The wind, too
So do I.
Falling to the ground,
Slowly but surely,
the fun is gone.
So do the trees,
But you shouldn't.
It's a feast soon.
Fenn 2-2 Hillside
On Wednesday afternoon, the Fenn varsity soccer team took the 30 minute bus ride to Hillside to play our first regular season game. We came out strong with Alex Hill netting the first goal of the season in the 25th minute. Later in the 30th minute, Hillside scored to even it up at one a piece. The shot rang of the post, and right to another hillside player who had an open shot and didn't miss his opportunity. The half would finish that way, one to one. Coming out of half time, Hillside scored their second, 2-1. Chewy Bruni would put away a penalty into the bottom left corner. The goalie had no chance of saving it. The game would finish that way, 2-2. It's was a great game by all, and we get them again next Wednesday. I home that we can show that we are a better team than they are.
Love and caring can make us rich, but so can loss. In "The Gift of the Magi" by O. Henry tells the story of a young growing couple that is rich in love, but poor in money. I feel that O. Henry is try to prove a point that money isn't everything. I also think that he was trying to give the reader a plot twist. He does this buy telling us that Della's hair and Jim's watch but then they ending up selling their respective prized processions for a addition to the others. Della and Jim are the struggling couple faced with poverty during the early 1900s, in England. This isn't the first time that I have read "The Gift of the Magi", but every time I read it, it never ceases to give me the feeling that love means more than money. Although every time I read it, it gets duller and duller only because I've read it more than once. The only other short story that this reminds me of is "The Most Dangerous Game" because every year that I have read "The Gift of the Magi", I have followed it with "The Most Dangerous Game". I think that this is an extremely well written piece that proves the point very well that love and caring means more than money.
On the midnight road,
A deer with shining eyes,
A deer no more.
A landmark of a county,
But never going anywhere.
The old tree,
With a hundred rings--
Is cut for space, not wood.
Pouring, pouring, pouring,
Guzzling, guzzling, guzzling--
Time to fill the car again.
One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.
Growing older means changes. Some are good and others bad. We have all made a significant change becoming ninth graders. As ninth graders there's much more responsibility on our shoulders to act the way we how. Every grade below us, the whole school is looking up to us. (To see a full video essay on my views on change please refer to an earlier blog post below) I have gone through a personal change just today. It was changing lacrosse club teams, to the club that I have been drooling over, just to play for, 3D Lacrosse.
3D is a national program that has teams all over the United States and Canada. Colorado, California, Oregon, New England, and others. 3D has national college recruits, as freshmen and sophomores in high school. If any of my readers were on the Fenn 2014 Varsity Lacrosse team, then you will remember the beast of an attackman that played for Fessy, or the attackman for Shore #9. They both play for 3D. 3D is an amazing club team that I am know incredible happy to be a part of.
I am very excited for this great opportunity that lies ahead of me. If you are to take one thing away from reading this, let it be this, always take the opportunities that are in front of you because you will never know where they might take you. Thanks for reading.
"You will enrich your life immeasurably if you approach it with a sense of wonder and discovery, and always challenge yourself to try new things."
Rarely in a young boy's life will he be surround by 36 of his friends for three days somewhere that most people don't know about. At Fenn, we are given the opportunity several times. In fifth grade, we went to Merravista in Center Tuftonboro, New Hamshire. In 8th grade, we went to Windsor Mountain Camp, in Windsor, New Hamshire. And for our last excursion, we head way up north to Camp Caribou. Camp Caribou is summer camp for boys. It is run by numerous generations of family, which gives it a very welcoming feel.
We all had an amazing time this year on our ninth grade trip. My favorite part was the Aqua Zip. To get to the top of the zip, we had to climb up a 70 foot tree using staples in the tree. We were of coursed harnessed in. Once we were up on the platform, we would be hooked into the zip-line. The guide on top would count down from 5, and at zero you would step off the small platform. It was so cool to see the land zip past, and only see the water and then land in it seconds later. The second best experience for me was playing soccer on the deck hockey court that they have at Camp Caribou. It was so much fun, it was a lot like futsal. Futsal is indoor soccer that has a smaller ball and its heavier than normal balls. We played atleast 6 times a day. it was the most fun I had playing soccer in a while.
My least favorite part was very limited swimming space. I hope that they have much more space for their campers than the did for us. Our space was around a 30 by 21 foot box. It was small, but their weren't that many kids in the water. Another thing that I didn't like was the Oatmeal on Wednesday morning. It smelled like cigarette smoke. It was disgusting.
Over all I had a great trip to Caribou, It was one of the best trips we had at Fenn. I would go back anytime. How was your experience at Camp Caribou?
Do we have to go back?
Yes, we all do at some point. Summer doesn't last forever, some of us wish it did for sure. I was/am not one of the people who live for the summer. I was getting bored every day during the last days of those great three months, I had nothing to do. I had finished all my summer work, and the video games had gotten old from 32 hours of playing it this summer. I wanted to do something, so I would go help Star get the school and fields ready for the 345 students coming for the first time, or returning for another great year at Fenn. I was so excited to go back to school that I had my back pack packed a week and a half before the first day. It is one of my favorite days of the year.
Moving on to the two new classes that we have as ninth graders, Global Studies and Biology. I absolutely LOVE Biology. I find it so interesting that how and when we grow is determined before we are born in our DNA. We will also create a virus that is resistant to anti-biotics, and spreads fast. I also like Global studies. We don't have much of a feel for it yet, but I bet we will after we come back from Camp Caribou.
This year, Fenn implemented a new iPad program which brings a one-to-one technology to everyone in the middle and upper school. Last year all the seniors would receive tablets, but the iPad can do so much more. The only important thing that we lose is the use of an actual keyboard instead of the virtual one on the IPads. Another great feature of the iPads is the ability to use your voice to write, which I have done in the past couple of sentences. Though, these are not gaming devices, they must be used for academic purposes during the school day. But we can use them anyway we like, with exceptions, before and after school. I think that the iPads will be very useful in our classes, but will serve as a distraction during free time.
I think that this will be a great year for all of the ninth graders, But as the oldest in the school, we need to use the time that we are given responsibly so that we don't lose them like some of the classes before us. I am very excited to get back into a schedule and routine, for I feel that I work better and more efficiently on a schedule.
With hard work comes triumph, but with anything less, you will fall short.