Hi, I’m Hazelyn! I am currently a junior at the Massachusetts Academy of Math and Science. My sending school is Maynard High School, and I live in Maynard with my mom, younger brother Gabe and sister Mae, two dogs Poe and Chief, and cat, Nikki. I’m lucky enough to also be super close with my extended family as well- all three of the pictures below were taken on a week-long family trip to New Hampshire with my entire extended family. My cousins and I are all relatively close in age, so we’ve all grown up together and they feel more like siblings, with our own inside jokes and traditions. I’m also lucky enough to have an uncle who is a chef, so whenever he makes dinner during that week, it’s incredible. This year two of my aunts stayed up until one AM on the night we were leaving to finish a jigsaw puzzle!
I’ve lived in Maynard for most of my life, and all of my life that I’m capable of remembering. Not many people tend to know where Maynard is, which makes sense, since it’s on the smaller side. However, despite being small, Maynard has a lot to offer. There’s the sense of community- I know who almost everyone in my school was, and a lot of kids from larger towns can’t say that. When you’re walking around downtown, you’re bound to run into someone you know. There’s kind of the common culture of people who live here trash talking Maynard a little, but I know for me at least, I really do like Maynard a lot. I suspect that’s the way it is for most people. When you’re talking about how else Maynard is nice, there’s also the food- there are smaller cafés, like Serendipity Café and the Boston Bean House downtown, and larger restaurants, like El Huipil and Smack Noodle. And if you want dessert, which of course you do, you can head over to Erickson’s, which has a ton of flavors of ice cream to choose from.
That’s another one of my favorite parts about Maynard, how everything is within walking distance. There have been so many lazy afternoons and late nights where my friends and I would just walk from house to house as our parents decided they wanted some quiet. We meet up at a lot of the cafés and places to eat downtown too. My school was also within walking distance, and I walked to school every day. The high school was a lot like Maynard in that everybody knew each other, and we’ve known each other pretty much since we started school. In school, I was involved in the concert band. We had our trip to Washington DC last year, which is where the picture to the left was taken. I also did Mock Trial last year, which I really enjoyed. When I’m not at school or walking around, I like to bike and read.
Finally, while I really do like Maynard, I definitely want to travel- I’d love to see Italy and Greece. I don’t know where I want to live yet- I can picture living in a large city, or maybe a small town that’s close to the ocean. I don’t really know what I want to do with my life yet either, but I do know that I want to have at least two dogs.
This year, I did end up making the kind of scary decision to switch schools. I don’t regret it yet, but we’ll see. I’m kidding, it was probably the right decision, although my sleep schedule is telling me otherwise. The pictures below were taken at Bournedale, when my grade went to a retreat near Plymouth for a few days to brainstorm ideas for our STEM projects and just get to know each other a little better since we’re all new. Some of my favorite memories from Bournedale were watching the sunrise, beach volleyball, tubing, and number 8 always being late. My STEM project is most likely going to be about the intersections of linguistics and music in relation to harmonics. The academic tabs at the top of the website will be updated later this year so you can learn a little more about Mass Academy.
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