Scipio Africanus… VIDEO

Done. No more. This is the last you will be hearing of this Scipio Africanus guy. This last project was a video in which we had to write a script, and create a film with pictures and music. This was not very fun and I found out I’m not great at voice recording. The video is not great but here it is…

Forbidden Love

In Literature class, we just finished our Shakespeare unit as well as reading Romeo and Juliet. This week and the one before have been pretty hectic with tests, projects, and papers due. But at last, its over and I get to start the next literature project. I did, however, enjoy this unit a lot and I’m pretty proud of some of the stuff I made. The paper below was a assignment we received in which we had to choose one character from Romeo and Juliet and determine if they were connected to the deaths throughout the story. We also compare fate and the character’s free-will in the story and how that influenced their decisions. Enjoy!

Oh, and the picture below is the movie poster I made as a part of my Romeo and Juliet project. I tried to include major thematic elements in the poster to show my understanding of the play.


Fate or Free Will?

In William Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet, Lord Montague, Romeo’s father, is directly related to the deaths of Romeo, Juliet, Tybalt, Mercutio, and Lady Montague through his neglectful parenting and nonsensical feud with the Capulets. However, evidence of fate’s “helping hand” can still be found throughout this Shakespearean tragedy. When Shakespeare writes “Many a morning hath he there been seen,/ With tears augmenting the fresh morning dew…/ I neither know it nor can learn of him,” he illustrates Lord Montague as being unaware of what causes his son to lock himself away and become depressed (I.i.151-164). This response to Romeo’s depression shows that Lord Montague acknowledges there is something wrong, but he decides to leave his son alone rather than actively pursue the cause and a possible solution to his son’s sorrow. Lord Montague portrays his idea that Romeo must be strong enough to handle his own problems if he does not seek helps when he says “But he, his own affections’ counsellor,/ is to himself…/ But to himself so secret and so close” (I.i.166-169). Some people may view Lord Montague’s thought process as neglectful to his son’s well-r and jbeing, and they are correct in the terms that Romeo’s desperation ultimately leads to his love or infatuation with Juliet and his tragic demise. However, it is possible to blame fate in the case that in Romeo’s dreadful state of mind, he just happened to fall in love with the first girl he set his eyes on, who later turned out to be his mortal enemy. In the play, Prince Escalus blames Lord Montague and Lord Capulet for the deaths of Romeo, Juliet, and many of his own kinsmen when he states “Where be these enemies? Capulet! Montague!/ See what a scourge is laid upon your hate,/ That heaven finds means to kill yours joys with love” (V.iii.296-298). The Prince calls upon the feud as a major factor in all of these deaths and holds the Lords responsible for not putting an end to this impractical quarrel. With some interpretation, the feud can be linked to all of the deaths in the play. Romeo and Juliet were forced to keep their marriage quiet because of their conflicting heritages, which lead to them to commit suicide in order to avoid separation. Tybalt and Mercutio were killed in a fight over foolish prejudices between the two families. Lady Montague died from grief of her son being banished for avenging Mercutio’s death by killing Tybalt. An agreement of peace between the Montagues and Capulets would avert most if not all the deaths in the play. However, Lord Montague and Lord Capulet do not come to a consensus to end the feud until much blood has already been shed. For this reason and Lord Montague’s neglect towards Romeo’s despair, Lord Montague is connected to all of the deaths in Shakespeare’s The Tragedy of Romeo and Juliet.


Weekend at Last

This last week was a long one, not much going on with Testing or Project but as we are starting new units there is a lot of new information. I’m so happy it is finally the weekend and my mood improved even more when I was told next Wednesday would be a half-day which is always awesome. Here is some stuff that’s been going on…

Lately I’ve been getting very excited and interested in furthering my Japanese studies and have learned quite a bit of new and useful things. I seem to go through month-long phases of “favorite subject” switching between Japanese (usually) and Latin (sometimes), and now I feel like if I were to only choose one, I would definitely pick Japanese. Last week students from Hokuzan High School in Okinawa came for a 10 day stay in Milton as part of our sister-school partnership. It was neat to talk to and interact with these Japanese students as last year when another group stayed my Japanese skills were not sufficient.

All my other subjects have been going along fairly well, World History is interesting and very easy at times, but sometimes is draining and boring. Latin is going great, still doing more projects… In a couple weeks we will be going to the Georgia Latin Convention one weekend and I’m pretty excited for that. Chemistry is interesting and more applicable to real life during this unit so it’s far more engaging as we are learning about heat energy and heat transfer with problems relating to calories and calorimetry. Math is not my favorite class and this unit hasn’t changed this but its still fine. At last, there is Literature where we are starting to read Catcher in the Rye which many students seem to like but I find kind of off-putting as it seems the whole book is just Holden complaining about the things he doesn’t like. Anyways, school’s been good and my hobbies have been fun but I’m just so glad I can take a break from all that these two days.

Another Place: The Movie

Along side Jane Eyre, in Literature class during the past couple of weeks we read a more contemporary novel, Another Place at the Table, which is a collection of stories from a foster mother. At the end we had to do a project relating to the book and I put together a soundtrack for a possible movie adaptation that could be created for the book.


The Beatles – Eleanor Rigby

This song’s main theme is loneliness and despair among other things and often references churches, which reminds me of Gracie and her abandonment and early life before being taken into the foster care system.

Andrew Jackson Jihad – Who Are You?

The song’s lyrics are all about the theme of child abuse and abandonment, a theme at the center of Another Place at the Table. The song discusses neglect and as well regret and loathing of an absent or unqualified parent.

Noah and the Whale – Shape Of My Heart

The lyrics are about the emotional scarring that stays even after the physical damage is healed and how pushing down those feeling only worsens it. This is similar to how every foster child that Kathy took in had problems that maintained years after they were removed from the terrible situation that harmed them.

Tears for Fears – Mad World

I think these lyrics would really resonate with foster kids in general, and can also be applied to those helped by Kathy as well. The words make remind me of the constant changing and moving around of the children and their feelings of hopelessness and sorrow in their chaotic lives.

Muse – Guiding Light

Kathy Harrison brought in the most poorly treated and abused children and was there for them whenever she was needed. She acted as an anchor in their chaotic lives. Guiding Light is about being someone who is always by your side when things are at their worst.

The Shins – Nothing at All

My idea for these lyrics are that they are describing a change of location or belief and the realization that we shouldn’t be bond by our past and instead we should be content with where we are now. It relates quite a bit to the change of lifestyle of each foster kid and their problems associated with their pasts.

Broken Bells – The High Road

This song is about the things that happen in our lives that are terrible (death, abuse, abandonment, drug addiction, etc.) and how we shouldn’t let these things take hold of us, which is good advice to both the foster children (for their abuse and hard life) and Kathy (for her difficult time caring for some of the kids such as Audrey, and her remorse when David’s brother died).

Phoenix – Everything Is Everything

In my opinion, the lyrics are stating everything counts, even the harmful and terrible events. One can’t just erase these memories and move on, they are terrible and shouldn’t have happen but they shape who that person is and it’s part of who they are. Again, this is relating to the foster kids, as they are the focal point of the book, and what they may be feeling about their situation.

And here a link to a YouTube playlist of the songs I used in the Project.

The Cocoa Coast

One of the classes that I am currently taking this year is AP Human Geography. I’ve enjoyed this class a lot so far and am looking forward to continue learning so much from it. Recently, we started our agricultural unit, so we will be learning about how agriculture developed and how people shaped around it. To kick off the unit, we watched a short video in class about how cocoa affected the development of the Ivory Coast, and then we were told to write a small summary about the video. This summary is, however, in no way a complete summary of the relationship between cocoa and the Ivory Coast, but it still portrays the major points of the history of cocoa in this nation. Hopefully you learn something new, enjoy!


Cote d’Ivoire (Ivory Coast) is the largest cocoa producer in the world, and cocoa has served as a huge factor in their recent development. The income from cocoa exports stimulated the development of infrastructure and international industry in the Ivory Coast. For this reason, the cocoa crisis in 1986 severely affected the economy of the Ivory Coast, as well as causing political and social turmoil. Because the economy was in shambles, most of what individual farmers produced had to be sold to pay for necessities, but people were still challenged to find enough food to feed their families.

Jobs are not an abundant thing in the Ivory Coast and when the global economic depression set into place many people were unable to find sufficient jobs to provide for their families. One of the main factors limiting the job market was the massive influx of immigrants, who occupied a large portion of local jobs in the Ivory Coast. The creation of new services lead to about 100,000 more immigrants coming to the Ivory Coast. Which of these immigrants, 80% of them were Muslim. And to add to the chaos, these immigrants brought conflict with them.

In 1999, the Ivory Coast had its first civil war, which centered around religious differences between the current population and new immigrants. The conflict continued throughout the next few years and when things finally started to settle down the country remained split in two. The rebel-based Muslims held the north and the government-centered Christians held the south. This conflict has since been quelled and the country remains one for now, but tension still remains between theses two differing populations. And in recent years, the situations of families has improved, as parents can now afford to send their children to receive an education abroad and live a better life than their parents had to endure.

Slides of Scipio’s Life

What! Another Scipio Africanus project? Haven’t you done like a hundred of those… yes, yes I have. Anyways, this the second to last project relating to my famous roman, Publius Cornelius Scipio. This one is a powerpoint presentation where I talked along with it and described Scipio’s life and accomplishments. Also, I got 100 on it! Yay!

As I can’t seem to embed the presentation in Traubi… Here’s a link to presentation. Just click to go to the next slide or start an animation.