Literary Yard

Search for meaning

By: Elise Nguyen

An elementary class was enjoying their field trip to the beach, staring in awe at the sight of the vast blue waters and the golden sand covering the floor as far as their eyes could see. The children were all excited to run in and play in the water. As they rushed to go in, Motoki, an introverted orphan, stood in the shallow waters of the sea. He watched as the small waves crashed against the shore and rushed onto the sand. At that moment, he stared and said, “I will never forgive you for taking my parents in 2011.”


Elise is a loud and outgoing person from Cerritos, California. After high school, Elise plans on attending UC Santa Barbara, where she looks forward to her future in electrical and computer engineering, and hopes to create new advancements that could one day modernize the world. In her free time, she likes to run, work out, take pictures, play guitar, and listen to the soothing sounds of Island Reggae. When she’s not at home, you can find her riding the waves or tanning at a local beach with her close friends, who she calls her ohana. She also wants to travel the world and visit Hawaii twice a year in the future. Elise hopes to achieve all her dreams and aspirations and eventually start a family.

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