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By A. E. Housman


this is my favorite poem. I learned it a few years ago. it was written to commemorate the death of a track sstudent.






The time you won your town the race
We chaired you through the market-place;
Man and boy stood cheering by,
And home we brought you shoulder-high.


Today, the road all runners come,
Shoulder-high we bring you home,
And set you at your threshold down,
Townsman of a stiller town.


Smart lad, to slip betimes away
From fields where glory does not stay,
And early though the laurel grows
It withers quicker than the rose.


Eyes the shady night has shut
Cannot see the record cut,
And silence sounds no worse than cheers
After earth has stopped the ears.


Now you will not swell the rout
Of lads that wore their honours out,
Runners whom renown outran
And the name died before the man.


So set, before its echoes fade,
The fleet foot on the sill of shade,
And hold to the low lintel up
The still-defended challenge-cup.


And round that early-laurelled head
Will flock to gaze the strengthless dead,
And find unwithered on its curls
The garland briefer than a girl’s.


The book Leviathan is a very interesting story.  It depicts a time in 1914 after the Archduke of Germany is assassinated.  The world is plunged into a war between the Clanker Army and the Darwinists. One, the Clanker Army puts its faith in huge war machines while the other, the Darwinists, fabricates horrible beasts. Caught in the middle of it are two kids: Alek, a boy who was once a prince, runs from the country he was destined to inherit and Deryn,  a girl passing as a boy to serve in the military. One’s a clanker the other a Darwinist, but when fate brings them together they must combine forces to survive.

I thoroughly enjoyed this book. It was full of action and extremely well written and (much to the dismay of some of my teachers) I couldn’t put it down. I hung on the end of each word and found it impossible to read less than a couple chapters at a time. After I was finished I was heartbroken to find that the next book wouldn’t be out till October. I truly recommend it.



The stonecutter

He simply cut stone

One rock an hour

Till he moved mountains


He moved boulders

All day and all night

Till one day

He saw it


And winced

It laughed at him

It was

The sun


He wished to be the sun

And he was

 Larger than all

Killing crops with no remorse


But he felt himself moving

Drifting in the wind

He wished to be the sun

And he was


He blew the leaves off trees

And spun gales

But one thing could not move

Mountains, great and tall


He wished to be a mountain

And he was

He was unmovable

The strongest, no one could climb him


But he felt himself shrinking

Growing smaller and smaller

What could cause this? He looked down and saw

The stone cutter



Kabooom!! That was the sound heard by no one. This reporter stands here in the remnants of the crater of the largest non-nuclear explosion in the last hundred years. Many are asking what caused such a momentous explosion. As of right now, we aren’t sure. The assembled faithful took this as a sigh from above that the end of times was near. The scientists who witnessed the aftermath of the explosion looked for more a natural based explanation

“All rise the honorable judge William F. Thompson presiding”

“Please be seated,” I said. I had a feeling this was going to be a long day. I heard the opening statements. It was the trial to decide what was to blame for the recent explosion, and many were hoping this would finally decide which was the one true faith: science or religion.

The truth is, this was one of the weakest trials I had ever seen. There was almost no evidence to support either argument, but at the same time, I wanted to see which side would do best making something with nothing, (by which I mean make a case out of a lack of evidence and supporting details.)

 I sat back and listened to the two lawyers dook it out as if both thought their side was certain to win. The first was Mr. Johnson, defending science, and Mr. Stephenson, defending religion.

I wasn’t sure how this would end but I thought someone would end up moving for dismissal, and I would approve in a heartbeat, I was actually almost asleep when it all went wrong…

As Mr. Johnson was saying; “And even though they claim it was an act of God, no one even saw the explosion…”

           “Wait!” said a man whom then opened the doors and strolled in with a tape in his hand. He walked up to my Podium and pretended he was trying to talk quietly, but I knew that he wanted us all to hear what he had to say.

Good thing it’s illegal to broadcast court proceedings in this state, I thought, because this guy looked a few oars short of a raft.

He set the tape down a told me it was from a camera a few hundred yards from the blast, placed there by the government to monitor weather patterns, and before it was destroyed, the camera picked up a recording of the explosion. When we finally got to the tape, you could clearly see a small metal box tear itself apart and turn into a huge fireball. After the tape was verified, I was about to bang the little hammer, (my favorite part of the job) when another guy barged in. actually it was two guys, (about 6 feet tall) one was baled, both were wearing sunglasses. They too walked up to the podium and I snickered,

“Who are you supposed to be, the men in black?”

 “No sir” the first one replied then the second on said; “but we are fans of theirs.” “Tell me, have you ever seen their movies?”

 “Yes” I replied

“Then you must know what this is” said number one, and as he said this, he took a small metallic tube with a small red dot on it out of his pocket, and before I could reply the other one said “you see 20 years ago paleontologists found a cave containing artifacts and drawings, and, well, I won’t go into detail but in it was the proof religious people needed” “and that’s what was in the box along with all the technology we found in the cave.” “what do you mean?” I said, “well as it turns out the Catholics were eons ahead of us as well” then the one who hadn’t said much said, “emphases on were

“So science and religion don’t even exist”

 “No sir”

“And why are you telling me this” I asked

“Because when you wake up you won’t remember a thing,” he said. “ Unfortunately, our technology isn’t perfected yet, unlike the Catholics was, so only most of the people in this room will survive”

 “I will not rest till I stop this!” I screamed

“Actually sir, you will” then the other one held up the metallic tube and pushed the button. I passed out, but the last thing I remember was seeing their emotionless faces as they walked out, it almost looked as if they had done this before. 





















































There are many reasons why one would want to vacation in Hershey Pa They have museums theme parks and the crown jewel the Hershey chocolate factory they have either invented or bought over 500 types of candy and are manufacturing them now. They also have one of the first 300 chocolate bars ever made by Hershey AND their own hockey team called the Hershey bears. In conclusion Hershey Pennsylvania is both a fun vacation spot and a great place to live.









By Gus



Yellowstone is the world’s first National Park. Yellowstone is bigger than the states of Rhoda Island and Delaware combined. There are camping grounds and Native American reservations, but other than that not very many people live there. Yellowstone National Park is 3472 square miles wide.  The park is located mainly in the state of Wyoming but 4% of it is in both Montana and Idaho. The temperature can range from 9 to 80 degrees. The record low is -66, and the record high is 89. I would like to visit Yellowstone and see Old Faithful ,but not when it’s 66 below.




The awesomest essay ever! 






There are both many similarities and differences between sal and her best friend phoebe I will start with the similarities; for starters sal and phoebe both go through the same emotional stress over the loss of their moms, though they do it at a different rate and time, as sal progresses slowly and never truly exits some of the stages of grief phoebe goes through it in about a month and is barley bettered by the experience at all, the only effect is that a half brother seemingly popped out of thin air and stole her mothers former self leaving a new and better mother. The second point I would like to discuss has to do with their origins phoebe comes from a snotty suburban family described as “having poles for spines,” whereas sals family lived on a farm and is very laid back, they eat blackberries and feed chickens and climb trees and this is not a personality difference but rather it defines personality differences between the two. Sal is laid back and experienced in everything she dose, but phoebe is always so frantic and jittery plus she makes no yokel, down home references at all, unlike Sal that is who annoyingly makes one about every two seconds.

by gus



Comments (7)

Matt H said

at 11:46 am on Oct 1, 2009

Go to Nick's page and go into the comments to watch his video!!!

Gus said

at 12:58 pm on Oct 21, 2009


Andrea said

at 2:03 pm on Jan 27, 2010

interesting page, gus.

David said

at 8:20 pm on Feb 1, 2010

gus u trator! why did u work jp!

John M said

at 2:01 pm on Feb 5, 2010

Gus, you ARE a traitor. Even I admit it. (oh, and David? you spelled 'traitor' wrong.

John M said

at 1:22 pm on Feb 16, 2010

Ha Ha Ha. (oh, and John Lawrence says you are a traitor too) :) (oh, and yes, I do know that I forgot to put a second parenthesi on my last comment.) :(

Gus said

at 3:42 pm on Jun 7, 2010


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