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I lived until the age of seven in an alabaster-colored brick house in Appleton, Wisconsin with my six brothers and sisters. We were a suburban and dysfunctional family, all of my siblings except for my twin sister were my halfsiblings, and the youngest of them was 14 years older than my twin sister, Livi, and me. I had a great childhood, filled with laughter, going to the swimming pool on Mead St. every summer weekend, and making snowmen in the front yard during the cold Wisconsin winters. Every year, since I was Ex activ tra-curric six weeks old until I was seven, we took a family trip to itie ular Runaway Bay, Jamaica. These are my most vivid memories, • Vos: l l and I am pretty sure that these were the best times of my e y • L ball childhood. All of the family was together, nobody had a care • Yeit Mag in the world for that one week. It was all reggae music, great • S arbook ust Jamaican food, and swimming in the ocean. Club ainability When I turned seven, the youngest of my older halfFavorite siblings moved out and my mom, my dad, and my sister Albums: bey Road, and I moved to Anthem, Arizona. I lived in Anthem until fifth • Ab s e grade, and my memories from living there include being on tl a e B e Th d the swim team, a lot of birthday pool parties, and crappy in h e • Get B n, The elementary school embarrassing moments. At the start of ta a Me S es ip sixth grade, I moved to Cave Creek. And the rest is history… tr S e it Wh ac Just kidding. My adventures in Cave Creek started F r e b b u • R in middle school. Oh, Desert Arroyo… all I remember about e h tory, T s y e you is your terribly awkward and sometimes viscous student K k Blac body, and your rules about PDA. If anything over the last 18 years taught me about the harsh realities of life, it was you. After that sad sigh of three years, in which my parents got divorced and I had a mouthful of metal, I moved on to high school at Cactus Shadows. I can definitely say with 100% certainty that I am a completely different person now, as an 1. The Coen Brothers (The Big Lebowski, O Brother, My dad and almost-high school graduate, with different values, differWhere Art Thou?, True Grit) me swimming 2. Wes Anderson (The Darjeeling Limited, Fantastic Mr. ent likes and dislikes, and different beliefs, than I was as a in Jamaica. freshman. Fox, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, The Royal Tenen Since that first day of high school, I have learned baums) 3. David Fincher (The Social Network, The Girl With the how to drive a car, how to pull an all-nighter writing a fivepage research paper that’s due the next day, and how to Dragon Tattoo, Se7en) successfully emerge from the hoi polloi of Cactus Shadows 4. Peter Jackson (The Lord of the Rings Trilog y) students into an individual who never fails to question the 5. Joe Wright (Pride & Prejudice, Atonement) boring rituals of everyday life. I have discovered some of the (Below) Me, chowing down on some corn 6. Jean-Pierre Jeunet (Amélie) best movies and music I have ever heard or seen, and I have on the cob at my house in Wisconsin. found my own style, past all of the Juicy Coutures and Hollisters in North Scottsdale. 1. A Thousand Splendid Suns by Khaled Hosseini Enough of my history, let’s talk 2. Pride & Prejudice by Jane Austen about the present. I love to travel and 3. Looking For Alaska by John Green see places outside of my little world, 4. The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho places that show me how insignificant 5. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas my problems are.One person that I look Adams up to is my dad. He started my love of 6. The Hobbit by J.R.R. Tolkien movies, my love of Johnny Cash, and 7. Journey to Ixtlan by Carlos Castaneda my belief in the fact that you have to be 8. Franny and Zooey by J.D. Salinger kind. His nickname is Gary J the Practi9. Cry, the Beloved Country by Alan Paton cal Guy, and he is very friendly and wise. 10. The Hunger Games Trilog y by Suzanne Collins I have three nephews and three nieces and I love each one of them with all of my heart. I like to laugh, watch movies, and eat doughnuts. When I’m not work1. The Beatles ing at Pei Wei, I enjoy my free time. I fear 2. Bon Iver public speaking and losing family mem3. The White Stripes bers, and I dislike ignorance, mushrooms, 4. Creedence Clearwater Revival and sunlight in my eyes. 5. Edward Sharpe and the Magnetic Zeroes That’s basically all you need to 6. The Black Keys know about me, if not way more informa7. The Kinks tion than you needed. 8. Phish 9. The Beach Boys

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(Above) My sister and I in our house in Cave Creek.

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My sister and me in Rocky Point, Mexico, after being buried by our brothers.

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Alex Johnson