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Never Underestimate a Hungry Cat be of good courage ~Homer “Justin dinner is ready” my mom called up to me as I was finishing my math homework. I started walking down the stairs and already knew what she had cooked. Salmon. Fresh, grilled, topped with a nice, smooth sauce. One... Continue reading
Posted Apr 24, 2022 at 2022 Justin Graf
Overcoming difficulties If you don’t overcome your tendency to give up easily, your life will lead to nothing ~Mas Oyama I was 10 years old and had been doing karate for 7 years at Callahan's Karate in Bedford. I was perfectly happy going to Karate when I had time and... Continue reading
Posted Apr 14, 2022 at 2022 Justin Graf
Ocean In Their Last Moments, People Show You Who They Really Are ~Heath Ledger as The Joker People appreciate their lives much more when they’re minutes away from death. In July, 2021 I took a trip to Martha’s Vineyard with my friend, Noah, for a hockey camp and to hang... Continue reading
Posted Apr 5, 2022 at 2022 Justin Graf
The Hardest Sport Overall Winners don’t always win… They just never give up ~Shelby J Vincent It’s 5:00 in the morning as a tired mom and son load their huge suv with a hockey bag bigger than him. They drove 45 minutes to the New England Sports Center(NESC) where they... Continue reading
Posted Feb 23, 2022 at 2022 Justin Graf
It was a back and forth game, but the Union hockey team was down 2-1 against Quinnipiac going into the final minutes of the 3nd period. Messa rink in Schenectady was ecstatic cheering for the team to tie up the game. The Team got onto the Ice and was looking... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2022 at 2022 Justin Graf
You can Write for Hours on Hours By Ernest Hemingway You can write for hours on hours, Of all the things that you wish you could be, But the truth of the matter is simple, People are not poetry, And I know that you wish you weren’t awkward, The sweet... Continue reading
Posted Jan 23, 2022 at 2022 Justin Graf
English Exam Metacognition Hoping for the best, prepared for the worst ~ Maya Angelou Wow, this was a tough exam. I was surprised at how many mistakes you can put into a couple short paragraphs, and I don't think I even got all of them. I got through it though.... Continue reading
Posted Dec 17, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
Literary reflection: persevernece It always seems impossible until its done ~Nelson Mandela With some perseverance you can achieve anything. The Old Man and the Sea, By Ernest Hemingway, showed me that something that seems impossible can be achieved with perseverance. It’s themes ran deep throughout the book and made me... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
Aiden LaCamera Justin Graf Matty Carolan Old Man and the Sea final December 17, 2021 Exploring a good friendship Good friends are like stars. You don’t always see them, but you know they’re always there. ~Christy Evans The book, The Old Man and The Sea, is a powerful story, the... Continue reading
Posted Dec 16, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
Determination, Kindness, and Self-Confidence Dear Admissions Committee, Humans have been on earth for almost 300,000 years. I am fourteen-years-old, sitting in English class having to write about my qualities. How I act will decide how far I get in life. Over my short life I have come to the conclusion... Continue reading
Posted Dec 2, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
11/16/21 What a damn debacle. As I am currently writing this I am in a car driving from Marlboro to Braintree. Why such an unusual route to be driving at 8:00pm you may ask. Well it all started when I arrived at the rink at Marlboro (NESC) expecting to have... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
11/17/21 I walked into English class just like every other day. But for some reason the door was locked. Someone inside let us in and immediately Me and Aiden had the exact same thought. In the middle of the class was sitting the most comfortable chair in the room waiting... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
Importance of Support I alone cannot change the world, but I can cast a stone across the waters to create many ripples ― Mother Teresa Without a community to support you, you will not succeed. I can always turn to my fellow hockey players for support. I don't play on... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
Justin Graf Fitz English final essay 11/7/21 Friendship, Poverty, and Enlightenment “Poverty isn’t defeated with wealth it’s overcome by hope” ~Jeff Goins It was nine o’clock Thursday night and I was riding home from hockey practice. All of my homework was done but my iPad was still open. I was... Continue reading
Posted Nov 7, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
Sup Whitey, how’s it going down there in florida? It’s starting to get cold up here in Mass. How is your hockey team doing? I saw that you guys are moving up on myhockeyrankings. You better keep your head up next time we play you. But genuinely how is homeschooling... Continue reading
Posted Oct 24, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
Going out of your comfort zone A person who never made a mistake never tried anything new -Albert Einstein It was October 2011, I was four years old and in preschool. I had just got home where my dinosaur chicken nuggets were waiting to be devoured by my ravenous self.... Continue reading
Posted Oct 16, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
Overcoming fear, and friendship Do what you fear and your fear will disappear ~Franklin D Roosevelt I sat on the bus thinking, as we pulled into Camp Caribou where I would be living for the next three days. I was so excited for these days to come. I walked off... Continue reading
Posted Oct 13, 2021 at 2022 Justin Graf
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