Junior Year

My third year of High School is coming to a close. This school year has been a year of growing up for me. Right at the beginning of the school year my grandfather died, who I was very close to. It sent me into a phase that it was very hard to get out of. I gave up on my school work, I just didn’t care about most things, and I was cranky and mean to most people. I had a right to be in mourning but it got to a point where I became selfish. All I could think about was how bad it was for me.

When 2015 started I started to finally escape from this lull of life. When second semester started I dropped spanish and one of my favorite teachers got a student teacher. The change from taking spanish to not was nice and I was able to chose that, but the change from teacher to student teacher I was not so excited for. The first few weeks were the adjustment period and after that I realized that it was a good change. If my teacher would have told us that she was a normal teacher and not a student I would have believed it. She  was the best student teacher I had ever had. And not just because she was the only one I have ever had. One of the things that I was most impressed about Miss Marley (the student teacher) was that she was relatable. In previous English classes it was harder for me to make it through the books that were assigned but the preparation lessons and the way it was taught I enjoyed them.

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Music

I was recently in New York City on a school choir trip. The city was phenomenal and the things that I experienced I will never forget. One of the most impactful moments of the trip didn’t happen in the city, in the state, or in any state. It was on the way home when my plane flew over the Rocky Mountains in Colorado. Continue reading

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Yellow Light

yellow-traffic-lightThis may sound like a big shock to some but the yellow light means to slow down because the light is about to change. Continue reading

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старійшини

For my second period class I am a teachers aid. The teacher asked the class of sophomores if they ever ask their grand parents or another elderly person about their life. Continue reading

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An Evening With Mendelssohn

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On January 30, 2015,  I attended the first Orange County Millennial Choirs and Orchestras concert called “An Evening With Mendelesohn”. Continue reading

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служба (look it up)

“There are a lot of things in life that matter. Nothing matters as much as who or what you decide to serve.”  Marcus Luttrell

We (as students) are constantly drilled by how much every single decision we make in high school will affect our future. We are told that we need to do this and you should do that. This has honestly terrified me. I have 1 1/2 years left until I leave on a religious mission for 2 years and then I am off to college and the rest of my life. It is really scary for me to think that but I couldn’t be more happy about it. Continue reading

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Brownie Points

There have been many times where I have heard or been told “Yeah Kaleb getting those brownie points.” The first time I heard that I didn’t really have an idea of what the person who told me that was talking about. When I ask someone what it meant I came to find out that it was when you do something nice for a girl or one of her friends you get “Brownie Points”. You supposedly can cash in these brownie points for brownies. Big shocker huh.

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Endurance

“The same attributes that had made him the boy terror of Torrance were keeping him alive in the greatest struggle of his life.”

Louie Zamperini was a California native from Torrance. He is most famed for being an Olympic runner and for his best-selling book “Unbroken”. The book, written by Laura Hillenbrand, tells the life story of Louie. While he was on a bombing mission his plane crashed into the ocean. Louie and his two fellow soldiers were the only survivors. He was adrift for about 50 days before being “rescued” by a Japanese boat. He was then sent to a prisoner of war camp and was imprisoned for 2 years. While in the camp there was a ruthless prison guard named Mutsuhiro “The Bird” Watanbe. The Bird took a special interest in Louie because of his back ground being an olympic runner. Louie said that if he knew that he was going to have to endure what he did in the camps that he would have ended his life on the life raft. There could have been many points that Louie could have given up but he didn’t. Had he given up he would have been killed and never made it out of the camps.

Louie’s story is starting to get more and more popular, with the book and movie. People are starting to use him as an example of strength and endurance. My brief description of the book doesn’t do the story near justice and I would highly recommend reading the book. It has helped me realize that there are more important things in life. That I need to worry less about whats going on in my life and think about the bigger picture. One of the many things that stuck out to me while reading “Unbroken” was that they prisoners were always helping each other out. Whether it was stealing something or giving them their rations there was always some sort of service going on. There have been many points in my life where I just want to go to bed. That it seems as though everything that could go wrong is going wrong. But it’s not, its life. Everybody will go through trails, however big or small we go through them. There is an end, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. What ever the trail is, even if it lasts for a very long time, there will always be a positive outcome.

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How does one “LEARN”?

There are many people who consider school not the right option for them. Me being one of those people don’t 100% enjoy sitting in a classroom for 55 minuets learning about something that the state education leaders think I need to know for graduation. My English teacher once told us in class: Continue reading

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Cell Phones

I feel that I am speaking for most adolescents when I say that we are constantly hearing from adults that us teens are addicted to our phones. For some of us that is true. I have a phone and it is not normal for somebody not to have some kind of smart phone. They have become a tool for life that almost every person “needs”. We rely on what our phone can’t do. If the internet isn’t fast enough then we “need” a faster phone, If the camera isn’t good enough for our standards then we “need” a new one, and the list will go on. What frustrates me is that it is considered by some that all teens are “addicted” to their phones. It has became a stereotype that is well a stereotype.

In this article that I found on CNN ( http://www.cnn.com/2013/09/23/living/parents-kids-addicted-cell-phones/ ) it tells how to get rid of your child’s addiction to to their cell phone. In the first paragraph there is a link to a YouTube video. The video just plainly shows how so many great moments are kind of ruined by the use of other peoples cell phones. The article goes on to tell of different ways that people use or used on others to “pull the plug”.

I understand that some people are addicted but not all of us teens are. Most adults if they (for example) dropped their phone in water and it broke would make it the number one priority to go get a new phone and most likely the latest model. A lot of jobs will need the constant use of phones as well. There isn’t a set way that will work for every single person but we all need to check ourselves and see how much time we really spend on our phones. In doing so that will show us how we can cut back.

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