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The Senior Six

The Senior Six

By Lauren Jarvis

I have been at Geneva for 13 years. As a senior I have become nostalgic and have had the chance to look back on my years at this school. I dressed up for the 100th day of school in Kindergarten, buried a mummified chicken, memorized bible verses, did timed math sheets, moved my clip, walked the nail trail, shook Mrs. Gombert’s hand every morning, stood out in the cold for greeter duty, outgrew and lost countless uniforms, drew the world by memory, read (skimmed) "The Illiad," memorized what seemed like an impossibly long speech, got inducted into Milton, wrote lots of papers, went to Europe and wrote a senior thesis. To some this may be a reminder of school requirements but to me it is a reminder of my childhood.

I grew up on the boardwalk (which is now a pile of rubble but I choose not to think about that). I look back at these last thirteen years fondly. Each year at Geneva is different from the last but one thing remains the same: the books we read throughout Geneva. We literally have a day where we dress up as our favorite book character in Grammar School. We are that nerdy. Books have been a consistent requirement throughout the Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric Schools. Here is a list of my favorite books from my thirteen years at Geneva.

Top Six

1. 3rd grade:"The Lion the Witch and The Wardrobe" This book started it all for me. The magic of this book is exquisite. It opened my imagination to what was possible in the world of literature. I waited eagerly for each chapter.

2. 4th grade: "The Phantom Tollbooth" I have heard mixed reviews on this book. It is, no doubt, a pretty strange book. I have (and probably never will) read a book like this ever again. The imagination and cleverness of the writer makes this book the great piece of literature that it is.

3. 7th grade: "The Giver" This book by Lois Lowry left me thinking about my society and culture. It made me appreciate the simple beauties around me such as color and music.

4. 11th grade: "Silence"  This book may possibly be the greatest book I have ever read. It kept me awake at night thinking. It opened the door for amazing conversations. "Silence" made me rethink many things about my worldview and theology.

5. 11th grade: "Frankenstein" This one I did not expect to like. I knew the basic story of Frankenstein, most people do. I had no idea of the depth that this book presented. The characters and analogies that are introduced in this book are amazing.

6. 12th grade: "To Kill a Mockingbird"  I went into this book knowing I was going to love it. I wasn't expecting however just how perfectly the author captures the essence of summer, childhood and adventure. The themes of justice and innocence make this book amazing as well.

Honorable Mentions

2nd grade: "Mr. Popper’s Penguins"

2nd grade: "My Father’s Dragon"

3rd grade:  "Charlotte’s Web"

4th grade: "King Arthur"

4th grade: "A Cricket in Times Square"

5th grade: "Johnny Tremain"

5th grade: "A Tale of Two Cities"

6th grade: "The carlet Pimpernel"

6th grade-"A Christmas Carol"

7th grade- "The Giver"

8th grade- "Once and Future King"

8th grade-"Animal Farm"

8th grade-"Lord of the Flies"

9th grade-"The Three Theban Plays"

10th grade-"Song of Roland"

10th grade- "Beowulf"

11th grade-"Frankenstein"

11th grade-"Brave New World"

11th grade-"Hamlet"

12th grade- "The Scarlet Letter"

12th grade-"The Road"

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