Zebra Tales

Larry '23

Hometown: Austin, Texas
Groton activities: Cross country, tennis, peer counselor
Most surprising when you first arrived at Groton: Saturday classes. I don't think I completely understood they were a thing until I was thankfully told by my dormmates.
Favorite class: Latin with Dr. Reyes. It was a nice combination of difficulty and fun, and I could see the texts we were reading as looking-glasses into Roman life and culture rather than just words to translate.
Most memorable Groton moment: Winning our last match of the tennis season against St. Mark's to go undefeated was incredible. Even over the shortened season, we bonded well as a team, and securing the match against our rival school was the culmination of the solid practices and teamwork that we put in throughout the season.
Favorite Dining Hall food: Fried rice
Favorite place to study: The dorm

List of 6 news stories.

  • ISL Champions!

    A perfect season to end the 2022 school year!
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  • A Podcast Pilot

    I joined the CV Podcast as an editor!
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  • Winter Term Begins

    At Groton, the start of winter term begins after Thanksgiving break with a short, two-week period of school before heading home for the holidays. These two weeks are always a blur, with teachers speeding through a unit and set of major commitments, before whisking us off back home. I must say, though, that it has always been one of the most fun and special weeks of the school year.
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  • Physics in the Field

    With all the hustle and bustle during the start of this school year, it's been hard to find a time to sit down and blog about my experiences.

    But perhaps one of the most unique things that happened in these first few weeks was when my physics class went out to shoot air-powered rockets in order to model 2-D projectile motion.
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  • My Rubik's-solving robot

    A Robot for Rubik's

    Robots are cool. I’ve been fascinated by them as long as I can remember. I vividly recall a class in elementary school where I got to play around with LEGO Mindstorms robots, and it was really the kick that started my fascination with computers and electronics in general.

    This summer, I put aside some time and energy developing my own robot from scratch to solve Rubik’s Cubes. It seemed daunting at first, but I dove into it head-on, doing what I knew how to do and letting the other parts of the project fall into place as I completed more and more of it. My favorite part of this experience was the sheer amount of control that I had over the minute details of it all. There was no kit or instruction manual or anyone to guide my process, so everything had to be bought according to specification or custom 3D-printed and soldered together. I found a lot of joy seeing something that had come solely from my imagination manifesting itself in the real world.

    Of course, there were many challenges as well. Parts broke, sometimes due to my own carelessness with sensitive electronics as well as just plain accidents. Still, those experiences, however frustrating they were, only served to help improve my process and made the end result better. Upon summer’s end, I know I will have to leave this hobby behind at home, but I am excited to be back on campus, to see friends, and maybe experience an entire school year without COVID ruining it.
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  • Traveling to Arrakis

    This summer, I saw the trailer for Dune, based on the novel of the same name written by Frank Herbert. The cast features Timothee Chalamet and Zendaya, among many other famous actors. To prevent the possibility of the adaptation’s media presence influencing how I’d read the book and imagine the characters, I bought Dune as quickly as possible.
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