Projects

Ongoing

Inklings: Jennings’s Inklings takes it name from a similar literary circle associated with the University of Oxford, England from 1930-1949. The eponymous Inklings included J.R.R. Tolkien (Lord of the Rings), C.S. Lewis (Chronicles of Narnia), Charles Williams (All Hallows’ Eve), and other luminaries. At Jennings, we continue to celebrate the literary tradition by reading and discussing “the best that has been thought and said.” Inklings indulge in the choicest prose, poetry, and tea. Anyone is welcome who wishes to caper through speeches and essays and novels and more. Please ask our Scribbler, Ms. Kelly Warren, to be notified about future meetings.

So far we have read: George Orwell’s Politics and the English Language

Professional Editing: I will connect aspiring writers with editors at publishing houses in cities such as New York City, inter alia. Available ad hoc.

Homecoming Float: I oversee the 10th grade homecoming float. If you want to help design, let me know!

Proposed

If you would like to see any of the below come to fruition, please let me know. I will work hardest on those that receive the most expressed interest.

Partner Dancing: Ms. Wanack and I are considering a club (or a series of workshops) to teach the basics of swingsalsa, and ballroom dancing.

Men’s Fashion: Mr. Handrahan and I are considering a series of workshops to teach the basics of men’s fashion: knots for ties & bow ties, rules of matching (e.g. belt and shoes), etc.

College Admissions: My friend, Aayush Upadhyay, just published a book about the college admissions process based on data from over 5,000 recent applicants. He has agreed to video conference with Jennings students and discuss i) what admissions officers actually look for; ii) students’ chances at various schools, based on their scores, background, etc.; and iii) how to craft their application to maximize those chances.

Chess Club: I’m not excellent (~1300 Elo rating), but I know the basics and would love to study with interested students.