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Breaking News: I write the news

Kayla Simas

September 22, 2017


Filed under Winner Takes All

It was the second day of my internship at the Staten Island Advance, on what felt like one of the warmest days in September. It was my first time officially out in "the field." I was eleven minutes out from the location where an apparent stabbing had occurred and already felt sick to my stomach....

Thank You, Mr. Sparks

Thank You, Mr. Sparks

Kayla Simas, Managing Editor

February 13, 2017


Filed under Winner Takes All

Dear Mr. Sparks, In the fall of 1996, you wrote ‘The Notebook.’ At that point in history of our world, I was only a few months old, yet you were already shaping the way I would view love and the hardships that come with it. 20 years later, you’re still the New York Times Best Selling Author. You know why...

It’s Not Just One of Those Days…

It’s Not Just One of Those Days…

Kayla Simas, Managing Editor

January 23, 2017


Filed under Winner Takes All

Right before the loud ferry horn made it’s grand entrance, the older gentleman sitting two seats away from me looked as though he was struggling to get something out of his pocket. As he was fidgeting, the cup that was in his hand spilled all over his, what looked to be, a brand new jacket. “D...

What Lies Ahead

What Lies Ahead

Kayla Simas, Managing Editor

October 10, 2016


Filed under Winner Takes All

As I lie in bed, wide awake at 3:30 a.m., my mind decides to wander. It’s running all over the place, but somehow, it always leads me back to you. It’s almost frightening thinking about you, honestly. I don’t know much about you, but you know everything about me. Funny how that is, huh? You’re...

When Grief Takes Over…

When Grief Takes Over…

Kayla Simas, Managing Editor

September 25, 2016


Filed under NYPA Award Winner, Winner Takes All

It’s the third day of fall and for the first time, it actually feels like fall weather. The windows of my car are rolled down and 94.7 Nash FM is blasting through the speakers, as the crisp, fresh air brushes through my now, dark auburn hair.  It’s a perfect day to take a ride through Westchester and let ...

Entering My Roaring Twenties

Entering My Roaring Twenties

Kayla Simas, Sports Editor

June 9, 2016


Filed under Winner Takes All

As of tomorrow, I will be a new honorary member of the roaring twenties brigade. But today, as I live my last day as a teen, it has finally hit me. For the first time, I’m beginning to feel dread and terror bubble up inside of me. Just the phrase, “I’ll be 20,” makes it sound as if I’m en...

What Almost, But Never Truly Was

What Almost, But Never Truly Was

Kayla Simas, Managing Editor

May 9, 2016


Filed under Winner Takes All

Boy meets girl, girl meets boy. Simple story, right? I liked him. He liked me. It was a ‘puppy love “romance,”’ you can say. Everyone we knew thought we were dating secretly, some even referred to him as “my boyfriend.” He spoke like a boyfriend. Protected me like a boyfriend. We both...

Chase a Passion, Not a Career

Chase a Passion, Not a Career

Kayla Simas, Sports Editor

March 14, 2016


Filed under Winner Takes All

As children, the world is our playground. We are brought up with the thought that knowing what we want to be when we grow up was a necessity. And when we’re asked what it is we wanted to be, we used to say things like Police officer, astronaut, dancer, singer, teacher, Doctor, and so on. We were...

I Write, But I’m Not a Writer

I Write, But I’m Not a Writer

Kayla Simas, Impact Writer

November 24, 2015


Filed under Winner Takes All

I’m not majoring in journalism. I don’t dream of one day being listed as an author. I don’t think about spending my nights wondering what my biography will say on the back of a hardcover book. I don’t hope for that day to come where I will have to pay the bills and hope that an important publication...

A Letter To Me At Fourteen…

A Letter To Me At Fourteen…

Kayla Simas, Staff Writer

November 10, 2015


Filed under Winner Takes All

When I was fourteen, I wish someone told me some things. If I could write a letter to myself, I'd know what I would say. I’d say I know it’s tough when kids in school make life feel complicated and use you as their person to pick on. I know it just doesn’t seem fair, but it’s okay to let it...

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