My Experience as Student Association President

This year has not come without its difficulties. At the beginning of the year, we were left with a $1,500 deficit. Of course this was not anyone’s fault in particular but it was something we had to work around.

We decided however, that we were going to have a fun year! We started out with the S.A. Handshake a Salisbury Beach just a few days after the school year started. We did activities to help each class become familiar with each other and we had free time for everyone to enjoy themselves and relax before the school year really got rolling.

Many activities and events ensued and it got really busy at the end of the 2015 year. We had the Thanksgiving celebration, then had to quickly plan Spirit week and Pep Rally for the start of the Basketball season. While planning and executing those, we had to finish planning for the Christmas banquet and Christmas party to finish off the semester. It got very busy extremely quickly, but all of the Student Association members worked very hard to make it happen. If you asked us, we would say it was all worth it to see everyone enjoying themselves and having a good time.

Second semester slowed down quite a bit. It wasn’t because we didn’t want to plan anything, but it was because there were already events going on that wouldn’t permit us to do any activities. We waited till February to do our annual Fire and Ice Mall trip to Providence Rhode Island. About half the school signed up to go and all who went enjoyed meandering around the mall and indulging in the wonderful food at the restaurant.

Then we tried to plan a Boston trip for the month of April and a Spirit Week, however we hit several roadblocks. We ended up not being able to make it happen. Fortunately we get to finish our year off with another Spirit Week (which is happening now) and an End of Year Party this Friday. We had planned on having outdoor water activities however the forecast changed to show thunderstorms so on a moments notice, we had to change plans to make everything in-doors. We have succeeded in this and it couldn’t have been possible without all the members of the Student Association.

Some Students do not often see what goes on in the Student Association, and it may seem like we don’t do much; however we all work hard throughout the year. We have all put time, effort, and money into making these events happen in attempting to make the school year a little more enjoyable.

To next year’s Student Association officers, I will say this: never give up. It may get discouraging, things will not work out at times, and students will complain and seem ungrateful. Don’t let that hold your spirits down. It happens every year! Just trust in yourselves and do the best you can, that’s all you can do. Delegate responsibilities and to ALL members of your team — lend a helping hand to your president. They may not always ask for help but I can guarantee they will need it much of the time, even if they don’t say anything. Always be looking to share ideas and always be willing to sacrifice your time. You’ll need to.

I promise you will see the fruits of your labor and it will be worth it in the end. I wish you the best of luck!

Do you have any advice for next year’s Student Association members? Let us know in the comments below!

Memorial Day

 The day for recognition and the day of remembrance.We honor our past veterans with parades and cookouts. Sometimes we forget the sacrifices that they made and see it as a day for relaxing and taking a break. We forget that the reason we have that day is because men and women from the Revolutionary War to our fight against ISIS. Memorial day is the last monday in the month. This is a federal holiday That originated during the Civil War and started as Decoration day in 1868, when the Grand Army of the Republic, an organization of Union veterans founded in Decatur, Illinois, established it as a time for the nation to decorate the graves of the Union war dead with flowers. By the 20th century, competing Union and Confederate holiday traditions, celebrated on different days had merged, and Memorial Day eventually extended to honor all Americans who died while in the military service. Thank you to the veterans that gave their lives for our freedom, though you may not read this, we will still remember you and your Sacrifice.  I hope everyone can remember those who died for our freedom, not just on this day, but every day.

Freedom is not Free

 

Memories about the love you had for you country

Every second you worked in love for your people

Minus  fact that death was a constant threat

Open to stand tall for our Country

Righteously fighting our battles

Indescribable love we have for you

Awestruck wonder of why for me

Living have our freedom today

               -Daniel Hammond

 

God bless our native land

             By Frances E.W Harper

God Bless our native land

Land of the newly free

Oh may she ever stand

For truth and liberty

 

God bless our native land

Where sleep our kindred dead

Let peace at thy command

Above their graves he shed

 

God help our native land

Bring her surcease to her strife

And a shower from thy hand

A more abundant life

 

God bless our native land

Her Homes and children bless,

Oh may she ever stand

For truth and righteousness

 

Freedom’s memorial

                       By Del “abe” Jones

This day is set aside to honor those

Who took the chance to die

But they died in vain, if we ever forget the reason why

Freedom can be like time

Slipping away before we even know.

But we all have the choice

more , a duty to battle the freedom’s’ foe.

Let us give thanks this day

To all those brave

Who paid the highest cost

Not take it for granted

And realize it easily could be lost

 

This is my final article for my sophomore year at South Lancaster Academy . I hope you all enjoyed this article and remember those who gave their all for our freedom. I don’t know if this is my last article ever, I hope not. No matter what, I hope that everyone has a wonderful and joyful summer. Stay out in the sun but not to long and wear your sunscreen. This is  the last article for this school year, leave your goodbye and thoughts in the comment below. Thank You!

The Future Is Us

The Future Is Us

People like to say that we are the future like the future owns us.

Like we are waiting at the corner of town for a bus

Waiting for us, to take reign of our future

 

Taking stops to teach and be our own tutor

Looking at each and every failure as we drive by

Trying to look away, farther away, maybe the sky.

As we try to understand we feel tears streaming down our face, not trying to cry

Telling each other everyday another lie, for comfort and love.

Face the facts, our past does not need to control our future

Learn from it and be a better person and do better things

We are the future the present and the past

Learn that we are the owner of our own future

And we can discover good in the past

And work in the present to live a good future

And take control to learn to live and lead

Learn to love each and every creed.

Judge by the goodness of a heart

Not from the segregation the past brings and present sings

Be your own future.

-Daniel Hammond

I wrote this poem in a time period where I was feeling the movement to talk about our future. If you enjoyed this poem or have any type of comment you may leave them in the section below. Thanks for reading! Also the image comes from Michael Marantz

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Interview of the Week: Kim JaeYoon

This week Wednesday I had the opportunity to meet a new friend. His name was Kim JaeYoon, who is from South Korea and is attending school at Purdue in Indiana. I was able to sit down and talk to him over the phone along with Cyan Picard and our teacher Miss Kate.

I shared a bit about myself to kick of the interview and then jumped right in.

So tell me a bit about yourself. Do you have any hobbies?

My hobby? Probably playing basketball.

Nice! Do you have a favorite movie by any chance?

Umm… I don’t really watch movies. I do watch trailers, though.

Are you purely Korean? Or do you have some Chinese or Japanese acceptors? 

I’m purely Korean. 

Are you fluent in any other languages?

I can speak a little bit of Chinese, Japanese, and English and Korean of course. 

Do you have any siblings?

No. I don’t have any siblings. 

What do your parents do?

My dad is an English professor at a university in Korea and my mom works in a hospital.

Where are you from exactly?

I’m from a district in Seoul, Korea in the district called Jamsil.

So where did you go to school before Purdue?

I went to KAPA for high school and I was at Minnesota for seventh and eighth grade. 

What do you think about Minnesota?

Minnesota? It’s freezing cold. I’m never going back there.

(At this point in the interview Cyan chirped in with a single comment: “That’s me.”)

Indiana is still pretty cold for me, too.

I hear you were in the U.S. before high school. How was your experience?

It was okay, but there are some cultural and racial differences. It was the first time I went there for studying, so I had a hard time getting used to that environment and stuff. So getting into it was the hardest part. 

What about now?

I’m invested into the culture and stuff… But now the studying is hard. I”m actually going to take some time off from this semester. 

Oh? What are you going to do?

I’ll be joining the army and working.

How long is military service?

It’s twenty-one months. So that’s like… two years. 

What was the collage hunt like?

It was devastating. It was a choice between where I wanted to go and where I can go. You know? My major is chemistry and I had to choose collages between those that are for chemistry majors and colleges that I can actually apply for based on my grades. So that was basically my internal conflict. It was pretty much the most stressful thing I had to go through during my high school life. 

Why do you want an American education versus a Korean one?

A Korean education is… urghhhhh… It’s kinda tough to say. I don’t think the Korean education has a goal. They only teach and/or learn to get into better colleges or get better jobs. But with an American education it’s like… I feel like I’m actually learning something, not just trying to become successful but actually, like, learning and doing many things that I really want to do.

What are some that you could give us for studying?

Tips for studying? *Kim chuckled* Well, I don’t think this is the right question for me… Because I really hate studying, you know? 

Now I have a couple of questions from the rest of the class…

So Cyan wants to know…

Cyan: We never got your bloodtype!

Yeah, so what is your age, height and blood type?

*Chuckles* My international age is nineteen and my Korean age is twenty-one. My bloodtype is A and my height is approximately 183 cm.

Wait how? How is your age like that?

Well, my birthday is 1196 December 20th. But my on-paper birthday is in January. Because in Korea when you’re born you’re one and since I’m born on December 20th, which is the week before the next year, I’d be considered two the week after I was born. So my parents decided to delay my official birthday until January.

So Danny wants to know if you have a favorite superhero.

Superhero? Um, I’ve never thought about that in my life. I don’t really watch superhero movies. 

That’s so funny! Okay, on to the next question… So DeAnna would like to know what your favorite holiday is and why.

Thanksgiving. Well, Chuseok. Because it’s the longest break in Korea. 

Louis would like to know if you play any video games and if you do what are they?

Probably, like, League of Legends. Sometimes, sometimes League of Legends. And RPG games. About 70% of Koreans play League of Legends, but not all. 

Lastly, Ashley would like to know what is your favorite type of music and would like to know if you do Tae kwon do.

My favorite type of music? I listen to a variety of music. I listen to rock, hip-hop, and that’s about it. As for Tae kwon do, yes. I’m a black belt. A second degree black belt. I quit it after high school though.

Well thank you so much! We’ll let you head to class. Thank you so much for your time! 

Cyan, Miss Kate and I had a great time talking to Kim. It was interesting to sit down and just learn about someone for a while. Leave a comment below!

 

 

My Ispswich River Wildlife Sanctuary Experience

This past Sabbath was a very fascinating one to me. At breakfast that morning my mom let me know that a family at the church we attend invited us to go to a park in Ipswich, MA to feed birds out our palms.

At first I thought she was joking; I’ve forever been wanting to feed a bird out of my hand. Turns out she was telling the truth, because after Remix we went home, ate, and then waited for the family to pick us up.

Once they arrived we hopped into the car and drove an hour away until we reached Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary where we walked towards a path. Once on the path we took out the bird seed and placed some in our palms. After about ten minutes the birds started coming. Most of the birds we fed were finches or tuft-mice.

The birds were so light and fragile. They’d study us for a second and decide whether we were safe or not. They’d moving closer and closer until finally they’d swoop down into our hands, grab a seed, and take off. Some birds came back a few times for more, too.

The birds really put me at awe. I’d never been up close and personal with a wild animal like that before. But they were so harmless I wasn’t scared (though their little talons eye sharp, if you can even call them that).

In the end I really enjoyed being able to get that close to the birds and experience God’s nature in Ipswich. I’d definitely recommend you visit!

Directions to the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary can be found here.

Have you ever been to the River Wildlife Sanctuary in Ipswich, MA and fed the birds? If you have please share your experience in the comments below!
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