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September 2018

Summer Narrative Essay


Summer of Freedom

By Tucker Winstanley



“Summertime is always the best of what might be.”
-Charles Bowden


    From my bed, I open one eye, and glance first at the sky with the flag hanging on the pole, and then at the water to see if it’s flat. It is a daily ritual. Before I look at my phone or rollover, I just need to know what kind of day it will be. I spend my entire summer in Kennebunkport, Maine with my family - my parents and sister, and my extended family of grandparents, aunts, uncles, and cousins. This little town, just 1.5 hours north from Concord, MA has foggy mornings, warm, but not hot days, salt water in the air, and cool starry nights that make this place super special to me. Everything I like to do in Kennebunkport is outdoors, so that’s why I’m interested in the weather. This place is where I am happiest. But this past summer was especially different because I found a freedom up there that I never had during the school year and one that had eluded me in years past.

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Belknap Reflection

Lead Your Way

By Tucker Winstanley

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, you are a leader.”
~John Quincy Adams

    The counselor shouted “5,4,3,2,1” and with that began the organized frenzy to grab construction material with which to build our cardboard boats. As each team pulled scrap cardboard, pool noodles and duct tape back to their bases, it was clear that the race had begun long before we even put our boats in the water. What wasn’t as clear at the time, was that this race was designed to highlight the opportunity for each of us to be leaders. I can tell you who built the best boat and I can also tell you who won, but more importantly, I can share that leadership is not a “one size fits all”. Leaders come in different shapes and sizes and it takes all of types of leaders to build a boat at Belknap or to head the School as seniors back at Fenn.

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Fenn Homecoming

No Ordinary Race


By Tucker Winstanley

“If it doesn’t challenge you, it won’t change you.”
- Fred DeVito

    The kick-off to this past Saturday’s annual homecoming at Fenn was the Kevin White Memorial 5K. I have run this race every year since I arrived at Fenn in 4th grade. This year, I was sick with a bad head cold. Nevertheless, I didn’t want to miss it and so I took a co-Advil, laced up my sneakers, and lined up at the starting line. Let’s just say, I don’t train for these races, in fact I don’t even run for pleasure. I just love to run 5Ks when I can and this time I came in 5th place. It wasn’t a pretty finish, as I roared down to the finish line and headed straight for the trash can to barf (note: co-Advil and 5Ks don’t mix). I came in fifth place, but it didn’t really matter, because this was no ordinary 5k.

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A Slice of Fenn Life

A Slice of Fenn Life

Sports, It’s More Than Just Physical Activity

By Tucker Winstanley

“Do you know what my favorite part of the game is? The opportunity to play.’’

    Sweat drips down my brows and any effort to wipe it is fruitless. It is 100 degrees and full sun. So, I let it be and hope it intimidates our opponents. We stand on the side of the field in a huddle, arms over shoulders, eyes locked, strategy set, and words of encouragement flowing, interrupting, energizing us. We are most definitely ready for the first game of the Fenn soccer season. Quite honestly, it could be the center of the basketball court, hockey rink, start of the race course – it all has the same impact for me, as I truly believe that team sports at Fenn have been one of the most fulfilling aspects of my Fenn career. Every day on the field with my classmates is a gift.

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Stretching to Reach The Island

A Life Changing Experience

“Simplicity, simplicity, simplicity! I say let your affairs be as one, two, three and to a hundred or a thousand. We are happy in proportion to the things we can do without.” ~ Henry David Thoreau


    On this less travelled island lies an opportunity I have dreamt of for years. A chance to explore the ocean and it inhabitants in a research-based environment that is for all intensive purposes off of the grid. A place that is full of many discoveries and yet is simple and basic. Nothing fancy and yet everything to me. I chuck my duffle bag into the back of the piston plane. My seatbelt clicks as I settle into my seat. The plane’s engines incessantly hum. As we gain momentum the wheels lift as the distance between me and the ground grows. Through the translucent window I look down on an array of blue hues determined by the depth of ocean. In no time we land at the tiny Governors Airport. Our landing is anything but smooth, as the pilots force a quick stop on a runway no longer than a football field.

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