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September 2018

Summer 18

 
An overwhelming summer filled with basketball, Netflix, and fortnite.

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what’s better than finishing a really good show? Finding an even better show. Over the summer watching Netflix was one of my go to moves. After I finished  basketball workouts I was tired and I just watched Netflix until i fell asleep. That was until I finished Hawaii Five O. I was happy but I was also devastated because now I needed to find a new show. I spent days looking  for a new show  until I found naruto. Best show ever by far.This summer was not only a summer to remember but it was full of tedious basketball workouts, action-packed Netflix shows, and back pains from carrying my teammates in Fortnite.

 

  Over the school year, when the Flash had finished, I was so useless and sad until I found Hawaii Five O Unfortunately I finished it so fast that by the start of summer I was left again without a show to watch. I asked everybody for recommendations, until I was finally told to watch a show called Naruto. When I noticed it was anime, first thing I thought, was there’s no way I’m gonna like this. The reason why I continued to watch it, was because my friend Will told me too. Turns out I love Naruto and it is without a doubt top three in my list of shows. Naruto is  a Japanese manga series about a kid name Naruto Uzumaki, and adolescence ninja who searches for recognition from his peers and also dreams of becoming Hokage.

 

Over the summer I did two basketball workouts a day with my brothers and his friends. We usually started around ten, and ended at twelve. These workout were atrocious. I was leaving the courts everyday drenched with sweat. The second workouts were the best ones and they were from 9-12. These workouts I still left drenched, but they weren’t atrocious. The first workouts started with a suicide, then we jump right into handle work. BOOM BOOM BOOM SWITCH, BOOM BOOM BOOM MIDDLE. These drills were very tedious and I hated them so much. My hand was literally crying when we were done. The next drill we did was a shooting drill. Tween tween shot. You take five shots and you have to make two in a row to move on. This drill would’ve been way more fun if my hand wasn’t  burning. The last thing we did was footwork. This drill was basically doing jump rope without the rope. By the end my legs and arms were killing me. To end the morning drill I did a suicide. The second workout was way more chill and it was just basically scrimmaging and king of the court with the other people. 

 

Over the summer when I wasn’t  playing basketball or watching netflix, I was playing Fortnite. I either played duos Wjruth, or squads with Harry, Cliff and some xbox players. Now in Fortnite, I’m known as a top dawg. I usually average about 5 kills a game  and like 10 at most. Not gonna lie my teammates who played with me were trash. Over the summer me and Will used to grind all night. 9-12 taking dubs after dubs. He’s better than me at Fortnite, but that’s only because he’s an xbox player. Over the summer my best Fortnite highlights was when I absolutely merked Harry in playground. I’m talking about 14-7. It wasn’t even close. If you know Harry you know he was making a million excuses about how he wasn’t trying, but that didn’t matter because I had the screenshot, and this game will be remembered and sent into the history books. Another big fortnite moment over the summer was when Harry was on fire over the summer and had 15 kills with one player left. “He’s a noblet, sixteen kills on the way” Harry says.

 

“Your trash and he’s gonna kill you” i said. First shot went to the noob-80 damage to the head. Harry was stunned he had twenty health, and was panicking, but it was no use because before you know it Harry was dead. I swear I’ve never seen Harry rage so much. He turned of his iPad and got off of FaceTime so fast, I was shook. I tried messaging him but he just wasn’t responding. This game told me an important lesson which is to not judge a book by its cover.

 

Over the summer I always had something to do. Whether it was playing basketball, watching Netflix or playing fortnite, I was never bored. The best thing out of those three was definitely the basketball workouts because I knew I was getting better and I love basketball. This summer I think I really grew as a person in ways of leadership, and communication. I was way more active then I was last year and I got more accomplished which is good.

When in doubt never judge a book by its cover, and never ever quit because something is hard,

 


Turning hopes and dreams into reality.

                                                          By Fru Nkimbeng             

                                             First homecoming football game.

 

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The moment I stepped on the field, I could feel the excitement and adrenaline rush up my body. 300 plus people were here to watch me perform on the biggest stage of my life. I could see all the fans excited, and cheering me on while the team was warming up. I could smell the juicy hamburgers and hot dogs, waiting for me. I could hear the kids screaming and laughing in the big bouncy houses. As soon as the national anthem ended, i couldn’t hear or smell any of that anymore. For this is homecoming, and it is my time to shine in front of these people.

 

On Saturday, September 22, at 7:40am, I arrived at the Fenn School, in Concord Massachusetts in hopes of achieving a win on the biggest stage of my life. When I got to fenn I took a quick nap, and at 8:30 I played basketball in the gym. At 9 I headed out to rite aid to get a snack, since I hadn’t eaten breakfast. By 10, I sprinted past the boll building filled with excitement and energy. When I entered the locker room everybody was in there, and we were getting dressed while getting hype with music. After getting dressed, the team went into the MMR, to hear a few words from coach. He told us what we had to do, and that he knows we will do well because of the hard work we’ve put in. Now it was our turn to turn our hopes, and goals into reality.

 

I’ve been waiting since 4th grade to come to homecoming, but I’ve never given my parents a real reason for them to drop me off, but now that I’m playing, this is a perfect homecoming debut. The game started with us getting the ball of of an amazing return by Alijah. Now it’s time for offense to come in. I was so nervous and and scared when coach told me the ball was going to me for the first play.  When ty called the huddle and said 27 sweep, I just kept thinking to myself that everything will go well, and that I have nothing to worry about. We’ve ran this play about 100 times in practice. I should be fine. As soon as Joe hiked the ball to Ty, BOOM I  ran as fast I could. Turns out I got like 7 yards, which is ok but I wanted more. Next play 47 jet sweep lead to Alijah— oh man that boy can run, as soon as he got to the outside I knew nobody was catching him. When he got in the end zone I was right behind him to celebrate. Fortunately for us that was just one of many more touchdowns to come. At the end of the half he score was 22-0. Now since we are 12-14 year olds, were super happy and we are already thinking that we have this game won, but coach told us to keep on the tempo, and that the other team could score 22 straight on us like we did to them. At the end of the game we won 28-6. It was a great game, and I wouldn’t want to go through that experience again, with anybody else except my teammates, because at the end of the day, their my brothers and we stick together. 

 

 I had a really fun time representing The Fenn School in football this year for homecoming, and I will be make sure this isn’t the last homecoming I attend. This game was a good team booster, because I feel like we are more as a unit now after this win, and I  can’t wait to achieve more as a team. Pool party at coach Ryan’s house.

 

Turning our hopes and goals into reality


Camp Belknap

Three days filled with fun, excitement and a little regret

                                   By Fru Nkimbeng 

 

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  THERE WILL BE NO SNAPPING OR CHATTING, WHILE YOU ARE IN MY CABIN”. On September, 12 2018,I and my classmates went on a field trip to Camp Belknap. It was a great experience, and I gained memories there that I would never forget.

The bus ride there was amazing, and arguably the best part of the trip. I sat in the back of the bus and listened to music on Harry’s speaker, while talking to friends. Harry finally gave me the speaker after I begged continuously, and let me watch naruto on it for everybody to hear. Good times. When we arrived we unpacked our stuff, and headed to lunch. The lunch was great and I was already thinking this will be a good trip. After lunch we had orientation to get to know everybody, and then we had free time. For free time  i went to the basketball court, (which looked way better than I expected) and played a game of 3 on 3 with Buck, Rain, AliJah, Daniel, and a counselor. It was really fun, as I was able to get my first basketball game won at camp Belknap.

After dinner I experienced something that was probably the best thing I did at Camp Belknap. We played a game called beeju ball. I know it sounds weird, but trust me when I say this game was honestly the most fun game I’ve ever played. It’s basically like soccer except you can’t use your feet, and you can use your hands. We split up into teams by cabins. Now I’m not gonna lie are team was horrible the first time we played. Horrible as in we got one goal and we did the worst out of all three teams. You know a game is super fun, that when you lose you can still talk about it as if you won or did well.

STOP TALKING AND GO TO SLEEP NOW. I swear to god my heart stopped beeping  when he came in. At around 9:30pm our counselor told us we should start getting ready to go to sleep. From the start we all knew we weren’t going to sleep at 9:30. Like we are 13 year old boys who haven’t seen each other all summer and you expect us to just randomly fall asleep that early without talking and catching up. Before our counselor left me and Harry asked him if we could use our phones to call our parents before we lose it. Now I don’t know what our counselor was thinking about when we said this but he absolutely snapped. He was like “you think this is a joke, this behavior is unacceptable, you guys thing your going to be snap chatting in my cabin, well news flash,THERE WILL BE NO SNAPPING, OR CHATTING while your here. Our counselor left he told us that at 10pm the lights should be off and we should be asleep. From 9:45 to 10pm, we were just talking non stop, telling each other jokes and stuff like that. We also played an intense game of rated r 2 truths one lie. It was hilarious to hear what everyone’s  lies were. At around 9:29 we decided to turn off the Christmas lights since it was bright and it was in everybody’s eyes. “ why dont we just turn off these lights” says Heinze, we all agree and as he is getting out of his bed to turn of the lights, the monster Named Mack rushed in and said “why don’t I turn it off for you. I swear, if we got a video of how fast everybody’s heads just slapped their bed and went to sleep you would be amazed. After turning off the lights Mack screamed at us, and said “ GO TO SLEEP NOW”. BANG, as he closed the door behind him. Crickets, the room was dead silent, obviously there were still a couple chuckles from people like harry, but almost half of the cabin just wanted to go to sleep.

One the second day we did lots of activities and has lots of fun. There were three main activities we did that day, and they were canoeing, low ropes, and leadership. I liked canoeing the most because it was something I had never done before, and I promised myself I would push to do something out of my comfort zone, and that’s what I did. We played another game of beeju ball, and this time our team won. We made a boat with cardboard, 2 pool noodles, and one role of tape. Tomorrow we were supposed to see who’s boat went the farthest without sinking. We also sat around a camp fire and said our goals for this school year before we went to sleep. It was pretty cool to hear what everyone wanted to accomplish, because now I know their goals and can help them achieve it, as they can help me too.

On the last day, we did the boat competition unfortunately our team lost thanks to Peter (just kidding, actually not really). Even though we didn’t win, we won the sportsmanship award. Then we had lunch, and packed out stuff and headed out.

Coming to Camp Belknap was really fun as I was able to spend time with friends but, it was also a really good learning experience for what’s coming to me ahead in my life.

 

   


Summer 18

Although I didn’t win, I learned something better

                          -Fru Nkimbeng 

 

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One player gets fouled out and the other gets injured, and just like that our seasons over.This summer was definitely one of my best summers in my life. This summer I played in two leagues. One league was called Sja, and was full of 11-14 year olds. The second league was called Billy G Peace League, and it was full of 13-18 year olds. Throughout this summer basketball season I learned that winning isn’t everything, and it was a great experien

 

When Sja started I knew from the start I was the best player on my team.  On our first practice I got to see our team, and I realized that we had a pretty good team. On our and second practice I noticed a 7 foot giant coming to the court, and I thought to myself how we were gonna stop him. Turns out he was on our team, so scratch that idea that I was making in my head. On our first 3 games he averaged about 30 points, and 12 rebounds, while I averaged like 12 points. 

 

On our 4th game Noah got injured and he didn’t play for the rest of the season. Throughout the season our team went undefeated except for one game which we lost by one. We were up by ten with one quarter left, and we just blew the lead. On the last play we were down one, I took the ball and drove to the hoop and hurt my ankle. The ref called a foul, and told everybody to leave the court. I was gonna take the free throws, but my ankle hurt a lot so somebody else took it. Unfortunately the person who took those free throws  missed both, and we lost. In the end I was mad that we lost, but I was also mad at myself. I felt like I quit on my team.

 

For the next three games we were unstoppable, beating every team we faced. Our last game of the season was against the number 1 team in the league. The game was back and four with lots of trash talking, and with 2 minutes left in the 4th quarter the game was tied. When we came out of our timeout, we went on a 10-0 run, and we ended up winning the game by 6. That was a great way to end the season and we felt very accomplished. 

 

The second league I played in this summer was called Billy G Peace League. Unlike Sja there were tryouts, and thankfully I made a team. Coming into this league I knew it wouldn’t be as easy as Sja because there are 18 year olds, so I knew I had to be serious and play my hardest. Our first game we won. Major confidence booster. I was feeling good right now, thinking that this isn’t as hard as I thought it would be. Next game, our best player gets injured and we end up going on a 4 game losing streak. Blowout after blowout. At the end of the season our record was 3-5, and  we were tied for 4th. 

 

Then we had playoffs, we were able to add some 18 players since we were low.  Coming in to the playoffs I didn’t think we had a chance to win the championship, but after the trade our chances to win went up dramatically. First game of the playoffs we win, i didn’t start but I played as a role player, and got 6 points. Second game one of the 18 year olds get injured, and the other gets fouled out, and just like that our season is over. 

 

Although we lost, Peace League was way more fun than Sja. When both leagues finished I finally realized that everything isn’t about winning, and you learn more from losing than winning.