We're frantically counting down the days until no school, but Thanksgiving is more than just "a half a day away." Thanksgiving is a day to ponder the people in our lives. True, after arriving to high school - where it's all work and no play - there's not much time or energy to give thanks to people or fortunes, but maybe we should.
We are in Obama era. Barack Obama is poised to be the 44th President of the United States of America, and with a majority of Democrats in Congress, Obama should have a successful term. Regardless of his race, Obama has been an incredibly unifying force. Obama supporters go out of their way to be nice to each other. I've noticed that drivers with Obama-Biden stickers have been less aggressive. Even some John McCain supporters are jumping on the Obama "love train."
As my junior year came to a close, I promised myself that I would start all my college stuff over the summer. In fact, I went so far as to "start" on a recommendation packet (resume, questionnaire, college list, the works - juniors, expect to get these soon) before school even ended - the exact date was June 13, 2008. And that's how far I had gotten - name, date, typed-out questions. Nothing else.
I remember where I was when I heard the news. It was a Thursday afternoon. I was doing math homework and sitting in the living room with the TV on in the background. Over all the shrieking and bubblegum pop music I heard it: "Total Request Live" ("TRL") would be airing their last episode ever in a matter of weeks.
Over four years of high school, most students have the chance to attend at least one sporting event, if not many. And every time, students hear this message: "An important mission of the interscholastic athletics program is to teach and reinforce values relating to sportsmanship, competition, and fair play. It is expected that team personnel, parents, and spectators respect this mission by exhibiting appropriate behavior at athletic events," or something of that nature. Yet an incident at a varsity boys' soccer game this year defied those expectations.
Well, not me in particular, but a surprising number of people are. Allow me to explain. The other day I was reading an Indian magazine and two pages of tiny print after all of the main articles caught my eye. It appeared to be a classified ads section. Upon closer examination, I realized I had been right. The ads were all classifieds…for people.
Every once in a bored while, I surf the Internet looking for something to do. I generally don't care too much about what I see online – there's the occasional LOL on Digg or the sarcastic comic strip. But rarely do I see things that are, quite frankly, demented.
I was shocked when I heard about the death of Tai Lam last Saturday. He was so young and had so much to live for. An honor student, a member of the wrestling team and fashion club, Tai was clearly a popular kid. He made so many friends in just the first two months of school. Last week, the impact he had on Blazers was obvious. A purple-and-white haze enveloped the hallways, and bowed heads and tears were no strange sight.
I walked into the store last week looking for the perfect low-cost Halloween costume – I was thinking a checkered shirt, jeans, shiny gold badge and boots for the classic cowgirl look – when a glimmer of red, green and gold diverted my attention. The adjoining aisle was flooded with winter holiday decorations: festive white lights wrapped around a massive fake Christmas tree, red ribbons festooned the shelves and an inflatable plastic Santa Claus towered over electric reindeer with noses lit bright red.
All the usual signs of the holiday season were visible in India last week. Fairy lights were strung along houses, roads were congested with seasonal traffic and ancient television specials were being aired over and over. The fire marshal limit had long since been exceeded in most gift shops. I almost believed it was December instead of the middle of autumn.
The day I had been looking forward to for over a year finally came on Tuesday - the day I would finally have an impact and make a difference. The day I would vote. Walking up to Pine Crest Elementary School to cast my vote, I thought about all of the friends I hope to represent - frustrated friends who had missed the voting cutoff by a single week, day and even hour. I also hoped that my involvement would not only stand for the views of the 53 percent of voters ages 18-24 that didn't vote in the 2004 election, according to PBS, but to also decrease this percentage for the 2008 election.
Election Day is upon us. In 48 hours, Americans will go to the voting booths and decide who will lead this country for the next four years - one who will inherit a worsening economy, an increasingly polarized nation and many other not-so-great things. Some final thoughts as we all hold our breath...
Lately there has been a lot of buzz about the upcoming Monday night football game between the Washington Redskins and the Pittsburgh Steelers. Many a Blazer has boasted and bragged about the Skins' explosive rushing offense and forceful, hard-hitting defense - yet the team's hopes of a crucial win could easily be shattered.
With so many projects and tests crammed in before the quarter ended on Friday, I had tons of homework on Wednesday. But that didn't stop me from watching Barack Obama's half hour infomercial that aired primetime on three major networks - FOX, NBC and CBS.
Everybody has certain things they feel very strongly about. Harry Potter, correct grammar, Blair football... fixations also extend into more serious fields such as political issues and social causes and can be perfectly healthy expressions of personal opinion. If left unchecked, however, they morph into obsessions that negatively affect us all.
Every so often, I'll be a nerd and just perch in front of my computer, reading the latest national news and checking poll numbers. In an effort to avoid starting an essay, I wen on to FoxNews.com, wanting to see how Obama was faring in the election according to a media filter that was somewhat detached from reality. The latest updated article on Obama on the FoxNews site was a news story about how Obama had declared to Ellen DeGeneres that he was a better dancer than McCain. The first line in the article read, "They really will do anything to win."
It's almost Halloween night. Kids will be crowding the doorways of every house yelling "trick-or-treat!" in various silly, frightening and unusual costumes, enthused about the prospect of free candy. But a group of adolescents will spoil the excited and spirited atmosphere, approaching houses in everyday jeans and t-shirts, expecting to fill enormous garbage bags with free candy.
As Americans all over the country are experiencing financial crises and segments of the United States are already experiencing an economic recession, registered voters in the 2008 election have one issue that overruns all: the economy. The economic meltdown, believed by some to be the worst economic failure since the Great Depression, is the central concern for citizens, trumping even the issue of race in the race for presidency.
I proudly admit that I am a sixteen-year-old who still watches "Arthur," on PBS weekdays at 5 p.m. The lovable PBS children's television show is incredibly witty and offers valuable insights into life. But "Arthur" doesn't stop there. The new fall season will have an election year theme, informing kids about the presidential and local elections.
It happened again on Thursday. I was rushing down the hall, hefting my enormous backpack and cumbersome tennis bag when I heard the warning bell ring. I was so close. I had one hand on the door to the girls' bathroom, but I resigned myself to a sixth period of discomfort, fearing the wrath of my editors should I arrive late to Silver Chips.
"Palling around with terrorists," is a pretty appalling accusation coming straight from the mouth of Republican vice presidential candidate, Governor Sarah Palin (Alaska), describing the alleged habits of Democratic presidential candidate Senator Barack Obama (Ill.) as she addressed an audience.
With the election almost just two weeks away, both sides (especially the trailing McCain/Palin ticket) are kicking it up a notch. And with that, we, the SCO News Editors, have decided to dedicate this blog to Obama and McCain's campaign strategies.
It was three minutes before the 7:25 late bell and I was frantically dashing to my first period class. Before I could sprint through the University Blvd. entrance, I was halted by security requesting my ID. I halted, fishing though the abyss that is my humongous backpack to find nothing but an ID from last year. Attempting to be sly, I tried to flash the back of it, thinking that I could avoid that fact that the front of it was last year's red instead of this year's white.
As SCO is picking up on the new blog fad in journalism, Blair Connections will also try to update Blazers on the goings on in school, around the community - the serious, the funny, the scary. Students, teachers and cool stories you might not normally see will be blogged and duly noted.
Going green is in. The new environmental friendly label has become the hot new item in American industry. From cars to meals, everyone says their product is helping create a sustainable planet. But despite all this feel-good tree-hugging, society has failed to end one of its most damaging practices.
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