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Ashton Bruce

Ashton Bruce, Staff Writer

Ashton Bruce is a junior at North Forysth High School who loves going to thrift stores to find Renaissance-age art and quirky mugs for ninety-nine cents. She considers her junior year to be the prime year of her high school career and has high hopes for the rest of the year regarding her classes. When she's not in school, she is playing softball, meeting up with her friends to be the certified broke gal, or mucking around the house relaxing with her hot chocolate from her favorite painted mugs she made regardless of the temperature outside.

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The next few days are the same, thinking about the trees and dirt outside, thinking about God, thinking about finding a new job, thinking about her. Some days she comes home and when it’s sunny outside, I’m on the ground and she’ll sit beside me. We’ll talk about our day and write words into the dirt before going inside to wash our hands and make dinner.


May 15, 2017
Many people protest in Flint, Michigan the government’s inaction regarding the amount of impure water in the town and advocate for the clean water supply in the name of human rights. Credit for the photo goes to Business Insider.

Flint Not Forgotten

February 10, 2017
And every morning, the white wall would whisper, “Hello,” to the sun every morning. “You’re here,” the white wall would whisper, and smile.

White Walls

December 19, 2016
She makes the tombstones smile and the graveyard whisper compliments. I’ve always tried asking them questions—“Is it something I should really be scared of? Is there really a God, or are these whispers ghosts or my mind? What’s the point?”—but she tends to just have chitchat. She’s always been better at chitchat. Photo used with permission from Leilani Gibbons.

Selfish God

May 23, 2016
Her soul formed the sketch of a bear in the sky, the name of Ursa Major, her soul dotted in stars on the dark span of the sky.


April 27, 2016
I refused to take my heart out of my chest to sew it onto my sleeve, because that was just another way to bleed out.

Alphabet Magnets

March 15, 2016
 “And everyone is smiling for me. No one’s crying. Everything is black but not in a scary way.”
Photo used with permission from Leilani Gibbons.

Glow-in-the-Dark Stars

October 20, 2015
Picture used with permission from Savannah Keith. 
When I’m at the top of the hill, he’s at the very edge of the rocky cliff, staring out to the forest. A creek runs through the middle, and I thought it was beautiful. I admire from afar, keeping my distance. “Beautiful, isn’t it?” I say, smiling.

Falling Off

May 7, 2015
It isn’t a matter of trust but a matter of knowledge, and I’m a bit of a know-it-all.


May 5, 2015


February 3, 2015


November 13, 2014
Jaimee Davis, sophomore and Junior Varsity Lady Raiders catcher, stands on second base after her steal to second on a wild pitch at home plate. She caught for the entirety of the game for pitcher and junior, Courtney Walls.

Raiders on Raiders

October 14, 2014
Don’t be scared of falling in love with the same sex. The only shameful thing in it is that some people can find something vulgar in love.

Gay Anthem

September 13, 2014
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