A Letter from the Editor
Author Preeti Krishnamani
Poet Maya Angelou once remarked, “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.” Everyone possesses a unique story that they continue to write knowingly or subconsciously throughout their lives. However, the choice to uncover that story and share it with others lies in our hands.
Since the 2018-2019 school year marks the third year of operation for the Force File, I cannot help but reminisce on the untold stories (and unspoken issues) that our student-writers have dared to discover and share with the Charter community. In past years, Force File members have highlighted the advocacy of Charter students during the National School Walkout and helped rally the community around admirable causes such as the B+ Foundation, Force 5K and refugee education. We are proud of our young writers for precisely this - storytelling with a purpose.
As we continue honoring this tradition and building bridges between the newspaper and Charter students, we are launching a series of monthly storytelling competitions, where anyone at Charter can submit a piece of writing — essay, short story, or poem — about a unique story from their life that has crucially shaped them. It can be comedic, reflective, or matter-of-fact — whatever makes sense for that experience. The winning stories will be published in the print newspaper with special pieces of student artwork to accompany them. Also, selected writers will receive prizes ranging from gift cards to books etc. We encourage you all to participate in these challenges, and we cannot wait to read over the entries. Hopefully, this opportunity provides a creative outlet for you to voice yourself and better connect with things that are important to you and your community.
There is only one question left: what’s your untold story and how do you choose to share it?