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A Different Kind of Tourist

Written by Carol Er Yue in China List of Characters Adam A young man just over the age of 30. A Danish Jew who escaped Nazi persecution by fleeing to Sweden as a child. Though he has turned into a stubborn/cynical person, he also has the capacity to dream and hope. Emilie A pretty and…

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 pain…

Pan and Syrinx

Written by Siyu Chen Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition

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 blanket…

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 spent…

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 about…

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 watched…

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. Countless…

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 to…

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.…

B-26 MARAUDER

Written by Sophie Zhu CHARACTERS Choice Keller (15): Social outcast, only child. Her parents and an android are her only friends. She wears a necklace with a key on it. C.H.I.P. (Computer Home Integrated Program): The android built into Choice’s laptop. Ford Keller (48): Family man, who has always been there for his daughter. Currently…

Coconut Candies

Written by Anita (Sicen) Hua In this dream, I have been taken back to the Spring of 2010, when I was running across pebbled roads, over arched bridges, and in between rows of blooming jasmine flowers. I mingled with the vim and vigor of my surroundings, my cheeks covered in mud and the rims of…

Crumbling Empires

Written by Arthur Miao On a semi-warm morning in Prussia on July 17, 1942, Hitler looked at himself in the mirror. His mustache, he thought, brought out the ferocious look in his eyes. He was a force to be reckoned with, and today was the beginning of his grand plan. Now that his army had…

Angel of Death:

The Human Form of Evil Written by Vivian Zhang Glup, glup. I sat watching the plunger slowly make its way down the tube and into Miriam’s body. Inside the tube was a clear unknown liquid that would soon be injected into my own body. This was the third time this week, the twelfth time this…

Does History Have Its Eyes on Us?

Why Hamilton is the New Shakespeare Written by Kaixin In light of the events of 2020, university campuses all over the country are calling for a change to the common core – to replace Shakespeare with Hamilton: the musical within the cannon! This ever important piece of historical theatre touches on several important issues that…

Little Ivan: Power and Blood

Written by Mireia Giro Endless darkness… then suddenly, sharp shrieks mixed with the cracking of a whip on human flesh getting closer and closer. Tears are dripping down, along with fresh blood and sweat, onto the dirty stone floor. The sound of pain and terror resonates without the voice of another… Ivan wakes up again…

A Dream that Died with the Ship

Written by Alice Xu             As he scribbled some words emphatically in his notebook, light shined out from his eyes: “April 24th, 1865. Going home.”  He smiled with joy, the first time since the Civil War had ended. As a prisoner, he suffered poor physical, mental and emotional health from the conditions of his cage.…

Thriving Through Chains

Written and illustrated by Sam Liu Five days out of the week I wear red ties on Monday, Wednesday, and Friday, blue ones on Tuesday and Thursday. 6:45 is the time I get up; 7:20 is the time I sprint to breakfast; from 8:05 to 2:20, I run through my daily classes; and back to…

Punishment

Written by Tony Teng “Help! Help me…Help…Me…” his desperate sounds started to weaken. “God will… bless me… right?” he coughed hard. *** He was a merchant, and a Christian. Standing on deck in the middle of the Mediterranean Sea, he looked upon the sky. God was up there, of course. But down here, next to him,…

The End of an Empire

Written by Jerry Yu The palace is empty – too empty to believe that not long ago it was the pulsing heart of a great empire. Constantine XI walks through its empty corridors and halls.  There are no people. All able-bodied men were armed and sent to the wall. No decorations, save for the murals…

Marry Me if I Survive This

Written by Siyu Chen Earned a Gold Key Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition 2 pm: She walks into a convenience store. This will be the first meal of her day. The fan is turning, the TV is playing, the cashier is talking, but all of these noises she ignores.  2:10: He…

Resonance of Love

Written by Summer Xu I should start by introducing myself, but I’m currently in the middle of my everyday panic attack. Right now, I’m all curled up in a corner of the grubby attic of our new house. This quiet room with a dim spot of light is the only safe space for me to…

The Street Performer

Written by Jenny Pan Earned an Honorable Mention in the Scholastic Art and Writing Competition in 2019 A street performer is stationed in the courtyard of the town centre. I watch this man walk down the uneven stone roads every morning before sunrise. He carries a black worn-out suitcase with a few colourful strands of…

When the Past Rings True

Written by Emma Tang             I have stared at this street, at the same patch of brown gravel every day with no way of turning my head to see where that little voice came from, or what kind of dog I heard barking to my left. Nope, just forward. Always forward.             Not long ago,…

You Will Always Fall Again

Written by Carol Wang “I guess it is time…” Allison sighs and walks out of the shelter that covers them in darkness, “I’ll see you on the other side if I make it.”  “Allison!” Fritz gets up and grabs her shoulder. “What in your right mind makes you wanna walk out into a street that’s…

Illuminating Parisian Skies

Written by Harrison Huang/ Photograph by Jiyao Guo Earned an Honorable Mention in the 2021 Scholastic Art and Writing Competition Flash Fiction Category Dark clouds drifted across the expanse of grey skies, and were gently poked through by a few beams of sunlight. The dusty beams tickled the Seine River. On this cold and misty…

Odysseus, I Sing to You

Written by Kareny Zhong “Siren is in the mist tonight.  She sings of her lost love to lonely ships that wander by. Quick, stop those ears, and tie me up fast. Lash me if I beg you to free me…” — Please. Bear with me, with me and my voice that lures a thousand soldiers…

In Your Dreams

Written by Alice Xu           She was so angry when she shouted: “If I come next time and you are still playing, don’t blame me if I do something crazy!” Then, she slammed the door, leaving me outside. Alone.            My parents died when I was 5. I never knew how they died, but they went to…

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