Letter to School

Dear Admissions Committee,

When someone asks a fifteen year old to give me three values that you live up to, most will be unsure or need time to think about it. However, when Fitz asked me this question I was given the time to think about these values. I chose empathy, curiosity, and respect. Not too bad eh.  These values interpret the way I live life everyday. Socialllably, fashionably, athletically, artistically. Self values may be something not everyone can name but owns to themself. 

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Martha’s Vineyard

This summer my family and I  took a one-night trip to Martha’s Vineyard. Our family friends invited us to their house also with another family. Their house was 800 square-feet with one bathroom. With 14 people in the house, we knew it was going to be remarkably tight and difficult.  Due to having one bathroom, we made a list for who uses the bathroom at certain times. At night we were setting up beds on the floor and I remember both of my sisters slept on the same couch but my parents got a full bed. However, there were several highlights of the trip.  In Martha’s Vineyard, everything is within walking distance, for example, their house is close to Edgartown center. This allowed for my friend and me to walk there in the afternoon whenever we wanted. South Beach was another big highlight of the trip. South Beach is where you will find the biggest waves. I’ve truly never gone to a beach with waves as big as South Beach which made it a unique experience. Riding the waves is extremely fun however I ended up getting stung by a jellyfish. I thought the jellyfish was seaweed so I picked it up and tried to throw it but I just got electrocuted. I got a surprisingly big red mark on my hand but by putting my hand in hot water it slowly went away. Overall, this trip was quite something special to remember.


First Football Practice

It's the first practice of football. I don’t know what to expect. The last time I played football was in sixth grade and I could hardly remember. There were no sports during eighth grade so I was really out of shape. The second I got into the field I knew I was up for something new. Coach Ward, Coach Burgess, and Coach Ryan made us run around in two lines around the whole field. We were running around but not in good lines. We had to repeat this drill many times until we got it perfect. I remember Mr. Burgess said, “there is nothing more intimidating to a team than two perfect lines.” The second we were done we moved into tackling. This was one of my weaker parts of football. I remember Coach Ward explaining how to tackle. You had to get low and wrap your hands around the player then roll to the ground. I remember partnering up with Brendan. The first few times I failed but eventually, I could get it done. Finally, at the end of practice, we were going to do a tug-of-war but we were screwing around. This caused a punishment of suicides. We went to the 50-yard line and went back-and-forth three times. I felt like I was going to collapse. I couldn't even feel my legs. I couldn’t even talk because I was breathing out so much. Finally, Mr. Ward brought us in and told us how to break out of a huddle. It went 123 Fenn 456 Flak.


The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian

Friendship, Poverty, Connection

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Things are never quite as scary when you’ve got a best friend.
~Bill Watterson

The sun has set. I just took a relaxing warm shower and floated myself to my bed ready to sleep like a baby. A light bulb popped in my head reminding myself I have to read The Absolutely True Diary of a Part-Time Indian. I was no longer floating myself to bed but instead I punched my pillows and annoyed that I have to read an English book. This is usually the attitude I bring to English books due to past experiences. Well, as I got locked into reading this book I surprisingly enjoying it. Arnold and I had a connection, the protagonist of the book. I, also, found the themes in the book, poverty and friendship, interesting.

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Big Impact

Loneliness, Family, COVID-19

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Recovery is hard. Regret is harder.
~Brittany Burgunder

I woke up after a long week. Put my shirt back on. Moved my lazy legs to the bathroom. I went downstairs to hear on the TV “We are in a global pandemic!” “STAY HOME, people are dying from COVID-19.” My parents were freaking out. We got 50 different emails from schools, work, and the town of Lexington. My school was canceled. My sisters’ school and my dad's job were canceled too. The whole world was freaking out. My mom was complaining about Trump for not taking action on COVID-19. My dad was still trying to have his coffee and I just went to the TV to find out what was going on. Little did I know I just got an email saying I would be having school online. My baseball season was canceled. My Washington D.C. trip was canceled. EVERYTHING WAS CANCELLED. I was scared and quite upset that I would be staying home.

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Caribou Essay

Overcoming Fear, Underestimating Challenges

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The most wasted of all days is one without laughter.

~Nicolas Chamfort

The roads up to Camp Caribou in northern Maine became bumpy. I take a look out the window to see the dirt road following up with basketball courts, tennis courts, baseball fields, and cabins, and a lake. This gave me a sense that the three and a half hour bus ride journey has concluded and Camp Caribou is here. These next three days in Camp Caribou are days I was looking up to. My Washington D.C. trip, and Windsor Mountain trip was canceled due to COVID-19 so I knew I was going to have a good time here. The second I took a step out of the bus I started learning the lessons of life.

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