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Character Sketches with Dialogue by Vera Zoey Armentrout

September 16, 2019 3:10pm | Vera Zoey Armentrout

Character Sketches: Collio Collio was found on the planet Collior, it is a planet based nearly entirely off of war. Collior was founded by Collio itself, and it is approximately 789 years of age, based out of Jupiter’s time from whence it came. It has […]

Vignette by Mike Drewke

September 12, 2019 6:32pm | Mike Drewke

A guitar is an instrument that has six strings on it and is made out of wood. However, this instrument is so much more than just a chunk of wood with dusty strings on it. This guitar is a story in the making. Every little […]

“Bar Night” by Jackie Branch

September 12, 2019 4:30pm | Jackie Branch

The restaurant was quite lonely that evening, the collective hum of drunk men and women dying down in volume as the night continued. I was sitting by myself at the bar, doing nothing new and nursing a half-empty glass of whiskey when these two young […]

“Abandoned House of Books” by Jackie Branch

September 12, 2019 4:29pm | Jackie Branch

I wake up gasping for air, the smell of flames and smoke stinging my nose. I glance around the dim area, the last images of the fire licking at the photos and window curtains fading from my mind. I shake my head to forget the […]

“Tracks to the Shack” by Jay Jaworski

September 12, 2019 4:28pm | Jay Jaworski

The night was quiet as Sara walked along the railroad tracks, gravel crunching beneath her old off-brand shoes. The silence was eerie, but she actually quite liked how she could hear the howls of the wind pass by her ears. It made a shiver run […]

“Guitar Notes” by Jackie Branch

September 3, 2019 5:04pm | Jackie Branch

His yelling became a quiet purr after a few minutes. The drops of saliva turned to tears as he opened his arms for a hug, sobbing apologies. Goosebumps form on skin, hands turn cold. This bedroom, once a comforting place filled to the brim with […]

“The Watcher” by Kennedy Ball

August 29, 2019 5:31pm | Kennedy Ball

The Watcher She watches from the shadow, staring from the darkest corner of the room. She is a monster, something from a nightmare. She watches the room at all hours of the day. She’s an insomniac who gets energy from the fear of the people […]

“The Beach” by Jay Jaworski

August 29, 2019 5:30pm | Jay Jaworski

Soft, tiny grains of sand squished between my toes as I walked along the seashore. The sun was setting, and the sky was full of color. Orange and magenta almost blended together as they made a gradient into the navy night sky. The wind blew […]

“The Silence” by Sara Jarecke

May 17, 2019 6:59pm | Sara Jarecke

  She was eagerly unpacked when I got there, her case sitting wide open.  Feet dangling over the edge of the stage, she was holding the music, copper eyes skimming over it like it was a treasure map that led to a hidden stash of […]

Veteran commits suicide outside VA Hospital

May 2, 2019 5:21pm | McKenzie Lane

The United States Department of Veteran Affairs (VA) is required by law to provide eligible veterans hospital care and outpatient care services that are defined as “needed.” VA defines “needed” as care or service that will promote, preserve, and restore health. This includes treatment, procedures, supplies, […]

Original Sketches by Jackie Branch

April 1, 2019 2:58pm | Jackie Branch

“Silence” by Jackie Branch

March 27, 2019 6:55pm | Jackie Branch

Silence… The night is the only closest thing to perfection in our broken world… “Come on, it’s pitch dark out here. Get in,” Beth opens the window and quietly tells me. A flame sparks in my heart at her voice, telling me what to do […]

“Hybrids” written by Isaac Ferrato Illustrated by Morgan Neumarker and Liam Meszaros

March 5, 2019 3:30pm | Written by Isaac Ferrato Illustrated by Morgan Neumarker and Liam Meszaros

 I was walking to the newly opened ice cream shop on W 117th. It was actually quite old but my friend Abe, and his friend Gavin salvaged it, and opened up a new Ice cream shop. It was quite the attraction because well I mean […]

“Ellie” written by Madison Pedley Illustrated by Kallie Mitchell

March 1, 2019 7:42pm | Written by Madison Pedley Illustrated by Kallie Mitchell

She was a gift to me. The cute little elephant statue that sits on my kitchen windowsill. My grandmother gave her to me when I was 7. She told me if I really believed, she had magical powers. As a child, I believed that I […]

“Cal’s Day Off” Written by Anonymous Illustrations by Madison Viccaro

February 28, 2019 7:51pm | Author: Anonymous Illustrator: Madison Viccaro

The past century is best described as an era of destruction. The wasteful and self-cannibalizing acts of humanity have laid utter waste to the biosphere, shrinking what was once a vast number of unique and beautiful species into a small handful of only the most […]

“Ninja by Night” written by Sara Jarecke Illustrations by Logan Snyder

February 28, 2019 2:23pm | Author: Sara Jarecke Drawings: Logan Snyder

Meerkat by day, ninja by night. Everyone else in my mob likes to make fun of me, but it’s not like I see them doing anything to help.  They whine and complain about the lack of space in our current enclosure, but are too big […]

Character Sketches with Dialogue by Sara Bitter

February 14, 2019 2:59pm | Sara Bitter

  Character Sketch #1 Maya had never particularly stood out from the crowd. That was intentional on her part. She has always had the strange ability to divert attention away from herself. It was almost supernatural, but if you were to mention that, you would […]

“Body Language” by Madison Pedley

February 4, 2019 7:53pm | Madison Pedley

They walked together every single day, James and Sarah. They were practically inseparable. Everyone at school knew they’d been dating since freshman year, and if anybody from this crappy high school would grow up and live happily ever after it would be the two of […]

“Rain Dance” by Sara Jarecke

January 8, 2019 7:51pm | Short Story

I can’t play with Gracie today.  Mommy says that all the aliens have to stay inside. I asked her why, and she said that they can’t touch the rain.  I asked her why, and she said because. And I don’t know what that means, because […]

“There was a girl” by Anonymous

November 27, 2018 6:19pm | Anonymous Student

There was a girl Whose head was always in a swirl Her thoughts never the same She’s crazy, people would claim She loved music Acted like it would take away the bruises But when the music stopped Her thoughts again began to flock And she […]

“You” by Jackie Branch

November 21, 2018 12:38am | Jackie Branch

I don’t deserve you I never deserved your kindness I’m poisonous, but you see me harmless You being with me is timeless   I’m getting better I really am trying I wouldn’t be here Without your support undying   Lots of others Pushed me down […]

“Loneliness” by Jackie Branch

November 21, 2018 12:37am | Jackie Branch

I am in a crowd But no one notices me I am so alone

“I woke up to find” by Annika Cook

November 20, 2018 3:58pm | Annika Cook

I woke up to find My dear heart ripped apart I had lost what was mine Gone was my sweetheart   Within the same week They both had died They had been taken away from me I wore black and cried   My dear loved […]

“I Am” by Annika Cook

November 20, 2018 3:57pm | Annika Cook

I am an overthinker I am a lover I am a dreamer I am a fighter I am shy I am loud I am dry I am proud I am interesting I am restless I am distancing I am reckless I am young I am […]

“Identity” by Annika Cook

November 20, 2018 3:56pm | Annika Cook

She is straight and he is too I am a bit different   But a person just like you We are all magnificent   I am pansexual You are bi He is asexual It’s ok we don’t know why   People can be tran Some […]

“Fall of the Berlin Wall” Anonymous Student

November 20, 2018 3:55pm | Anonymous Student

A symbol of political divide Torn down by the people who stood by Bits and pieces lay in the hands of many With its message still heard clear Wire touches hands Its marks torn into skin People have open arms Tears stream with joy, at […]

“The Sight of Winter” Anonymous Student

November 20, 2018 3:54pm | Anonymous Student

Clouds have pockets of grey With the sky littered with white Grass is flooded Branches hang empty Stems lay frosted Lights swing back and forth Church bells ring But no people are to be seen

“Butterfly” by Kennedy Ball

November 20, 2018 3:53pm | Kennedy Ball

  I flap my wings and fly free. I flap around in the summer breeze. The rays of the sun hitting me, warming me, making me feel… Happy. The rainy days are the dark days. I watch you stare blankly out your window. The thunder […]

“This was not the end of you” by Morgan Ball

November 20, 2018 3:51pm | Morgan Ball

We walked the streets together, Sharing laughs and smiles. You are long gone now, and I’m alone. These memories I remember, stick in my mind, My heart falls each time. I recover from his death. As time goes on we all forget, We all get […]

“Meet Me” by Cristina Donnelly

November 20, 2018 3:50pm | Cristina Donnelly

I want you to meet me. Meet me at the highest peak of the tallest mountain, Or deep in the jungle where the vines coil around trees. Meet me at the beach; The place where the sand and the sea meet. You can meet me […]

“My Heart” by Cristina Donnelly

November 20, 2018 3:49pm | Cristina Donnelly

I don’t know why my heart does things like this. Falling for people I have no chance with. It sends me in to an endless abyss. I use to think these cases were a myth. I always seemed to be a lucky one. Never having […]

“Mismatched” by Sara Jarecke “Sew Me a Story” Writing Contest

November 8, 2018 7:46pm | Sara Jarecke

It had been there all my life, as far back as I can remember.  Considering how old it was, it was a wonder as to why it was there on the rocking chair (which was also ancient) and not shoved in a box in the […]

“A New Sleeping Beauty” by Grace Alven

October 22, 2018 3:45pm | Grace Alven

We all know the story of Sleeping Beauty. The happily ever after that comes at the end. Yeah, no. There was a happily ever after for a little while, but it didn’t last long. Aurora and Phillip got married and had one baby girl. Her […]

“Another Rapunzel Story” by Cristina Donnelly

October 21, 2018 12:55am | Cristina Donnelly

Once upon a time there lived a couple in a small cottage just outside the woods.  Their names were Brian and Ashley. The couple had been expecting their first child within the next month and they couldn’t be happier.  One day Ashley had gotten a […]

“The Wolf Who Cried Back” by Gibson Burns

October 21, 2018 12:53am | Gibson Burns

A shrill howl pierced the calm night sky. Several houses around the small village lit up, as the residents were very aware of the nearby wolf-pack, and wary of anything they might try to do. Slowly, even more lights turned on, and people were starting […]

“Grandview” by Anonymous

September 27, 2018 10:09pm | Anonymous Student

  There was nothing left, not a soul in sight. Just my thoughts and I, alone in a big empty field of nothing. There wasn’t a source of water, just a brown toxic river. I tried to survive everyday, but it got harder every minute […]

“Radiant Lilac” by Morgan Ball

September 27, 2018 10:07pm | Morgan Ball

  As a young girl, Hannah enjoyed gardening. She loved growing her own lemons to make her own lemonade. She lived in a small brown house next to a hill. During the winter she would sled down it with her pet Husky. When she turned […]

“Juneberry” by Kennedy Ball

September 27, 2018 10:05pm | Kennedy Ball

  It was an early Saturday morning. The birds chirping echoed through my open windows into my ears. My alarm beeped loudly as I groggily rolled over and hit it off. I grabbed my phone lazily and opened it. I spent several moments scrolling through […]


September 11, 2018 12:51am | Benjamin Manner

A heavy fog had settled in beneath the brown tinted sky. Deep, pulsating, noises above warned of the approaching enemy ships. One man stood alone, awaiting them. He was a spartan, the warriors humanity had. He wore thick, grey armor, with a yellow visor on […]


September 11, 2018 12:49am | Benjamin Manner

  The shade hung over us, blocking the light of the rising sun. Sweat dripped from our brows as the humidity stuck to us. Anxiousness emitted from everyone, to finally end this nightmare. The platoons before our gleefully made their way forward. Minutes dragged on […]

“The Departure”

September 11, 2018 12:47am | Anonymous Student

An overwhelming sense of gloom enveloped me as I passed through the empty rooms.  I wandered aimlessly trying to grasp the reality of the moment, but also trying to grab hold of anything tangible to keep me there. In mere minutes I would be leaving […]


September 11, 2018 12:45am | Jackie Branch

  The five stages of grief is a lie. A sick lie with a disgusting happy ending: denial, anger, bargaining, depression and finally, acceptance. It’s all lies, the only true stage is depression.   They say the pain ends soon, but it really doesn’t. It […]

“A Baseball Moment”

September 11, 2018 12:42am | Tyler Harden

As I was standing there, the batter was looking straight at me. I felt the cold stare from the crowd in the stands. They hated my team with a passion. My arm and legs were tense as I was getting ready to throw. The umpire […]

“42 Chestnut Street”

September 11, 2018 12:37am | Drew Sheldon

42 Chestnut Street. That was the place where I spent most of my childhood. I remember its beige exterior, a bland casing which hid the wealth of stories within. I remember the lawn, and how on summer mornings I would wake to the smell of […]

Thursday May 10, 2018

May 10, 2018 2:20pm | Staff

ANYONE wishing to hang posters or signs around Lakewood High School will need to get approval from the Bookroom before you can put anything up.  Also, you cannot put anything up with duct tape, masking tape, or scotch tape.  The only tape that you are […]

Take on “I’m not a Painter” by Saige Rook

March 14, 2018 12:17pm | Saige Rook

I am not a speaker, I am a dancer. Some days to be a dancer seems a curse Rather than to speak. Why? Words wondering out of mouths of speaker , Offering clarity I wish I could compose, As a form of communication Building bridges, […]

Original Poem by Saige Rook

March 14, 2018 12:15pm | Saige Rook

Analysis leaves logic locked up far away. Abuse is not abandoned. Consciousness curls, choking on reality. Inconsistencies impact opinion. Stored as secrets, unlocked by code. Confusion ingests all attention. Guidance is eaten by guilt. Decisions lie. Anger installs itself where sorrow knows its home. Recognition […]

Take on “I’m not a Painter” by Lauren Hildum

March 14, 2018 12:14pm | Lauren Hildum

I am not a speaker, I am a thinker It’d be nice to be both, but I find I prefer to observe and get lost in ideas and daydreams   My mind is both a sanctuary and a battlefield, but I’d rather a chaotic mind […]

Take on “I’m not a Painter” by Kyle Darovich

March 14, 2018 12:12pm | Kyle Darovich

I am not a therapist, I am a survivor I too used to be that backseat driver Wondering if things would improve Hoping the surround world would finally approve Then I realized Why feel criticized When you could be equalized Stop trying to jeopardize and […]

Original Poem by Kyle Darovich

March 14, 2018 12:11pm | Kyle Darovich

She came to him, nuzzling his chest. Thought to herself, is this really what’s best? This guy, is he really the one? Will we still be a thing in the long run? I want what’s best for me Don’t you see? So if you truly […]