When it Struck

Written by Summer Xu Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition The last thing I saw from the window was the bright light gleaming, followed by an explosion in the sky like a perfect fireball. When the fumbling cloud gathered into a mushroom shape on the skyline, the fierce painContinue reading “When it Struck”

Lost Behind the Mask

Written by Shuangge (Gloria) Zhang Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition I stand in front of the mirror with a face in my trembling hand. There are only a few minutes left until the sun rises. I look through my window. The city sleeps quietly under its soft blanketContinue reading “Lost Behind the Mask”

The Bartender at Flamingo Lounge

Written by Kareny Zhong Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition CHARACTERS The Narrator (30s) is a bartender at a nightclub called Flamingo Lounge. For some reason, no one is able to remember who he is the day after meeting him. It doesn’t matter how much time they have spentContinue reading “The Bartender at Flamingo Lounge”

The Fall of the Playwright

Written by Kareny Zhong Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition It was the end of June, 1613, and it had been a few hours since John Fletcher started staring at the little ink spots that imprinted his paper. The paper is a part of Henry VIII that is aboutContinue reading “The Fall of the Playwright”

One Experiment Reveals an Evil Humanity

Written by Yurun (Irene) Zheng August 16, 1971 He was the first one to be released.  He stood in front of the building and looked up at the sky. The sun shined on him, gradually warming his body. A breeze blew on his face and gently shook his hair back and forth as he watchedContinue reading “One Experiment Reveals an Evil Humanity”

When Activism Turns To Extremism: Why the BLM Movement is Doing More Harm than Good to a Worthy Cause

Written By Charles Gao Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition      On the 26th of August, three NBA playoff games were postponed in light of another global event: the shooting of another unarmed black male Jacob Blake through the action of a police officer in the State of Wisconsin. InContinue reading “When Activism Turns To Extremism: Why the BLM Movement is Doing More Harm than Good to a Worthy Cause”

The Korean Peninsula: A Living Hell

Written by Oliver Ye Earned a Silver Key in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition He hides behind a hay mound, inhaling in and exhaling out like a dog behind the last thing that can protect him. The golden hay has already lost its past brightness and vibrant color, now darkened from burning. CountlessContinue reading “The Korean Peninsula: A Living Hell”

Perfect Pandemonium:

A Fantasy in 2098 A.D. Written by Zhiyu (Sam) Liu FADE IN: INT. A SMALL MEETING ROOM IN A HOTEL IN DOWNTOWN CHICAGO – DAY A gaunt man with a five-star military uniform walks into the room where a small crowd of people are waiting for him. He greets them, pulls down the screen toContinue reading “Perfect Pandemonium:”

Is There Too Much Pressure on Girls to Have ‘Perfect’ Bodies?

Written by Irene Zheng “I’m getting fat” might be the most common phrase that every girl will say at least once in her lifetime. Every girl wants to be as skinny as the models in the magazines; every girl wants to look good in other people’s eyes; every girl desires to have the “perfect” body.Continue reading “Is There Too Much Pressure on Girls to Have ‘Perfect’ Bodies?”