Sarah Payne is role model, mentorTo the editor:From a young age I’ve looked up to Sarah Payne. I first met her during summer time swims in her father’s pool in which I was considered a good family friend. Later in my life, I met her again while she was the executive director for the local ACD Festival during Labor Day. During this time, I had the opportunity to work under her throughout my involvement in the DeKalb High School show choir program as we volunteered for community events. As a result, I got to see the impact Sarah has had on our community and its people first hand.As a mentor, Sarah has had a powerful impact on me. Sarah helped me discover my passion for nonprofit management and event planning which I am currently pursuing at Indiana University-Bloomington as an incoming junior for fall 2019. When I was applying for college scholarships, a common essay question asked was, “Who is a role model in your life, and why?” My answer was always Sarah Payne. … [Read more...] about Sarah Payne is role model, mentor
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opinion Asbury Park Press Published 5:00 AM EDT Mar 27, 2019 Has Donald Trump been good or bad for America? Boy, did we get an earful, and eyeful, on that question, which we posed in this month's Student Voices essay and video competition. Students in grades 7-8 tended to be supportive of Trump, pointing to his role in improving the economy. In the grade 9-12 category, the majority of responses were critical of Trump. "If Americans can't have a family dinner without all hell breaking loose, is Trump really making America great again? I don't think so," wrote Elizabeth Black of Point Pleasant Borough High School. Said Alexander Lynch of Lacey Township High School, "The Trump administration has, instead of actually solving any of the problems, given the people scapegoats for what they see as detriments to our country," Read and listen to the winning entries below: First place winner: Grades 7-8 It's time to dump … [Read more...] about Student Voices essay, video contest winners not enamored with Trump
Verita Black Prothro Special to the RGJ Published 9:00 AM EST Jan 19, 2019 Imagine as a young student to think about Dr. King's legacy and to pen your personal thoughts about how it has impacted your life, more than 50 years after Dr. King's death. That's the honor local students were bestowed for the 31st annual Dr. Martin Luther King essay contest. Reed High School Nicole King-Shaw explained that, after watching the news of Trayvon Martin's killing, "I thought about the unimaginable pain his family must have been experiencing, and I thought of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr’s Dream. And in that moment I felt everything start to shift; for the first time I wasn’t sure that the world was everything I thought it was." The winners of the essay contest for the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Birthday Celebration, sponsored by The Northern Nevada Black Cultural Awareness Society, addressed the theme, Through the Eyes of Progress #showup. The contestants were asked … [Read more...] about Students write with insight, passion in winning essays for MLK Day contest
Luke Nozicka Des Moines Register Published 2:13 p.m. UTC Aug 21, 2018 © Copyright 2018, Des Moines Register and Tribune Co. BROOKLYN, Ia. — Mollie Tibbetts' face has been seen across the country, her bright smile flashing on national news. She has been painted as the quintessential Iowa girl; an archetype, as her father puts it. Those following the story of her disappearance have seen her posing in her senior pictures and nestled with her high school sweetheart, beaming at a University of Iowa football game. Those in her small hometown of Brooklyn in central Iowa appreciate the widespread attention to her disappearance. They, too, consider her an all-American young woman. But they know Tibbetts as much more than the two-dimensional posters seen on TV. In interviews with the Des Moines Register, Tibbetts' family, friends, teachers, coaches and co-workers recount stories of the cheery, sometimes silly and occasionally stubborn … [Read more...] about She’s nurturing. She’s a Harry Potter fan. We all know Mollie Tibbetts’ face, but her friends and family say she’s so much more.
By Carlos LozadaSome are born Trump sycophants. Some achieve Trump sycophancy. And some have Trump sycophancy thrust upon them - since he's a star, they let him do that. Look past the cable-news apologists, rally die-hards and compulsive @realDonaldTrump retweeters, and you find the fawning, best-selling pro-Trump book authors, those who bind their allegiance in hard covers for all eternity. These writers have elevated the reflexive defense of Trump to an art form, even if, as often as not, it's of the paint-by-numbers variety. Their book titles ("Trump's America," "Understanding Trump," "Let Trump Be Trump," "The Russia Hoax" and the like) and book jackets (Trump flashing his thumbs-up, his antagonists lurking in ominous black-and-white tones) make the works' audience and purpose clear. Crack those covers, and you find that whatever the author's vantage point - former staffer, outside adviser, legal analyst, Fox News host - there is a particular way to write these books. The … [Read more...] about I read six sycophantic pro-Trump books