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Summer Reading: Moving Student Vignettes from the Class of 2024

Still searching for some amazing summer reading material? The Class of 2024's "26 Hidden Truths" is definitely worth a look. "Truths" is a collection of fantastic student work in the form of short stories, specifically vignettes. These pieces are from young, talented authors who have experienced some form of change in their life, physically or mentally. Not only did our students write the vignettes, they also edited, designed, and published the collected works into a beautiful printed compilation.

As the Class of 2024 describes their work: 

The vignettes are full of creativity, breaking the cage of our normal lives, expressing something beyond our typical actions, and stereotypical teenage behavior. Each vignette is different for every individual. This is a representation of us; the Class of 2024. Just because we did this for a language and literature class doesn't mean that this is just more pointless rambling from a bunch of students. Read it and see our moments, engage with them, and connect with the story and our creative way of presenting it. See the exquisiteness of these words. See the truth beneath them.

"When we think about change, it is easy to think about outcomes, products, distances traveled, but these vignettes are a map of process, a blueprint for adaptability and a record of our resilience," said NIS Secondary School English Teacher Ms. Amanda Lenk. "This writing, crafted by students through their lived experiences, embodies growth and acknowledges that the most powerful change is born of process. I am grateful to them for sharing their process with us."

"‘The past, it is the past, it has already passed,’ reflects one author in the pages that follow," said NIS Secondary School English and Humanities Teacher Ms. Trina Ryan. "Yet if we are to be agents for good in the world, we must embrace reflectivity and look into our own histories for clues about how to grow better, grow stronger. Our writers have peered once more, and their work reminds us of the power of facing and owning the experiences that shape us. Their valiant introspection and eloquence is inspirational."

Download a copy of "26 Hidden Truths" here. Enjoy!