ISIS is a islamic terrorist group that controls parts of Syria and Iraq. ISIS stands for Islamic State of Syria and Iraq. There end goal is to establish a theocracy in both Syria and Iraq. A theocracy is a government based on religious beliefs. ISIS is responsible for many many deaths and they could possibly be a huge threat to the U.S. The ISIS organization has gotten very popular for their harsh ways of governing. People that commit small crimes could have their hands cut off and people who rebel will either be shot or decapitated. Also ISIS has social media accounts and other things that spread their publicity. People look at the feeds because they are very interested in the organization. Also people want to get a first hand view of what going on. ISIS has no limits, they do stuff that people can’t believe. Along with decapitation they tourcher people, robb banks and destroy buildings. Right now the U.S. is launching air strikes on Iraq and Syria. The U.S. believes that ISIS could be a possible terrorist threat because there is no more government to find terrorists within Iraq and Syria. Right now Syria and Iraq are both in complete anarchy.
LACROSSE ORIGINATED IN NATIVE TRIBES. MOSTLY PLAYED IN a open field. THE FIELD WOULD BE ANYWHERE FROM A MILE TO THREE MILES LONG. THEY WOULD PLAY WITH AS MANY AS A THOUSAND PEOPLE. THE GAME COULD LAST FOR DAYS. BECAUSE OF THE FIELD LENGTH IT WAS HARD TO SCORE WITCH MADE FOR AN EXTENDED GAME LENGTH. MODERN DAY LACROSSE DOES NOT LAST AS LONG AND SCORING HAPPENS OFTEN. IN A AVERAGE LACROSSE, GAME A TEAM WILL SCORE THIRTEEN GOALS. When sometimes NATIVE TRIBES WOULD GO DAYS WITHOUT SCORING. THE GAME BEGINS WITH A NATIVE THROWING THE BALL UP IN THE AIR AS BOTH SIDES RUSH AT IT. THERE WERE MANY PEOPLE INJURED IN THIS GAME, BECAUSE THEY WORE VERY LITTLE PROTECTION. IN A WAY LACROSSE GAMES WERE SIMILAR TO WAR. TRIBES WOULD DECORATE THEMSELVES WITH WAR PAINT AND COAL TO GET READY FOR THE GAMES. SOME WOULD EVEN CUT THEMSELVES SO THEY COULD WEAR THEIR BLOOD AS WARPAINT. I MODERN DAY LACROSSE DODGING THE OPPONENT IN ORDER TO SCORE IN ESSENTIAL TO THE GAME. BUT BACK IN NATIVE TIMES DODGING WAS FOR COWARDS AND PASSING WAS CONSIDERED THE BEST WAY TO TRANSPORT THE BALL. THE NATIVES TOOK THIS SPORT VERY SERIOUSLY AND WOULD BET ON THE GAMES. The losing team would lose many ANIMAL SKINS, weapons and jewelry. Lacrosse has come a long way and is now THE FASTEST GROWING SPORTS FRANCHISES IN AMERICA.
I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.
Some things I just hate. Every day I come back from sports I look at my desk and cringe. All my homework sitting there, staring me in the eye. I think to myself about what to do. Because this happens every day, I became great at thinking of excuses. But this time I thought different. If I do this now, I won't have to do it later. If I just get going I won't have more weight on my shoulders. I just have it get it over with.
If you have work to do, you have to get it over with. Of you keep on procrastinating, the work load gets bigger, and so does your stress level. If you get it over with, your work load gets smaller and your stress level decreases. Just get it over with.
I start to do my homework. I told my self, get it over with, you can do it. As I finish some of my assignments, I start to loose focus. But I need to get it done, have to get it over with.
As I finish my homework I realize I made the right choice. If you get it over with you get a good nights sleep, and no stress. Your not up until 1 doing homework. If you get your work our of the way, your life is easier and less stressful.
Getting work over with is a great way to feel the least amount of stress as possible. If you get it over with, your life will be simple and easy.
Every day I dread spanish class. It's an hour non-stop of a teacher talking to your in spanish. And when you get put in honors because your advisor is the teacher, you don't have a good time. First off, half the time you can't understand the teacher speaking. Because the whole class is in spanish, it's hard to ask questions and to get the answer to those questions. Also its hard to understand the guidelines and directions.
Another thing that makes spanish the hardest class in the vocabulary. You are constantly tested on words that you have to memorize in spanish. Usually I would put them in my head and then just forget then. But because we have mid-term exams this year, I have to keep the words in my head. This takes time. I have to sit at my desk for hours just going through dozens of flags cards. And if you are bad a memorizing things like I am, you have a hard time drilling the words into your head. Those are just two of the reasons why spanish is the hardest class. But if you really study hard, you can overcome spanish. You just have to keep on swimming.
Most people would choose dance or photo as their art. But when choosing your arts you have to think, what will I get our of this art. Eight spectacular boys at the Fenn school made the right choice. They put beginning guitar as there first choice of arts. Beginning guitar consists of eight men, and their eight guitars. Within the first term our teacher made us spectacular guitar players. We mastered many chords and scales. At the end of the class my hands could move faster than ever. Our class managed to master two great and legendary songs, that when played by us sound like birds chirping. We mastered Twinkle Twinkle Little Star and Ode to Joy. Because only a select few people in the world can play this song, it makes our class special. I feel bad for the people that couldn't join this class. You really missed out, but I do hope you had fun with your paint brush. I hope you have better luck next term.
*****Real footage from the guitar class
Get up, stand up, Stand up for your rights. Get up, stand up, Don't give up the fight
You cant let people push you around, you have to stick up for yourself. It was just a normal day at school. The sun was shining as I walk through the door going into Thompson Hall. As I'm putting my books into my locker I see my most feared thing in the word. If you want to get pushed around you keep your mouth shut. If you want to not get pushed around you have to sit up for your self. Don't be silent, be loud. Stick up for yourself.
My greatest fear was Jack. It was my forth grade year, coming into a new school so I didn't know what to expect. And when I met Jack, my expeditions went down. When he started to give me a hard time, I knew it was time to stick up for myself.
"Hey loser" he said.
I needed to stick up for myself, so I did. I told him to leave and that I never wanted to talk to him again. That made him silent. He looked down and walked away. The best thing can do is stick up for yourself. When I stuck up for myself it felt good, it also got him off my back. If you stand up for yourself you are bound to get a bully of your back, it is the right thing to do.
Literary Analysis Paragraph 2
November 4, 2014
Fit's 8th Grade English
"That put the thing in a new light. Ben stopped nibbling his apple. Tom swept his brush daintily back and forth—stepped back to note the effect—added a touch here and there—criticised the effect again—Ben watching every move and getting more and more interested, more and more absorbed"
(Chapter 4, The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, by Mark Twain)
Being able to manipulate people is a great skill to have. In the Adventures of Tom Sawyer Tom can manipulate anyone he wants to. He has perfected this skill. Does does many things to manipulate people. And he can manipulate just about anyone. Tom uses this amazing skill to get out of things like chores, and punishments. One day when Tom was stuck doing chores he put his skill into play. It was a beautiful sunny Saturday in Missouri and Tom was stuck outside whitewashing a fence. He began to think of a way to get out of this chore. This is when Tom used his magnificent skill.
“Oh come, now, you don't mean to let on that you LIKE it?"
In the Adventures of Tom Sawyer, Tom has perfected manipulation and he uses it through out the day. He changes peoples thought and ideas with only his words. When he gets out of whitewashing the fence, he manipulates one of his friends with only his actions and words. He makes his friend do his work for him. Manipulation is presented in this book throughout every chapter. Manipulation makes Tom the interesting character he is.
Have you ever done something to gain someone's respect back? Tom wanted Becky’s love back so he did something to win her back. Becky had ripped the teacher’s beloved book. Immediately Becky knew that she was going to receive a big punishment. She didn’t want to get punished, she never gets in trouble. So when the teacher found out about the book, Tom took the beating and eventually ended up winning back Becky.
I had a relatable experience to Tom. When I first came to Fenn I didn’t know what to expect. I had to make new friends and for the first time in my life I felt that grades actually mattered. The first term I was getting to know people, not really focusing on my grades. At the end of the term my parents were not pleased with me. They saw my grades and were mad. So the next term I was determined to get good grades. I went into the next term determined and ready to work. I needed to gain my parents respect back. And in the end I did. This relates to The Adventures of Tom Sawyer because in order for Tom to win back Becky, he needs to do something to gain her respect. And I had to show my parents that I was worthy or this school. I had to gain their respect. And by working hard I got good grades. Tom ended up taking a big punishment to win Becky back. We both had to do something that we didn’t want to do. But we both ended up persevering and doing it. And in the end we gained the respect we needed.
Have you ever done something that you regretted, well Tom has. As I was reading chapter 19, Tom's secret eventually spills. When he came back to his town he lied about the dream. He said he dreamt about everything that happened while he was gone. He did this to ease the punishment and to take his Aunts thoughts off of his disappearance. And in the end, he ended up getting in trouble. He immediately regrets his decision to lie, he want to take it back right away. “Auntie, I wish I hadn’t done it--but I didn’t think.” he says right after he is accused of lying.
When I lie it is often to get out of something I did, just like in Tom’s case. One time I told a lie that I regretted immediately. One time during my lacrosse season, I broke a friendship with one of my closest friends. At the start of one of our many practices I noticed something sticking out my friends lacrosse bag. It was the newest head. If you didn’t know a lacrosse head is, it is the plastic part screwed onto the shaft. Without thinking I picked the stick up and started playing with it. After I rip a shot at the net I hear a crack. I look at the head and it is broken. I run back to the bag and place it back inside. Later during practice when we start to warm up I can hear a scream come from David, the owner of the head I broke. I heard David going around asking people who was using it. When he came to me I immediately denied it. Some how he found out. I didn’t know what to do. I didn’t have any money, or an extra lacrosse head for him to use. In the end, our friendship was lost. This relates to The Adventures of Tom sawyer because in chapter 16 Tom goes through the same experience. Lying is not the right path and both me and Tom found that out the hard way. The truth will set you free.
The jealous are troublesome to others
When I read chapter 18 in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer, I could really relate to one thing. That one thing was jealousy. When Tom returned form the island he became famous with all of his classmates. He stared to pay little attention to Becky and focus on Amy. This made Becky furious. She tried many things to get Tom back but none of them seemed to work. Final Becky started to pay attention to another boy. But when that failed the plan hurt Tom more than is was supposed to. When Becky told the boy off he got mad; he grabbed Tom's spelling book and put ink all over it. This wasn't supposed to happen, but it did. When I was in third grade I had a similar experience to this. I was sitting at my desk waiting to get my math test back. I was sitting right next to my best friend, James. James wasn't a very good student. He never studied and always got a bad grade. I on the other hand studied a lot for tests; so when the teacher handed them back I was furious. James had gotten a better score than me. I knew he Hadn't studied and I knew that I should have gotten the better score. Later that day me and James were walking down the hall. We suddenly noticed something in a locker. It was the newest Pokemon card. James quickly stole it before I said anything. This made me even more jealous. I later told a teacher about how James had stolen the card. He was sent to the office and was grounded for a couple days. I never meant for this to happen I just felt bad. Becky felt the same way when Tom lost interest in her. Jealousy is something that is dishonest and bad. I you ever feel that way, never express it. Put it inside you and distract yourself with something else.
As I was reading chapter sixteen in The Adventures of Tom Sawyer there was one thing that I could really relate to. This was when Becky starts to miss Tom. Becky didn't know how much she liked Tom until he was gone. When I was in 5th grade I had something that meant the world to me; it was a dog. She was named Cricket because she would jump whenever she would meet a new person. I spent time with her and sometimes took her for a walk. But there would be some weeks where I wouldn't pay any attention to her. I would just be busy, I wouldn't have time to throw the ball with her or take her on a walk. After a couple years of owning her I began to spend less time with her because every new thing eventually loses it's interest. I would never take her for walks anymore and I would rarely throw the ball to her. One day she went missing. We stay out all night looking for her but we just couldn't find her. The next day we got a call. She had gotten hit by a speeding car. We rush over to where she had gotten hit. Ten minutes after she got hit she passed away. This relates to the book because when my dog died I felt the same feeling as Becky felt. Becky was mean to Tom and neglected him, but when he "drowned" she was sad. She wanted him back and she ended up getting lucky. One of Mark Twains greatest talents is the ability to relate his writing to his readers. This makes the book fun. But this also makes you think about your life and reflect on yourself. This style of writing is what makes Mark Twain and brilliant writer.
As I continue to read Tom Sawyer I see a different side of Tom. In the previous chapters Tom has manipulated and tricked people to his advantage. When Tom got the neighborhood kids to white wash the fence he manipulated them to think that it was an art and that only few could do it write. He used his skills to change people thoughts and ideas. But in these chapters Tom didn't manipulate people, he didn't even do anything bad. Tom felt new things during this chapter. He felt sad and he started to hate him self because Tom was having a bad couple days he felt like know one wanted him. He started to feel sad. Normal Tom Sawyer would not feel sad. He would not think twice about anything. His main goal in life was to have as much fun as possible. Tom and his group of friends started to feel like they needed to get away. They get the an idea to make a raft. When they finish the raft they steal food and other goods from their houses. When they realized the whole town thought they drowned he swam all the way back to his house just to make sure his aunt knew he was okay. This shows Tom is a emotional little boy who cares about his family and friends.
When Tom does this it does not only make the book better but it makes the reader fall in love with the character. Tom before was a crafty smart person who would often get other people to do his work for him. The reader wants a good guy, not a bad guy. This makes you feel sympathetic and makes you want to help the character. Tom Sawyer is a great character he has two sides which made the book fun and exciting to read.
Not only do I think being nice and kind is easy but being kind, in my opinion, is important.
Kindness is something everyone can do, but not everyone does it; if you chose to be kind you life changes greatly. I learned to be kind the hard way. If you chose not to be kind people don't like you and don't want to be with you. If you are kind to people, people will be kind back. Kindness is a great quality to have, it can help you make friends and long time relationships. It was a Friday morning at school and I was hanging out with my newly found friends. I still wasn't in with them, I hadn't know them that long so I wasn't as close to them as I wanted to be. I wanted to feel included in their group, so I felt I had to prove my self. One of my class mates James, apaches the group and saids hello. I notice something about him. He had a line of stitches along his forehead. I realize that if I made fun of this kid, maybe my new friends would bring me into their group.
"What's up Frankenstein" I say
Everyone one starts laughing. He turns around walks away. I immediately regret my decision. I made someone feel bad so I could fit in with a group of friends. Later that day I ask my new group of friends if they want to hang out.
"You didn't get invited" one of them says
"To what" I reply
"James it throwing a party. We have to go but we might be able to hang tomorrow." They say.
I feel a pit in my stomach. I wasn't invited, I wasn't invited, I keep repeating in my head. All because I had hurt some kids feelings to try to fit in. Kindness can be a great quality to have, but if you don't have it people don't like you. Kindness can make you many new friends but at the same time; if you be mean you can lose friends. I learned this the hard way. If you be nice and kind you will be loved, but if you aren't then you will be disliked and hated.
Talent wins games, but teamwork and intelligence wins championships
It was the moment me and many other players have been waiting for. We have been practicing for years and now its time. My hockey team and I were up in Vermont at a tournament. If you managed to win you would be highly respected as a team. Because we hadn’t won a game yet this year this could be the turn around we needed. It was my first year of bantam hockey. If my team and I could pull away with this victory I would be the happiest 12 year old on the face of the world. If we could come together and win, we would be looked at with respect and honor. There was one major thing that would win us this tournament, teamwork.
If we could pass the puck, move our feet and put the puck in the net, we would win. Teamwork is something that can help you win more than just a hockey game. If you have a good team and you work together you can accomplish anything. Alone you can only do so much, but when you have a team you can complete anything thrown your way.
As I skate out on the ice I can feel the endless pit in my stomach. I skate over to the far side of the face of circle and wait for the referee to throw the puck down on the ice. I look at my team. We were ready, our strong team bond and abundance of teamwork was about to pay off. When a team has one good player they will win. But when a team has people that know each other and that have been friends their whole lives they don’t stand a chance.
As the puck is dropped I skate over to get the puck. I get it and fling it down into the other teams zone. My line mate Jay, chases after it will all of his might. But the other team is quick and they get control of the puck. We quickly change so that fresh skaters can get on the ice. By the time we get back on the ice its half way through the first. Aiden my other line mate, blocks a shot and it goes towards me. I get the puck and start sprinting up the ice. There is one defender standing in my way. I get ready to shoot but I see Jay trailing behind me. I pass it to him and he rips a shot, Goal. We now lead by one. Because of our teamwork and how we passed the puck we now had a chance at winning the game. As the first and second period ended the score is one to one. We ready ourselves for the last twenty minutes of hockey. We finally had a chance.
As the final period started we had a terrible shift. There were three shots on goal and we almost blew our chance. We had to come together as a team to beat our opponents. On the bench we talk about would we could do better. We create a play that would put the puck in the back of the next. With a minute left Jay has control of the puck. He yells, signaling the play. I skate to the far blue line and receive a pass. As I head into their zone I dish it over to Aiden. He quickly snaps it over to Jay as he shoots it. The puck hits off the goalie's stick and trickles in, goal.
Teamwork is what got us through this game victorious. Teamwork is the ultimate key to success.
Being smart or athletic is a skill, but being crafty is a way of living life.
Tom Sawyer gazed at the immense task before him. It was any ordinary summer day, every one was playing and having fun. Except for one kid who was stuck outside of his Aunt Polly’s house whitewashing a fence. Tom Sawyer was bored out of his mind. But with the amount of craftiness Tom had, he could get out of anything. Being crafty is something that can help you along all through life. You can change peoples thoughts, ideas and most important of all, get out doing tasks you don’t want to do.
Soon after he started to whitewash starts to think of a way to get out of the chore. A couple minutes after Tom’s friend Ben, approaches him. Tom being smart acted like painting fences was his favorite thing to do. He presents whitewashing as a great skill and that only he could manage it. Soon Ben wants to paint the fence. He changed his mind with only his actions and words.
“I’ll give you the core of my apple” Ben says.
Tom then acted like it’s to hard of a job for Ben. He said he wasn't sure if he would do it wright . This only made him want it more.
“I’ll give you all of it!” Ben pleads
Tom gives in and lets him whitewash the fence.
Soon after many other kids are lining up to paint the fence. We manipulated every kid so that they would be dying to paint the fence. Billy Fisher was the next in line to paint. Tom started making them pay more and more to paint the fence. He benefited two things from being crafty. He was able to get many things and he also got the job done much faster than he would have by himself.
Tom did not only get out of his work that day, but he learned a lesson that would last him his whole life.
I am Number 4
I Am Number Four, by Pittacus Lore, copyright 2010, is a fiction book for young adult readers. The book is about a select few children that have avoid death their whole lives. The book switches characters points of view throughout the book. These kid’s have to run their whole lives from people trying to murder them. The evil people who hunt them called Mogadorians, want to kill the children so they can take over the world. The powerful children are the only things stopping the Mogadorians from domination. The characters have to be courageous, strong and willing to fight, throughout their whole lives.
The story took the point of view from the various children in the book. The point of view changes throughout the book so you can see the lives of more than just one character. The story is about children that don’t even have names, because they are constantly running away, they change their identities, housing, and lifestyle. The book mostly is intended for teenagers and young adults.The genre is fiction, but there are many action and adventure stories tied within the book. Another thing I loved about the book was the writing style. The book is intense and keeps you on the edge of your chair. He kept me interested with the vivid detail and surplus of diallage. Pittacus Lore made this book very interesting to his audience (Young Adults) because there was a lot of action and fighting throughout the book.
Bravery and courage helped the characters protect themselves throughout the book. In I Am Number 4, Number 2 one of the special children, had to fight off many Mogadorians all at one time. She could have given up and let her world down, but she used her training and battled every one. She did not only protect herself she protected the people around her. Bravery helps the characters survive their lives, it is a amazing tool in this book.
I Am Number 4 is one of the best books I have ever read. It made me feel many different ways and I couldn't put it down. When a character would die it would make me feel sad, when they escaped the Mogadorians the book made me feel happy and cheerful. This book also made me think. When I was a child I wasn’t strong of brave. I was afraid of many things. I thought back and pictured myself with people hunting me down. I would be constantly stressed. Also I couldn’t last moving around as much as they do. This book made me realize how fortunate I was to have a home to live in. Also a great thing about this book was that it was unique. I had never read any other book like it, it tied in action with emotion to make a style of writing I have never read before.
The great amount of suspense and action kept me reading more and more. If you like a book with action, suspense and emotion you should read this book. This book did not only keep me reading but it made me reflect on my life and my personality.
A dream doesn't become reality through magic; it takes sweat, determination and hard work.
It was the moment thousands of people had been dying to see. Many tears would be shed and dreams will be crushed. It was the 1980 Winter Olympics. Thousands watched as the Russian and U.S. hockey teams battled for the gold. The U.S. was trying to break the seven year long winning streak of the Russian Team. The team that worked the hardest would take the name, of the best hockey team in the world. If you want to win, you have to fight. The U.S. Hockey team was projected to lose, but if they had put in the work throughout the season ,they would be victorious. With the help of a new coach Herb Brooks, the U.S. hockey team would try to beat the almost indestructible, Russian team. Hard work would show who deserved the metal more. Hard Work is something that can help you through many
obstacles and problems in life. If you work at something for a while, you are bound to be good at it. Hard work is something that can help you with anything. If you have determination you can work through any disadvantage.
As the U.S. hockey team took the ice, they knew that the work they put into the game, would show after. Every night staying until the manager of the rink shut off the lights and taking those long bus rides to play in expedition games, would pay off. As the puck dropped roars from the crowd erupted. Russia had put in the work the previous years. They were strong and fast, while the U.S. didn't work as hard and had fallen under Russia the previous six years. If you want to win, you have to fight. This year the U.S. was ready. They had skated countless hours at the rink. Some days they would even sprint until they puked. If they wanted to win, they would have to sweat, practice, and score goals. The game had begun, the team that skated the hardest and played the smartest would take home a gold medal. The first goal resulted in a lack of effort. The defender wasn't covering his man at the top of the crease. A slap shot form the Russians tipped of a teammates stick and deflected into the net. The defender on the U.S. team wasn't working hard enough and got out muscled by the Soviet player. But the U.S. had a history of falling back early. They were used to the lack of energy coming from the stands. Soon after, late in the first period the hard work of the U.S. team payed off. A offensive man sprinted down the ice and put a shot passed the goalies glove. The pace was starting to pick up just as the Russians scored a goal at the very end of the first. The fans and players were devastated. The work of the Russians paid off after the first period, because they lead by one goal. In the locker room Craig, the starting goalie, reflected on the first period. He new that he wasn't playing good enough. He took a deep breath, focused and stepped back into the net.
The puck was dropped once again, and the teams started to battle for the gold, as they did the period before. The U.S. quickly scored a tying goal. This was the turning point in the game. The crowd started to gain hope and the cheers started to get louder and louder. All their hard work was starting to pay off. One of hockey's most astonishing moments occurred just then. The Russian team just pulled the best goalie out of the net and replaced him with Vladimir Myshkin. But the goalie did play well. He allowed no goals in the second period. people were astonished with his play. The Soviets battled hard in the second period, outshooting the U.S. 2-12. At the end of the second the Soviets scored another goal. They now lead 3-2. The next final twenty minutes would decide the fate of the gold medal. As the puck dropped for the third time at center ice, the teams began to get angry and frustrated. The U.S. was mad about the score and the Soviets were made about their performance. How could they let the United States fall behind them by only one point. At the start of the third, there was a penalty called on the Soviets. This was America's chance. As the U.S. brought the puck down the ice they ripped a shot at the goalie. After the puck ricochet of the goalies pads the American team obtained the puck once again. The team captain of the U.S. controlled the puck as he ripped a shot from the outside. It slid right under the glove of the Soviet goalie. The crowd went wild as the momentum shifted once again. Only a couple of shifts later another shot went to the net and somehow found its way past the goalie. The Soviets started to get scared. Because they were down by a goal, for the first time in the tournament. That woke them up. Instead of the U.S. transitioning to an defencive strategy they kept on shooting. As the clock ticked down there was a scramble. The hard work of both teams is about to pay off. The Soviets shot the puck wide with thirty seconds remaining. On the rebound, the U.S. retrieved the puck and flung it down the ice. As the clock hit zero gloves flung into the air.
The hard work of the United States hockey team payed off. The whole team went down in history as the gold medals were placed around their necks. It had been done, the U.S. outworked and outplayed the Russians, the streak had been broken.
The beatbox, made by Beats is a wonderful audio music speaker. The speaker has a stellar look to it and has great sound quality. If you are throwing a party this is the perfect speaker. Its loud and portable. There are two handles on the sides for easy transportation. When outside its easy to connect, your phone and start playing music that everyone can hear. You can adjust the volume from you device, or from the speaker itself. Also this speaker doesn’t break. The Beatbox is made for dropping. I have dropped this indestructible speaker many times and all that is visible are some scratches. The most amazing feature of the speaker is the bluetooth connection. Bluetooth is a wireless connection that allows you to play music on the speaker. Most speakers have ten feet of bluetooth connection. While with this speaker has thirty feet of connection. But there are some downsides to this speaker. It runs on D batteries. Sometimes it dies without giving you a warning. Also sometimes the bluetooth will disconnect and you have to restart the speaker. Otherwise this speaker is the one to buy.
“I'm not upset that you lied to me, I'm upset that from now on I can't believe you.”
-- Friedrich Nietzsche
Lying is not only bad, but it can ruin the trust and friendship between two people. If you do something bad and lie about it, you dig yourself into a deeper hole. Deeper than the hole you already put yourself into. I learned that trust is a powerful thing after, I broke the trust of my parents and brothers. Trust is a powerful thing. One lie could destroy all the trust you have with someone else. When I was in the third grade I broke the trust between my family. It was a frigid winter day in December. My friend Pete and I were playing in the fresh snow as my Mom leaves to go the grocery store. My dad was at work so there was no one at the house. My friend and I soon come up with the idea to have a snowball fight. As I run around the corner near my garage door, I felt as if a rock just hit me in the head. I come to realize it’s snow. I wipe the snow of my face, just in time to see Pete running around the opposite side of my house with a grin on his face. I run him like a bull. I am raging with anger. I pick up hard chunk of ice laying near the tree, overhanging my house and hurl the ball with all my might at Pete. A split second later glass covers the snow and guest room window is shattered.
“Nice going” Pete says.
“What should I do” I say back.
“Just don’t tell your parents, they won’t notice a thing.”
I take his advice and run inside with a pit in my stomach. Later when my mom comes home, I have dinner and go to sleep without incident. I wake up to my mom and dad calling my three brothers down stairs. Breakfast is laid down in front of us. But my mom and dad look mad. I Instantly I know why.
“Who broke the window, its 44 degrees in here! Your father had to spend his whole morning, taping up the open space!” My mom screams at us.
Being scared and not thinking, I immediately shook my head and declined the accusation. My mom pined the blame on my youngest brother Ben. I felt bad at this point, but being selfish I let him take the punishment. After school that day my mom came back and yelled at me. She told me that Pete told his mom what happened and that I'm grounded. I had broken the trust between my parents, but also lost the respect of my brother.I couldn’t be at home by myself anymore, or go out and play with Pete. It took a while for me to regain that trust. Even though at the time it feels good to lie, it always gets you at the end. No matter what you do, or say, lying will help you. It will only get you into more trouble. The truth will always set you free.
Have you ever had a big sports game to play, or a big test your nervous about. Well imagine that, but millions of people are watching you. But if you flunk that test or lose the game, you will lose not only money, but fame and fortune. And if you stay relaxed, and win, you get millions of dollars. In order to complete the task, you have to stay relaxed. Thats exactly how Sage Kotsenburg felt as he stood at the top of the 200 foot snow mound. He knew if he completed this set of tricks, he would become known as the best snowboarder in the world.
Sage Kotsenburg was competing in slopestyle snow
boarding. This is in close relation with freestyle snowboarding. Proper tricks and grabs get you points. I you can’t grab the board while you're in the air or fall, you lose points. If you don’t get enough points you don’t advance. Sage had advanced to the highest stage in the competition, the finals.
Its was February 8th in Russia, at the Rosa Khutor Extreme snowboarding park. Sage was competing in the biggest winter competition in the world, the 2014 winter olympics. Sage Kotsenburg worked his whole life for this moment. He’s two minutes away from getting the first gold medal of the competition. He had been snowboard for more years than he could remember. As he he stood up on the starting block, he took a deep breath in.
In Sochi athletes are never relaxed. Their whole careers stare them in the face as they get ready for their performance. Sage on the other hand was very relaxed. Right before the starting horn went off he smiled at the cameras, chewed his gum and waved to the crowd standing 200 feet below him. As the horn blew he pushed of the green bars beside him and began the routine he had practiced a million times before.
As he zoomed down the course, shredding the white snow beneath him, he hits the first rail. He quickly reaches behind him and slides his hand along the rail as he spins off of the front of the red beam.He gets ten points, for this trick, hoping to get to the highest score, of 100. When he hits the first fifty foot jump he spins around three times while pointing the board straight to the sky. He franticly clutches the nose (front) of his board, while he’s in the motion of spinning. He closes his eyes and feels the ground beneath his feet again.
The time has come. This trick would decide if he would live rich and famous or broke and unpopular. As he hits the lip of the jump he drastically points his board upward and grabs the nose like the trick before. Throws his momentum backwards as he flips and spins upside down and sideways. As he sees the white ground approaching he lets go of his nose, just after he had completed his third backflip. Perfect landing. It was up to the judges now. As he takes of his board off, he looks at the score. 97.6. He had blown all of his competitors out of the water. He was now know as the best snowboarder in the world.
"Alone we can do so little, together we can do so much."
Teamwork can help you through lots of obstacles, whether it has to do with school, work, or any other problems, throughout your lifetime. Up in New Hampshire, at a summer camp called, Windsor Mountain, teamwork helped my classmates and I dodge many bullets that were shot our way.In Windsor Mountain we had to practice and use teamwork, throughout the day. My advisor group and I bonded while we practiced scenarios that would strengthen our teamwork.My advisor group and I had to transport a bucket of water from one side of a large field, to the other. We would have to avoid the rocks protruding out of the ground and use a great amount of communication, to transport the bucket. If we couldn’t transport it in time, or spilled the water there would be a major setback. Also we could not move on to the next challenge. But we could only hold on to ropes, sticking out of a wooden plank. The water was placed on top of the wooden plank, so it was harder to move the bucket. We all had to come together as one, to lift the platform. After a lot of communication, we transported the platform to the other end of the field. Teamwork did not only help us with this exercise, but it made me realize that if we came together as one, we could achieve more, than we could achieve, while on our own. This also strengthened my leadership and communication skills. Without those attributes, your team will fail. Teamwork can help you through all aspects of life. You have to learn to listen, and lead the team in the right direction. If you can learn to do that, you can accomplish anything.
Ding! Jack shoots one off the cross bar and the hope on our faces is wiped away. We blew our chance. We lost 3-2 and Concord Carlisle lacrosse still hasn’t won a game, yet this season. Our coach snaps his clipboard over his knee and lets out a loud grunt. If the shot had been one inch lower, we would have broke our year long, losing streak. Everyone shakes their heads in disappointment. With our heads down,we walk over to the field where our next game was going to be played. We feel the nerves in our stomachs as the referee starts the game.
I was playing attack; my favorite position. Attack is the same as offence in soccer. The only difference is if you cross the midline, the referee will call offsides. There are three attack on each end of the field. With defenders guarding every one. The key to attack is being quick, if you are not quick you could cost your team the game.
Possession is called and I go to my position, behind the net. I patiently wait for the ball to come into our offensive zone. Finally I get my chance. Jackson, the center midfielder, is running down the field with three defenders chasing behind him. I look to my two offensive partners, Noah and Derek. Derek calls “x”. X is a play where I get the ball from behind, Roll along the crease and pass it to him. Which should, when the play is done right, create a scoring chance. When Jackson gets to the edge of the restraining box, he dumps the ball to me. I roll along the crease and look for Derek. He’s not open. To my right, I hear Noah yell for the ball. I pass it to him and watch him shoot. The ball whistles through the air and falls into the silky white net, Goal.
“Great shot” I yell over to Noah.
“Great pass” He yells back.
I start to think to myself we could get our first win today.
The score is now 5-4, in the last quarter, with five minutes to play. We lead by one goal. I start to get a pit in my stomach. I keep repeating, “Dont mess up” in my head. I heard cheers from our parents as Jackson runs it down the field once again. Carolina is called and I get ready to score. Jackson passes the ball to Derek as he runs toward the crease. I run along the solid white line of the crease and call for the ball. I see the ball being hurled towards me. But at the same time I can feel the pit in my stomach, getting larger. This goal would finish the game. I catch the ball and look towards the net. I drop my stick behind me and let the ball fly. But instead of the ball going in the net, it falls out the back of my stick. I try to find the ball but its to late. The other team got the ball, ran down the field and scored. I just gave the other team, a winning chance.
Soon the clock runs out, and overtime is called. After getting some nasty looks from my teammates I go back to the field. I shake it off and keep playing. I needed to prove to my friends and my coach that I was worthy of this team. Now I hear loud cheers coming from parents. Its Jackson again coming down the field with the ball. Again I hear Derek call Carolina. I close my eyes for a second, then start running along the crease. Derek is passed the ball. He fakes a pass to Noah and then looks for me. I can see the ball coming. I slowly watch it land in my stick. But a sharp pain fills my left arm. The ball had been checked out of my stick. I run to the ball rolling across the ground. I pick it up and hurl it behind my back. The ball bounces of the ground and through the goalie's legs. Cheers from the crowd fill my ears. I broke the losing streak. The final score, 6-5.
It was just any normal Sunday afternoon. The sun was shining, through the green leaves that covered the trees. But soon this day would turn into a bad one, not only for me, but for thousands of people.
I hear the car horn from my room. I quickly run outside, open the silver door of the car, and jump in. I look over to my friend Pete and smile. Today was going to be great, I thought to myself. I say hello to Mrs. Mccauley sitting in the driver seat and ask her how long the trip will be. She told me Boston is thirty minutes away. I couldn’t wait to see what was to come. Patrick, Pete’s brother, shows me his phone. He explains that Courtney, Pete’s sister, is the light blue dot on the screen. He explains while courtney is running in the race, we could track her. How far she had ran, how close she was to the finish line, stuff like that.
Once we pull into the six story parking lot, I jump out of the car and begin the descent. The elevators had been out of order that day, so he had to take the long flight of stairs down to the lobby. Once out on the street we can see blue and yellow everywhere. One people’s clothes, on buildings, and signs waving high in the sky. Walking down the street was fascinating. I saw many T-Shirt sands and tall skinny people with ribbons around their necks. They must have finished the 26 mile race already. I look to my right and a big tv shows the winner being handed his prize. A check for 800,000 dollars. I couldn’t believe that he could finish a marathon that fast. Finally after the long walk we made it over to the finish line. A hundred yards away I could see the balloons wrapped around the sign, that said Boston Marathon 2013.
We Slip behind and gate and walk up to the fence that separated the runners from the audience. I look at Patricks phone and see that Courtney is only two miles away from the finish. I try to slip through the crowd to get a better look. Soon I have a clear view of the finish. I can hear the cheers as the people finish the race and the cries of joy coming from their families. I move to the back of the crowd, where Patrick, Pete and Mrs. Mccauley are standing. I lean up against the light post and continue watching the race. 1.6 miles away. I hear fireworks shooting of from the finish line, I could smell the smoke. Suddenly I heard cries of pain. I look to where the fireworks went off. Everything is scattered, and there’s blood everywhere.
Patrick takes charge and tries to push down the fence. Its not working. We turn around and try to go into a hotel but the owner locked the doors. I look at my left a hear another loud bang and more screams. People from the armed forces push down the fence and we flood the street. We realize that there has been two bombs. We try to call courtney. We tell her to turn around, and meet us at the… Suddenly the phone lines are down. We head back to the light post and keep trying to call Courtney. Straight to voicemail.
“Run! Run! Patrick yells,” “There's a backpack.”
I look back the way we came and started to run.