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One Day (3rd Prize, Category 3)

April, 2014
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There seems to exist this prevalent belief that every writer and author is somehow obliged to furnish every story, poem and book with some climax or stunning plot twist as a means of piquing a reader’s interest and spurring them further into the words. This will be something of a different breed. I urge that [...]

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Let Me In (2nd Prize, Category 3)

April, 2014
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Knock, knock, knock, knock.
Mommy, please answer me.
Knock, knock, knock.
Mommy, please answer.
Knock, knock.
Mommy, please.
Knock.
Mommy.
I go to her door every morning of every day. She never answers, not anymore. Not if I’m hungry, not if I’m screaming, not even if the house was on fire. I don’t think she [...]

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Infinite Cycle (2nd Prize, Category 3)

April, 2014
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A man lay spread eagled on the pavement with fragments of glass surrounding his corpse. Up above, the window on the thirty ninth floor was broken. The police cleared a perimeter, as journalists and reporters gathered around the body like a group of vultures ready to feast upon the dead. Snow started falling, and a [...]

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Head Spin (1st Prize, Category 3)

April, 2014
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Two hours, twenty-nine minutes, fifty-eight seconds.
Two hours, twenty-nine minutes, fifty-nine seconds.
Two hours, thirty minutes.
Someone is very late. They were meant to be here a long time ago. Who was it again? You can’t remember.
You take a furtive look around the waiting room. It’s small, with two oak doors leading off it; one directly in [...]

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The Deck (3rd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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The dawn broke. The sun warmed my back, my fingers ached, my arm twitched with effort, the soles of my feet ground against the pavement. I stood as the sun rose. I held my head level and my eyes blank void of emotion. There was only one reason why I wouldn’t go. Pride. What a [...]

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January 16, 2014 (3rd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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It was an ordinary Wednesday morning.
Seconds before the alarm went off, I was shaken awake by the white glow of morning fog pouring into my room. I blinked away the brightness as I checked the time through my swollen eyelids. 7:29 a.m.
With my eyes half-shut and my mind half-conscious, I watched the minute [...]

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The Hand (3rd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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“How much further do we have to go?” Noah asked as they reached the top of the mountain.
“We’re almost there,” his brother coaxed.
It was a foggy day in October. There was a whiff of gunpowder in the suffocating air, and the brothers gave a small shiver under the sun, that nearly invisible blob of feeble [...]

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The Peony’s Promise (2nd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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Something serious must have happened for my father to take me out of boarding school and to come do it personally. Otherwise, he would have sent a servant. 
All through the carriage ride home, questions burn on my tongue, but I don’t say a word; I know that Father will tell me when he feels that [...]

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Promises of One Day (2nd Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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The old letters were a blast from the past. She laid them out, in their crinkled glory, before picking up the first one.
Her hands shook.
                                                                          —–                         
Dear Mary,
Well, basic training has just gone on for a few days, and I can tell you that I can feel it [...]

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Buying Time (1st Prize, Category 4)

April, 2014
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One day, man has done it. He has finally found a way to make time palpable. Now, time is a physical dimension, a tangible collection that is kept locked up in the great Time Vault. Time is fickle, constantly shifting and changing color, but no matter how it changes, each piece of time always represents [...]

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Get Motivated in School

March, 2014
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Wouldn’t it be great to wake up every morning motivated for school? You wouldn’t have to procrastinate, drift off in class, or waste your energy trying to get yourself to study.
But you’re too tired, you’re too busy…I get it. I’m a senior in high school; I’ve been through it and still have my ‘unmotivated’ moments. [...]

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Senior Year: ‘Congratulations’ and Beyond

March, 2014
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‘Congratulations. The Answer is Yes!’
!!!
(Screams, Laughter, and Joyful Tears…)
For high school seniors, those five words (especially the first, ‘Congratulations’) from the universities or colleges of their choice may have been appearing in their dreams night after night. As seniors go through the process that is fearfully known as the [...]

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Learning to Focus

December, 2013
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“Lack of direction, not lack of time, is the problem. We all have twenty-four hour days.”― Zig Ziglar
Think about it.  Richard Branson, Elon Musk, Bill Gates, garbagemen, homeless people… they all have 24-hour days.  The difference between these people lies in how they spend it.  Does Bill Gates spend his days complaining, making excuses and procrastinating?  [...]

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My Edutopia

December, 2013
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‘Utopia’, literally ‘no place’ in Ancient Greek, commonly suggests a perfect zenith of surroundings. Generations of risk-takers and thinkers, intrigued by the hardship in achieving perfection, have attempted to establish their own utopias with countless philosophical ideas. As idealistic as I may be as a high school student who is inspired by them, I have [...]

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IB for the Best

September, 2013
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Ever walked a tightrope? If not, a somewhat similar experience awaits you in the IB! Both require determination and motivation even before you begin. Both need skill, focus and balance to reach the other end. When you do, you get a thrill, a sense of accomplishment, and the confidence to tackle more. A tightrope walker [...]

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