- Tuesday, October 5, 2010
What doesn't kill you colors you more
By the end of 11th grade, I believed my character to be polychromatic enough to please van Gogh himself and provide myself with the means to achieve the stars. But I had never had newspaper class before, which turns boys into little girls and girls into burly men.Continued ...
- Tuesday, September 7, 2010
I felt something when I cut
The bounce in my step is back. I know who I am, have myself all figured out. I have been to the abyss ... and returned. My future is mine, and I intend to live every precious moment of it — the real deal.Continued ...
Reality hits that playtime is over
Even then it was not hard for me to catch the irony: On that day boys my age in Mazar Sharif were fighting for their lives. They didn't have the luxury of going to school, much less fighting in one.Continued ...
Help a neighbor, help state: Buy local
I figure that I need to do my part and buy locally; I will stay loyal to the companies that make Michigan what it is.Continued ...
It's been a long couple years, Grandma
Where was it I saw your face? Maybe it was in the sun hidden behind the clouds puttering across M-22. Maybe it was buried in the lake, peeking just above the surface of the sand bar.Continued ...
Photo Gallery: Through the lenses of students
The Record-Eagle's ongoing gallery of student photography and artwork, published occassionally in the monthly Generation Why section.Continued ...
- Tuesday, August 3, 2010
Wisdom on the Water: Life lessons from sailing
From a young age, I have known the feeling of wind whipping my hair, of cool spray kissing my face, of breathing in brisk Lake Michigan air while curling my fingers around the tiller and guiding my craft through the waves.Continued ...
Pint-sized criminals shouldn't get pint-sized justice
What defines the price a "criminal" must pay for their crime — the maturity of the offender or the extent of the offense committed?Continued ...
High school should have been tougher
What I will guarantee with absolute certainty is that the real world is nothing like the cradle we've been living in.Continued ...
Pura Vida: No longer 'one nation, indivisible'
In today's society, everyone is entitled to his or her own choice. Yet, I believe it is the freedom of choice that is causing America to be a nation of separation.Continued ...
- Photo: Muddy road
- Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The Auschwitz Gate: Field trip becomes lesson of a lifetime
I had no idea what to expect when I walked through a revolving door from the hot Washington, D.C., air into the cool processed air of the Holocaust Museum. But how could anyone?Continued ...
Wilderness Studies is useful, fun, bonding
The class is based in experiential learning. I am a good student. I get good grades and all that, but I have learned so much over the past school year that will stick with me for the rest of my life.Continued ...
Working for a goal a worthwhile lesson
That first summer of employment will never leave my mind, I can remember putting my checks right into the bank and watching it grow to enough to purchase a car. The satisfaction that stems from working for something and achieving it cannot be described.Continued ...
Spring scenes by Sami Gilbert
Spring scenes including a bee in a dandelion, and a monarch butterfly in a purple flower.Continued ...
Looking for writers, photographers
Generation Why is looking for writing and photography from high school students in the Record-Eagle coverage area.Continued ...
- Tuesday, June 1, 2010
Service can be loud, or silent
My experience with community service has always been as a volunteer. I spent seventh- and eighth-grade summers volunteering each day at the Great Lakes Children's Museum, reading stories to children and dressing up in character costumes, such as Curious George and Miss Spider.Continued ...
Fireworks celebrations harm the world
Are fireworks really the right way to celebrate the Fourth of July? Do we like them enough to poison ourselves and our nation?Continued ...
It's simple: Don't drink water in bottles
Imagine a world with no fresh water. The idea may seem impossible to some. I, however, feel that this is an issue that needs to be addressed.Continued ...
Going from black and white to color
As far back as I can remember, my mom complained of my shallow, simplistic notions. "With you, it's either black or white. No gray."Continued ...
Destiny: Love is never lost
The pastor explained to me and my family how love is never lost. After what seemed like a time so far away, only these words stick in my mind from that day. Love is NEVER lost.Continued ...
- Tuesday, May 4, 2010
Student art on display
Student artwork will be exhibited at the Grand Traverse Area Catholic Schools Festival of the Arts tonight at St. Francis.Continued ...
From the classroom to college
The trip was nerve racking. I was a shy, anxious 12-year-old at a Big 10 university attending the MIPA journalism camp with only a school year's worth of experience. Gulp.Continued ...
Smoking ban: Constitution up in smoke
The new smoking ban legislation that forces numerous bars and restaurants to reconsider their business model will likely put some out of business.Continued ...
The Vatican forgives the Beatles
Last month, on the 40th anniversary of The Beatles' breakup, the Catholic Church's official newspaper, L'Osservatore Romano, issued a Papal dispensation the band, essentially, for living the lives of the astronomical rock stars they were.Continued ...