Hi, I’m Eden! I am a junior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science. Previously, I attended Whitinsville Christian School (WCS), located in Whitinsville, Massachusetts, and prior to that, I was homeschooled. It has been an adjustment going from WCS to attending Mass Academy, but I was already used to the small class sizes and I am already learning so much. I was born in Portland, Oregon, but my family moved to Massachusetts before I turned two. I now live in Uxbridge, Massachusetts with my mom, my dad, my brother, my two sisters, and my dog. My brother, Noah, is almost fourteen years old and is very talented in both sports and music. My sister, Autumn, is nine years old and competes in gymnastics. My sister, Ayla, is seven and also loves competitive gymnastics. I also have a dog named Langston. We got him as a Christmas gift in 2016, and he just turned two years old! He loves taking walks, going on road trips with the family, and chewing up my shoes.
I started doing track when I was nine years old at the Waltham Track Club, a club for kids ages eight through fourteen. I did all the events except for long distance races, and I had a lot of fun. After starting at WCS in eighth grade, I immediately joined the track team. I mainly competed in sprinting, hurdles, and long jump. My freshman year, I did indoor track in the winter as well as outdoor track in the spring. That year, I was a part of the 4 x 200 relay team that broke the school record! Through track, I got to know a lot of cool people that I would not have known as well otherwise. Even though track is mainly an individual sport, the members of my team were always very supportive of each other. Unfortunately, I will most likely not be able to continue this year, but I definitely would if I could!
I started playing piano when I was six years old, and I still take lessons with the same teacher in Northbridge, Massachusetts. In addition to playing on my own, I play in a jazz ensemble. We practice every Saturday and have two major concerts a year. It is so enjoyable playing as a group. At WCS, I also sang in the choir. My favorite part was going on choir tour this past year. We went to Washington, DC and got to sing at various monuments, churches, and nursing homes. It was so much fun bonding with my friends in the choir and impacting people in DC with our music! I love being creative by means of fine arts as well. Although I have not done much serious artwork, I like to doodle and experiment with various handmade fonts. I also take part in the art extracurricular here at school which is a great stress-reliever and way to relax.
This past year, I have been assistant teaching a preK-3rd grade Sunday school class at my church, The Journey Community Church in Worcester. I help check kids into class, play with them, provide them with snacks, encourage them, and lead them in crafts. I typically help twice a month, and there are usually about ten kids in the class every week. Although the kids can sometimes be a handful, it is a very rewarding experience to see the kids both learn and have fun meeting and playing with others.
This summer, I will be helping to teach a class at the Boys & Girls Club of Worcester. I will be helping to run a STEM class for three weeks. Although I do not know all the details quite yet, I am very excited to start! It will be very fun to use information that I have learned and that interests me to teach to other kids.
Other things that I like to do include reading and traveling. My favorite book series right now is the Legend series by Marie Lu. I love this series because it is so action-packed and has such intriguing and interesting characters. I also just finished reading We Were Liars, by E. Lockhart, which was another great book with important themes, but a less than desired ending. I also love traveling with my family. This summer, we went to Canada and were able to visit Niagara Falls, Toronto, and Montreal. Niagara Falls was beautiful, and I enjoyed experiencing the European architecture of Montreal. Some exciting things we did included climbing on an obstacle course in Montreal and driving through an animal safari. I had never really climbed before and although it was scary being so high up at first, it became a fun and thrilling experience. The animal safari was also exciting. We saw wolves, pigs, and elk, who stuck their heads in our car, desperate for the carrots that we had to feed them with.
Feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org!