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Lynnashia Brooks


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I love Engineering!!


Ennis H S

High School
2020 - 2024


  • Desired degree level:

    Bachelor's degree program

  • Majors of interest:

    • Architecture and Related Services, Other
    • Mechanical Engineering
  • Not planning to go to medical school
  • Career

    • Dream career field:

      Mechanical or Industrial Engineering

    • Dream career goals:



      2020 – Present4 years


      • MVP


      • Engineering, General

        My Pltw — Student
        2020 – Present

      Public services

      • Volunteering

        National Honor Society — Officer
        2021 – Present
      RonranGlee Literary Scholarship
      “Sonnet 141” In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes, For they in thee a thousand errors note; But ‘tis my heart that loves what they despise, Who, in despite of view, is pleased to dote; Nor are mine ears with thy tongue’s tune delighted, Nor tender feeling, to base touches prone, Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited To any sensual feast with thee alone: But my five wits nor my five senses can Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee, Who leaves unswayed the likeness of a man, Thy proud heart’s slave and vassal wretch to be. Only my plague thus far I count my gain, That she that makes me sin awards me pain. The Elizabethan era, marked by many social, political, and cultural changes, which shaped Shakespeare's perspectives on love, relationships, and societal norms with its revival of classical learning and emphasis on humanism. “Sonnet 141,” written by English playwright and poet, William Shakespeare, reveals the intricacies of emotions and insights in relation to the complexities of love. Mostly known for composing plays, Shakespeare had also crafted 154 sonnets. This particular composition uses devices such as paradox, metaphor, and personification to convey the narrator’s revelation of conflicted love. Shakespeare’s poetic narrative invites readers to understand the internal struggle of loving someone, despite knowing all their flaws and dishonesty, and the conscious mind versus the unthinking heart. The central figure for “Sonnet 141” and sonnets 127 through 152 has been speculated to be someone previous literary experts have called “The Dark Lady.” With her identity unknown, there have been many rising questions about her that will remain unsolved, although many have theories. Three main hypothesized women have come up repeatedly throughout the studying of the Dark Lady sonnets. Some have thought her to be Sir Philip Sydney’s sister, the Countess of Pembroke; while George Bernard Shaw believed she was Mary Fitton, one of Queen Elizabeth I’s ladies in waiting. Another speculation is that she was the mother of his supposed illegitimate child named Henry Davenant. Through personification, Shakespeare illustrates how the narrator feels so deeply for someone he has deemed detestable. The third quatrain underscores this, as the narrator acknowledges, “But my five wits not my five senses can/ Dissuade one foolish heart from serving thee” (Shakespeare lns. 9-10). Is it the heart that is foolish, or rather the holder who is foolish? It was written this way to portray that the narrator did not have control over what he feels for her, therefore, he is of no blame for falling under her spell. The narrator not being able to hold himself accountable also means that his mind is weak and inferior to the strength in love he feels in his heart. According to the narrator in “Sonnet 140,” it is seen that his love for her is based on an intense fixation when the narrator expresses, “For if I should despair I should grow mad,/And in my madness might speak ill of thee;” (Shakespeare lns. 9-10) he highlights the profound depth of his feelings. The narrator’s love for the Dark Lady seems to almost drive him mad with obsessiveness and insanity as she seems to not reciprocate his feelings. This further implies how he still is battling with his heart over the lack of control of his mind and emotions. Paradox, a key factor for many Shakespearean pieces, plays out in this writing as well; when the narrator states, “In faith, I do not love thee with mine eyes,” and later contradicts his statement by saying, “But tis my heart that loves what they despise,” (Shakespeare lns. 1, 3). In the next few lines, the narrator goes on to express all of the Dark Lady’s distasteful flaws and his feeling of offense in her presence, attributing it to the interaction of his five wits (imagination, common sense, instincts, fantasy, and memory) and five senses (taste, touch, smell, sight, and hearing). All of his senses are pointedly telling him that she is detrimental to his life, yet he cannot leave her be because wherever she goes, his heart will follow. Another contradictory pair would be in the couplet towards the end of the fourteen-lined set where the narrator expresses his dilemma, “Only my plague thus far I count my gain,/That she that makes me sin awards me pain” (lns. 13-14). As per Helen Vendler, author of The Art of Shakespeare’s Sonnets, this couplet is a reference to Adam and Eve in the Garden of Eden, where Eve encounters sin and subsequently leads Adam to follow. The narrator employs this to align with his toxic longing for the woman he loves, illustrating how she entices him towards sin and furthering the concept of conflicted love. Although, during the 16th century it was seen as weak for a man to feel vulnerability because it was a sign of femininity. Shakespeare metaphorically articulates the narrator’s sentiments by declaring, “Nor are mine ears with thy tongue’s tune delighted,”(ln. 5) by painting a vivid picture of the narrator’s displeasure with the Dark Lady’s voice and the words she speaks. This metaphor emphasizes not just a physical revulsion but also a profound emotional tension between the narrator and the Dark Lady. The portrayal of ears being “not delighted “ suggests that the communication with the Dark Lady fails to bring any joy or satisfaction to the narrator. Examining Shakespearean sonnets reveals that this sonnet almost entirely follows the same pattern as per most of his works, utilizing iambic pentameter and the rhyme scheme of “abab cdcd efef gg.” However, the difference in “Sonnet 141” are the instances where the lines diverge from the norm of iambic pentameter. “Nor are mine ears with the tongue’s tune delighted, / Nor taste, nor smell, desire to be invited” (lines 5,7), where the narrator shows is taste with her words. This intentional deflection disrupts the established rhythm, mirroring the internal, emotional chaos. Analyzing the significance of “Sonnet 141,” it becomes apparent that Shakespeare searches into the intricate dynamics of conflicted love, reflecting the poet’s exploration of emotions within the Elizabethan era’s societal transformations. The sonnet captures the struggle between reason and passion, encapsulating the narrator’s inability to control his intense feelings for the Dark Lady. The identity of the Dark Lady adds an air of mystery to the narrative, with various speculations regarding her, reinforcing the timeless curiosity surrounding Shakespeare’s sonnets. The utilization of paradox, metaphor, and personification enhances the portrayal of the narrator’s internal conflict, showing the enduring power of love despite the acknowledgment of its flaws. The couplet’s allusion to Adam and Eve adds a biblical layer, suggesting that the narrator’s love, although leading him to sin, becomes a source for illness and reward. Through these literary devices, Shakespeare invites readers to delve into the complexities of love, making “Sonnet 141” a moving reflection of the enduring human experience.
      Elevate Women in Technology Scholarship
      NASA's rockets, exemplifying remarkable feats of human ingenuity, transcend the cosmic realm to offer substantial contributions to the improvement of life on Earth. Propelled by NASA's ambitious missions, the progress in rocket technology holds profound implications across diverse facets of our existence. A pivotal domain significantly influenced by these advancements is communication. Satellites launched by NASA have not merely elevated but revolutionized global communication, enhancing accessibility and reliability. Their impact extends from refining weather forecasting to bolstering internet connectivity. In times of emergencies, these satellites facilitate superior coordination, contributing to effective disaster management and fostering a more interconnected and informed global society. Moreover, NASA's rockets play a crucial role in environmental stewardship through satellite-enabled monitoring and research. Equipped with sophisticated sensors, these satellites amass critical data on climate patterns, deforestation, and alterations in the Earth's surface. This information proves instrumental in comprehending and addressing environmental challenges, thereby contributing to endeavors aimed at mitigating climate change and safeguarding the planet's ecosystems. In the realm of healthcare, NASA's pioneering innovations in rocket technology have catalyzed progress in medical imaging. Technologies initially devised for space exploration, such as digital imaging sensors and miniaturized electronics, have seamlessly transitioned into medical devices. This transfer of technology yields more precise diagnostic tools, refined imaging techniques, and ultimately, improved healthcare outcomes. Furthermore, NASA's rockets assume the role of catalysts in inspiring the future generation of scientists, engineers, and innovators. The quest for space exploration becomes a conduit for igniting curiosity and nurturing a fervor for science and technology. Consequently, educational programs and initiatives, propelled by the excitement of space missions, contribute significantly to cultivating a skilled workforce capable of addressing global challenges and propelling innovation across diverse industries. In summation, NASA's rockets transcend their primary role in space exploration; they wield the potential to positively transform our world. Their impact resonates in advancing communication, fostering environmental sustainability, enhancing healthcare, and instilling inspiration in generations to come. The investment in space exploration not only expands our cosmic comprehension but also yields tangible benefits that reverberate positively in our earthly existence.
      Harry Potter and the Sorting Hat Scholarship
      In the enchanting and captivatingly magical world of J.K. Rowling's Harry Potter series, the sorting hat plays a pivotal role in determining a student's destiny at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. Each house at Hogwarts embodies a set of core values and attributes, and the sorting hat's decision is based on which house best aligns with a student's character. For me, Lynnashia, the sorting hat's choice of Gryffindor was nothing short of perfect. From a young age, I’ve always displayed an exceptional level of bravery. I was never one to back down from a challenge or shy away from standing up for what I believed was right. My courage knew no bounds, and this attribute quickly became one of my defining characteristics. My courage was never reckless but a calculated determination to face adversity head-on, and I was always there to protect those in need. My spirit makes me the embodiment of what Gryffindor stands for: bravery, chivalry, and daring spirit. Gryffindor House is not just a home for the brave but also a place where loyalty and camaraderie thrive. I never struggle to make friends because our bonds are formed through similar interests and loyalty. I definitely see myself as a seeker like Harry when playing Quidditch. But beyond that, i also see myself standing up to bullies likes Malfoy, protecting the vulnerable like Harry did Moaning Myrtle and championed justice in every corner of the school. My actions in life correspond with the core principles of Gryffindor House, earning me the respect and admiration of from my peers. I’d always have someone to fall back on too because we are all alike in that way of helping others and persevering. In conclusion, the enchanting world of Harry Potter, me and Gryffindor House are a match made in wizarding heaven. My unwavering bravery, determination, and indomitable spirit all perfectly aligned with the core values of Gryffindor: courage, chivalry, and a daring heart. Throughout her time at school, I prove that I am the epitome of a Gryffindor, never hesitating to confront challenges and injustices. My legacy at the school would be remembered alongside the greatest heroes of Gryffindor House, solidifying my place as a perfect match for this extraordinary house. My story stands as a testament to the magical alignment of character and house that makes Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry a place where every student can truly belong.