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March 22, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | Final Considerations: Polishing and Publishing

Brooke A. ‘21: Wondering how to publish our pieces after three weeks of work, The Writers Gym heard from Rebecca Yarros on our final Tuesday. She has published 14 books, both traditionally and through the “self-publishing” process. A lot of hard work goes into publishing books. . When traditionally publishing, many people are involved—a literary agent, proofreader, marketing director, personal publicist, book publicist, front cover artist, and a copy editor for the back cover...
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March 21, 2019

Habitat ECS | Helping Build a House

Today, our last week of the ECS began. The five members of the ECS who were 16 and older visited an organization called Habitat for Humanity. Habitat for humanity is an organization, which builds stability for families in need through affordable housing. The service of volunteers, like us, enables the cost of each home to be affordable for a deserving family. The family should be able to pay the rent for the house and should have a job.The goal of Habitat and humanity is to build low cost...
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March 21, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Yet Another Life-Changing ECS

    As the sun rose on St. Croix, our crew of CSS students set sail for the last time. Over the last 10 days, we’ve seen each other burnt from the sun and groggy from waking up at all hours of the night for our anchor watches. After mooring at Christiansted harbor and eating a delicious pizza lunch, we sang a goodbye shanty named “Leave her Johnny” in true Roseway fashion. The farewells were a bittersweet affair. We were - and for the most part still are - exhausted...
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March 20, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | We are no longer the same people as when we left the icy peaks of Colorado

  We awoke to the sounds of our friends cheering us on to haul up the sails. The fact that this will be our last opportunity to heave the halyards, let the ropes fly, and pump the toilets was not lost on anyone. On all of our faces were smiles as we walk out onto the deck into the blanket of the warmth coming from the glistening soul of our galaxy. Many of us, early this morning, plunged ourselves into the ocean for a quick morning swim. We sailed back to St. Croix, homeward bound, to...
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March 20, 2019

Habitat ECS | 'Homeless people don't just need friendship, housing, and food, but also transportation'

“Homeless people don’t just need friendship, housing, and food, but also transportation.”   -Peter’s Bike ShopToday we were going to see a speaker from the Pikes Peak Library District. Unfortunately, our speaker had to cancel due to the aftermath of the blizzard on Wednesday. Instead, for about an hour and a half we had the opportunity to do some research for our final proposal project, due at the end of our ECS, which challenges us to come up with an...
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March 19, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Stinking Toe Fruit and Petroglyphs

  Today was our last chance to explore St. John before heading back to St. Croix, where our journey began. We started off with an elegant egg frittata paired with savory bacon, which fueled us for the hike ahead. We then motored into Cruz Bay and met our guides Kent and Joe, two National Parks Service volunteers, on the dock. We took Safari cars up to the Reef Bay trail head and began our educational journey. Along our three-mile hike, Kent dove into different aspects of the trail and...
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March 19, 2019

Writers Gym ECS | 'Everyone has permission to write bad first-draft dialogue'

  After our second week of writing, we headed into Monday ready to dive further into the process of fiction writing with our guest speaker Katie McDougall, the co-founder of “The Porch,” a writing collective in Nashville. Ms. McDougall came all the way from Tennessee to help us develop our characters, create interesting plot challenges, and write strong dialogue. In the morning, she shared her history with us. Mrs. McDougall taught here at CSS and even taught Ms. Hunter, our...
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March 18, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Annaberg Plantation

  We started today off anchored in Francis Bay, St. John. We took small boats to the shore and began with a small hike up to the ruins of the Annaberg sugar mill and plantation. The walk was a delightful experience with beautiful scenery, palm trees, and weather. When we arrived at the top, the ocean view was breathtaking with bright turquoise waters. The remnants of the historic plantation helped us to understand more about the island’s use of slaves for sugar production. The stone...
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March 18, 2019

Tall Ships ECS | Longest Day of Sailing

  Today was the longest day of sailing yet: it started at 6:15 a.m. raising the anchor. Our wake up-call was the rough seas, and then our long day ahead started (40 nautical miles). For some of the students this was torture, and some threw up from sea sickness. However, we all endured and still rotated through our daily activities, consisting of active watch, reading/journaling, knot tying, and celestial navigation. This connected to our anchor watch activity from last night because we...
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March 18, 2019

Virtual Reality ECS | Holographic Lenses

Today was our first day at the SXSW (South By Southwest) convention, where we attended personalized sessions and learned about many crucial topics. A couple of sessions I sat in on were the Honest Hologram: Ethics of MR (Mixed Reality) Design, Using Design “Differently” to Make a Difference featuring A$AP Rocky and Chief of Design of Mercedes-Benz Gorden Wagener, and 90 Minute Film School. The Honest Hologram session was lead by Design Director of Microsoft, Lauren Cascio, and the...
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Habitat ECS March 23, 2019

Habitat ECS | Working at the ReStore

Today we started out by talking about the organizations we would be helping. We were going to work at the ReStore, which gets its stock from donors who give them household appliances, furniture, and other things they no longer use. The ReStore then sells these things for a fraction of the price of...
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Madagascar ECS March 22, 2019

Madagascar ECS | Final Day: The Journey is One I Will Never Forget

Today we all woke up bright and early at 5:00 a.m. to pack our bus and leave the rainforest. However, our bus refused to start and so instead we sat and watched the sunrise over the canopy of trees as the morning fog slowly burned off. During this period of tranquil beauty, our bus appeared to be...
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Madagascar ECS March 22, 2019

Madagascar ECS | What a Crazy Day

Today we awoke as a separated group. The students who hadn’t felt well enough to go on the trek in the rainforest got to sleep in and rest up in the ValBio Research Center, and it was quite the opposite for the students who woke up in the beautiful rainforest. We heard the wake-up call at 5:...
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