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2018 Stardust Literary Magazine Picks

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The 2018 Stardust

The 2018 Stardust

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The 2018 Stardust

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The TAHS Stardust literary magazine has been collecting Tyrone High School’s best writing for over thirty years.

English teacher Stephen Everhart started the magazine early in his teaching career to give students a place to show off their creative writing talent.

“[I enjoy] showcasing the best fiction, poetry, humor, and essays from each graduating class,” said Everhart, “Of the four genres, I enjoy the humor the most.  Some of our writers deserve a National Blue Ribbon of Satire for making people laugh.”

Some of the best picks from this year’s edition of Stardust Magazine are Maddie Moser’s Days Gone By (fiction), Ebonee Rice-Nguyen’s Breaking News (poetry), and Brady Brower’s Light ‘er Up (essays).

“Everyone did amazing,” said sophomore Mekenna Bauer. “It was very hard to choose, but Days Gone By had such great detail and was very well written.”

Days Gone By is a short story about a 17-year-old, long-haired and blond female’s escape attempt after being kidnapped and locked in a basement cellar.

Just keep imagination alive. It may be more vital to the survival of the human race than NASA, a border wall, renewable energy, and cell phone technology combined,”

— Stephen Everhart

In the poetry category, sophomore Taylor Laber loved  Breaking News by Ebonee Rice.

The poem’s narrator is tired of hearing and listening to headlines, going on about obituaries and listing entire families, with ongoing reports of death in just about everything, including but not limited to school shootings and more.

“It really hits home to how often these sorts of things happen just about every day,” Laber said. “I hate constantly hearing about tragedies so often.”

Senior Brady Brower’s Light ‘er Up, Baby was one of the best essays of the year.

This wasn’t the first time Brower has won awards for his writing.

“[Last year] he was awarded $6000 for his Voice of Democracy essay, placing second in the state, and then he banked another $4000 for winning states with the same essay in last year’s American Legion Essay contest,” said Everhart.

Looking back on over thirty years of student work, there are some works that still stand out to Everhart.

“There are a few stories that choke me up every time I read them,” said Everhart, “like Kylie Hand’s true-life account of how she delivered and then buried her still-born baby. Then there are those that just plain creep me out, like Olivia Bietz’s story of a work-obsessed, spiritually hollow father who watches an NBA game on the sofa with the corpses of his daughter and her boyfriend, whose name he cannot remember.”

Other “best of” picks vary greatly in style and tone.

There are a few stories that choke me up every time I read them”

— Steven Everhart

“Some just crack me up—like Logan Peale’s anything-but-childlike satirical fable about a frog caught in a pond beneath the Keystone-XL Pipeline. Those two should take readers to two emotional extremes.  As for poetry, it’s hard to beat Matt McMillen’s “A Reasonable Gift” for sheer simplicity and power. It speaks to everyone who has ever had a heart broken and had to cobble together the pieces,” said Everhart.

Everhart is already looking forward to the 2019 edition of Stardust.

“This year’s junior class strength seems to be their poetic prowess,” said Everhart, “I can’t wait to hear them bust some rhymes.”

 

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