow fever epidemic in Philadelphia, 1793. The whole city turns frantic and hectic with the pestilence, and only the strongest can make it through alive. Matilda Cook is a  young woman growing up in her family’s coffeehouse. She struggles to survive as everything she loved is demolished by a terrible epidemic. Halse Anderson utilizes many elements of literature including characterization, plot, and imagery to help the reader understand how Matilda struggles to grow up as a woman in a city influenced by the roles she must play, from wearing painful clothing to being compared to racehorses. By analyzing these elements of literature, we can compare Matilda’s journey to current events that affect our world today, like so many factors afflicted her’s.
Dec 12
essay 0 comments challenge: Power
Spezzdidly's picture

How to Make a Unique Power!

   

    A higher power is giving all 7.6 billion people on Earth the ability to choose a superpower but there’s a catch if any two people have the same power the power doesn’t work. So you need to pick a power that no one else will have how hard could it be. Well unless you want the lamest power ever you should think about this logically. The top 10 most popular powers are super strength, invisibility, telepathy(reading minds), time travel, teleportation, flight, shapeshifting, immortality, x-ray vision, and the ability to control fire. Unless your hell bent on getting one of these you shouldn’t risk going with it even with these tips. I’m gonna go over a few ways you could get around this system to prevent powers.
Dec 11
Jayden.C.block's picture

Hearts and Snow

The temperature has dropped, and the water has frozen over. The last thing is for us to bundle up, like a warm waffle in the toaster. To spread your love and care, and put your Christmas wishes in the air. A few months ago when I first started my account on here, I did a piece titled "Home". It was based about "Home is where the heart is." And looking back at it, has made me feel warm in a way. See, the cold weather may be upsetting to some, or very nice to others, but when you think about it, it's what brings us closer. We stay inside with our coco and cuddle up next to the fire, but we do it with family, with our hearts. Cause being inside, with your family, all huddled in the living room together because of the cold weather. It draws us closer. And as the snow falls blissfully on the moutains peaks like white shining winter hats, and the sky darkens earlier in the day, you start to realize that your family is right there on that couch in front of you.