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April 2014

Hannah, Teen Contributor

Mother Nature part 2 by Hannah B.

This is the second Mother Nature piece in my series of three collages.  This is the composed and serene side of Mother Nature, which is why I chose blue and positioned her head tilted to the side.  This time I added twigs, which I enjoyed raiding from a local park.  I also added pineapple leaves.  I wanted to look outside for more "conventional" leaves, but with an art class deadline and the Colorado weather I had to problem solve and look in my refrigerator instead!


Check back next week for Hannah's final Mother Nature piece!

Kethry, Teen Contributor

Creating Unique Characters

As a writer, I sometimes have trouble coming up with unique characters.  It seems like they all are the same person.  Other writers have trouble with keeping track of their characters and what they say and do.  Sometimes, a character does something they swore they would never do!  Simply put, characters are as tricky and as difficult as real people.

To help you with creating characters and keeping track of characters you have already created, I have developed an extensive character profile worksheet.  This can even be used for your favorite fiction characters.  Feel free to fill out as much of it as you want.  It is twelve pages, so aim for filling out one or two pieces in each category, or all of it! Really, whatever floats your boat.  If you want to add something, delete something, or restructure it then go ahead.

I wish you luck in all your writing endeavors!


Kethry is a teen from Columbine Library whose writing will be featured regularly on the Teen Page.  Check back often to see what else she has in store!

Inez, Teen Submission


Can You Commit to Peace and Nonviolence?

A Day Without Hate is a student led grassroots organization that promotes nonviolence, respect, and unity within our schools.  After the shootings at Virginia Tech in 2007, students at Standley Lake High School asked their classmates to wear white in order to show a commitment and trust in each other to make their school a safer place. 

A Day Without Hate is more than just one day where we are nice to each other in the hallways.  It is more than just twenty four hours where peace is our purpose.  When we wear white on the last friday in April, we are announcing to the world our intentions to not be just anti-violence, but pro-peace.  One day without hate turns into many lives full of peace.

This year, a Day Without Hate will be holding its annual rally at the Jefferson County Stadium on April 25th.  The doors open at 5 pm for the pre show and the event starts at 6 pm.  This rally is open to all high school students in the state of Colorado.  At the rally, all the students come together to promote peace and friendship with a celebration that includes fireworks, the Flobots, and To Write Love on Her Arms.  The price of admission is the purchase of a T-shirt (available for $8 the night of the event).

This initiative has meant a lot to the kids of Jefferson County, and we hope we can get as many people as possible to come out and celebrate.


Where: Jefferson County Stadium, 500 Kipling St, Lakewood, CO, 80226

When: April 25th, doors open at 5:00 pm

Admission:  $8 T-shirt, purchase available at the gate


Hannah, Teen Contributor

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This is a collage I completed a month ago for an art class.  It began as a self-portrait, but when I integrated natural elements my message became about the personality of Mother Nature. This is the first in a series of three that portray her in different ways.  In this piece she is turned and mysterious. The red flowers and petals are scattered to represent her passion.

The piece is huge and it took numerous hours of tearing magazines to complete. The entire length of the project I smelled like a conglomeration of different perfume samples, and I now tend to avoid magazines at any cost! Even a month later I’m still finding scraps of paper in my room.  Slightly more concerning, a ton of the hair I tore out happened to be Jennifer Aniston’s (it was a perfect color!) so I’m finding her face everywhere too. Oh well, even if she haunts me for months this project was definitely worth it!

Check back soon for parts 2 and 3 of Hannah's Mother Nature series.