The Devil's Quill

Kendall Kalustyan, Vice President
May 6, 2019

They say the Notre Dame is burning. They say the flames licked the heavens as if to spite the very god they were built to worship. I imagine Michael Brown’s cheek felt the same heat as the asphalt scarred his cheek as he laid shot in the street. Hellfire doesn’t have sh*t on a hot Ferguson summer. The police left him to rot, and the vultures found him before his family was able to identify the body. They say the Notre Dame is burning. They say that years of historic architecture...

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Kendall Kalustyan, Vice President
May 1, 2019

Inspired by true events In 1997 Michael Coots swam out on his surfboard in Hawaii. He let his fingers glide through the water and as the crescent of the wave tunneled around him, a Tiger Shark came and took his left leg from under the surf. Since then, Michael became a marine biologist and shark advocate. He wrote to his state legislation to make hunting for shark fins illegal in Hawaii, and he plans to do the same in other states. This is what I hope to one day be strong...

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Kendall Kalustyan, Vice President
March 1, 2019

I’ve never been good at Calculus, or self care. Incidentally, they are both equally challenging to me. But from both of these nuisances, I have learned that recover is a nonlinear function that can shift for no apparent reason. While I have wished you goodbye, I leave the key to my door in the left planter, and the light about the kitchen sink is always on. Do what you may with this information.

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October 21, 2019

Dusk   We seek wishes At dusk We seek our endless dreams Hidden by shameless schemes Everything is not what it seems At dusk The windows are closed tight But blinds open for light We hear the cackle of a thunderous sky And see slits of lightning sly As raindrops pelt the ground We’re shaken by rumbling sounds At dusk Trees swoon now more violent We wish the night was silent We fear the forbidding kiss Of an unbeknownst fate A feeling...

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October 21, 2019

Ocean Abyss   Blue ocean nights Staring out into the sunset As the water waves goodbye And all there was left Was you and I   I looked out into the vast world Beyond our smitten eyes And saw past the world of lies Into the fiery violet skies   Our hands interlocked  Like roots in the ground Like two weeping willow trees Our branches blown by the breeze Will you follow me forever, please?   But thunder rolls at half past...

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Lael Keller, Poetry Editor
March 3, 2019

Low Low Low There’s my shadow Row, row, row Against the wind Go, go, go No more that I know And here lies the life of a shadow Does my shadow have dreams? Does she long to sing under the sun? Does my shadow blink and bat her eyes To all the handsome harrowed shadow men? “Shadow, I know that you and I are intertwined For life So let’s learn together how to end All strife I’ll lead you into the light If you forgive all fears and fright We can work together To make...

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POETRY CONTEST

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Kendall Kalustyan, Vice President
May 6, 2019

They say the Notre Dame is burning. They say the flames licked the heavens as if to spite the very god they were built...

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Kendall Kalustyan, Vice President
May 1, 2019

Inspired by true events In 1997 Michael Coots swam out on his surfboard in Hawaii. He let his fingers glide through...

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Kaitlyn Wiehe
May 1, 2019

A twin bed, in the middle of a room, with two boys. Remements of their night were scattered across the comforter: flashlights,...

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Julia Schnarr, Poetry Editor
May 1, 2019

Life’s Blessings Beatles music, loving other people. Having a hilarious sister. Mom’s dinner. Dad’s BB gun. Glasses. Contacts. New...

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Lael Keller, Poetry Editor
March 3, 2019

We wish And wild dreams sprout from will While waving away worries still We wish wild dreams until Dawn A sailor Rows...

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Audrey Raphaels, President
March 1, 2019

Why live life in a box when you can break walls of glass castles? Because perfection should be quiet and linear? Though...

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Lael Keller

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Ridge Presents- Ceramics show!

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The Latest Edition: The Devil's Advocate

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Jasmine Mathai, Blogger | February 7, 2019

I asked someone if they had a life question they wanted to know the answer to, I got two questions from him, but I decided to focus on this one, partially because I liked it better than the other one, but also because I was curious as per how he was going to explain this. I guess I was right, he had made an interesting case for both, so I’m choosing to include both. Please, bear in mind that...

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Mentors … Some of the best people in your life!

Jasmine Mathai, Blogger | February 7, 2019

Mentors come in a lot of ways. And you can find your best ones on all sorts of paths. Though for a lot of people, their mentors will come from sports via coaches or athletic trainers. However, for me, that was never a possibility. Maybe it’s because of my lack of athletic abilities, or the fact that I have a lot of older sibling responsibility at home that I can’t just give up to be on...

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Jasmine Mathai, Editor | December 31, 2018

Jasmine Mathai A month later, but a much needed month, for many reasons. But, more importantly, with Thanksgiving being the kick off to the holiday season, this long month gave me a new appreciation for the holiday we know as Thanksgiving and reminded me why its so important to me, and to others, who take the time to really use it a time to be thankful. Thanksgiving started as a celebration...

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Seeking ancient vampire Lord – a Craigslist Story
Short Fiction

Hannah Zhang | January 7, 2019

Prompt: a Craiglist missed connection... Seeking ancient vampire Lord This story was inspired by an actual ad on Craig's list. The ad reads verbatim as follows: I'm a depraved man who is dying I am surching for an ancient vampire to turn me immortal I will serve you well your identity will be secret with me   (Be advised, sensitive topics: blood and death) The doorbell rang at sunset. I...

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Nabil Majumdar | December 18, 2018

He gagged at the wretched taste of the obnoxious air, the poisonous vials of chemtech, the lifeline of the city, was also the thing contaminating it. The murky mist veiled the remnants of the jagged mountains, sapped of all natural beauty, now the entrance to the chem-prisons where rogue warlords ran amok. Screams of distress emanated across the city, anarchy had reached its culmination, the contagion...

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Julia Schnarr | December 17, 2018

Douglas and Jennifer ran from the car to the house that was home to their Nana and Papa. A plump house with a two palm trees that swayed to the sides. Bushes of purple and red zinnias sprouted in front of the dainty Florida ranch. Papa loved to garden and took good care of his home. The door swung open and he shouts, “Hey, kids!” He had waited all day to see them. He’s greeted...

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February 9, 2019

If you try to divide by zero, it will split like broken glass. It will shatter in shards, And leave behind it a void. It envelops your eraser shavings, Your broken lead, The blood from your paper cuts, All your sins and vices And the numeral above.   If Johnny cuts a pie into zero pieces, he is never seen again. His house disappears from the street His name...

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Seeking ancient vampire Lord – a Craigslist Story

Hannah Zhang | January 7, 2019

Prompt: a Craiglist missed connection... Seeking ancient vampire Lord This story was inspired by an actual ad on Craig's list. The ad reads verbatim as follows: I'm a depraved man who is dying I am surching for an ancient vampire to turn me immortal I will serve you well your identity will be secret with me   (Be advised, sensitive topics: blood and death) The doorbell rang at sunset. I...

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Hannah Zhang | December 18, 2018

guava tiny little watermelon-lime wrinkly light green old woman skin ruddy pink flesh with off-white seeds guava i don’t know what you taste like i’ve only ever smelled you as a candy and found you on Images two minutes ago guava from the point of view of a brief witness all i can say for now is that you’re all right i’m too far from south america to try...

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Nabil Majumdar | December 18, 2018

He gagged at the wretched taste of the obnoxious air, the poisonous vials of chemtech, the lifeline of the city, was also the thing contaminating it. The murky mist veiled the remnants of the jagged mountains, sapped of all natural beauty, now the entrance to the chem-prisons where rogue warlords ran amok. Screams of distress emanated across the city, anarchy had reached its culmination, the contagion...

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Ryan Hargy | December 18, 2018

Puppet strings, they dance above                                                                          Suffocating, like a strangled dove.                                                                           Brooding, planning, machinating,                                               ...

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Mia Porraro | December 17, 2018

Follow the beaten road Where flickering street lights line the way There you will find none who dare be around With rain pouring and darkness dancing down On the other side of the wooden doors nature cries Darkness holds every corner hostage under the clouds Shielded by the storm we sit on old barstools Cradling drinks in our warm hands The bar is unusually quiet on this rainy night With soft...

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Julia Scharr member of Ridge Productions

Julia Schnarr created this short during her NJ Film School Teen Filmmaking Camp

Barbie World

Julia Scharr won with this in the 15 Second Horror Contest. Check her youtube channel, Filming Moon.

June 4, 2019

  The Morristown Festival of Books is hosting a Poetry Contest for New Jersey high school students, and we want to hear from you!   Contest sponsored in memory of John Gunzler   High school students throughout the state are invited to submit their best poem. Contest winners will be announced at the Morristown Festival of Books Keynote Presentation at the Mayo Performing Arts Center on Friday evening, October 11, 2019. Submission deadline is midnight on July 1, 2019! LINK...

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A Statewide Prose-Writing Contest for students Grades 9-12

December 13, 2018

Jersey Shorts A Statewide Prose-Writing Contest for students Grades 9-12 Jersey Shorts is a contest celebrating New Jersey student prose-writers. All students– public and private schools, as well as home-school and alternative school environments– in grades 9-12 (or the equivalent) are eligible. A total of three New Jersey students are selected. Writers will participate in an evening where...

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New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019

December 13, 2018

New Jersey Youth Poet Laureate Submission Deadline: January 15, 2019 Now in its third year in New Jersey, NJYPL is part of the National Youth Poet Laureate Contest. Open to students grades 9-12, three Laureates - one each from North, Central, and Southern New Jersey - are chosen by professional New Jersey-based poets. To be considered for a Laureate award, students must submit five poems, including...

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Winners of the Media Center Haiku Contest

May 3, 2018

  Drifting By Lindsey Hillebrecht I have no control Helplessly drifting around In a broken world Haiku By Stella Campbell Sun against my skin Blue skies for miles and miles; Home is in the grass    

Media Center March Madness? Down to 2!

February 14, 2018

The Ridge Media Center is sponsoring their annual bookie version of March Madness. This year the "teams" have become your favorite books and we are down to the  championship. Use the link below to cast your votes!   CAST YOUR VOTES  HERE

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Student Exhibit

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Ridge Art Show in the news!

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Vibe Tap Dance Show
The Winter Dance Showcase 2017: Leaping Through the Library!

The Winter Dance Showcase 2017: Leaping Through the Library!

January 11, 2017

Come and enjoy the spectacular 16 dances from Dance l, Dance ll, and Dance lll, as well as Social Skills Dance, Ridge Dance Team, Ridge Dance Collective, and Ridge Dance Master Classes. These dances are inspired by popular books such as, Frankenstein, The Great Gatsby, Fahrenheit 451, Romeo and Juliet, The Catcher in the Rye, Peter Pan, and many more! The stunning pieces exhibit the following dance genres: Hip Hop, Jazz, Modern, Ballet, Tap, and Dance Theater.

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The Ridge Oak Tree: A Collection of Paintings by Various Ridge Artists

May 24, 2017

Isabel Pardo’s Art

May 24, 2017

Amazing Art Collection

May 24, 2017

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August 7, 2019

 Prompt: Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. Doodles, glue, or maybe even a pencil grayscale run down the side of my left hand. Today is no different. Pieces of tape stick to each of my fingers and a little stack of memories sits...

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August 7, 2019

Essay: As a writer, I consider myself a storyteller. That’s why history captivates my interest. To me, history extends beyond dates and places; it encompasses the complex stories of the human experience. However, in the narrative of our past, some stories remain untold. On the edges of history, hundreds of experiences wait to be shared. By telling a single person’s story, we can magnify their...

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Hannah Zhang
December 18, 2018

In 5th grade, I was head over heels in “love” with a boy named Christian. I didn’t know what love was at the time; I desperately wanted to be his friend, and since I was quite unfamiliar with this...

A time that has changed who I am today: Living with ITP

Leila Cheo-Isaacs
June 20, 2018

  My diagnosis of ITP has impacted my life in ways that some kids can’t even imagine. You’re...

Mia Porraro, contributer
December 23, 2016

I was sitting at my lunch table, being the shy person that I am; the table is right next to the wall and mostly hidden from sight. I had already finished my lunch, so I was on my phone listening to music. I was alone. I had no friends to sit with...

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Ridge Media Center Display Published in a Magazine

February 22, 2018

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Cabaret 2017!

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Ridge Art Show: Invaders: invasive plants and insects

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Submit to the Quill!

January 18, 2017

Thank you for your interest in submitting your work to Devil’s Quill! Original work only please. Click to find out more.

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