Protest

The Holton-Arms School seeks to inspire young women to lead lives of positive influence. In that vein, students give voice to their protests, challenging the world on issues of justice, freedom, and female empowerment. Using various mediums, students voice their opinions about different societal issues.

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Writing

It, Who Runs the World

It, Who Runs the World

Olivia Heflin '16

Only one thing truly runs the world
It provides the resources
that fuel the economy
It offers the food
which allows humans and animals to thrive
It causes wars
That end in deaths
Only one thing truly runs the world
And we abuse it
Through our carelessness
And we deplete it
For selfish selves
And we continue our rampage
Because we just don’t care enough
Only one thing truly runs the world
But it can be saved
If only we try

My Stones

My Stones

Yasmin Alamdeen '17

Oh, I am young, but I am fierce.
For I strike fear in the hearts of soldiers.
Oh, I am small, but I am a warrior.
For I fight for family and country.
For my brothers, dead or missing.
For my haunted mother, my dishonored God.
I fight, because in a blind world
I demand to be heard.
I demand to be noticed.
See my home, hear my prayer, feel my tragedy.
Don’t you dare turn away, not anymore.
Oh, I may be feeble, but I demand respect.
We brave few face off the giant
Like David and Goliath
And hurl our stones high.
Piercing the sky with our screams,
We face the enemy.
Like a steadfast stone against the raging current.
Do you wish to destroy me?
Go ahead and try.
Oh, we are but few, but we are strong.
I throw rocks to show I am strong.
You may have tanks.
You may have missiles,
But my stone is my projectile.
My rock my weapon.
You want me?
Come and get me.
I throw rocks to show I am defiant.
For you may occupy my home,
But you do not control my heart.
You cannot control my spirit.
Oh, we are but children, but you made us adults.
With stones from the rubble of our homes
We will cut your metal gifts down
One by one.
We will show you;
I will prove to you
What I am capable of.

Ode to Exams

Ode to Exams

Shea Sion '17

Tick, tock, tick, tock
Stop what you’re doing and stare at the clock
You know you should be studying for history
But everything is muddled like a mystery
The exam is tomorrow, make sure you’re prepared
But deep down, honest, who really cares?
Everyone around you is constantly stressing
Oh dear! they go, that panic button they’re pressing
A calm demeanor is apparently bad
Be like the others, hopping around, mad
Facts are confusing without adding stress
Screw it, go out there and just wing that test


Disney Princesses

Disney Princesses

Soleine Fechter '17

A princess is saved by her heroic prince,
And they live happily ever after.
This story should cause everyone to wince,
Or at the very least, force some laughter.
She embodies beauty in every way
With the perfect hair, make-up, and weight.
Yet, how could she do this every day
When she’s busy impressing her soul mate.
A princess should be intelligent and kind,
Not dependent on men; that’s not her duty.
Yet to a prince and marriage she’s confined,
While portraying a false sense of beauty.
The only successes from these fantasies
Are the songs that create epiphanies.

A Million Words

A Million Words

Elise Knutsen '19

A million words into one
Sometimes we make life too simple
We wish it was clear
Fitting together like a puzzle
No missing pieces
We wish ideas never conflicted
We wish we knew the simple truth
Labels make life simple
Like a fact
They take away complexity
They turn a million words into one
Labels make us colorblind
Seeing everything in black and white
Closed eyes to
Color
Complexity
Possibility
Closed hearts
Love is polluted by fear
Labels divide the world
Breaking it into pieces
Destroying unity
Hurting
Life is complicated
People are complicated
Beauty is hidden behind labels
Beauty is a million words

Looking Up from the Bottom

Looking Up from the Bottom

Olivia Heflin '16

Looking up from the bottom
You are the furthest away from the sky you can be
Such a vulnerable yet comforting position
You are free to dream here
You are free to think deeply here
Looking up from the bottom
You gain a new perspective of the world
With the natural light streaming in
You notice all the windows
Although you can't see through them
You feel less trapped in the room
Looking up from the bottom
You feel small
Humbled by how little you matter
You realize what is actually important in life
And are comforted
You gain a new sense of wanting to be the best person you can be
Wanting to try your hardest at everything
Because even if you mess up the world will always surround you
It will always support you
Looking up from the bottom
When do we do this
Maybe when we wake up and go to bed
Other than that almost never
It's too bad we miss out on this view

Woman with Ball and Chain

Hannah Maydanik '16


"In my piece, I constructed a female figure draped in traditional, Indian, wedding garments and a ball and chain holding her down. The design of the ball represents the beauty of the elaborate weddings in which the child brides partake. The ball and chain combined with the veil covering the girl's face reflects the daily oppression which she faces. In making this piece, I wanted to reflect the oppression and the loss of independence which girls face, living in countries such as India, Afghanistan and Nigeria."

~Hannah Maydanik '16


Hands of God

Haley Butler '16



Sweet Fruit

Sydney Lampkin '16

"For me, the frustration lies in the repeated, ineffective manner in which these issues are addressed. It’s the same scenario each time. A black person is shot and killed by the police, the local police, without an investigation, places blame on the person shot, and an “administrative leave” is issued. When the cry of the people is finally heard, several call for peace and nonviolence, all while ignoring the causes of the deplorable conditions of American ghettos."



Cycles

Caleigh Mason '18



Boy, Gun, Flower

Mary Iannarone '17



Put Your Hands on the Wall


Olivia Thomas '16



Drag

Ariel Booker '17