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Croton Teen, Oakwoods Student Temps Fate

Caroline Norfleet
Caroline Norfleet Photo Credit: Contributed

CROTON-ON-HUDSON, N.Y. -- Recently back from representing the United States in an international competition in Belgium, Croton’s budding teen linguist Caroline Norfleet has just graduated from the Oakwood Friends School in Poughkeepsie.

Formally or informally, at Oakwood Friends she has studied Spanish, French, German, Chinese and Japanese. This fall she will be moving to Minnesota to attend Macalester College, a small liberal arts school where she plans to major in linguistics.

Norfleet was one of just two American high school students to participate in this year’s International Philosophy Olympiad.

At the Olympiad she had to write an essay in one of three languages: Spanish, French and German. She chose Spanish.

For her topic she selected various English sayings for her analysis. All of the sayings were related to fate, including “life isn’t fair,” “it is what it is,” and “what goes around comes around.”

In her essay, Norfleet decided she does not believe in fate.

Once you decide something is your fate then that something becomes your fate," Norfleet said. "It makes itself true creating a self-perpetuating prophecy. If instead we assume fate is not real, then we end up having more freedom.”

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