Arriving, Finally, As My Chosen Name
by Spencer Katz
I had recently cut my hair short for the first time. At school, a male friend saw me and said, “You look like a boy,” and it felt validating, especially coming from a boy. Then, it started to click that maybe I wasn’t the girl I thought I was.
What We Can Do to Honor the Loss of Tyre Nichols
by Enoch Naklen
On January 7th, Tyre Nichols was pulled over by five Memphis police officers for “reckless driving” according to NBC News. What followed was 13 minutes of him being brutally beaten and tased by these police officers. He died in the hospital three days later.
My Case for Examining Existing Stalking Laws
by Luca Bernstein
One day, I was sitting outside with my mom and her friends at a coffee shop when a 50-something looking man who looked like The Dude from The Big Lebowski complimented me on my bicycle and asked if he could take a picture.
Coming Home to Harlem
by Kayla Ruano-Lumpris
Names have been changed. It was 6th grade recess, and a couple of girls were complaining about how far away they lived from school. I stared off into space, kicking at the fake grass beneath my feet, hoping they wouldn’t ask me where I lived.
Of Course I’m Smart Enough
by Enoch Naklen
“OK class, we’re about to transition to community meeting! On my count. One!” announced my 4th grade teacher. One was the signal to push out your seat from the desk. “Good job we’re moving with urgency! I like it Morgan State!”
Writing contest winners winter 2023
Four times a year, we ask our readers to write about the impact recent stories have had on teens around the country. In Winter 2022-23, we had a range of responses from writers connecting to stories about family, race, online culture, self image, and the importance of a name.