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October 2018

The Power of Passion

Passion is What Makes you Unique 


Passion is oxygen of the soul.”

- Anonymous

     You are not truly living without a passion. One passion of mine is playing basketball. Even if it is just putting up some shots in my driveway, there is nothing I would rather do than play basketball. It was 8:00 am on Saturday, and I was sitting outside on my porch. I looked at the dew, sparkling on the grass, and I knew it was going to be a good day for basketball. I went in to the garage, grabbed my basketball, and jogged outside. You could only hear two sounds: the ball bouncing on the pavement, and the light sound of birds chirping in the distance. I started out with some warmup dribbling drills, and then I practiced my jump shot. The steep hill behind my gorilla hoop stole my ball a few times, but that is something that makes me even more driven to swish the ball. By the end, sweat is dripping from my forehead, and I feel like I am dying. I was ready to go in, but I knew that I must keep going if I ever want to improve. When I am finally about to go in, I challenge myself to make three straight shots from a difficult area. This time I got lucky and did it on my first try, but sometimes it can take me up to 10 minutes. It is not something that I actually have to do, but it is a ritual that I do every time I play basketball. Basketball is fun even if I am only shooting by myself, and that is what makes it one of my passions. I always look forward to playing games, practicing, or shooting around with my friends. No matter what I am doing, if it is related to basketball, I always have a good time. Passion: it makes your life worth living.

The Power of Family

The Little Things Matter


Family is not an important thing. It’s everything.”

- Michael J. Fox

    The little things are what makes a family great. My family means everything to me, and I cherish any moment that I get to spend with them. Even if it is just sitting on the blue, worn down couch, eating dinner and watching Survivor, I look forward to every moment I get to spend with my family. I dragged me feet as I walked in from the car. It was Friday, and I was as tired as ever. Fenn Varsity Soccer had just lost to Fessenden 5-1, and even though it was the start of the weekend, I was not in a good mood. I sprinted up to my room, ready to see the new daily challenges on Madden Mobile, when I barely heard my mom say, “Get down here, Survivor is on!” I got up so quickly that my head felt like it was spinning it circles. I sprinted down the stairs, and slid in to the family room. I unwrapped my Burrito, and stared at the TV screen in front of me like a five year old looks at his gifts on Christmas. The show went by, and our whole family laughed and talked through it. I got yelled at once or twice for talking in an important part of the show, but we all knew that it was all in good fun. Then tribal council started, where one person on the show gets voted out. We all sat on the edge of our seat, and all gasped when we saw who was voted out. My entire family has a great time watching Survivor, and it is always a great way to start our weekend. Even though watching a TV show may seem like a little thing, it is something that my family, and I am sure that many other families, cherish. It is time that is spent with laughter, bonding, and family time that will not last for the rest of your life. Cherish every moment you spend with your family—you’ll regret if you don’t.    

The Primordial Beast

Timmy Smith

Literary Reflection

Mr. Fitz’s Class



A Journey From Cover to Cover 



Every man has a wild beast within him”

- Frederick the Great


    There is no hiding from the Primordial Beast inside of you. In the book, The Call of the Wild, by Jack London, Buck finds a side to himself that never knew was there. He realizes that inside even him, a privileged dog, there is a Primordial Beast. Using the example of a dog, Jack London is trying to show the reader that, even if you are rich or privileged, everyone has a Primordial Beast somewhere inside them.


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