My Ocean City Summer Adventure

After the last day of school, for the past 9 years, I have moved down to Ocean City, Maryland for summer break. I look forward to moving down to OC every year, and my condo on 115th street in the Sea Watch building just awaits my arrival.

My Ocean City summer adventure is so much fun, and I love being able to spend it with family and friends. Working at the beach is a struggle every now and then, but it is always nice to get a pay check. I am proud to call Ocean City my second home because truthfully, there is no other place I would rather spend my summer vacation.

This summer in OC was more interesting than any other summer yet. My mom granted me and my brother, Chad, the privilege to live on our own. I did not really think that it would be bad considering my brother just finished his first year of college, and he would be somewhat responsible. Well, let’s just say that our diet consisted of mostly microwavable food, and our laundry was a struggle. I would count down the days until my mom would come down to visit us for a weekend so we could have a good meal and also get caught up on some laundry.

With facing the challenges of basically living on my own, I also had to work. Lucky for me, my job was in the building where I lived. I worked at a sub/ice cream shop called My Place, and this was my second summer working there. My Place has been owned and operated by the same lady for 37 years, and it is a blast. Our boss is around 70 years old, and she is like a grandmother to her employees.

What made this summer of work even better was that I got to work with Harrison “Peaches” Linnan (BL ’13) and Austin Kowalewski (BL ’14). I grew a stronger bond with these guys, and I cannot wait to work with them again next summer.

Between work and taking care of the condo, I always found time to go to the beach, of course. My brother wanted to teach me and Peaches how to surf, and it became a goal for us over the summer, so we set out to K-Coast Surf Shop and bought ourselves two 9 ft Odyssey Log surfboards. After a few trips to 36th Street and Assateague Island, I got the hang of surfing pretty fast. Peaches, on the other hand, gave it his all, and began to stand up more and more towards the end of summer.

I already miss going on these surfing adventures with Peaches, my brother, and occasionally the local surf grom Danny “D-Rob” Robinson. I have never seen anyone shred harder in OC than the legendary D-Rob. My favorite memory while surfing would be D-Rob quoting Skip Zephyr from Lords of Dogtown, and saying, “Back to the boneyard for you, pal!”

The Boys’ Latin Lakers Travel to Pebble Beach

During last year’s spring break, the Boys’ Latin golf team and I traveled to California to play golf at Pebble Beach. Pebble Beach is one of the world’s premier golfing destinations and accordingly is a top choice on golfers’ bucket lists around the world.

Our trip would not have been possible without the generous staff and professionals at Pebble. A round of golf that would cost the general public nearly $600 cost BL golfers only $50. Our golf team had allowed us to go to places all around the world that would not have been accessible without the game of golf.

Pebble Beach has been consistently ranked in the top 5 courses in the world for the last 10 years by Golf Digest. Growing up, I always dreamed about the day I would be able to play Pebble, yet I never thought I would be able to at such a young age.

Every hole at Pebble Beach is distinct and iconic. The beautiful vistas surround the entire course often left my friends and I standing breathless in the fairway.

While walking the course, one cannot help but think about the legends of the game that have walked the same fairways before.  Tiger Woods, Arnold Palmer, Ben Hogan, and Jack Nicklaus are just a few of the names that pop into mind when thinking about the extensive history at Pebble Beach.

When Arnold Palmer was asked where he would choose to play if he was only allowed one more round of golf, he immediately replied, “Pebble Beach.” The possibility to play Pebble Beach may arise again throughout my lifetime, but I  will never be able to play it with all 8 of my best friends again.

Bad Boogieboarding

Having a family is a benefit in many ways. One way is having someone to do dumb stuff with when you’re bored. It was a cold winter, with nothing else to do, until we came up with something legendary.

My neighbor Dom, and I were playing ping pong during winter break one day with my brother, Dave, and my other brother, Richard, watching. We really didn’t know what to do with our time until my other neighbor, Jake,  came riding up our driveway on his four-wheeler.

He came into the house and down to the basement where we were playing ping pong. He told us that he drove his four-wheeler to our house and our minds went to work. What fun possibilities we could do with his four-wheeler.

It snowed a while back, long enough to where there was no snow, but our boogie boards were still on the lawn. That’s when I came up with the idea to tie a rope to the boogie boards and to the back of the four-wheeler. We rode up and down our half-mile long driveway, tearing up our boogie boards on the rough gravel, when suddenly we turned too sharp and I hit Dave, who in-turn hit Dom, who went flying off his board into the fence in front of him. Jake kept going, totally unaware of what happened. We screamed up to him yelling, “Stop Jake!”

He slowed down and said “What?!”

It didn’t take long for him to realize that Dom was on the ground. My brother and I ran towards him. He ended up with a pulled groin and we’ve been laughing at this ever since.

The one thing I got from this experience is how great it is to have a family I can do dumb, cool stuff with whenever we get bored. This was a day a stupid decision turned into a great memory that demonstrates the true meaning of brotherhood.

The Other Side of Falls

Transferring schools to Boys’ Latin changed my life forever, leaving behind seven years of schooling for sports. I was both excited and nervous at the same time. A new start, in a new place, with new people. As of 2012, I was a Laker.

In late July, my dad brought up the question to change to another school, Boys’ Latin. I sat in silence; I wanted to answer but I did not know what to say. My dad then continued to say it was completely my decision, but he fell in love with the culture, education, and the sports. After I met with the administration, coaches, and most of the staff, I decided to pull the trigger.

Visiting the practices, and finally joining those 100 degree football practices, I started to like what I was a part of. The transition was easy, so easy it felt like I have been here for the past seven years instead of at our arch rivals.

Although I was confident for the first day, I was also nervous, just to meet all the new teachers and start to make a name for myself. I quickly fell in love with the school and knew I had made the right decision. And, this was only my freshman year.

Already being a junior, I realize how much I have to cherish the time I have on Lake and how lucky I am to be here. The memories we have made on and off campus won’t leave me any time soon. I am now as comfortable as I am at home and that’s one of the best parts of going to BL. Sooner than I think, high school will be over and I will be on my way to college. It really teaches you to take the most out of what you have and be thankful.

The Life of a Trainer

Being a trainer is one of the most important jobs of any sports team. At Boys’ Latin, there are a few trainers who are very passionate about what they do.

When asked, “Do you enjoy doing what you do as a trainer?” Coach Chris Kury replied, “Of course I do, I wouldn’t have been here for fifteen years if I didn’t enjoy what I do; it’s different every day.”

Without our dynamic duo, Coach Kury and Joey Celentano (Trainer Joe), we as a school would not be as successful in sports as we are.

While their jobs may seem tedious, trainers have a different outlook on what they do. When asked, “Does it ever get tedious taping ankle after ankle, hand after hand?” Coach Kury replied, “ Why does it just have to be ankles and hands? Sure it’s going to be tedious, but you do something different everyday. When I was a trainer in the CFL, I would tape for three, four hours straight, but it’s a means to an end.”

Although it may be tedious, trainers have a very important job to do both on and off the field. Here is what Trainer Joe had to say about his on-the-field responsibilities: “When I work on the field, my first responsibility is to watch for any kinds of injuries; my second priority is to take care of players on the sideline who may show any signs of injury and take care of their basic needs.”

Coach Kury and Trainer Joe obviously have many responsibilities, which is why it is of the utmost importance to get from place to place in a very timely manor. The gator is a necessity for transportation for all trainers. Trainer Joe said, “The gator is obviously the best vehicle at Boys’ Latin; it’s also the fastest, going a steady rate of 12 mph with a solid six wheel drive.”

Trainers in general play a very significant role in the athletic department at any school, but Boys’ Latin is very fortunate to have the kind of trainers that we have. Boys’ Latin’s trainers are very important to the sports teams, but more importantly they are greatly appreciated by the athletes at BL.

The athletes are very fortunate to be in the hands that they are in. Everyday  if there is any sort of physical problem, they go straight to Coach Kury and Trainer Joe, expecting to be taken care of.  Slowly but surely are taken care of, but more importantly they are cared about by the trainers at Boys’ Latin.

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Coach Chris Kury

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Trainer Joe

 

 

The Best, Worst Thing to Ever Happen to Me

One day, my parents took me to get tested for learning differences because I had been falling behind in first grade. It turned out to be dyslexia, and finding out early has actually been one of the best things to ever happen to me.

I was 6 years old when I was diagnosed with the learning difference known as dyslexia. Catching it early helped me to get help faster and get caught up with my other classmates. It affected me mostly in Math and English. My tutor helped me enhance my writing skills to the point where it has become my strongest asset as a student.

I transferred to BL for eighth grade and now people are surprised when they find out I am dyslexic.  I hear the same questions such as, So can you like read words backwards?

The ironic part is that dyslexia mostly affects reading and writing – the two focuses in English – yet English is my strongest subject. Even though I am dyslexic, it has not stopped me from taking the highest English classes I can. I am currently taking AP Literature, and it is my favorite subject.

Overall, finding out about my learning difference at a young age has benefitted me more than it has hurt me. Had I not found out at the time I did, or hadn’t been tested at all, I would still be struggling horribly in school and not knowing why. Finding out at a young age helped me to cope with my difference and catch up with my other classmates.

I thank my tutor for pushing me in English to help me build the foundation that I still use in my classes today, and helping me develop my reading, comprehension, and writing skills that have helped me to excel in the English courses at BL. I also thank my parents for realizing my struggle in school and getting me tested at the time they did; without my parents and tutor, I would not be where I am today. Having dyslexia doesn’t set you back in any way, it’s just a different way to learn.

 

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Images From: 

http://www.dyslexialincs.org.uk/about-dyslexia/general-indicators-of-dyslexia/

http://www.pregnancyihub.com/symptoms-of-dyslexia-things-to-look-out-for/

Dyslexia Within a Boy’s Education

As a young kid, I went to a school named Odyssey that was for students with dyslexia. Odyssey helped me learn how to handle my dyslexia so that for middle school I could go to Boys’ Latin.

The teachers from Odyssey were trained to help kids with dyslexia and they truly made a difference in my life. They made it so that I was capable of handling my learning disability and able to go to a school where the main concern is not dyslexia. The teachers at Odyssey made a huge difference in my life.

It was a huge transition to go from Odyssey to Boys’ Latin. My first day at Boys’ Latin, I was nervous about the school load that I would have to learn how to handle. To my surprise, the education that I achieved from Odyssey actually helped me with the work at Boys’ Latin. I then knew that I was ready for Boys’ Latin and ready to start the school year.

My parents were always there for me through my transition. They were always encouraging me to try my best. Without them, I don’t think that I would have been able to make as big of a transition.

I am happy that I chose to go to Boys’ Latin after being at Odyssey. I have made a lot of very good friends and have been doing very well in school.