The Tenth Circle: College Applications

“Not even one quarter through my life, I lost my way in a dark bedroom. The only illumination was the pale glow of the Common App website. This is a godless place. I switched from the Common App to Netflix and sulked.

“Distressed and lonely, I cried out, ‘SCREW COLLEGE! SOMEBODY HELP ME!’ and at that moment, a shade appeared in the doorway.

“’O hey dood,’ said the great poet Marsalis AdrianoHe still wore his backpack and his face sported a smarmy grin that was still somewhat inviting. Perhaps it was just the light from my monitor playing off his mochaccino skin, but I felt I could trust him.

“’Hey wanna go to hell dood? It’s right down there,’ he pointed towards the door, ‘might be cool to put on your college app.’

“As I had nothing better to do, I decided to oblige the great mystic in my bedroom, after all, Netflix only distracted me for so long.

“He led me out the door to a platform where, just beyond the edge, was a great black chasm. The jagged edges of the chasm were decorated with graduation caps with the tassels torn off and old forgotten football helmets of formerly glorious players. Marsalis looked to me and shrugged a quick shrug, pursed his lips, and raised his eyebrows skyward. He motioned me to the edge of the platform, where a seemingly endless flight of stairs led into the pit.” [. . .]    -Cole Murphy’s writing, posted by Elliot Quartz, The Current, January 21, 2015.

Continue reading Cole’s perilous journey applying to colleges at The Current, Malibu High School’s Student Newspaper.

You can read more posts by Elliot Quartz here.

Carolina Crown 2015 Show: Inferno

Carolina Crown Drum and Bugle Corps is a World Class competitive junior drum and bugle corps.

“Never has Hell been so captivating and entertaining. ‘Inferno’ took us deep into the world of Italian poet Dante Alighieri’s nine circles of Hell, the circles seen starting near the feet of the corps’ uniform, wrapping up the leg, continuing on the hat, and ending in the feather that points upward to Heaven. Images printed on the color guard’s flags were copies of original Divine Comedy illustrations by French artist Gustave Doré. It was a helluva good time for all, sinful in its rapturous delight.”

The Carolina Crown Corps made it to 2nd place in the Drum Corps International 2015 Finals.

Watch the Corps’s preview show below:

Watch a snippet of the Corps’s final show below:

“La sedia di Dante” [Dante’s Chair]

 “La sedia di Dante”: A rap by high school students about Dante, poetry, life.  Directed by Ian Giovanni Soscara, Forlì, Italy, 2017.

Contributed by Francesco Ciabbatoni and Anna Cafaro

Union City Area High School Inferno models

Students of Hyle Daley’s 10th Grade literature class at Union City Area High School (Penn.) make 3D models of Dante’s Inferno every year.

UnionCityHSBeastsUnionCityHSFuriesTo watch a video showcasing the projects from 2012, click here.

Contributed by Hyle Daley

Ms. Sefton’s Nine Circles of Hell Project

ms-sefton-dante-project-2011At Seabury Hall, a “Coeducational College Preparatory Day School serving Grades 6-12”, located in Maui, Hawaii, some students are assigned a special project.

“Every year around this time, Ms. Sefton asks her Sophomore English students for a “creative representation” of Dante’s Inferno. She’s always thrilled with the results.”

Here are some examples from over the years:

 

 

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Circles of Disney Hell

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This slideshow by Kelly Scott for Richmond High School’s Honors English class breaks Disney characters down into different levels of hell. See the full slideshow here.