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The Revolution

Discovering “Who You Are”; Teen Answers Pressing Question With “I Don’t Know” And An All Too Apathetic Attitude

May 21, 2015

Merriam-Webster dictionary defines high school as “a greasy mosh pit full of angry social outcasts with very little in common except for their competitive nature and their eagerness to destroy.” I...

Dawson’s Bleak; Teen Girl Discovers Negative Effects of ‘90’s Melodrama On Her Mental Health

April 3, 2015

Summer of 2014: I lie entirely immobile, maybe paralyzed but too lazy to check, in a bed of unwashed sheets littered with the crumbs of dozens of NutriGrain bars. Something rustles and squeaks beneath...

Thirty, Flirty & Crash Diving Into A First Date

February 5, 2015

My friends and I walk through the streets of Staunton in Patagonia vests, knitted scarves, gloves and headbands, fighting the bitter cold and complaining about how windy it is, reapplying Burt’s Bees...

Excerpts From A Teen Journal Entitled, “I Went On A Date With Holden Caulfield Once And He Didn’t Like Me”

January 6, 2015

All I’m saying is, Travis Koshko better get his facts straight because I’m tired of waking up at 7 a.m. and rolling out of bed on mornings that, according to Mr. Koshko, the ground “will be coated...

Listen Deliberately

November 13, 2014

I’ve skipped school (sorry, Ms. Grimm), as I always do for too many days in October, to spend a day wandering through the woods. The walk began with my changing Spotify playlists four different times...

Open-Faced Sandwiches: Can One Slice of Bread Make All the Difference?

October 10, 2014

Open-faced sandwiches are impractical and weird-looking and kind of an obnoxious thing, really, like J-Woww’s boob job or studded heels or that wart on your thumb. But more disturbing than the sandwich...

Bloom Where You Are Planted or Planting Blooms: Metaphorical Horticulture for the Young Adult

May 14, 2014

An unexpected fire drill around noon on a Tuesday. I was searching for my somehow lost backpack in the library when the bell rang and I was shuffled out to the student parking lot. The teachers screamed...

Embracing Our Stupidest Years: Ignorance Is Bliss, and Boy, Are We Ignorant!

March 27, 2014

A Ke$ha song from 2010 plays on the radio so loud it shakes the beige Honda Civic filled with over-caffeinated high school girls that I find myself crushed into. It is 12 a.m. as my friends and I pull...

How Adolescent Depression Is Like That Person You Aren’t Really Into Anymore

February 27, 2014

Your iPhone chirps and you look down to find yourself staring at a text from That Person You Aren’t Really Into Anymore, “r we still on 4 2nite???” You recall when you were young and naive (about...

“Sociopath, Mouth-Breather, Misogynist,” How Generalizations Hurt Us In More Ways Than One

December 19, 2013

Thrown into a fluorescently-lit, carpeted conference room packed with other confused and socially traumatized adolescents, I am asked to sit down and begin working on my first assignment at the writing...

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