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God and the Seven Days of Creation by Jasmin Peterson, Class of 2022


Lessons from Shakepeare Contirubuting to the 2-3 Death of Ophelia Kings Hamlet and Claudiua


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On day One God made light when there was none. The light was called Day and the dark was called Night. This was just the beginning of God’s great might. Despite all this, God’s work was not yet done. On day Two God made clouds and skies so blue. It was just another step in his amazing plan. He used this as a way to show He is greater than any man. The sky was the only beginning of all the world knew. On day Three God separated the land from the seas. It was truly a beautiful sight. As the sun set over the water just right. And on the land God made plants, grass and trees. On day Four God made stars, the sun and the moon. During the day the sun shines bright. The stars will guide you through the night. Now day nor night would arrive too soon. On day Five God made the fish and the birds. With animals in the air and the sea. God did it all with ease. The world in creation can just from his words.

On day Six God completed a great feat. God created animals to live on the land. And out of great love he also created woman and man. God’s work on the earth was now complete. Day Seven was especially blessed. God’s was content and lived his creation. His amazing work exceeded all expectations. The seventh day is for worship and God’s rest.

Lessons From Shakespeare How did Ophelia and the Other Characters Contribute to her Death? by Tiffany Franklin, Class of 2021 Imagine you are in a situation where your parent tells you to do one thing, but you or your feelings toward another person wish to do another. This is very common for people of all kinds, including play characters such as Ophelia. In Hamlet by William Shakespeare, the character Ophelia is placed in this exact position, between her father’s commands and her love for Hamlet. This divide causes confusion and frustration that brings Ophelia’s fall into insanity and later her own demise. These conflicts, however, were not Ophelia’s fault in the first place and while, yes, it is partly in the way she handled them, Ophelia is not the only one at fault for her own demise and the pain that caused it. For starters, it is assumed that Hamlet and Ophelia’s relationship has gone on since before the start of the play, so it is already a given that they share some type of feelings for one another. “POLONIUS […] What is between you? Give me up the truth.

OPHELIA He hath, my lord, of late made many tenders Of his affection to me.” (Hamlet. 1.3: 98-100) Even without that assumption, Hamlet’s professions of love as Ophelia sees them reveal how he feels, “My lord, he hath importuned me with love/In honorable fashion.” (Hamlet 1.3: 110). However, after having been commanded by her father, Ophelia must cut ties with Hamlet, which to her seems to have driven him mad. After entering her quarters and fighting with her own internal struggle, Ophelia is left confused, believing what she has done in obeying her father has hurt her beloved but as a woman of this time, cannot do anything. This goes on, and she continues to obey her father by spying on Hamlet, ruining their relationship even more, now leaving Ophelia torn between whom to choose. Hamlet does not help poor Ophelia’s current state, either, by insulting her and later claiming he didn’t love her: “You should not have believed me, for/virtue cannot so inoculate our old stock/but we shall relish of it. I loved you not.” (Hamlet. 3.1: 121-123) With this confession, Hamlet has now solidified Ophelia’s heartbreak and her continued feelings of frustration and uncertainty. These feelings, now ingrained into her from how Hamlet has treated her, drive Ophelia to become of unsound mind and after, die. Hamlet’s puzzling behavior and cruel words drives Ophelia over the edge and causes her death.


Along with Ophelia’s relationship with Hamlet, comes her loyalty to her father. As a woman of this time, Ophelia is obligated to obey her father as well as bound by the Bible to do so as well. Exodus 20:12 commands, “Honor your father and your mother, that your

days may be long in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.” In an attempt to follow this verse and remain true to her father, Ophelia is put into an even more compromising situation. Ophelia is told to use the hold they believe she has on Hamlet’s feelings in order to spy on him, but she feels guilty for betraying him. Her guilt and irritation further her descent and continues to bring her to the edge of irrationality, making her unable to think straight. Polonius uses his authority as Ophelia’s father to command her to betray Hamlet, which is a misuse of his power, driving Ophelia on to her passing. Ophelia’s untimely death, being caused by (madness courtesy of) Polonius and Hamlet, rather than by suicide, deserves better treatment than it received. Of course, Polonius is already dead before Ophelia and cannot do much to honor his daughter, but Hamlet, as retribution for his actions, can. Hamlet, being a large contributor to Ophelia’s fall, should insist upon a proper Christian burial, for she had already been left with her head and face up as are the formal motions of one. They’ve already gone that far, why stop there? If not for that reason, Hamlet most likely knew that she hadn’t died purposely, being aware that she had been used to spy on him. With that knowledge, he should have pursued the case of a more formal burial for a woman who fell ill and met her downfall. All in all, Ophelia’s death was caused by Polonius and Hamlet, by how they treated her and placed her in the middle of their own animosity. Hamlet bewildered Ophelia and confused her feelings, leaving her with no answers to how he truly felt or what was really going on, and Polonius misused his power as a man and her father to control what she did for the worst. The bottom line is, Ophelia is not the only one at fault for her passing; she was torn between whom to be loyal to and to whom to stay true.

Works Cited The Bible: English Standard Version. Bible Gateway, Accessed 30 April 2019. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet. Columbia: Independently published, 2019.


Similarities and Differences between Kings Hamlet and Claudius by Bailey Lane, Class of 2021 The intriguing fact that two people can be related by blood, but have incredibly different beliefs is fascinating. The measures that certain people take to gain what they desire truly reflects the evil that manifests itself within mankind. Furthermore, In William Shakespeare’s Hamlet , the two characters Claudius and the former King Hamlet have a plethora of differences. For instance, their rule of Denmark, their lineage, their love for the same woman all serve as comparisons between the brothers. On the other hand, Claudius exhibits jealousy that leads to extreme measures, lies that encompass him in a deep web of wickedness, and a rule of Denmark that dreadfully produces pain for the kingdom, but the former King Hamlet parallels justice along with the desire of peace, he embraces honesty and compassion, and lastly during his lifetime he has made Denmark an honorable and respected kingdom. Ultimately, the two brothers are very much alike, but their differences drive the tragedy in the play. First, Claudius and King Hamlet are brothers. Claudius betrays his own blood by killing his brother, due to his bloodthirsty desire to be king. He takes the most extreme measure so that he can not only steal the kingdom, but also steal his brother’s wife. Both men have a deep love for Gertrude, Hamlet’s mother. Claudius lures her into his carefully detailed web of lies. She has been, and continues to be deceived by Claudius, and this deception leads to Hamlet feeling overwhelmed with rage. Hamlet knows the truth behind Claudius’s lies, and time after time he had longed for his mother to know that she is married to the enemy. For instance, during a heated argument between Gertrude and Hamlet, Hamlet says, “Look here, upon this picture, and on this. The counterfeit presentment of two brothers. See what a grace was seated on this brow; A combination and a form indeed, Where every god did seem to set his seal To give the world assurance of a man; This was your husband. Look you now, what follows; Here is your husband; like a mildew'd ear Blasting his wholesome brother." ( Hamlet , 3.4:63-65 & 70-75)

1st Peter 2:1 says, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.”

Hamlet urges his mother to realize that Claudius is a murderer, and that in his father’s lifetime he was a wholesome man that deserves life. Next, both characters desire to obtain the throne. Although both have this desire, the characters rule in very different ways. King Hamlet rules with peace and justice, which leads the Kingdom towards prosperity. Contrastingly, Claudius rules the kingdom with dominance and lies, which in the long run leads to the corruption of the kingdom. Claudius goes to far extremes to get the throne, while King Hamlet was able to inherit the throne. Furthermore, although both characters have some similarities, there are far more differences. Secondly, Claudius’ deep jealousy of his brother leads him to killing him. He allows hatred to fill his heart. This hatred and jealousy develops into a monster that deceives himself into believing that he can justify his actions. 1st Peter 2:1 says, “Therefore, rid yourselves of all malice and all deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander of every kind.” Instead of ridding himself of deceit, hypocrisy, envy, and slander, he allows these things to build up and take over his common sense. His loss of common sense leads him beyond boundaries that should never be crossed. Obviously, murdering his brother was an act of sin that came from a deep pit of darkness. Exodus 23:7 says, “Have nothing to do with a false charge and do not put an innocent or honest person to death, for I will not acquit the guilty.” King Hamlet parallels honesty and innocence, but Claudius represents evil and injustice. Furthermore, in the play, Hamlet’s father appears to him in the form of a ghost. The ghost tells Hamlet the following, (continued on page 5) 4

GHOST Revenge his foul and most unnatural murder. HAMLET Murder? GHOST Murder most foul, as in the best it is, But this most foul, strange, and unnatural. HAMLET Haste me to know 't, that I, with wings as swift As meditation or the thoughts of love, May sweep to my revenge. ( Hamlet, 1.5:31-37) The ghost explains to Hamlet that he was killed in a foul and unnatural murder. This leads to Hamlet desiring to establish justice for his father’s murder. Hamlet realizes that Claudius is the enemy, and that he must fight for his father’s legacy. Once again, another contrast arises when evaluating the lengths King Hamlet and Claudius would go to get what they desire. King Hamlet promotes fairness and justice, but Claudius encourages lies, injustice, and cruelty. Moreover, the fact that Claudius sinks down to a level so deep and shallow truly reflects what mankind has become. Galatians 5:19-21 says, “The acts of the flesh are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchGalatians 5:19-21 says, “The acts of ery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of the flesh are obvious: sexual rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; immorality, impurity and debauchery; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish inherit the kingdom of God.” The actions that the Bible ambition, dissensions, factions and speaks of directly parallel the wretched actions that Claudius envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. commits. In addition, Claudius has a deep sense of unfulfillI warn you, as I did before, that those ment welling up deep within him. This grew into hatred, who live like this will not inherit the which soon developed into murder. Claudius seeks fulfillkingdom of God.” ment in ways that he thought would satisfy him, but he was unfortunately faces more difficulties, such as Hamlet. Hamlet realizes the truth behind Claudius’s deceitful manner and treacherous actions. Hamlet has a very difficult time reasoning through the fact that his uncle killed his father and stole his wife. He began questioning everything and he realizes who his true friends are. Hamlet says, ”To be, or not to be: that is the question: Whether ‘tis nobler in the mind to suffer The slings and arrows of outrageous fortune, Or to take arms against a sea of troubles, And by opposing end them? To die: to sleep; No more; and by a sleep to say we end The heart-ache and the thousand natural shocks That flesh is heir to, ‘tis a consummation Devoutly to be wish’d. To die, to sleep; To sleep: perchance to dream: ay, there’s the rub; For in that sleep of death what dreams may come When we have shuffled off this mortal coil, Must give us pause: there’s the respect That makes calamity of so long life; (continued on page 6…) 5

(Hamlet and Claudius, continued from page 5…) For who would bear the whips and scorns of time, The oppressor’s wrong, the proud man’s contumely, The pangs of despised love, the law’s delay, The insolence of office and the spurns That patient merit of the unworthy takes, When he himself might his quietus make With a bare bodkin? ( Hamlet , 3.1:64-84) Hamlet was facing serious life altering decisions. He was considering taking his life. Similarly, Christians must not allow trials and broken relationships to alter their lives. They must remain strong in their faith and evaluate their life with the mindset that they are on the earth equipped with a passion and purpose. This relates to Claudius and King Hamlet in the way that King Hamlet puts his faith in the good people surrounding him and the kingdom, but Claudius allows himself to slip into the Galatians 6:7 says, “Do treacherous hands of evil that blindly deceive him into killing his not be deceived: God is brother. Galatians 6:7 says, “Do not be deceived: God is not not mocked, for whatever mocked, for whatever one sows, that will he also reap.” Throughout the play, Claudius sows evil, and he ultimately one sows, that will he reaps death. Moreover, King Hamlet, before death, is genuinely also reap.” satisfied with his position his life. He has the kingdom, a wife, and a son, and he feels fulfillment. At the same time, Claudius feels discontentment in many aspects of his life to the point where he covets everything his brother has. However, despite the fact that Claudius is able to gain everything his brother once possessed, there happens to be one exception to his master plan, and that is Hamlet. Claudius experiences deep hatred towards Hamlet which propels him towards desperate lengths, such as planning Hamlet’s death. The feeling is mutual, because Hamlet also displays hatred towards Claudius, and in the end kills Claudius. King Hamlet, in his life, has never considered killing his own son because he deeply cares for Hamlet. The most frightening part of this tortuous play is the fact that Hamlet’s qualities actually resemble Claudius’s more than those of his own father. Hamlet has killed Polonius in an attempt to kill Claudius, he has aggressively spoken to women, he has committed treacherous actions based on emotion alone. Hamlet exemplifies Claudius’ behavior. He says that he is getting revenge for his father, but in reality he is torturing himself by becoming more like his villainous uncle. Furthermore, violence manifests itself within both Hamlet and Claudius, but King Hamlet exemplifies peace and honesty. In conclusion, King Hamlet and Claudius have an overwhelming amount of contrasts, and few similarities. Their love for the same woman, desire to rule Denmark, and their lineage all serve as comparisons between the two men. Contrastingly, King Hamlet is the depiction of what a respected and honored king is expected be, while Claudius represents a liar and a murderer who only cares for his own selfish ambition. Also, their relationship with Hamlet differs greatly in the sense that the King loves his son and has only wanted the best for him, but Claudius wants Hamlet to die. All in all, Claudius and King Hamlet are extremely different, and their differences were the backbone behind the horrific tragedy in the play. Works Cited: The Holy Bible ESV: English Standard Version: Containing the Old and New Testaments. Crossway Bibles, 2007. Shakespeare, William. Hamlet . New York: Simon & Schuster 6

Artist Statement Joseph White To begin, Chance and I worked together to create a piece that reflects the character of Don John. This was done by splitting a piece of paper in two and each working on half the face. Don John was rejected from society for being an illegitimate son, and behaving worse. Though he was wrong in his actions, he just wanted to be acknowledged by society, whether or not he had to be the bad guy in order to be important. He was very aware of the evil of his choice: “I cannot hide what I am. I must be sad/when I have cause, and smile at no man’s jests; eat when I have stomach, and wait for no man’s leisure; sleep when I am/ drowsy, and tend on no man’s business.” ( from Much Ado About Nothing 1.3)

Artist Statement Chance Askew Joseph and I collaborated on this project, with Joseph working on the left side illustration, and I on the right. We chose to split the paper down the middle and use mixed media and different styles to represent Don John’s double-sided nature. Because Don John is played by Keanu Reeves in Kenneth Branagh’s 1993 film adaptation of Shakespeare’s play, we modeled our interpretation on two other performances by Keanu Reeves: Neo from The Matrix and John Wick from John Wick.

“The Two Faces of Much Ado About Nothing’s Don John” “I had rather be a canker in a hedge than a rose in his grace; and it better fits my blood to be disdained of all than to fashion a carriage to rob love from any: in this, though I cannot be said to be a flattering honest man, it must not be denied but I am a plain-dealing villain.” Don John in Much Ado About Nothing

by Chance Askew & Joseph White, Class of 2022 Shakespeare mixes characters who are human and redeemable with those whose sin nature is so fully developed, that they do not repent., Much Ado About Nothing’s Don John is one such sinner...



Students in Honors English I read Romeo and Juliet this year, analyzing duty to ones parents, and the true nature of love. Additionally, they imitated of Juliet’s “O bid me leap rather than marry Paris …” soliloquy Romeo and Juliet 3.1.77-88

O Bid Me …” by Taylor Daniels, Class of 2022 O bid me make a project, rather than take the finals, In any of the noisiest rooms in the school; Or write quickly; or bid me sleep Where scurrying mice are, chain me with ferocious tigers; Or shut me nightly in a dark cramped closet, “

O’er covered quite with raucous dogs, With slimy mouths and abnormally hairy chests; Or bid me run into a frightening house And hide me with the skeevy guy in his undershirt;

Things that to hear them told, have made me cry, And I will swear to do it without fear or uncertainty, To live a diligent student life on the road to honor roll.



O Bid Me …”


by Nadia Osmani, Class of 2022 O bid me swim in a pool of toilet water rather than not spread God’s love. From off the shore, off mountains and off cliffs, Or live invisibly, or bid me to abide Where pit bulls are; chain me with sharks

Or shut me nightly in a cellar, What’s Her Name (continued from with huge spiders. O’ercover’d quite page 3)

With red eyes and hairy legs, Or bid me fall into a murky lake And hide me with a shackled and shamed man in his tunic; Things that, to hear them told, have made me weep; And I will carry it out without shame or regret.

To give a show of kindness and mercy to my brothers and sisters.

By Jessica Cui, Class of 2020



Inspired by Mythology The Return of Odysseus By Lauren HuQ, Clas of 2022 A fictional account of Odysseus coming home After a journey, there is return. A place where many go and they can call home. Odysseus returns far from the sea,

Greeting his loved ones, so called family. Longing for peace, as he missed it very much. And happy to be within his wife’s golden touch. Embracing life and tricky circumstances. Thinking of all his different chances. Stories be told to his interested son, Eyes wide open, hoping the tale will not be done. Stabbing cyclops, releasing bags of wind, And do not forget, turning men into grimy pigs. Eating of cattle, stealing, and greed, Mischief, and sadness bestowed among thee. This amazing opportunity to do all these things, However sad and unfortunate for what it shall bring. He finally gets the chance to see his nation, And not turn his problems into frustration. This keen earnest desire sought vigor within him, Ringing through his blood, once very grim,

Like a squirrel receiving the serene summer after Almost dying from enduring a rough winter disaster. Then he died. Ashes to ashes, he touched the earth. They laid him down in the soft dirt. Death brought upon due to old age. His wife and son were nothing but afraid. Cherished his father because of his words. Stories he knew, he gave to the herds.

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(Continued from page 10…) Attack against Circe, lotus eaters and more. Telemachus bestowed love to the people that he adored. Gifts of stories, gifts of pain, tales of people slandering his name. Living up to his fathers expectations, he determined it was time to rebuild his father’s nation. A nation of joy, a nation of pride, a nation of one which many people have died. A nation in which names will not be forgotten, And no one in the universe could have ever stopped him. Then he remembered. He remembered the smile of his not forgotten father.

He remembered the life that everyone sought after. He remembered his face of dismay. Then it happened. He remembered the four words that his father left him. “Choose your battles wisely”, he said. He ran. He ran with those words. Far far away he ran, like a gazelle being chased by a lion. So in conclusion, let it pass on Generation to generation,

Father to daughter , Mother to son. Everyone should know what kind of work has been done

For when you hear the untold truth you will be stunned. Each generation takes something from the other one. Knowing the truth is finished and can’t be in undone. Telemachus made sure to pass the true parables on. And we carry the stories with us for fun. So let me end and tell you these precious words,

Gather your people and all of their herds. All peoples of earth shall know this narrative of Odysseus. When truth shines down you know it is his. As one is born, his life he shares. Shows truth and war, and what is fair. Let them not leave with out their discern, That they were his people, And we are his return.


English Odyssey Story Assignment:

A Life Unfulfilled By Micaela Collings, Class of 2022 During Greek times, there lived a triumphant man, Who was powerful and conquered over others with his master plans. His name was Odysseus, who planned on taking a journey for some time. The day came where he gave his goodbyes, saying he would be back as one of his kind. Odysseus then set out on his quest To show other parts of the world that he was the best. He traveled far and wide, defeating other gods, Who were also mighty in power, but Odysseus would even up the odds. Along his expedition, he came across a turbulent storm, With violent and wild winds with all kinds of forms. He eventually came out safely, but his ship was badly ruined, So, he quickly needed to find a place to get some assistance from other humans. Beyond the storm, Odysseus saw land, With shores shining with the color of white and brown sand. As soon as Odysseus docked his ship upon the shore, He went out to search for food and to also explore. Later that night, after finding food and exploring, Odysseus counted the stars above him until he started snoring. By the time he woke up, he found himself in a cold, dark place, Where he thought he was still dreaming or taken captive in space. Odysseus then heard the sound of flute, coming from his right. He turned to see who or what was making this sound of delight. Suddenly, an short old man appeared with strange gold hair, That moved on its own as he sat in his rocking chair. Odysseus was amazed at the man and his ways, How he was able to do these things or if he was going through a special phase. In that moment, the short old man stopped playing his flute. He then turned to Odysseus and said, “ I am Cere and who are you�?




Odysseus, surprised, began explaining who he was, how he got here, But Cere continued to gaze at the man who he believed was queer. Odysseus finishing his point, wondered if this “Cere” was really listening Or if he had just ignored him, thought what he said was uninteresting. However, Cere spoke and told Odysseus he must change his ways, And if he didn't, he would find himself soon in a world of dismay. Despite what Cere had said, Odysseus just ignored, Believing he alone didn't need any advice, because he was the only “powerful lord”. Cere could only shake his head, Knowing Odysseus’s life would come to an unfortunate end. Once again, Cere explained how he could help or assist, But Odysseus still refused and left raising a strong clenched fist. Odysseus quickly left the island and didn’t look back. He continued his journey until the sky had suddenly turned black. Odysseus looked around, wondering what was happening, Then, he turned and noticed something very striking and dazzling. What Odysseus saw was a very bright light, Which he assumed was other gods coming together with tremendous might. He believed they were coming to worship and reward his works, But little did Odysseus know that this light had a turn for the worst. The closer Odysseus drew towards the bright light, He recalled the words of the short old man about not losing sight. How to remain focused on the true prize, Instead of being tempted or doing otherwise . However, Odysseus ignored his thoughts and went his own way, Falling deeper into the trap of temptation that would eventually lead him astray. Odysseus then vanished into the light and was never seen again, Leaving his family and those who loved him heart broken. In the end, no one truly knows what happened to Odysseus that day. Some say he was taken by gods, while others say he will return again without delay. Though Odysseus’s legacy and victories have all been written down in history, His life and where he is now remains a mystery.

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A Sequel to the Odyssey By Grace VanVerseveld, Class of 2022 It was a rainy day as Odysseus sat in his home in Ithaca. He was lounging in his bedroom as his wife, Penelope, played soft melodies on a small lyre. It had been a year since he had returned home and reunited with his family. In fact, it was the anniversary of his return, but this simple fact had slipped his mind. He had other worries at the moment. It had been raining on Ithaca for three weeks with no end, and the seas were turning violent. All fishing had been brought to a halt, but many families relied on fishing to provide for their family. Something at the back of Odysseus’s mind was trying to warn him of a great danger, a threat from long ago. It was a threat made by the great sea god Poseidon himself. He had once told Odysseus that he would he ever return to the shores of his home of Ithaca again, but somehow, Odysseus managed to defeat the odds. Little did he know that his home and family would be torn viciously away from him yet again, and that Poseidon’s threat would soon become true. Odysseus would never see Ithaca again. It started when Penelope had grown sick. It was that afternoon of the anniversary of Odysseus’s return. She was stricken with a sudden and unknown sickness. Odysseus was filled with fear and grief at his wife’s condition, and his son, Telemachus, volunteered to go to Athens to ask the scholars if they knew of a cure. Odysseus tried to stop him, but relented in the end as Telemachus refused to take no for an answer. He had set sail that very moment and sailed through the violent waves. Odysseus had prayed to every god he knew for the protection of his son and wife. Sadly, he did not get what he prayed for. After two months, Telemachus still had yet to come back and Penelope had only gotten worse. The storms had finally calmed down, and the rain had stopped as suddenly as it had begun, so Odysseus sent an inquiry to Athens to find out about the whereabouts of his son. The word he received back weeks later had informed him that Telemachus had never arrived. Odysseus was stricken by grief. His only son and heir was gone; lost at sea at the hands and mercy of Poseidon. He thought back to his own times on the sea where he was as lost as a baby animal who was separated from his mother and was searching desperately for a way back home, calling out to anyone who would listen as he wandered aimlessly into trials and danger which only strengthened his fear. Odysseus called his most trusted advisors tell help him figure out what to do. He needed to find his son, but he also needed to heal his wife. “What am I to do?” he asked as he paced back and forth in his throne room. “Maybe, you could go out and search for your son. We will make sure Penelope is taken care of, and you can bring Telemachus home,” one advisor suggested. Another advisor glared at the first. “Are you mad? That idea is completely ridiculous. It’s bad enough that our heir is missing, but you want to send the king away too?” “It is the only way,” the first advisor insisted. “Well, if you can’t figure out a safer and more sensible way to solve this problem, then you truly are a fool.” “Both if you. Stop this mindless bickering,” Odysseus commanded. Both advisors became quiet instantly. “I have made my decision. I will go and find Telemachus. Prepare my ship right away.” “Sir, I advise you against this. It is dangerous out there, and you (Continued on page 15…) 14

don’t know if Poseidon still holds his grudge against you,” the wary advisor warned. “Not even the gods themselves can stop me from going on this journey,” Odysseus proclaimed godly as he stormed out of the room. He was so wrapped up in his plans that he didn’t hear the thunder cracking in the distance. He marched down to the beach where he found that people were already running to prepare his ship. By dusk, it was ready for him, so he cast out as the sun fell behind him and the moon rose to guide him onward. He sent a prayer to the great goddess of the moon, Artemis, and to the goddess of wisdom, Athena, for a safe and quick journey. Even after the prayers and offerings, he didn’t feel the presence of Athena like he usually did, and it scared him. If Athena abandoned him, he would be in serious trouble. His worries were confirmed as he watched the moon become hidden by the clouds, causing the only source of light he had to disappear. He tried to relax, but his nerves only grew with every passing minute. He could have sworn he heard phantom laughing and music. He could have swore that he heard his crew dancing around on the deck. He refused to turn and look, for he knew that if he did, he would only be met with heart shattering disappointment. Still, the temptation to turn and join in the merrymaking was too great and turned, only to stumble back in fear. He saw all his men sitting on the deck, sharing a flask and laughing about old stories from home, but they were flickering. They seemed to be fading in and out of view, but they were there. “Hecate, if this is some great trick of yours, please spare me the pain. I beg you to cast these cursed figures off my ship,” Odysseus prayed to the goddess of witchcraft and the night. Surely this had to be some trick of hers. This couldn’t be real. The men didn’t go away. They laughed, sang, and danced all night. Odysseus was plagued that night by the sound of their revels and the nightmares and memories it brought back. He tried his best to ignore it, but how could he ignore it when they were constantly asking for orders? He was their captain, and they expected him to lead them home. The only problem was that he wouldn’t be going home. No, he had a mission to complete, and that was to find his son. Eurylochus came beside Odysseus as he stared out at the rocky sea. “Odysseus, why have you grown so distant? Troy is defeated and we will be home soon. Come join us.” “I am not in search of Ithaca. I am going to find Telemachus,” he told his old friend. “I haven’t seen Telemachus in ages! I bet he’s grown up into a fine young man.” “He has,” Odysseus replied. “Hm. Well, I wish you the best of luck, old friend. I’ll see you again one day.” Then he disappeared. Odysseus looked around wildly in bewilderment. Everyone was gone. They were there, but now they were gone. Where could they be? People just don’t disappear into thin air. “They weren’t real,” he told himself. “You don’t know that.” Odysseus brandished his sword. “Who’s there? Show yourself.” “Poor Odysseus. Lost at sea. Never to see his family or Ithaca again.” “Poseidon? Is that you? Stop this foolishness.”

“While I am honored that you think I am the great and mighty Poseidon, I must tell you that you are incorrect.” “Well, then who are you?” Odysseus demanded. A laugh was his response. (Continued on page 16…) 15

“Always the hero. Have fun on your journey, little mortal, and don’t forget that a god never

goes back on his words.” The mysterious voice’s final warning left Odysseus more anxious than his ghost crew had. Who had that been? And what had it wanted? Why was all of this happening to him? Odyssey’s sailed on for two more weeks and his delusions never stopped. If anything, they grew more and more frequent. His ghost crew would be present for longer periods of time and the whispers on the wind were a constant in the ever changing waves of the sea. Slowly, Odysseus began to accept these things. He had spent long hours convincing himself that he was not going insane, but that only ended up making him believe that the crew was real. The more he tried to convince himself he wasn’t insane, the more insane he got. He would interact with his crew and give out orders. He chalked the mysterious voice up to a trusted advisor who had come to journey with him back from Troy. All thoughts of his son and wife were gone as he sailed aimlessly. It was on a stormy day that Poseidon’s promise was finally fulfilled. Odysseus had just given his men orders to sail around a great storm headed their way, but found that they did not change course. Infuriated, he turned to yell at his crew, only to find no one there. He looked throughout the whole boat for his men, but not a single one could be found. “Looking for someone?” a cold voice asked. Odysseus turned and found a woman standing on the deck. She was beautiful, but familiar. “Athena?” he asked. “Yes, my hero. It is I. You should never have set sail in these waters again. By doing so, you have sealed your fate. Not even I can save you this time.” “What do you speak of, my lady? And where has my crew gone?” Athena sighed. “I see Hecate and Poseidon have made unlikely alliances. I can do nothing to stop them. I have only come to bear news of sadness.” “What can be worse than losing my men?” “Losing your family. Your wife Penelope died of sickness, the same sickness that took Telemachus away from Ithaca and into the storm. He has not been seen in months. Many believe that he will never return. The people have proclaimed him as dead.” Odysseus let out a heart wrenching sob and crumbled to his knees. He believed that he had never returned to Ithaca after Troy. He believed that his wife died, still waiting day after day for his ship to be seen across the horizon. He mourned alone on his ship, for Athena had left him so that he might grieve in peace. He mourned for years lost with a family he barely remembers. He mourned for the loss of already dead friends. He mourned alone as he passed into the storm. He never came out the other side. His ship was tossed violently, but Odysseus was to grief stricken to rise and try to save himself. His boat was ripped apart, board by board, until there was nothing left but the remnants that drifted away with the tide. Odysseus had drowned because of his sorrow. He had drowned in a mixture of saltwater and tears. And so was the death of Odysseus. The once great hero had been tricked and killed by the great sea god Poseidon, who made sure that even if Odysseus did one day make it home, he would never believe that he saw shores of his home in Ithaca again.


Imitations of Form

Imitations of Form meal was preset as well, on the eating table, next to a cup of apple juice. Now, at this moment, Zion was happy to see his little brother in good condition and health. Miraculously, the doctor stated that Xavier did not have any life-threatening injuries. Later that evening, both the nurse and the doctor came int to confirm that Xavier could go home. Katherine, who was the nurse, wished Xavier well and told him that she would always be praying for him and his family. Just as Zion and his family had turned into the entrance of their neighborhood, hi father received an email, stating how the boys who were part of the incident had been punished. However, Zion was not satisfied with this; he was still furious over the entire event. Going into his room, Zion thought of ways to get the three boys back for the crime they had committed against his brother. “Fights—and fists will be thrown,” though Zion. Ever since that evening, Zion only had his mind set on tomorrow and meeting these bullies face to face. Despite the consequences Zion knew he would be faced with, he felt bad for his brother, and wanted the criminals to feel his pain, too. Caged in and ready to pounce like a lion, Zion awaited the morning. “Bang!” sounded the body Zion slammed int a locker after school. A whole ‘nother situation—and Zion’s humble reputation: GONE.

Students in Honors English I read Barry Peter’s short story “Arnie’s Test Day, “ noting the sequential use of the alphabet for sentence beginnings. Here they experiment

Zion’s Rep Michaala Collins, class of 2022 Zion was an innocent and humble kind, who never caused any trouble. Yet, something happened one day that truly affected his entire reputation. Xavier, Zion’s younger brother, was involved in a serious incident. When Xavier was walking to school the other week, three older boys bullied him and left Xavier severely injured. Vince, who was one of Xavier’s friends (and was with him at the time) texted Zion and told him of the incident. Uncertain of what was happening, Zion was called to the office later that day, where his parents were waiting for him. The principle explained the entire situation to Zion and his parents. Suddenly, Zion was filled with rage, and his main goal was to find out who had done this to his brother. Right after Zion and his parents left the school, they went to see Xavier at Los Angeles Children’s Hospital. “Quack, quack,” came the sound from the tv in the patient's room. Popcorn pieces, too, were scattered over the to of the bed where Xavier was laying. Oat-


The Haircut by Scarlett Biggers, Class of 2022 Aesthetically speaking, the haircut seemed like the most pleasing idea. Bangs were the original plan. Chopping it all off was the end result of the failed idea. During the salon appointment, I was a complete bundle of nerves; I was so ready for this! Especially, since I had been planning this for six months. Every little snip of the scissors filled me with anticipation. Finally, I felt my chair and my reflection blinked citement had filled my its place. It was awful! the woman behind this eagerly at me in the mirror. I thought, don’t tell her you

I was so ready for this! Especially, since I had been planning this for six months.

being turned around back at me. Giddy exbody. Horror now took Just terrible! Karen, atrocity smiled Let her remain unaware, hate it!

Morphing my expression back into a smile, I asked as politely as I could if there was something, ANYTHING, we could do. Nodding, Karen took up her instruments once more. Of course, I didn’t think Karen took “anything” quite so literally. Prior to the appointment, we had discussed this at great length; pictures were also used as guidelines. Quietly, I was turned back to my reflection to see all my beautiful hair had been cut pixie style with one, swooping bang. Realizing I had been staring open-mouthed at the mirror for a good five minutes, I tried to collect my thoughts. Screaming was my first choice of action, but silently I paid the woman, and took my leave… Terrible, no good, illiterate… my mind raced way with several (creative) insults to encompass my rage. Unless I had a miracle treatment, my hair would be boy-short for the next four moths! Very slowly though, my new ‘do kind of grew on me (no pun intended). Wishing it all back didn’t help, so I learned to live with it. X-Y-Z happened: one thing led to another, and now Karen is my top stylist if anyone asks, and the horrible-haircutthat-was is now my signature style.


Our Dawn of Time: Perfect Love, Perfect Salvation by Nadia Osmani, Class of 2022 In the dawn of creation if it is light that you seek, Look no further than the face of the deep, For the earth was formless and without void Until the Spirit of God began to speak, and creation leaped: “Let there be light” and there was light. This gave darkness such a fright. God separated this darkness into not one-but two. He gave it a name, He called it night. In the midst of the waters, God spoke and there arose land, He reached out and outstretched His mighty hand. ~trembling and quaking in the expanse~ Now there is majestic sea and rolling land. Then the land began to sprout, bringing forth vegetation, yielding flowers and fruit bearing trees, without hesitation. Look at the flora, so radiant and pristine. Now we are closer to His plan of perfect l ov e and salvation Then He took a deep b.r.e.a.t.h. and b r e at h e d out the ***stars. We marvel at the simple, devoted adoration of something afar.** Look at who formed our brooding, universe in the palm of His hand. When the Spirit of God noticed everything was up to *par, He said, “Let the waters swarm with creatures.” Some swam, some flew, He gave them all many great features. O, you Elysian beast! Look at your Maker and be set at peace. For these were His beautifully, beloved, wild creatures. O, but this was not you must know. There was one last thing, He chose to hold so close . It was Us, His children, those whom He calls ‘beloved’ Those of which were created in His image, the ones He loved the most Yet, isn’t grand? The very people He loves so much simply don’t understand through the agony pain and stress of it all they can lay it all at His feet , like He planned For as we’ve all seen, He has our best interest at hand. So now I have said all I must say, so you best be on your way Yet, you must remember the very things I’ve said, I pray. For He loves you so much and every moment, every day He’s thinking about us But, for know I must say: adios. adieu. good bye, good day.... <Although, our story’s not yet over, as long as He has a say. > (*Now go back and read the underlined words , which tells the story of God’s love for His children.) 19

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