School Letter

Dear Admissions Committee,

Describing three qualities in life is hard, you're trying to write positive qualities about yourself. You want to make a good first impression and impress the person reading. Finding three qualities about yourself is hard because you may pick qualities that aren’t you and you don’t want to act like you're the perfect person in your writing because nobody is. You may perceive yourself as one way while people around you see you in another way. Thinking about myself I see joy, sincerity and willingness.

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Power of Community

The Fenn soccer team.

Teamwork is the ability to work together toward a common vision. The ability to direct individual accomplishments toward organizational objectives. It is the fuel that allows common people to attain uncommon results.

~Andrew Carnegie

Nothing gets better than a group of kids supporting you. That group of kids was my Fenn varsity soccer team. Going to the eaglebrook soccer tournament was the ultimate test to see if, as a team, we could play for each other. The time it was most evident was against Fessedan in the first game of the tournament. 

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The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Racism, Identity and Fun


You can't tell any kind of a story without having some kind of a theme, something to say between the lines.
~Robert Wise

Iwas 12:30 in English class. As a class, we were given a ten dollar Apple gift card each. My first question was what was this for, why would we need a ten dollar gift card. All the excitement melted as I was informed that it was for a book we are going to be reading in class, The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. What kind of book is this? Little did I know that I would end up enjoying reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian. Somehow the themes of and the style of writing spoke to me and engaged me in a powerful flow of words that brought the reality of constant racism and the search for a true identity into my life.

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Letter to a friend

How you been? What have you been up to in North Dakota? I’ve been great this year. I’ve had a great school year with my friends and in sports. I’m on the varsity soccer team with a lot of my friends and we’ve been doing pretty good so far. In math I’m learning geometry, it’s pretty hard but I think I’m getting the hang of it. Right now in Global studies we are learning about different religions. In English we are reading The Absolutely True Diary of a Part Time Indian by Sherman Alexie.

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Caribou Essay

Experiences on a peninsula in Maine


Life is like riding a bicycle. To keep your balance you must keep moving

~Albert Einstein 

Entering the bus on the trip home all I could think about was the memories I had at Camp Caribou. Dreading the ride back knowing the schoolwork I had ahead of me. I put my bags on the bus and went into the camp to make sure I didn’t leave anything behind. My mask? I didn't have one. I couldn't go on the bus without a mask. I asked Lucas if he had one. He happened to have an extra mask and gave me one of his spare masks. I finally walked onto the bus looking back on all the experiences and memories I made.


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