May it please the Court,
This past weekend, while everyone else was up north cheering for the Big Blue at Exeter, Andover Mock Trial headed a bit further south to Harvard for a mock trial training conference.
Before leaving, I insisted on touching the famous foot of John Harvard!
The two-day seminar featured high schoolers from all over the country, come to learn techniques from Harvard College’s very own mock trial team.
We sat in on lectures that covered everything from how to be an effective and entertaining witness to how to be a lawyer who commands attention. Objections, courtroom etiquette, and case preparation were just some of the many areas covered in the lectures. They were immensely helpful and I couldn’t wait to apply what I’ve learned! During our breaks, it was also a lot of fun hanging out in Harvard Yard and Harvard Square, and the seminar was a good bonding exercise for PA Mock Trial.
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At Andover, every student is required to take a Music elective, and the Music Department offers a huge range of courses to choose from such as introductory music, music history, improvisation, AP music, film scoring, electronic music, and – wait. What? Electronic music?
Hafsat Abiola’92, this year’s Finis Origine Pendet speaker, truly inspired me with her speech during all school meeting this week. Hafsat Abiola spoke about how her journey at Andover inspired her to fight for civil rights in Nigeria. Abiola’s mother sent her to Andover in the hopes that her daughter would have more opportunities for a better life. While Abiola was in the states attending Andover and later Harvard College, both of her parents were assassinated. They were killed for attempting to create a democracy in Nigeria. However, this did not stop Abiola. After finishing her schooling, she returned to Nigeria to continue the mission her parents started. In Nigeria, she founded the Kudirat Initiative for Democracy, an organization that works to end violence against women and give women a voice in society. Continue reading
Let me show you a little tidbit my partner and I wrote in English class the other day:
“The author likens music to violence to illustrate the way in which he dominates a crowd of people. Throughout the main three stanzas, he uses adjectives like “poisonous” and “deadly” while juxtaposing these phrases with images of music. When referencing the loudness of the speakers, the author claims that the speakers “boom,” after which he states that he is killing “your brain like a poisonous mushroom.” The author also likens himself to the light in the dark, saying that when the lights are turned off, he glows and lights up the stage, just as a bomb detonation shines bright in the night. All of his music references, such as the bass kicking in, or hearing the cymbal, are immediately followed by violence, saying that he, the author, cooks MCs “like a pound of bacon.” He makes the humans of the crowd seem like boring dull darkness that is broken by his light. He dominates them by shining brightly, obliterating their darkness with his music, his violence, and his light.”
What’s this all about? Read on as I share with you (in no particular order) some of the weirdest things I’ve ever had to write for English in Andover. Continue reading
I stopped to take this picture on my way to tennis practice and thought I would share!
Hi! For those of you who are new visitors to Andover Snapshots, I’d like to formally introduce myself. Among other things, I’m Alexis. It’s good to meet you.
I’m a two-year lower (sophomore) from Lake Wylie, South Carolina, and I’m super excited to be starting my second year as a blogger for Andover Snapshots. In honor of the kickoff of my 10th year of schooling, I’ve decided to start a small series of blogs called Ten Things I Love About Andover. Each week (or two or three), I’ll be sharing some of my favorite things about Andover.
The Addison Art Gallery had it’s fall opening reception last Friday. Finely dressed PA students, staff, and Andover natives alike gathered in the grand but imposing edifice to view new seasonal exhibitions (including the Kennedy assassination-themed Flash Back— November 22, 1963 and the taxidermy/taxonomy-inspired James Prosek: The Spaces in Between). As I munched on the yummy appetizers and made chit chat with teachers and peers, I marveled at how much the gallery I have grown to know and love has changed over the course of one summer. Continue reading
Sundays are fairly slow things at Andover. Since all the main events of the weekend have gone on over Friday and Saturday, nothing big happens on Sunday, so most students tend to just relax, or more likely, finish whatever homework they have left. Since it’s the start of a new year, things haven’t even really started swinging on the weekends. Continue reading
After 95 days, we’re back! I have to be honest…I was looking forward to the start of school this year. Is that super nerdy of me to say? Don’t get me wrong I love summer. Beach during the day, barbecues at night, endless R&R. It doesn’t get much better. In fact, this summer was probably my best summer. The highlight for me was the vacation to Europe I went on with my family. We went to London, Paris, and Portofino. The food was on another level of deliciousness. There really is something magical about French macaroons and croissants. Am I right? I’m totally right. Continue reading