What Utopia would look like

After reading Utopia by Sir Thomas More, 12th- grade students wrote their own version of what a utopian society could look like.

By Ada Barrientos

Soramons country is a very well-organized society. The government is in charge of the whole country. It provides a job, medicine, and education to each citizen.

The society’s economic structure is based on how much each family has. There are certain families that have more money than others. These families are in charge of building up the country’s economy. They are paired up with the government to develop the country’s infrastructure and to make it a role model country for the rest of the world. Some cities work in coffee fields, agriculture, and with cattle. They have become one of the greatest exporters of coffee and cattle products. The production of goods is more than enough to feed themselves and export goods.

Soramons has its own currency, the rumin. This currency has helped them gain money in their exports. It helped them to buy goods for themselves in a fair amount of money because it has been produced by their own hard work. This society is very busy during the day. The children go to school; the adults work. Sometimes, there are feasts celebrating birthdays or simply a Sunday’s gathering just to eat some food and have a nice time together with families. Each family’s education is based on God’s teachings. It is very important for them to know about God. Without God, they could have not been able to be the developed country they are now.

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By Darwin Juarez

Nowhere in the world lies a happy city with such well-fortified walls, warm hospitality, and harmony as Ugorial. The warmth encompassing the citizens demonstrates a willingness and desire to help each other. Every citizen shares his or her belongings without asking anything in return. There is no form of government, nor is there a problem to be solved. What a nice place to live in! The paved roads make it accessible to every home. There is no danger of robbery, no discrimination, no social classes, no violation of rights; it is just a perfect dream place to live.

Every house is equipped and covers all the necessities required. No need to steal! Ugorial’s farmers, mechanics, carpenters, actors, and actresses are all equal. NO arrogance exists. When a problem attacks a certain family, the whole city works together to solve the problem, no matter if they have to risk their own lives. In aspects of economy, there is no currency. The entire city works together for the benefit of the city. Nobody buys; nobody sells. The city has a gigantic storage room where the food is stored and where people can go and get whatever they want, whenever they want it. What a nice place! The religious leaders inculcate love and they ache for seeking God. God is the path to perfection, and they acknowledge Him for all they have. In this society, everyone gets along; no one litters.

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By Heidy Orellana

The people are represented by a scholar; he has the responsibility of the city. There are other people including women in the government, and they make decisions that are for the benefit of the city; each person in the government represents a family, the scholar represents all the families.

The social classes on the country are different, but there is no poverty. Every family has their own house, but there is no poverty. Every family has their own house, a house that is safe and clean for its members. A beautiful house with a backyard and with a beautiful garden. Goods and services are exchanged with other cities, and borders are not a problem for the people of this city; immigration does not exist. All people have their own work to sustain their family, the work they do is for the benefit of the city. The goods produced are mostly consumed by the city. Horses are used for transportation in local towns, but for harder transportation trucks are used. The use of horses is to maintain the environment. In order to control population, families are only allowed to have less than three children, and every family must produce a good.

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Fiesta Tipica 2014

The students and teachers of ALCS La Unión hosted the annual school fundraiser and celebration of traditional Honduran food, dress and dance. See photos from the event below:

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Happy Valentine’s Day!

Third grade wishes you a happy, chocolate-filled Valentine’s Day!

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Leo’s Temptation

In language class, the 12th graders read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, and they noted characters struggling with, or struggling to create, temptation. Then, they wrote their own stories of temptation.

Leo’s Temptation

By Nelsy Paz

It was a rainy and cold day when Leo received a letter from his girlfriend. It said that she needed to leave the town and move to a different country. So they had to end their relationship.

Leo didn’t believe what he was reading because it was so terrible for him that he felt no desire to continue living without her. They were going to get married within two weeks and everything had turned upside-down. He started crying and realized that he was not the same without her, he was totally disappointed.

He was deciding whether to go to where his fiancé lived and ask the neighbors for more information about her, when something weird happened in his room. The room got dark and something appeared on Leo’s shoulder: it was an Evil Angel.

Evil Angel: “What are you going to do? Your fiancé is not in town anymore. She left because she didn’t love you. Now she is in another country hanging out with other boys.”

In that moment, the room got lighter and Leo felt something on his right shoulder: it was a Good Angel.

Good Angel: “Shut your mouth, Evil Angel! Leo, your fiancé is suffering the same as you. She didn’t want to leave town, but her parents received some bad news and they needed to go away.”

Evil Angel: “No, Leo! She is better without you. Stay here and realize that you cannot do anything. She is far away and you will never see her again. You are nothing without her.”

Leo: “You are correct! I am nothing, she took my life, energy, and desire to continue living in this unpleasant earth.”

Good Angel: “Leo, stop thinking those dumb ideas, but focus on how you can find her and be with her again.”

Evil Angel: “That’s impossible, Leo! She went to another country. What if she already has another boyfriend? You will only see her again in the other life. I can help you to end with this suffering, my friend!”

Leo: “How can you help me? Are you going to bring her back to me?”

Evil Angel: “No, Leo! You will never see her again in this life, until you die. Your father has a weapon in his room, you can take it and wait for your fiancé in eternity. Commit suicide!”

Good Angel: “No, Leo! Don’t hear him, but if you love her so much, you can use the money you had for your marriage and go find her wherever she is, instead of killing yourself and waiting for her one hundred years.”

Leo: “Yes! That’s true, I have that money and I can ask my dad to lend me some more money and find my love, happiness and peace with her.”

Evil Angel: “Are you kidding me? Come on, I hate romantic scenes.”

Good Angel: “That’s perfect, Leo! She will be so excited and happy to see you again! Good luck, Leo!”

Both Good Angel and Evil Angel disappeared and left Leo alone. In that moment, Leo went to ask his fiancé’s neighbors for the specific place where she was. The next day, he ventured out in his journey in order to find his lovely girl. Within three days, he got to her house. She was amazed to see him again and ran to his arms. After three months, they got married and lived a happy life together.

Money or Happiness: The Story of Ricky Rick.

In language class, the 12th graders read The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis and Dr. Faustus by Christopher Marlowe, and they noted characters struggling with, or struggling to create, temptation. Then, they wrote their own stories of temptation. Below is one of these stories… stayed tuned to the blog for a second story!

Money or Happiness?

By Ricardo Alfaro

Ricky Rick was a famous singer; he got almost everything. He got a Nike shirt, got his money, tons of girls, a huge house with incredible architecture full of luxurious details, and the most expensive cars of the Western Hemisphere.

His fans loved him and everybody wanted to be with him. Everybody said that Ricky Rick had a perfect life because he could get anything he wanted at the time he wished it. Every singer at that time wanted to be like him; even Banno was a student of Ricky Rick. However, people did not know that Ricky Rick was not happy. Ricky Rick had everything, but lacked happiness. He was not happy and would give anything or a great amount of money to have happiness by his side. Ricky Rick thought that money could buy anything.

One day, after a big concert in Las Vegas, he was tired and slept in the penthouse of the hotel Caesars. In a dream an angel appeared to him and said to give everything to the poor and follow Jesus; that would bring happiness to his life. He immediately woke up and thought that he had a clumsy dream.

Ricky Rick thought: “How am I going to be happy if I have nothing to live from, how is that going to make me happy?” He was in an internal battle for the next week because he was considering what the angel told him.

Ricky Rick thought: “Give everything to the poor and follow Jesus, as a result I would have happiness. But I would not have money, amazing cars and my awesome house.”

He had to make a decision: happiness with Jesus but not being a billionaire anymore, or stay the same with his money, cars and huge house but not be happy. A very good friend of Banno and his, Joshy, listened to his problem. Joshy immediately reacted furiously: “What? Are you crazy bro? Have you been smoking man? Don’t even think about it, you don’t want to lose all this.”

Ricky Rick analyzed Joshy’s words all the night. And after days of critical thinking, Ricky Rick realized that he wanted happiness more than anything else. Ricky Rick sold his house and bought a smaller one, sold his cars and his recording industries and gave everything to the poorest people of Africa. He financed house building, provided medicine and food for African people. He also made other donations in Central America.

Since that day, Ricky Rick started being happy and learned that Jesus and the power of sharing brought him more joy than money.