We chose a handful of our favorite teen-produced audio pieces to highlight on our Story Spotlight page.
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FEATURE | Educating Beyond Stereotypes
Mariah Doze | December 2015
"The stereotypes that harm black students are reinforced through our school curriculum. In my classes, the authors I read and the people I learn about are overwhelmingly white. When we only learn about things from a white perspective, it leaves room for misconceptions about people of color."
ESSAY | Answering Anger with Understanding
Maryam Blesdoe | March 2016
"But the fact remains that all voters have a backstory, they have a reason for supporting what they do. By dismissing their opinions as simply a result of some supposed lack of education, I am robbing them of their identity as reasoning humans."
FEATURE | Masculinity: An Unspoken Competition
Sam Mosher | December 2016
"When I moved to campus. It seemed like the guys just wanted to talk about girls, and not in the swooning, girl crush kind of way. It was misogynistic, predatory behavior, like talking about how to seduce a girl or what a guy’s so-called “body count” was."
ESSAY | Black and White are Colors, Not Personality Types
Catherine Hoffman | September 2016
"I believe that black people should be treated as the individuals that we are. We should not be grouped together as if we are the same because people think that we look the same. Black people should never be told that they aren’t black. Black and white are colors, not personality types."
FEATURE | Challenging Performance-Based Identity
Madison Wright | December 2015
"Maybe we are afraid that if we take away all of our accomplishments, we won’t like who we are as people. So, I challenge you, and I challenge myself, to change the question from, “What have I done with my life?” to “What kind of person was I? What kind of person do I want to be?"
FEATURE | Growing Up Muslim in Mid-Missouri
Zoya Khan | December 2015
"I usually don't tell people about my religion. That’s because when people hear the word “Muslim,” they often have a certain idea of what that means. And since I dress like an average American teenager and I don’t wear a hijab, I don’t really fit the stereotype of a Muslim girl."
FEATURE | The Blame Game
Sarah Freyermuth | May 2015
"After you have surgery, everyone visits you in the hospital and sends you cards and offers to bake you casseroles. But with anorexia, they don’t. Most people don't know that people with mental illness deserve the same support as people with physical illness."