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October 14, 2020

Deep in the forest, in the dead of night dreaming of dancing full of delight She moves like a fox without a sound and all around she’ll soon be found   Deeper she travels through the trees winter chills and a moonlight breeze her eyes are golden, blue, then black sorrow follows her long-gone pack   a hopeless light flickers far ahead a hopeless dream now filled with dread she chases now what could’ve been  while she’s chased by demons disguised...

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October 14, 2020

The ocean flows And intuitively knows Where to go And through storms It keeps waving on So fierce and so strong Always moving along And like the ocean We have ebs and flows We have highs and lows And a light trapped within us That never shows But, we too, like the ocean Must continue to go Wherever we feel drawn Because as quickly as dusk Turns to dawn  The whole world is still Running along

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March 2, 2020

The moon dreams of distant delights distinct with dreary day The water waves its wishes with the wind The brutal breeze blows bitter beams of woe The forest of trees standing silent still do know That beneath the mighty moon gleam, Night itself is reaching for Day And whispering all its worries away The night is dreaming, dying in delight And causing so much more than fright As a small fawn hobbles in the snow And raises it’s head as if to say, “I am lost, can someone...

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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 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 12, 2020

There’s a moment when you realize that the best feeling you will ever have won’t last forever. The shot of joy inside...

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Sarah Ouyang, Nonfiction Editor
June 8, 2020

Dear tenant, You have not paid rent for 18 years But that’s OK -- That’s alright with me, Because now the...

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March 16, 2020

I Hope You Find Your Voice Again I’m bad at painting my nails I think it’s because my hands used to shake They...

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March 9, 2020

Why can I describe you only by the scent of spring’s arrival, Of the outdoors fertile by pollen, Of newborn leaves...

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March 8, 2020

I will never be Fair and Lovely.   When I was 9 years old,  I wanted to be a Bollywood actress,  I was...

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February 24, 2020

A butterfly beats Slowly in my chest Tickling my swelling heart In the most sincere and simplest way A butterfly...

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Sarah Ouyang
Nonfiction Editor
The Latest Edition: The Devil's Advocate

Dhristi Raval | May 29, 2020

In the midst of a pandemic, many of us (including myself) have had a hard time coping with the consequences and yearned for some words of the wiser. Our world seemed to turn upside down so suddenly, and we weren’t ready for such a frightening change. I had the opportunity to FaceTime a 74-year-old senior and interview him to inquire about his perspective and learn from his life story. I first...

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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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Short Fiction

Dhristi Raval | June 8, 2020

Author’s Note: Throughout my life, I have witnessed hatred among many groups of people. Whether these biases are based off of race, gender, sexuality, or religion, I’ve noticed that humans have a tendency to stereotype those around them. When I was growing up in India, people limited the opportunities of women because of societal expectations and preconceived notions. My grandmothers never received...

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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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Short Fiction

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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February 3, 2020

“Matthias.” A man flicked at his match irritatedly. “What?” “Give me a light.” “You still have your pipe?” “Does it bother you?” The man settled deeper into his layer of fur coating. The neck of the match snapped, and he reached into the matchbox to draw another. Thick brown gloves adorned his fingers, so that he fumbled to grasp at the slender sticks. “No.” The...

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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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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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October 21, 2020

Prompt: If you are applying to the Trinity College of Arts and Sciences as a first-year applicant, please discuss why you consider Duke a good match for you. Is there something particular about Duke that attracts you? (250)   Essay: When I stepped onto the Duke campus, I was enthralled by the combination of expansive nature and Gothic architecture; above all, I could feel the school spirit...

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October 21, 2020

Prompt: What is an urgent global challenge or social justice topic about which you are passionate? What solutions or outcomes do you hope to see? (max 650) Essay: After hearing a heart-aching narrative about neighbors so close to me suffering from the deteriorating impact of Alzheimer’s, I felt the impact as if she were my family. A couple, who once were my babysitters, and now neighbors,...

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Dhristi Raval
April 7, 2020

On October 12th, Ridge High hosted yet another eventful and exciting Homecoming dance. The dance featured people from every grade level, thrilling music, and even a fancy photo booth! Many Ridge students...

Dhristi Raval
April 7, 2020

Imagine such a cacophony of noise emanating from a beautifully scintillating football field: mist in the air, cheerleaders giggling on the sidelines, football players huddling on the track, the smell of...

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...

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Ridge Art Show: Invaders: invasive plants and insects
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January 18, 2017

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