Francesca M. explains the magazine beautifully in her opening letter below. Please click here to read the entire publication.
Throughout the seven years I have been at Carlthorp School, I have heard and asked
hundreds, perhaps thousands of questions. Some were simple and insignificant. What time is
recess? Why is the car ride from school to home so long? Is class over yet? However, I have
also heard questions full of depth, ones that make you really think critically about the world
and our surroundings. Students have asked questions concerning politics, cultures and the
Curiosity is such an important part of human existence. Because of it, humanity has
discovered new things and enhanced our knowledge of the universe. If Galileo had not
been curious about the stars, he might have never discovered that the earth revolves around
the sun. If Katherine Johnson had not been curious, she may not have pursued her studies
of math and eventually go on to help launch the first human into space.
Galileo and Katherine Johnson were both very intelligent. But they were not born with
the knowledge of the universe. They were not born having memorized equations, deep
literature, or important historical events. Perhaps they had a gift for these things later on, but
neither was born this way. They became who they were, by being observant, learning what
they could with the resources they had, and, most importantly, by exerting their never
ending curiosity. As Albert Einstein said, “I have no special talent. I am only passionately
It is with this in mind, that we chose this year’s contest to be detective stories. As we
read the stories submitted by the incredibly creative students, we noticed that there seemed
to be one main thing each main character has in common - they were all exceedingly
curious. All of the characters had that urge to solve the problem they faced. They had to be
curious and look for clues where they might least expect to find them. If not for the
protagonists’ curiosity, the mysteries might never be solved. The Clarion is full of fun,
creative, and informative literature; and I hope you are curious enough to explore them all.