The Cost of Consumerism

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The Cost of Consumerism

{IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT} “The Cost of Consumption“ is a deep-dive into The Great Gatsby, exploring the brand of consumption endemic to the American experience and its follies.

Originally created for Connie Stavrakas, American Lang & Literature


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Momento Mori

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Momento Mori

{BEYOND THE CLASSROOM} Personal reflection on loss and what gives life meaning by Amelia Wyatt. Written originally for the application of Yale Young Global Scholars.

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Growing Pains

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Growing Pains

{IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT} A reflection on Growing Pains as a child.

Small anecdote about a the importance of doing all things well.

Originally created for Connie Stavrakas, American Lang & Literature


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An Inquiry into Absence

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An Inquiry into Absence

{IN-CLASS ASSIGNMENT} A rhetorical analysis on Suzanne Bern’s “Ground Zero”.

Originally created for Connie Stavrakas, American Lang & Literature

Cannon School

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Magonov's Example

Magonov's Example

[Beyond the Classroom] A flash-fiction horror piece that reflects on the ramifications of the “entertainment age”.

Originally written personally for publication/application to Iowa’s Writer Workshop.

  REACHING MY $100,000 GOAL FOR LA ESCUELITA

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REACHING MY $100,000 GOAL FOR LA ESCUELITA

Starting back in midsummer, my goal was to raise $100,000 for the local bilingual preschool program La Escuelita San Alban, whether it be from book sales or through individual donors.

I want to let you all know that I have since reached my fundraising goal! It has been a deeply enriching and fulfilling experience to do this. People have been so responsive to the cause, and it’s because of people’s interest and generosity regarding La Escuelita that we are here today. This $100,000 means not only a lot for me personally but a lot for the school in general; for the next two years,  La Escuelita will be able to enjoy financial security, further allowing them to prepare Hispanic children in the Lake Norman area for kindergarten. This is a very formative time in the program’s growth, and this milestone will serve it in its ambitions to enrich the lives of Hispanics through education.

I plan to continue fundraising and staying involved with the program’s growth. I want to thank everyone who has given, talked about, and got involved with La Escuelita and the fundraising goal. It is truly a group endeavor, and it’s something that is going to directly aid the lives of people in our community right now.

Thank you all so much.

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A Summer Well Spent

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A Summer Well Spent

When asking most teenagers what they did over the summer, some might say they went to the pool, others might say the beach, even. But as for Mary Harris? Well, she’d say she biked 1300 miles across Europe, of course. Click to find out more about Mary’s adventure.

This is an article published in the Davidson Voice, October, 2017. 

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The Importance of Bees

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The Importance of Bees

 BEES – arguably nature’s greatest pollinators, responsible for one third of our global food supply, and generally, one of the most overlooked facets of the ecosystem. Click to learn about the bees.

This is an article published in the Davidson Voice, April 11th, 2017. 

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On Luck and Belief

On Luck and Belief

LUCK - defined by Merriam Webster as “a force that brings good fortune or adversity.” It’s something that’s formative in all our lives, whether we intend it to be or not. Click more to find out about luck in the context of Avery Caswell’s book, aptly named: Luck: A Collection of Facts, Fiction, Incantations & Verse

This is an article published in the Davidson Voice, March, 2017. 

Meet Aretha - The Therapy Dog

Meet Aretha - The Therapy Dog

Meet Aretha, the Therapy Dog!

While many people around Davidson may know our long-standing Mayor, Mr. John Woods, and his wife, Diana Woods, perhaps not all know about his flat-coated retriever named Aretha. Click for more.

This is an article published in the Davidson Voice, December 10th, 2016.