Thursday, December 15, 2016

8th Grade Winter Instrumental Concert

I played bass in our Winter Instrumental Concert. The orchestra was 7th and 8th graders, combined. We played:
• Rondo from "Eine Kleine Nachtmusik" - W.A. Mozart arr. Carrie Lane Gruselle
• Symphony Concertante - Karl von Dittersdorf
• Beethoven, Inc. - arr. Richard Meyer
• Don't Stop Believin' - Journey

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Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Family Immigration Project

I did a research assignment on my family's history and immigration experience for school. This is what I wrote about my family immigration experience.

Friday, July 22, 2016

Frost Valley Main Coast Camp

This was my first time camping with Frost Valley. I went camping from July 10 to 22. I had a lot of fun and would like to go again.

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Thursday, May 12, 2016

7th Grade Spring Orchestra Concert

We had our Middle School Spring Orchestra Concert. After the 6th graders finished, we performed with the 8th graders. We performed some really good songs:

• Fantasia on an Original Theme by Joseph J. Phillips
• Themes from the Moldau by Bedrich Smetana/arranged by Robert S. Frost
• Concerto No. 5 (1st Movement) by F. Seitz
• Overture (from the "Barber of Seville") by Rossini/arranged by Harry Alshin

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Thursday, December 17, 2015

7th Grade Winter Instrumental Concert

I played bass in our Winter Instrumental Concert. The orchestra was 7th and 8th graders, combined. We played:
• Las Palmas
• Serenade No. 9 "Posthorn" (finale)
• Canadian Legend
• Miracle on 34th Street
• ABBA Medley (I Have A Dream/Mamma Mia)

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Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja

For my Fall Outside Reading project, I decided to read Secrets of the JavaScript Ninja by Bear Bibeault and John Resig and write code based on some of the functions described in the book. I had a lot of fun completing this project, but I almost bit off more than I could chew and had to scramble to finish. When I presented my project a lot of my friends didn't understand what I was talking about, but my teacher thought I did a good job.

Full presentation below:

Sunday, November 22, 2015

Fall 2015 Travel Soccer

We finished our soccer season second to last in the league. Despite the losses, I really enjoyed this season and learned a lot of new skills and techniques. At one point I was annoyed because my coach moved me from stopper to sweeper. Stopper is my favorite position and the one that I am best at, while sweeper is the most defensive position on the field. This was annoying because my team-mate, who was put in as stopper preferred playing sweeper, and was better at it. Even though I would have preferred if my coach had switched our positions, I learned more about how many of the positions fit together. This year we tried a new formation called 4-2-3-1. This system encourages defenders to be more active during the game, which is a real bonus. This has been a fun year and I can't wait till next season.

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Sunday, October 25, 2015

Guardians of the Flame #8: Not Exactly the Three Musketeers

I just finished reading the 8th book of The Guardians of the Flame series, Not Exactly the Three Musketeers. This book stood out from other books in the series because instead of following around the extremely overused starting characters from Earth, most of this story follows Pirojil, Durine, Kethol, and Erenor, ordinary people from the Eren regions. Throughout this book Pirojil, Durine, Kethol, and Erenor are traversing back and forth from a corrupt capital to corrupt barony. There isn't really one antagonist, just a lot of corrupt politics. The back and forth from corruption over years has taught Pirojil that the job of a soldier is to die, and it doesn't matter what the soldiers think.

Next I'll read Not Quite Scaramouche.

Monday, September 28, 2015

Modified Soccer 2015

At the beginning of the year, I found out that as a 7th grader I would be eligible for autumn modified sports. I signed up for soccer a long with some of my friends from Rye Youth Soccer. The biggest difference between RYS and Modified is the competitiveness. This is partially because Modified has 7th and 8th graders, but also because schools are encouraged to be competitive. I enjoyed this season more than the RYS season, because there was a community built up around the team and this was more competitive. I can't wait till next season.

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Tuesday, September 15, 2015

Beardsley Zoo

Today, the Degnans, Mom, Andrea, and I went to the Beardsley Zoo. Even though it wasn't as good as the Bronx Zoo, I had a lot of fun. When we came in,  I took a map and went off by myself to find one of the exhibits. I looked all around the secluded courtyard area on the map, but I couldn't find it. When we went to eat lunch in the crowded, dirty, hot lunch area, I mentioned the courtyard with no exhibits and no one around. We went to eat there, and enjoyed the shade.

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