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Young Writers Project Features TA Student Work in “The Voice”

Thetford Academy sophomore Olivia Sayers’ piece “Mountains” was featured in the January edition of the Young Writers Project (YWP) publication “The Voice.” The Voice, a digital magazine showcasing the best of the art and writing submitted to the project, publishes work selected by YWP staff, community leaders and mentors: “We look for fresh voice, interesting perspectives, humor, wisdom — and GREAT STORYTELLING!”


by Olivia Sayers, Corinth, VT

I am lucky to live in a place where there are mountains in my own backyard.

Sometimes, I wish that I lived in a more populated part of the country, but it only takes one breathtaking sunrise or a refreshing afternoon hike to remind me that I could never leave the mountains. There are things here that city folks just don’t have. For instance, if I want some peace and quiet (and a view) all I have to do is take a walk.

Being on top of a mountain is a completely individual feeling. It is a sense of accomplishment, astonishment, and serenity that isn’t found in many other places.

My personal favorite time to spend in the mountains is in the first months of winter. Something about the cold air makes every sound about 10 times more clear.

One of the best feelings you can ever experience is waking up before everyone else, catching the sun rising and illuminating the mountains with various shades of pink, purple, and orange.

It feels almost as if time has stopped just for you.



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