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September 2018

Risks Of Sailing

The Troubles Of Decision Making...

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When your values are clear to you, making decisions becomes easier.” Roy E. Disney

I shot over the sea at 20 knots, straight through the clear water, shattered by the rays of sunlight that was quickly disappearing. Usually, at my age and weight, I would still be sailing Optimists, but this year I decided to switch straight to C420s. I decided that if I’m going to be spending the next 4 years of my life racing them, I might as well spend all my time getting to know them in the summer

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Izzy

The Best Dog

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”If there are no dogs in heaven, then when I die I want go where they go.” - Will Rogers

My dog Izzy has been around basically as long as I can remember. I remember her as a puppy when I was just about 4, she and my old dog Pete were best pals. At the time Pete was blind and needed Izzy as a friend, but also Izzy was a crazy pup who needed an older dog to teach her how to be calm. When I was around 6 years old Pete passed away. Izzy had learned to be a nice, calm, and attached dog. She never left our property, never got into food, and was overall so nice and calm.

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Camp Belknap Reflextion

 

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What Camp Belknap Taught Me

”I have not failed, I’ve just found 10,000 ways that don’t work.” -Thomas Edison

 

The cold dark raindrops fell like beads of silver on our heads, rolling across our foreheads, and finally hitting the earthy mud that we stood on. Twenty-six boys standing, filled with anticipation, waiting to see what all their work would come to. The day prior they had been given one hour to construct a boat out of cardboard, but when they put it into the water to test it, it fell apart immediately. Somehow, there wasn’t sadness but laughter and high hearts, no head hung low that day.

      Last week the ninth-grade went to Camp Belknap in New Hampshire. It was a leadership trip to become closer to our ninth-grade buddies, but I think one theme rang true throughout the trip. Dealing with failure, and using your friends to help you get through it, and still have fun. The first time we experienced that at Camp Belknap was during Beejuball, a soccer like sport that everyone loved. It didn’t matter who was winning because everyone had a smile on their face. It was a bonding experience not only between your cabin and your teammates, but also with the tone teams and cabins. Even if my team was losing, I would be rooting for another, because I know my failures are only another’s success. The second time I felt that theme was on the rock wall. Some people were naturally amazing and scurried up the wall, while others could barely make it up the first few rocks. You may think of that as a failure, but then every little success is twice as rewarding and people will cheer you on no matter what. When we built our cardboard boats everyone poured their hearts and souls into it, testing and building to see if it would work. I am a spontaneous motivator, which means that I get attached dot objects that I pour a lot of time into. Though, when our boats touched the water they sank, no one was sad. People laughed and cheered from the waterfront, seeing who could beat who in the race of dragging cardboard. Though some people may look at it as a failure, I look at it as a success.

There’s nothing good about ease, the fun only starts when something goes wrong.

       


Slice Of Life

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The Most Important Part of Fenn

“The secret to happiness is freedom... And the secret to freedom is courage.” Thucydides

One slice of Fenn that has stuck with me throughout my Fenn experience has been the freedom, and the responsibility that comes with that freedom, at the Fenn School. Even since I was in fourth grade we were given so much freedom to our recess, sports, academics, and the responsibility to make the right choices. This doesn’t mean that I suddenly started making the right choices, but I learned that what I do effects me and others. The opportunity that comes with freedom is endless, it is a gift that keeps on giving thought my Fenn experience.

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Lessons Of Sailing

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     What I’ve Learned

 

 

“I’m not afraid of storms, for I’m learning to sail my ship.” - Louisa May Alcott

Sailing has been used for centuries for war, peace, commerce, and travel. It has been one of the central aspects of some of the greatest nations in the world for millenniums. I guess it makes sense that it can teach us many lessons about the world, and ourselves.  

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