The Power of Hard Times

A recurring action

D0648A93-9968-4AE0-822A-F9A4BA3DDFD9“Even cowards can endure hardship; only the brave can endure suspense.”

—Mingon McLaughlin


    Experiencing hardship shows someone’s character. There have been many times where I have faced hardship in my life. If I hadn’t faced these hardships I am not sure I would be the person I am today. It was early on a Wednesday night and I had just gotten home. I sat down to do homework but didn’t want to so I hopped into a game of “Fortnite.” This was not one of my greatest ideas. I was in my first game of Fortnite expecting to get right off after that game. I got to top ten then was eliminated by a noob and I was really mad. In my anger I started another game. This similar process kept repeating until my Mom asked how I was doing on home and I answered “good”, this was a lie of course and I felt guilty but kept playing. I didn’t notice until it became nine thirty and I had homework to do. I stayed up late to get my homework done. The next day I was tired, I didn’t get good grades on the assignments and I was loosing my Mom’s trust. Not doing well on my homework and being tired the next day didn’t help me at all. If I had just started my homework earlier then I would have had it done well and maybe my parents would have let me play “Fortnite” later. If only I had thought about getting my homework done earlier maybe I would have had a better year. This was a hard experience for me and I am happy I was able to get over it this year.

The Power of Place

My Favorite Place

C5771AB1-7801-4E7D-8856-2FFE2EE1C626“A place belongs forever to whoever claims it hardest, remembers it most obsessively, wrenches it from itself, shapes it, renders it, loves it so radically that he remakes it in his own image.”

— Joan Didon


    There must always be a place you love. Personally I love my bedroom. My bedroom is important to me because it is somewhere that I feel at home. When I am sad or stressed out sometimes it helps to just go lay down on my comfortable temperpedic mattress. It was the night after I had found out that I had broken my foot during the first scrimmage of varsity soccer season. I was so upset that I had to miss the whole season so when I got home I decided to go right to my bed after saying hi to my brother and father. “Why did this have to happen to me?”, I kept asking myself. Another injury had happened the baseball season before and two in a row just was incredibly unlucky. As I laid on my bed and asked myself these questions I slowly got sleepy and nodded off. I am actually happy that this happened because I woke up later in a better mood. Because of my better mood I was able to finish out the rest of the day and my homework well. If I hadn’t drifted off to sleep in this moment I don’t think I would have had a good rest of the night. Homework would not have been productive and I would not have treated my family well. My bed is always there for me when I am home and has helped me get through some tough things. Even though this wasn’t a huge challenge it helped me get a clear mind set and an idea of what I could do to make the rest of the fall a good one.

The Power of Passion

    My Passion

“Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience, and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world.”
— Harriet Tubman

     Passion must always be relevant in our life. One thing that I am passionate about in my life is Soccer. Since elementary school, I have always loved to play soccer. Every recess I would go outside and play a pick up game with my friends. As I got older, I took this passion of mine to a new level--even joining a great club team. It was the finals of the state tournament and we were facing Valeo Fc, they had beaten us in an earlier game. We wanted revenge and started out strong. My friends and I played our hardest while having fun and showing how passionate we were for the game. The game started of and the other team got the ball first, we were able to stop them and take the ball the other way almost immediately. The game kept on like this until finally it was a corner kick for us. My friend who was a lefty placed the ball perfectly and one of our defenders put a beautiful header on it. Unfortunately, their goalie made a great save but the ball went up to the top of the box where the second best player on our team one timed the ball perfectly into the top right corner. We were ecstatic and happy that we were up by halftime. Throughout the rest of the game we put in a few extra goals to pad our victory, but we were easily able to defeat them after that first goal. When we won this game, I was so happy that my passion for the game payed off. We practiced all season for this, and we worked hard. We went home that night and celebrated our hard work and our victory. We came from a loss to that team the first time we faced them to destroying them in the finals. Our resilience showed that we had what it takes to get it done, but it was our passion that brought us to victory.

The Call Of The Wild

Michael Alpers

Call of The Wild Literary Analysis 

Mr. Fitzsimmons Class





Releasing the Primordial Beast 



The dominant primordial beast was strong in Buck, and under the fierce conditions of trail life it grew and grew.

— Jack London 




    Spitz comes out of nowhere and is practically on Bucks back, they are neck and neck and Buck tries to bite Spitz, he misses. As they ferociously chase the rabbit both Buck and Spitz stop staring into each other’s souls as if reading their life stories. There is dead quiet after the rabbit is devoured by the other dogs. The dogs formed a circle around Buck and Spitz and waited for showdown of a lifetime to begin. In this scene in The Call Of The Wild, Jack London describes that Buck does whatever it take to survive including releasing the primordial beast that truly shows the call of the wild:


    Primal instincts, something we all have but rarely unleash. In the book The Call Of The Wild, by Jack London, Buck goes from being a lazy house dog to a strong, relentless and resilient wild beast capable of primal things. Buck’s process of devolution starts in a large house in California and ends in the Canadian wilderness thousands of miles away from where his journey had started. Buck had already been through hell. He was taken from his home, sold to a strange man, shipped up to Seattle on a train and is now in a strange dog yard run by a man in a red sweater. The men who brought him here brought him over to another man to discuss a transaction. Buck was still muzzled and locked up so that he couldn’t do anything. The man in the (red coat) ended the transaction with the men that had brought Buck and opened the crate Buck was in. Buck immediately jumped out and attacked the man with the (red sweater).


And Buck was truly a red-eyed devil, as he drew himself together for the spring, hair bristling, mouth foaming, a mad glitter in his blood-shot eyes. Straight at the man he launched his one hundred and forty pounds of fury, surcharged with the pent passion of two days and nights. In mid air, just as his jaws were about to close on the man, he received a shock that checked his body and brought his teeth together with an agonizing clip. He whirled over, fetching the ground on his back and side. He had never been struck by a club in his life, and did not understand. With a snarl that was part bark and more scream he was again on his feet and launched into the air. 

(London, Chapter one).


Buck truly shows the red-eyed devil inside of him in this passage. The primordial beast is such an important theme inside this book because of how consistently it is showed. Throughout Bucks entire devolution from pet to wild dog he showed pure primal instinct in the fact that he did what was necessary to survive and succeed. Thousands of miles pulling a heavy sled is an impossible task for a dog still accustom to his human ways, Buck was able to do this by reaching deep inside himself and pulling something out so primal that even his mushers were amazed by his natural talent and instincts. It is truly amazing to read and understand the process Buck went through to unleash the primordial beast inside him which many dogs and men have feared. Although Buck became so primal that he forgot his humanity, though he was still able to love a master that treated him well. To survive Buck needed his primal instincts, but the decisions buck made to keep himself alive were not always primal. 

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The Power of family


All happy families are alike; each unhappy family is unhappy in its own way. 

― Leo Tolstoy, Anna Karenina



    Your family is one of the most important things in your life and you shouldn’t take your family for granted. My family is very important to me and they are always there for me when I need them most. When I broke my arm during a baseball practice I was so sad that I had to miss the rest of the season. The next spring it was the season I had been looking foreword to for a long time. Early that season I broke my foot. It was our first scrimmage of the year for varsity soccer and I was so excited. Just before halftime I went over on my ankle and felt a searing pain in my foot. I limped off the field and didn’t play the rest of the game. I went to the hospital the next day. 


We were in the doctors office waiting for the X-ray results from the doctor. I was hoping for the best. The doctor comes in and tells us that I broke my foot. He steps out of the room and I get very emotional. First of all I had missed the baseball season before from an injury and second off, I had been waiting to play on this varsity soccer team since I started at Fenn. In that moment my mother comforted me and really showed me the value of family. Later that the rest of my family supported me and helped me get through this hard time. 


My parents and brother told me everything would be alright when this happened sand they were right. I am so happy that my family was there to support me in this time of loss for me. In these moments my family taught me how important people closest to you are and you must treat them well and lift them up not put them down. My family showed me that even though this terrible thing happened I could still make a good fall which I did. 


    Nothing in life is as important as family and you must always be there for them in their darkest hour and they should do the same for you.

Into The Primal

Bucks Devolution




“Once one is devolved there is no going back.”






    Primal instincts are something that we all have but don’t use unless necessary. In the book The Call Of The Wild, by Jack London Buck goes from a lazy house dog to a strong, relentless and resilient wild beast capable of primal things. His process of devolution starts in a large house in California and ends in the Canadian wild thousands of miles away from where his journey started. This book really showed me that if you have to do what it takes to survive, then you must become as primal as possible and use the knowledge of your ancestors to retaliate against things you wouldn’t face in a normal life. I really feel like Jack London the author really tries to show us how terrible humans were to animals during this gold rush and how that shaped the ones who could endure it in a stoic attitude to become truly primal beasts. He also really tries to show us what is under all of our special extras today and what we could truly be if we were forced to survive. 


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Losing Electronics...

A world were electronics don’t exist


By: Michael Alpers and Rylan Chandler


“Harry, there’s only two people left, we can win this!”

“Yeah, let’s destroy these noobs!”

“I think that I see them, North.”

“Yup, let’s go they’re bots.”

“I’m starting to lag a lot!”

“Same this is weird.”

“Oh my God, my game just crashed!”

“Same what the heck happened I had two ping?”

“We were about to win!”

“Yeah what the heck!”

“That’s so annoying.”

“Facts Billy, now the other team won.”

“Let’s start another game, we can get a win.”


“My computer won’t turn on!”

“Yeah same it’s as if I don’t have any power.”

“Yeah, the lights went out! This is weird, Harry!”

“Let’s go upstairs and check everything out.”

“I’ll go to the circuit box and see if I can restart the lights.”

“Ok, sounds good.”

“It’s not working!”

“My parents seem to be having the same problem we are, even the WiFi isn’t working.”

“At least we have cellular...wait, why isn’t it working?!”

“Yeah I can’t even turn my phone on!”

“I suppose we’ll have to use pen and paper for homework. I wonder if other kids are having this problem.”

“We should go and find out, let’s ride our bikes over to Daniel’s house, because he’ll definitely be home.”

“That’s a pretty good plan! If he doesn’t have technology either, I’m going to be so mad!”

“Same, let’s go!”

“He doesn’t have power either! It must be an issue with all of technology.”

“Holy crap, does this mean there is no technology anywhere?”

“I think so.”

“I don’t know how I am going to be able to live.”

“We’re all gonna die!”


“My life seems meaningless now, I don’t know what to do without my phone!”

“Yeah, without Fortnite what are we going to do?”

“This must have been what it was like when my parents were kids!”

“Yeah, I almost feel bad for them.”

“Man, they’re really old!”

“Yeah I know right, I can’t believe there was a time without electronics.”

“How did they even have fun?!”

“Honestly I have no idea?”

“I guess, maybe, we can go outside. I haven’t done that in a while.”

“Sure, maybe that’ll be fun.”

“What do we do outside?”

“I don’t know; we could play soccer, maybe shoot some hoops.”

“I wonder if there’s air conditioning outside.”

“Yeah, without air conditioning summers are going to be the worst, hopefully we still have it.”

“How am I going to communicate with my other friends? I don’t know about this man! This is scary.”

“I know, our parents are gonna say, ‘just write them a letter or something’, but honestly that’s stupid.”

“Really stupid.”

“I guess we are going to have to get used to this until the world finds some way to fix this, I hope they find it soon.”

“It’ll be the start of a new era! This is gonna suck!”

A Summer Fully Lived...

My packed summer of 2018




“People don't notice whether it's winter or summer when they're happy.”

—Anton Chekhov 


    The summer is generally a very eventful time where you go out on trips and do things away from home. My summer was the extreme of that. not only did I have two weeks at home, but I also traveled to two different states and a different country. I only had about two weeks home this summer. I didn’t necessarily love not being home much but when I was away, I was in the moment. Throughout my summer I experienced multiple forms of adventure, fun and friendship.


    The summer started off kind of lazy and uneventful until I had to go to camp. Camp started almost exactly two weeks after school ended which gave me the time I needed to relax. I go to overnight camp during the summer for seven weeks which is a very long time even by my standards. My camp is mostly a sports camp and I have a ton of fun playing sports the whole summer. This past summer I was a senior at camp which is the age group for kids fourteen through sixteen. We live in platform army tents that sleep between 5 and 7. First session started with between forty and fifty kids so we weren’t too packed. The first session of camp is just plain camp which is what I like about it. Everything is just going through the motions of different spots and competitions every day. The first two weeks flew by. Getting into the flow of motions as a senior was harder because I wasn’t used to it, though I was soon able to fully adjust to the new way of things. After we finished the two weeks, the five “weekers” came and things got a little tighter. Two more kids came into my age group (the fourteens), and they insisted on moving into my tent of already five. Me and two other kids did not really like the idea but the crazy kid in our tent did it behind our backs. We now had a seven person tent with a row of five beds next to each other in the back making a “master bed”. I didn’t love it. My good friend hated it so much he moved into the next tent over immediately. Over the next week and a half I had to readjust to my space which was again tough because I had much less of it. Once the first session ended I was still having a blast but was not as excited for second session. Seeing all of my friends from first session leave was emotional but we promised each other we would see one another again. The day after the people from first session left, what was left of camp went to a water park. This was and absolute blast. Even though the water park wasn’t huge we were still able to have a huge amount of fun. After a long day of water rides and running around, we drove back on the school buses that had taken us there exhausted from the full day of fun. The next day the people from second session got to camp. We finished out that day and all the new people picked their tents. I was happy because my tent was not terrible after the rest of my tent had left me for another tent. The beginning of second session was surprisingly good. I was actually liking it better than first session. Soon after second session started we had to begin to prepare for Pemi day, the biggest day of the summer. This day is so important because it is the oldest camp rivalry in the world. Our rivalry is7 over 100 years old. In preparation for this day we have a week of tryouts and practices to prepare. We play four different sports against them, Baseball, Soccer, Swimming and Tennis. I made the Soccer, Baseball and Swimming team but fell short of tennis. Once the day arrived we were pumped. We ended up winning as a camp and our age group won three of our four events. Though I would have loved to sweep wining three was fine. The rest of camp was really going through the motions and ended quickly. Sadly my Grandmother died the day before I went back home which was devastating. My favorite moment at camp was when my friend said while a rain storm was passing over us, “can thunder kill you?”. “Yes it can” I said sarcastically”, then we told him the truth and roasted him. It was so funny. This year my camp experience was pretty great and I can’t wait to go back next year. 


    After I got back home from camp almost immediately we went to Portugal. The six hour flight there was filled with mostly watching movies and my parents telling me to sleep. When we got there we stayed in the capital Lisbon for two nights. During that time we explored the city and saw many awesome and ancient things, we ate a cafe du monde which is famous for their custard tarts and walked along the city water front. After those two days in Lisbon we drove down to Lagos in the Algarve region of Portugal. This was our beach vacation. We had a condo Airbnb at a condo complex right by the water. This was pretty awesome so we went in the water every day. During this about nine days in Lagos we didn’t do much beside visit two of the surrounding towns, hike a little bit along the cliffs and take surfing lessons on the west coast. In general this time was very relaxing which is just what I needed after the craziness of camp. The second to last day of our trip we drove back up to Lisbon and ate an amazing seafood meal in the city before staying overnight and leaving for home the next day. This was an awesome trip and I really recommend going to Portugal. 


    Throughout multiple parts of this summer I went on amazing adventures including summiting the great Mount Washington twice, once on a day trip and another on a three day trip over the Presidential Range. The Three day trip traversing the Presidential Range was probably one of the greatest experiences of my life. During the trip we stayed in two different AMC (Appalachian Mountain club), huts which had amazing home cooked food. I was on this trip with seven other of my good friends from camp and two very funny outdoorsy counselors as well. We had a blast cracking funny and inappropriate jokes while hiking up, down and across the presidential range. Also in Portugal me, my brother and my dad hiked some of the cliffs overlooking the east side of the Atlantic Ocean. At first my brother got mad at me and went back but my dad and I kept going. About fifteen minuets later we had to go back and get him so that he could come along on the hike with us. This was a very fun and hot experience even though it wasn’t necessarily what we wanted to do. We even accidentally discovered a topless beach, oops. Overall I had some pretty amazing adventures throughout my summer that I will never forget for the rest of my life. 


This summer was long and packed full of fun and I am glad I was able to explore so much.

The First Real Week of School

     This past week was our first real week of school. I am currently a 9th grader at The Fenn school in Concord Massachusetts. It was the first 7 days straight of school we have had this year. The beginning of the week started out slow with small and moderate amounts of homework. Nothing much to worry about. I was getting my homework done with plenty of time left in the night.

Once we got to Wednesday and Thursday night things got different. Both of these days I stayed up past nine after getting home at six after sports. On Thursday night I stayed up till ten doing homework and had to finish one more thing in the morning. This doesn’t surprise me though because I had five different homework's due that next day. So I guess I am just getting a taste for what high school is like but I hope it won’t be as bad as Thursday night. 

For the in-school part of things this week everything was good. We finished a lab report and did another lab session in science. In english we wrote some more and finished a five paragraph essay on our class getaway and other things to improve our writing. In math, we prepared for the test we have next Monday and learned all the material we needed for it. Global studies is basically our social studies class where we do studies on the Mid East, india and china this year. We also do a little bit of economics. This week we didn’t have many classes but we started learning more about economics. And finally in Spanish we did a lot more talking then we did last year which I think is a lot better. In general it was a good week but all of the homework at the end didn’t make it fun. 

The Enlightining fun of camp Belknap


 Freshmen Class of 2019




 “Just play. Have fun. Enjoy the game.”

—Michael Jordan



    On the Wednesday through Thursday in the second week of our 9th grade Fenn careers we went to Camp Belknap in Tuftonboro New Hampshire as a class bonding experience. It was amazing and we bot grew as leaders and found out what kinds of leaders we are. I really liked this trip because I was able to have fun with my friends and I also found out what type of leader I am. As a class we really had never done anything like this it had always been in advisor groups but now with our class of 26 kids, we were brought closer together. I love camp life myself so this was very familiar to me because I go to sleep away camp on lake Winnipesaukee in New Hampshire. This was a great experience to bond with my classmates and I think it went very well.

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