Nonfiction

Cover by Blake Winston '17, 
Background by Will Savage '18

April 13, 2017

I sat on one of many boulders that felt as out of place as I did. Creating a squiggle to which I see no end. Intertwined and constructed by the current with other boulders, that all have their own reason to be where they were. Walking down the stream of rocks, occasional puddles of history seep in through here and there. Moss found a home in the crevices of what once was a possible mountain, or a hill, or dirt; but now is neit...

April 8, 2017

I was born in rural Vermont, and I grew up on a farm.  One of my most significant childhood memories growing up in Vermont was "Frog Pond" out in the field next to the barn.  It was a symbol of time for me, my own childhood clock, ticking the seasons away.  As a young child I could gauge what time of year it was by the status of the pond.  In the summer, cattails grew along its edges, providing me with swords, canes and magic...

February 20, 2017

I always dreaded the long autobahn drive to my Omi’s house. Two hours cramped up in the backseat of my parent’s car with nothing to do was the bane of little kid me’s existence. I couldn’t look out the window and daydream, because when you’re going 130 kilometers, everything outside the car becomes one green and gray blur. Music or audiobooks wasn’t an option, because my dad would have his long, boring, and loud telephone conf...

February 20, 2017

To define open mindedness as simply the basis of being receptive to the world is to oversimplify this virtue. Open mindedness is dedication to inquiry, logic and thought. This three-pronged buttress, upon which all reason lies, is essential to human interaction and the avoidance of bigotry.

While there is no real literature on Socratic open mindedness, we can infer his beliefs through his teachings and how he himself lived. He...

February 20, 2017

A rechad er Belau sel le bo er a chei, sel luut el mera beluu eng diak el dil lomdasu er tir.

In Palau, “when someone goes fishing, they bring back fish for the whole community rather than just for themselves.” They are generous and like taking care of eachother, no matter the circumstance. This is why Dibuk (Buki) Seid is excited to return one day. It is the place that holds her “most important footsteps.”

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February 20, 2017

It’s hard to commit to living at a school for up to four years under most circumstances, but imagine the leap of faith it would require if you had never seen your own campus before the day you moved in. HPA has 200 students living on their campus, most of them coming from families that live thousands of miles away. One important factor that sets HPA apart from other boarding schools is the beautiful campus. That’s an easy clai...

February 20, 2017

It’s hard to underestimate the complexity involved in any activity as simple as grabbing a pencil. This basic activity alone requires the coordination of hundreds of thousands of neurons to receive and fire their own signals, each at a specific times and certain points in space, stimulating specific muscle cells. It seems like a miracle that we would ever be able to replicate these processes using man made devices, but the tec...

February 20, 2017

My “one true home” is not what you would expect. There are no beautiful flowers to gaze at or an overstuffed, silk upholstered chair for me to fall into after a long day. There is not a soft bed or a warm bath waiting for me. No hot meal is displayed on a shiny, dining room table. There are no windows to look out of and no view of any kind, but this room has a beautiful view that changes everyday.  

My “room” is a garage and it...

February 20, 2017

Dawn breaks briskly, dew drips off the leaves and other campers slumber cozily in their sleeping bags, zipped in a maze of multi-colored tents scattered across the sparkling grass as we hardcore divers yank on our wetsuits and head out to sea. The pitch black road twists through the gnarled and weathered California Red Woods, leading to the ocean. Bets are being made. Who will capture the biggest abalone today?

Dragging our unw...

February 20, 2017

I remember hiking up Laelae on the first day back from school when I asked Bruce Kim what he had done over the summer. With a big smile, he explained that he went to math program: eight hours of math a day for six weeks. Bruce is one of the most passionate people I know, and he continued to follow his passions this summer by traveling to Hampshire College in Amherst Massachusetts. There he was able to learn the basics of advan...

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