Excerpt: Just Before the Dawn (Sicut Ante Lucem)

An excerpt from my NaNoWriMo novel, page one. By Sophie Stephens. 1 December 2017. I have a strange love of words. Any words will do, really: nouns or adverbs or adjectives. When I feel something or think something I can’t express on my own, words are always there to help me out. If there aren’t … Continue reading Excerpt: Just Before the Dawn (Sicut Ante Lucem)


I owe you nothing

Online Managing Editor Sophie Stephens ‘19 addresses the issue of owing people an explanation during the college process. Article originally published on wsspaper.com on February 5, 2019. Read the original article here. Everything you do in high school has the chance of being noticed, questioned and even judged. No, West High isn’t an institution that breeds “mean … Continue reading I owe you nothing

Novel conversations

By Sophie Stephens A recent rise in minority authors has kickstarted a literary movement that tackles issues like racism and police brutality through young adult fiction. Books like “Dear Martin” provide a way to bring students together through understanding each other’s backgrounds. The 2017-18 climate survey revealed that minority students at West felt unsafe, unwelcome or targeted … Continue reading Novel conversations

Must-have fall 2018 top that’s already in your closet

By Sophie Stephens Fast fashion has made it economically impossible for fashionistas like myself to keep up with the ever-changing styles that are on trend just during the span of one season. Thrift shopping has had a huge increase in pop culture because of the cheap, reusable finds. But here's one outfit you can put … Continue reading Must-have fall 2018 top that’s already in your closet