Arshell Dennis- Lathered in sweat, residents of the Ashburn area pant. Gentle gusts of wind caress the faces of those who stand perilously in the mid-summer heat. Gunshots pierce the otherwise silent air. Violently shattering the long-upheld image of neighborly peace, residents scatter to their respective homes. Children, dragged away from their playmates, are instructed to remain inside with heads grazing the floor. Children are engulfed in fear. Hours later, police arrive at the scene to confirm the reports of the residents. With futile attempts by adults to comfort the young, the event is ultimately instilled within their minds.
In Chicago, this is a habitual scene. Local children are forged by the surge in violence around them. Arshell Dennis, a rising senior at Urban Prep Charter Academy- Bronzeville, is a resident of Chicago's Wrightwood neighborhood. As a witness and victim of his city's crime, he hopes to convey the stories of others through his writing. He feels that too many of the stories behind numbers and statistics are left unreported in the press. With so many deaths, some feel not all victims’ stories must be shared. However, as a victim of Chicago's violence, Dennis believes there is no story unworthy of being told.

Arshell Dennis, Journalist

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