Cunning and Courage

Cunning & Courage


“Few sons are equals of their father; most fall short, all too few surpass them”

~Lucas Dos Santos


Telemachus while walking through Ithaca Athena approached him challenging him to take to the sea and find his father or even just rumors about his father. He showed courage by accepting this challenge even though he knew the risk of dying and possibly not finding anything. Telemachus didn’t show much cunning but the suitors did by acting like they liked Telemachus when really they didn’t like him at all.

Why, dear child, what craziness got into your head?

Why bent on rambling over the face of the earth—

a darling only son! Your fathers worlds away,

gods own Odysseus, dead in some strange land.

Even though everyone had lost hope, Telemachus hadn’t , and was eager to take on the challenge of finding him.

SAT Requirement

Should The SAT be Required 


Knowing is not enough; we must apply. Willing is not enough; we must do.
– Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

          The SAT from the moment that it was introduced to schools caused controversy. Many thought that it was necessary to see how “smart” someone is, and others thought that it was a way to limit certain races to go to prestigious schools. Whether you agree or disagree with either side, the purpose and necessity of the SAT is getting questioned more and more every year.

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Adams Curse

Adam’s Curse

We sat together at one summer’s end,
That beautiful mild woman, your close friend,   
And you and I, and talked of poetry.
I said, ‘A line will take us hours maybe;
Yet if it does not seem a moment’s thought,   
Our stitching and unstitching has been naught.   
Better go down upon your marrow-bones   
And scrub a kitchen pavement, or break stones   
Like an old pauper, in all kinds of weather;   
For to articulate sweet sounds together
Is to work harder than all these, and yet   
Be thought an idler by the noisy set
Of bankers, schoolmasters, and clergymen   
The martyrs call the world.’

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The Man That Had to Wait

Fog is surrounding the space around him

The sun is barely getting through the air

The reflection of the sun sways along

Through the waves, causing uncomfort and sickness

The loud creaky and distraught sounds of wood

Wakes the fish and birds from their kip and rest

The fish gently graze the boat's side and cause

The small boat to drift around the ocean

The light breeze makes the waves big and the air cold

Making it really hard to breath and row

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Exam metacognition

Exams are always something to stress about. Having 5 this week, there was certainly a lot of stressing. Since COVID hit, I had never had an exam experience prior to this. I came in blind and not knowing what to expect. Though other exams were difficult, it was nice to have this one. Though it was an exam it allowed me to relax and test what I learned. This exam didn’t apply the academic pressures that others did. Therefore making it easier to focus and ultimately making me work harder and be more confident in myself. I feel that I did a decent job on this exam. I’m sure that I made mistakes, but I think that I was able to understand the more important things, like the comma rules. I think that I might’ve made some mistakes on the proofread. I never thought that I would enjoy exams, and I’m not saying I did. But now I feel more confident in my ability to take tests and study. Next time I won’t put as much pressure on myself, and let myself take studying and learning at my own pace. Sometimes it better to understand your own needs than to change your needs for your teachers or friends.

The Old Man and The Sea Literary Reflecrion

Lucas Dos Santos


Literary Reflection


The Old Man and The Sea


Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better. -Albert Einstein

Difference allows us to explore new horizons. The Old Man and The Sea made me think about themes in a different way. Usually themes are man v.s. Nature but this theme was man and nature, which took accustoming to understand.

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Old Man and The Sea Analysis


Lucas Dos Santos

Brendan McCullen


Old Man and The Sea Analysis


The Old Man and The Sea 


“Look deep into nature, and then you will understand everything better”

 —Albert Einstein

Man and nature is a relationship that will last a lifetime. Through conflict and resolution, man and nature always find a way to coexist. Man always strives to make nature it’s home but nature fights back. Sometimes they come together and create a magical bond.

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School Letter

Dear Admissions Committee,

As an 8th grader, I never thought about the ways that values and qualities change what you believe, what material you value and most importantly how you act. Now, in my 9th grade English class I am forced to really dig deep into what the true definitions of qualities and values are. I came to a conclusion, through class discussions and my own thoughts, that your values and qualities change due to your political beliefs, your religion and much more, but I think there are qualities like self reliance, kindness and honesty that should not change

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