04/18/2014 12:50 pm ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Engaging Extracurriculars


Twice a month the members of "pitch" sit in a quiet dark room during lunch. Every face assumes a blank stare for five minutes, as we sit in silence.

Pitch: often when one eats a sandwich the contents shift or even fall out causing a great amount of trouble. Solution: edible staples. They would effectively hold together any sandwich, while not disturbing the process of actually eating it.

Within a matter of seconds there are 20 voices stating one incredible idea after another. After order is brought, we continue, one at a time, to produce viable inventions that improve quality of life for a full hour. Every time our club meets I leave the room in complete awe. Throughout the rest of the day I can not refrain from sharing the best ideas of the day with others. The level of excitement that is achieved during these meetings unmatched, and I wish to continue innovating through college and for the rest of my life.

Dexter Zimet is a graduate of The Dalton School and is currently a sophomore at Johns Hopkins.

I jump up and down to get pumped for the 500 meter freestyle. I give myself an inner pep talk. "Alright you've got to make it to the next Age Groups. You can do this!" My competitors' looks of determination unnerve me. The whistle rouses me to action. "Take your mark..." "BEEP" "SPLASH." We dive and I feel the power and agility of my practiced reflexes take control of me. I jet on top of the water. "Alright lap 15; kick it up a notch," my inner coach tells me. Through swimming, l can express my raw emotions and empty my mind of baggage. "Lap 20, I'm losing speed, faster!" I kick harder. My arms move like a propeller. I gasp for air every three strokes. "Last lap, go all out," I tell myself as I storm to the finish. My fingertips reach for the wall a moment before anyone else. I got first place! "Yes! I made the cut; I'm going to Age Groups," I say, panting for air. I endured the pain, pushed to my goal and will experience my first 13 and over Age Group Championship meet.

Jakobi Jackson is a graduate of Stamford High School and is currently a sophomore at American University