An Owl's Journey Alexander Kelley

Owl’s Spectacles

Long ago, when the seas gave way to rising earth, a bird perched in the trees, bathing in the sunlight. That bird was Owl, and he was intelligent. His eyesight was a large handicap, but at the moment, that wasn’t so much of a problem. Forever, Owl believed that his eyes were sharp, and entirely perfect. Despite the warnings of Crone, Beaver, and his friend Hawk, he believed his eyesight was flawless.

Throughout the years, Owl saw many a thing. He traversed the globe, getting close enough to see objects. He wondered why anyone would stay more than five feet from an object; they wouldn’t be able to see any detail from back there. It wasn’t any of his business, though; if they wanted to live a life of being unable to see what they looked at, what did he care?

Owl’s journeys took him far and wide, spanning across great oceans, miles of land, snow, hail, mountains, valleys, canyons, and any terrain imaginable. Owl swooped in close for looks at his surroundings, to see them in detail. Hawk claimed he saw more, but he was way up in the clouds looking down. Owl figured it was impossible for him to see anything in detail, or as crystal-clear as he saw things.

One fateful day, Owl and Hawk were soaring over the trees, playing a game of I-Spy. With his eyes, Owl figured there was no way he could lose. Hawk said, “I spy, something brown.” Owl squinted at the ground and saw a brown fuzzy spot. Rushing down towards it, Owl tried to identify what it was, while Hawk screamed at him to stop. Owl fell headfirst into Bear, who turned around to eat him. Hawk swooped in and rushed out of harm’s way with Owl in tow.

Owl was bleeding on the way home, and when he got bandaged, he asked Hawk how he was able to perceive the dangers that Owl had dived into. Hawk explained that he had seen Bear walking along a whole minute before the disaster. Owl was shocked; how could anyone see something so far away? When his other friends attested to being able to see similar distances, Owl finally came to the realization that his eyes were flawed, his eyesight unsatisfactory.

It was a harrowing discovery, and Owl lived for the rest of the day as a sullen individual. He felt as though he had lost some of his worth now. He also realized just how blissful ignorance can be. He believed he was to be stuck with his damaged eyes, forever, unable to perceive detail at great distances. However, his stalwart friend Hawk had other plans.

The following day, Owl was roused by Hawk, who took him on an extremely long flight towards the resting place of one of the oldest animals, Turtle. When they reached the water’s edge, they found Turtle lying there, on his back. Owl flipped Turtle back over, and his head soon emerged from his shell. Turtle was sympathetic towards Owl, and he decided to help him as best as he could at the time.

Turtle took several small disks of a clear, crystalline substance out of his house. He handed one to Owl, asking him to peer through it. As Owl looked through the shard, his vision folded, and he saw a clear wave rippling on the surface of the world. He shuddered, and Turtle took the fragment from him, handing him a new one. Owl looked through this one, and saw the world crunch in on itself, folding in and laying on itself. Again, Owl discarded the fragment.

As Turtle handed him a third piece, Owl considered what was happening. This substance, whatever it was, bended his vision, making it so much worse than it already was. As he accepted the third piece, he knew it would never matter, it’d make no difference. Owl glanced through the pane. And stopped. And stared.

The world had again folded, but this time it was a much more discreet fold, one that wasn’t perceptible. The world had aligned itself with the other blurry images of the world and came into the sharpest detail Owl had ever imagined. In awe, he turned, looking to the trees twenty feet away and seeing individual leaves. Shocked beyond belief, and with a huge smile, Owl handed it back to Turtle, telling him that that was the one he needed.

Pulling out frames made from sticks, with two large, round openings, Turtle returned. He opened the frames carefully, placed the piece in one side, along with an identical piece in the other, and closed the frames tightly. He fashioned hooks to hook to Owl in order to keep the lenses close to his face. They went over his eyes, and Owl immediately saw everything with perfect clarity. The world sprang into full detail around him, and only at that moment did he realize how much he had missed.

This new experience was mind blowing to Owl, and he soared off in the sky, screeching his appreciation behind him. Owl saw everything, the grass, the trees, the animals, the streams, the leaves, nothing escaped his all-encompassing vision. His eyes were faulty, yes, but his new spectacles had corrected the problem. His vision was almost as good as Hawk’s now. Thus, Owl gained his spectacles, and with them, a new appreciation for the ability of sight.

Alexander Kelley

13545 Duggan Road

Central Point, OR 97502

(541) 499 – 5804


• Hardworking, excelling student with the ability to dedicate time to projects and complete them exceptionally well; maintained a 4.0 GPA throughout his entire life and consistently takes AP classes.

• Dedicates time to extracurricular activities; participated in JCL (Junior Classical League), NHS (National Honor Society), and is currently on the Crater Math Team.

• Exposed to core languages; for instance, he learned Latin, which is the base for five other languages. This gives him a basic understanding of most languages and can help him figure out foreign words.


Senior status. Graduating June 2017

• Currently attending the Crater School of Business, Innovation, and Science emphasizing education on business through a two-year program that integrates business subjects with computer technology, global studies, English, and economics.

Work Experience

COMPUTER REPAIR – Fort Drum, NY, and Colorado Springs, CO – 2008 – 2016

• Properly utilized a variety of tools in order to complete the disassembly and reassembly of a computer, and the cleaning of its basic parts.

• Completed computer worked to a higher level than it had previously.

ELECTRICAL WORK – Central Point, OR – June 2016 – November, 2016 (ongoing)

• Ensured safety and security before, during, and after work. Installed electrical outlets, repaired breakers, and fixed damaged electrical wiring through the use of sodor.

Activities and Community Involvement

• Crater Math Team, 2016 – Present

• National Honor Society, 2014 – Present

• Junior Classical League, 2014 – 2016

Computer Skills

• MS Windows XP, Windows 8, and Windows 10 (Advanced) • MS Power Point (Advanced)

• Adobe Illustrator CC 2015 (Proficient)

• MS Word (Advanced)


Jeremy Sinks Jerry Thomasson Robin Holmes

655 North Third Street 13545 Duggan Road 14725 State Route 3

Central Point, OR 97502 Central Point, OR 97502 Watertown, NY 13603

(541) 494 – 6300 (541) 840 – 2650 (315) 523 – 5070

The Island Project

Sullivan assigned us the task of creating our own government on a deserted island, and we were told to name our island, make a seal, a flag, and a government. We had to create a way to survive, as well as creating jobs, responsibilities, and survival standards.

I am proud of this project because I felt as though our island was very strong and able to provide for us. I believe that, had we been in a real survival situation, our island would of been unpleasant, but we would have survived due to the safeguards and jobs we implemented as a government. I also created the seal and the island's shape.

We were quickly presented with multiple problems, one of the most prominent being which flag to use. We ultimately settled on Karli's design. Many of our problems were much more important than that, though. For instance, we had to find out what to grow, how to grow it, where to grow it, how to get water, how to build shelter, how to hunt, how to build tools, and more. We decided on a hunter/gatherer society mixed with an agricultural society. It was difficult to come to a consensus.

We learned how intricate survival is. It is not an easy thing to set out with nothing and build a life. It is very hard to be alone, in the void, starting from scratch, and live. Even in our hypothetical scenario, there were so many faucets to explore that it made my head spin. Through the creation of this island, we all learned a little more about surviving.

The image is the seal, and the phrasing around it is in Latin, which reads "I will either find a way, or make one." It seemed fitting.


In my Physic's class, we created radios. The requirements were that we were only given a set amount of material to work with, and that we could only use what we were given. We had a coil of wire, a few pieces of hardware, some screws, and basic instructions.

I am extremely proud of our radio, as it was well-constructed, worked flawlessly, and received more stations than anyone else's. It transmitted sound to our ears clearly, and required no power source because it was powered by the waves it received.

We went through many obstacles on our way to building the radio. For one, the wire needed to be perfectly, flawlessly wound without a single deformity. This took a couple of tries before we got it right, and we had to spin "hooks" on the top to connect a clamp to later. It was very difficult to create the right coil. In addition, we had to carefully connect a ground while allowing ports for the headphone to plug in to. The instructions were difficult to follow.

This project taught my group and me exactly how radios work. It taught us how to build a self-sufficient radio that requires no batteries, as it is powered by the energy on radio waves. This project also showed us how comprehensive radios are, and ways to make them work without the little hardware we were given.


In our physics class, my group designed and created a catapult in which to fire a rubber ball the size of a golf ball. We were given 8 feet of wood, string, dowels, saws, drills, and three days to construct it. Beforehand, we did research to decide how we wanted it to look and where everything went.

I am especially proud of this catapult because I drew the design myself, and it fired very well. It had the longest arm our teacher had ever seen, 3 feet. The arm was segmented and sliced in 1/3 width intervals to increase spring and the force we could apply. String was wrapped around the ends to add more bounce to the fire and increase the distance. Our final distance launched was 15 meters, or approximately 49 feet.

We faced many challenges in building this original catapult. Our arm proved to be problematic at times, and once actually snapped a little. We had to tie it back together with string, which actually increased the distance it threw, rather than decrease. We had to drill a large hole, and enlarge it twice to allow enough string to pass through, creating the fulcrum. The tighter we wound the string, the more power the catapult got, but also the more pressure was place on the wooden base. Finding the perfect ration was difficult. It was also hard to create the perfect launch angle of 45°, but we did eventually succeed.

We learned many things about the properties of launching a projectile, creating catapults, accounting for recoil, finding middle grounds, and building a stable base. We discovered that a 45° angle is the best for launching the farthest and that longer arms shoot farther but are heavier.

Dream Catcher

Hi me,

This is past you, and I just wanted to make sure you don't get lost in the future. I don't want to end up failing, after all!

Remember the base setup we've always had here, and the formula to create an outlier. Where we come from matters, and we come from a great, supportive, innovative base. Our mother is behind us every step of the way, and is infinitely dependable. Our father is strong, intelligent, and encouraging, and you wouldn't be where you are today without them. They've always encouraged you to do your best, and helped ensure that your grades didn't slip. They are still a very powerful factor, even as you enter the real world.

The next step to creating an outlier is to take advantage of time and place. As I look to the future from where I am, I can see the possibilities for space travel opening up in front of the world. This is something you can affect, because of your love for science, physics, and math. The equations may seem cold, but it leads to a brighter tomorrow. Think about it: in the world I live in now, and the one you most likely live in, we are poisoning our environment. Not only that, but mankind has historically always wanted more than they have. Combining these two facts, along with our previous escapades and our current technology, commercial space travel seems to be the direction the future is heading in. There will be a high demand for those who can do what you can.

The third thing, you need to capitalize on those opportunities. This industry is emerging, and you can hop on that band wagon and ride it to riches. You can change the course of humankind by seizing the opportunity that is unfolding before you. Space travel becomes more feasible every day. Take advantage of this opportunity and you will be successful. However, be careful, for there is still one last step.

The last step is really more of an overview for the entire concept. It isn't a required order that you must follow, but this last step is the ten-thousand-hour-rule. If you don't remember, it has been inconclusively proven that any master must have invested at least 10,000 hours of work in their craft. In order to achieve this standard, you will need to pay a lot of attention in all your higher education classes, as well as studying outside of that. The games you play today, such as Kerbal Space Program, will help set you up for this in the future. After working at NASA for long enough, you'll attain 10,000 hours, but the more you get beforehand, the faster that moment will come. The faster that moment comes, the more likely you are to be hired or stay in employment.

Your life is not one we chose with ease. It will take hard work, perseverance, thought, and practice. Always remember that this is what you wanted, but if that changes, then change what you do. Good luck, me!

- Alexander Kelley, Junior Graduate

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