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“Act So Final” by Makaela Tracey

“Act So Final” by Makaela Tracey

Meg Kennedy, Author

November 6, 2019

Senior Makaela Tracey has been writing in her free time for many years, using it to find her voice and tell her story and the stories of others, especially when it comes to social justice. Starting back in her freshman year, Makaela began looking into social justice. She explored documentaries and tv...

Before the Curtain Opens: Behind the Scenes of Steel Magnolias

Before the Curtain Opens: Behind the Scenes of Steel Magnolias

Heather Shanty, Editor

November 4, 2019

On the weekend of October 25, Mercy’s Footlighters put on a modern take on the 1987 classic Steel Magnolias, a play that follows a group of six women— Truvy, M’Lynn, Shelby, Annelle, Ouiser, and Clairee— as they deal with the tribulations of relationships, growing older, health scares, and the ...

5 Creative Writing Prompts That Cured My Writer’s Block

5 Creative Writing Prompts That Cured My Writer’s Block

Meg Kennedy, Author

September 18, 2019

As a writer, you sometimes hit a point. Face flat against the desk, hair splayed, eyes screwed shut as you rack your brain for just one more idea. I know I've been in this prompt purgatory one too many times. In hopes to solve this mini-crisis, here are five prompts to alleviate writer's block: 1. Write a...

Things Unseen

Things Unseen

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Staff

May 8, 2019

Hosted by Mercy High School on May 2nd and organized by senior Kristin Rekus, who’s art was also featured in the show, the Things Unseen art show displayed a number of pieces that have been submitted by the students. The pieces displayed included collages, drawings, paintings, photography, and prints. All...

Beehive!

Beehive!

Grace La Count, Author

March 25, 2019

Mercy High School's production of Beehive: the Musical was an outrageous success that had the entire audience on its feet. Featuring music by Lesley Gore, Tina Turner, Mama Cass Elliot, and countless others, Beehive will easily take you back in time to the 1960's. Each song was introduced by dialog...

Writing Prompt for the week of 1/7/19

Writing Prompt for the week of 1/7/19

January 7, 2019

Hello everyone and Happy New Year! The Lance is starting off the year with a challenge for the Mercy community: a prompt from Ms. Yanson herself. Prompt: The following words have multiple definitions and uses. Choose one and look it up. Identify phrases, idioms, homonyms, and clichés containing it. Ma...

Fearlessly Freddie

Fearlessly Freddie

Grace La Count, Author

December 11, 2018

“I always knew I was a star, and now the rest of the world seems to agree with me.” Hollywood sure agreed with this statement, made by Freddie Mercury, as the biopic Bohemian Rhapsody rocked audiences around the world. With a whopping $50 million made opening weekend, Bohemian Rhapsody dominate...

Chosen Response for the Hands Prompt!

Maggie Burnham, Editor of The Lance

November 26, 2018

Hands that Feed Blen Mulugeta Stuck in a dark, and cold cell, The only human interaction I have are the hands that feed me. Through the small slot in the wall, a foot wide And a half a foot tall Five inches from the ground Each day have a pair of hands, one for every day of the week, My only way...

Poetry Prompt for the Week of 11/26

Maggie Burnham, Editor of The Lance

November 26, 2018

November 26, 2018 Every other week, The Lance will be posting a writing prompt to The Shield’s “poetry corner.” Responses to these prompts could be featured in The Lance itself, or they may be brought to a writer’s workshop. The next writer’s workshop for The Lance is to be announced! Kee...

Poetry Power Hour

Poetry Power Hour

September 25, 2018

Check Out the Latest From Poetry Corner! Poetry Prompt for the Week of 9/24 • Maggie Burnham 9/18 how many of us? • Leah Williams 3/5 Poetry Assembly  • Meg Kennedy ...

Poetry Prompt for the Week of 9/24

Poetry Prompt for the Week of 9/24

Maggie Burnham

September 18, 2018

Every other week, The Lance will be posting a writing prompt to The Shield’s “poetry corner.” Responses to these prompts could be featured in The Lance itself, or they may be brought to a writer’s workshop. The first writer’s workshop for The Lance is on October 4 in room 104. This week...

Summer Book Recommendations

Summer Book Recommendations

Kayla-Marie Cumberbatch, Author

May 23, 2018

Fantasy Throne of Glass – Sarah J. Maas Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone – J.K. Rowling The Lightning Thief – Rick Riordan Caraval – Stephanie Garber Rose Blood – A.G. Howard The Young Elites – Marie Lu The Lost Hero – Rick Riordan Red Queen – Victoria Aveyard City of...

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