Hetch Hetchy

Hetch Hetchy

This spring I wrote the infamous 333 paper on the Hetch Hetchy Valley in Yosemite National Park. I focused on President Theodore Roosevelt’s involvement in the damming of the Valley, but I’ll spare you the finer details, I could go on all day! Anyway, after spending a month of my life reading in depth about this little known gem, I couldn’t wait to see the valley for myself. Since I was coming to California for an internship this summer (another post to come soon about that!), my family and I drove out to Yosemite before dropping me off. Even with the sheet of water blocking the many of the beautiful views not unlike those in Yosemite Valley, the granite cliffs and clear water made it a sight to behold. Don’t tell the National Park Service, but I went down the lake’s edge to fill up my water bottle with the purest and most delicious water I’ve ever tasted. It was a great way to bring a close to the biggest paper at PEA, and I hope I can spend more time there camping or hiking in the future!

Hope you are all having a fantastic summer!

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About Elle at Phillips Exeter

My name is Elle, and I am a senior day student at Phillips Exeter and have been here since my prep (9th grade) year. I grew up in the near-by town of Rye Beach, New Hampshire and went to a small public middle school there. Once I came to Exeter, I came to love the Harkness style of teaching, especially in math and the sciences. Although I am at here mostly for academics (athletics were never my strong suit!) I’m involved in a variety of activities other than putting my nose to the books. I really love the outdoors and try to spend as much time as I can hiking, kayaking, or just exploring the wilderness over breaks. As a day student, I am able to continue horseback riding from my middle school days, but I’ve found several new activities that I love too! I picked up squash my prep year and played on the varsity team this year, it is such a fun sport! I also really enjoy attending Economics Club, Investment Club, Republican Club, and Biology Club. I live at home with my mother, father, sister (a lower at Exeter this year), and my Bernese Mountain Dog, Fischer. A few pieces of trivia about me- my favorite restaurant in town would have to Green Bean, their soup is so good! My favorite assembly at Exeter would have to be pep assembly because it's great when the whole school unites against the smurfs (Andover). I’ve found a home away from home here at Exeter, though, and hope you love it as much as I do!