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. 


Jan 17
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week 17

Once Upon a time there was a boy named James. Every day after school he would sneak into the woods. So, one day I followed him and I saw him playing with a baby wolf. I snuck out of the woods and went back to my house. I got my dog and hiked back to the woods, so if the momma wolf came back, I would have something to protect us.

 I was sneaking back down into the woods when I heard him scream. I started running down the hill to him. I was 100 feet from him when I saw the momma wolf. I let my dog go and he ran and jumped on the wolf. They both went rolling down the hill. The baby wolf was still there. I ran down and pushed him and he went rolling down the hill. The baby wolf ran behind a tree and hid. 
Jan 17
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Book Bans

Parents shouldn’t be able to ban books from school libraries. In 2018, the American Library Association recorded that there were 347 books that had been requested to be banned in the United States. 32% of people attempting to get those books banned were parents. 

I love reading, there’s nothing better than a good book. Sometimes, the books I read are explicit, but these books having explicit content doesn’t immediately sully their value. It doesn’t cancel out all of the education provided within them. It's wild, the amount of growing and learning we do with the assistance of books. Books help kids grow their view of the whole world. No other content can put you straight into someone else’s life like a book can. The author Robbie J Harris commented on these bans, saying "I think these books look at the topics, the concerns, the worry, the fascination that kids have today... It's the world in which they're living."
Jan 10
essay 0 comments challenge: Unusual
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Unusual Friendship

The Titanic started to sink! They started getting people into lifeboats to get to safety. When they ran out of lifeboats, the people started jumping into the black, frigid water. Two boys, who had ran into each other while exploring the big ‘unsinkable’ ship, jumped into the water, hoping they would survive. Their parents had gone missing too, so they were on their own. 
Jan 10
essay 0 comments challenge: Unusual
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week 16

Hi. My name is Jack. I am 21 years old. I am waiting in line to get on the “unsinkable” ship, the Titanic! I am very excited to ride on the Titanic over the iceberg filled Atlantic Ocean to find a new life.

Hi. It’s me Jack again. I just got onto the Titanic. I am waving to all my friends on the docks. 5 minutes later we’re off and slowly the docks go out of sight. We’re headed across the Atlantic Ocean.

    The food is great on the Titanic. They have pools and hot tubs. Also, they have first, second and third class. My room is close to the bottom of the ship. I am getting to be good friends with the people in our room. I am friends with everyone in our room but my best friend is Thomas. We played cards and talked all day.
Dec 28
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We all hide

I once wrote a poem that read as so, 

I hide in my baggy clothes so you can't see all the scares that we're left behind. So you can't say my body isn't the way it should be. So I can have friends that won't like me for my makeup and Instagram followers. This is me the girl who runs as fast as the Boys but still cracks a joke with them. I'm the one no one gossips about. The one who sits at a lunch table with 2 other people.

no one is perfect and all of us hide. From something even if it's are own shadow. Why do we though why don't we just say 'I don't care I'm perfect the way I am.' That's not what we think in are heads even if we think we do. We don't.
Dec 24
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What if there were no elves?

Have you ever met an elf? The pointed eared,  joyful, always eating candy elf? You haven't, well I've got to say they are quite amazing! Always wanting to play in the snow making snowmen and snow women. All of them have different jobs! The toy makers, reindeer caretakers, The elves on the shelves, and the one that every year rides on Santa's sleigh. Every job is essential and helps Santa make it through! If not for the elves... the presents wouldn't get made fast enough and who would care for the reindeer! Who would play in the snow on their breaks. What if elves weren't a thing! The children wouldn't have anything under the tree. Good thing the elves DO help Santa. Tomorrow you will have something under your tree even if it means big presents, little presents, or coal.
Dec 23
essay 2 comments challenge: Unusual
lilnoreault's picture

How I made my other best friend

I had always been told that Rose light (not real name)  was a bad person. Even though I had only met her a few times she was nice. even if I thought she was nice, I had seen text messages and stories of her being so 'mean' I never was her friend. Till one day in 7th grade I got put in all the same classes as her we talked more. I knew she sat alone at lunch so I was the only one to sit with her. My friends hated it sooo much that most of them didn't talked to me because they thought she was awful, a rich girl who was mean to everyone. One of my best friends sat next to us one day and told me I may not like her but I'll give her a change cause you are my friend and I trust you. So all 3 of us have been friends ever since.
Dec 19
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week 15

Week 15 tomorrow

Tomorrow I hope I will catch my first coyote in my traps down by our corn pile. Also, I will skin him out and hang him on my wall. I will go fishing and catch a lot of brook trout the river behind my house that I can keep and eat. When I get done gutting the trout so I can cook them my dad says I don’t have to go to the barn. Next I will cook the trout and eat them for dinner and they will taste delicious.

                    The End                             By,

Dec 18
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Tomorrow, I Hope

Tomorrow, I hope adults will realize what they’ve done to this planet. Tomorrow I hope we can fix what generations before ours have done to planet Earth. Climate change is real. There are 16,306 endangered species right now. So many beautiful animals will be gone soon. Turtles, Polar Bears, Pandas, Tigers, Blue Whales, Rhinos, and so many more. The earth is getting hotter. Fire is spreading, the Arctic is melting, there is plastic and trash everywhere. People need to wake up and see what is going on. We are too wrapped up in our own lives that we are not realizing what is happening to our planet. Greta Thunberg. Greta Thunberg is a 16 year old climate activist from Sweden who won the Time magazine Person of the Year. “You are never too young to make a difference” 
Dec 18
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tomorow, I hope...

Tomorrow, I hope that none of our piglets die and that they are still alive. I also hope that I don’t have to clean the pigs out. The pigs get very dirty when they need to get cleaned. I also hope  school will get canceled and we have to get sent home. When I get home, I will play fs19. That stands for Farming Simulator 2019. Fs19 is a very fun game that involves farming.That is why I like it so much. I like farming because I like the hard work and the animals. I also like the equipment that is in volvolved. It is a good combination of funs and dangers. The fun of farming is driving and operating the tractors and playing with the animals. The dangers is if you were operating a tractor and you put your hand or foot in the wrong place and you get cut or worse. You could also spook an animal and get kicked or the animal could bite you.

Dec 12
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I lay on my bed tears rolling down my face. Why. Why would they do this to me.
Why would they spout something so untrue.
Dec 11
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Emergency Button

I walk down the halls of the apartment building until I get to the beautiful glass elevator. I step inside and realise it’s crowded. There’s silence until someone says, “I bet you’re wondering why I called you here today.” He then presses the emergency stop button and the elevator stops.
A woman holding her child sort of shouts, “Why did you do that, you idiot?” Her child starts crying and I can see people stopping on their way to work or whatever to stare at us, the idiots stuck in the elevator.  The alarms go off and I just close my eyes and slide onto the floor, hugging my knees as the child continues crying, people argue, and alarms blare on. 
I just sit and wait until the alarm guy looks at me and picks me up. I stare back while he holds me by the neck of my shirt. He then throws me out of the elevator. People outside stare again as I continue to plummet towards the ground, and when I think I’m close to hitting the ground, nothing happens. 
Dec 11
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I have reverence for farm animals and farm equipment, like tractors, combines, farm implements, pigs, and cows. They make everyday life a lot easier. Farm animals produce a lot of meat, eggs, and manure. The manure helps vegetable gardens, corn fields, and flower gardens grow better. I also have reverence country music. I think country music makes time go by a little bit. Most farmers listen to country music. I really enjoy listening to country music. It sometimes helps me work a little better. It also gives me something to look forward to at school. When I am working in the hay field with the tractor, which is very loud, I listen to country music to help with the noise. We have a lot of farm animals at our house and I reverence all of them except the chickens. I reverence the pigs and cows the most because they are my favorite farm animals.
Dec 04



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


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
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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


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
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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,