Rush for the Gold; Mystery at the Olympics
By: John Feinstein
All Susan Carol wants to do is swim. That's it. She has the perfect boyfriend, a great coach, a great swimming career, and a father who trusts her. But everything changes when she signs the swimming papers to become pro with her agents.
All she wanted to do was become pro, she never meant to loose a relationship with her father. Nor did she think she would make millions. She never meant to hurt anyone or get anyone fired but now she has to deal with the fact that now she has a career and duties to fulfill 24/7.
This photo caught my attention right away. The first thing that i thought of was Soul Surfer, which even though it did not come out in 2012 was a movie about an amazing and inspiring story of a girl who lost her arm in a shark attack, yet continued on to be a pro surfer. I like this photo because of many things. There is not just one focal point, instead your eyes are drawn not only to the surfer in the bluest part of the wave but also the rainbow coming up from the green mountain land in the background. I also really like how it is a tilted photo and the surfer looks straight.
In my opinion this is the top photo of 2012 for many reasons. For one, the lighting in this photo is great, it is just the right amount to illuminate the photo, but not so much that it overpowers the setting and time of day. The best part about the lighting here is how it reflects off the snow and creates a glow. The backdrop of the sky and the stars does even more for the lighting, it is soft and not too distracting. The wisp of snow coming off the top of the mountain also draws the viewer's eyes and creates an interesting dynamic. I also like the contrast a lot in this photo.
To me, this photo of Meditating Monks at Pongour Falls is the best of 2012. It shows great contrast with the reddish color of the monks' clothing against the white and grays of the waterfall behind it. It's a quite interesting photo; how often do people see monks praying in the middle of a waterfall? It is a very peaceful and serene photo, which is why I believe it to be the best of the year 2012.
I chose these two photos for "The Best of 2012" because these are the two photos that really caught my attention. I love the photo of the surfer in the ocean, because there isn't only one thing to look at. The first thing that caught my attention was the rainbow in the clouds. The second thing I noticed was the surfer, and the third was the mountains in the back. I loved this picture all together because of all the objects in the photo, but it didn't take away from the picture. I loved the picture of the rail road tracks because it was different. It was empty, and beautiful.
I picked this seal as the best photo of 2012 because the expression on his face! The expression made me laugh and anytime there is a chance to feel emotional about a photo then it should be considered a great photo. Photos are about showing emotion, no matter what that emotion is. The background isn't distracting and I love the bright redness of his tongue. I like how his eyes are closed and his paw is up. It makes me wish that animals could talk!
This photo came from Huffington Post - Best Pictures of the Year. Out of the ones that they showed, I thought that this photo was the best because it is so clear and it was fascinating how someone could capture a tiny seahorse. It shows the comparison of the size of the arm and watch to the seahorse. I thought it was neat to capture something that we do not normally see in our daily lives.
Obama has won the his re-election, with his re-election, President Obama will push on the nation's environment and energy agenda. Voters were supporting an eco-minded candidate to ban the fracking for natural gas in Colorado. Hopefully, with President Obama's re-election the energy and environment will largely continue in an upward direction.
With the recent election coming to close, I researched how racism towards Obama and other African Americans came to an all time high during this time. Last month professors Josh Pasek, Jon Krosnick and Trevor Thompson published a paper titled, "The Impact of Anti-Black Racism on Approval of Barack Obama's Job Performance and on Voting in the 2012 Presidential Election." It was based on three online surveys of about 1,000 Americans done in 2008, 2010, and 2012. It allowed these men to measure the existence of racism among those who call themselves Independent, Democrat, and Republican.
The fight occurring over legal recognition of same-sex marriages effects could have an effect on the Defense Department. After the repeal of "Don't Ask Don't Tell" in 2009, people have been advocating that the same-sex spouses of military personnel should receive the same federal financial benefits as heterosexual spouses should. Under the DOMA, or the Defense of Marriage Act, marriage is the unioin between one man and one woman.
The debate over gun control has been going on for years. Many say tighter restrictions would save lives. Others believe crime rates would go up, as well as a violation of the second amendment. Whichever side you are on, the outcome of either decision would have a huge impact on our country.
Abortion has become a hot topic ever since the famous case of Roe. v. Wade, where the supreme court ruled a state law unconstitutional that banned abortions except to save the life of the mother. Almost forty years later, questions regarding morality and constitutionality are still seen everywhere.
After carefully reading three documents, I have understood more about the subject of torture. I believe that torture is terrible. I believe that, exactly that same as my second article, you should treat others as you want to be treated--put yourself in their position; if you don’t want that to be done on you, then I don’t suggest you doing it. It is the Golden Rule! It is elementary morality!
The issue of climate change is an important political topic that is often overlooked. I think this is such a crucial matter because the change of climate has the potential to damage our society in the future if it is not addressed. If the problem is ignored we may have a much larger problem to deal with fifty years from now. Our environment is such a vital importance to society because we are completely dependent on it. If society could not depend on our surroundings, we would be forced to adapt to something that may or may not be completely unpredictable.
Recently, I took a survey asking me about what my ideal candidate would do concerning the most debated political topics. These topics included abortion, marijuana legalization, deficit spending, taxes, and other important issues that our country faces.
My question is, does our vote really matter?
Although I missed the voting deadline by a few months due to age and cannot vote, would it matter if I could? I know plenty of kids around the 18 year old range who are eager to vote for their candidate, but I wonder if all the anticipation and worry will be worth it.
I recently took a survey where I had to answer questions about my ideal political candidate. One question asked about gun control. I don't know much about politicians, but as I as I pondered this issue, I realized it was a high priority for me. I am sick of imagining what it would be like to be in a situation where someone opens fire on me. I don't understand how guns are available to idiots like James Holmes, who shot up a theater full of Batman fans.
I just completed a survey that asked me some questions about my political views. After answering 25 questions about issues in the 2012 election, the survey told me that I am most likely to support Joe Biden. I think that this is accurate because I really agree with almost all of Biden's views. I especially agree with the point of view that there should be more control on gun ownership. Guns have caused death in my family and I really do not see the point of having to have a gun in your house or with you at all times.
94.1 KTFM's Nick Russo from the Nick at Night Show Talks with Recording Artist Sensato At Border Media Studios In San Antonio. Interviews him and ask him where he grew up, what are some of his musical influences growing up, how he came up with his style in music, how he met Pitbull and how he came in contact with him, and where thee idea "Crazy People" came from.
NWO is a topic that has everyone worried at least everyone who is aware of it. NWO is a worldwide conspiracy with many different outlooks on it. The people that are accused of this event in late 2012 are the illuminati a wealthy group of people. The Illuminati are a group of people they represent 13 bloodline families they each are genetically related. NWO is a theory that is said to occur in December 21, 2012.
The dance concert season here at Judge Memorial has quickly come and gone, and this year lived up to the hype. There was plenty of flare, dramatics, and even back stage controversy, but the dancers performed better than ever. My personal was the couples dance called "genderology", which switched up the roles between man and woman. You could tell how much time was put into not just this dance, but all of them, with all of the complicated lifts and flips that were going on. Even if a couple messed up on a lift, they were able to smoothly transition back into the dance without panicking.
Awareness. This one word is the center of Invisible Children’s 2012 campaign to stop Joseph Kony and his militia of child soldiers in Uganda, Africa. Invisible Children would like to make us AWARE of many things, most importantly and most recently they launched the “Cover the Night” campaign to make every single person in America aware of Joseph Kony and his child soldiers.
Something that I have been interested in learning more about is when the world will come to an end. I remember many of my friends talking about it many times the past few months. All of them saying how the world will come to an end in the year 2012. They would all talk about how we were going to die, and how everything in this world will all disappear, but I didn’t learn more at that time because then again they’re just teenagers. They didn’t really specify the things that were going to happen at that time, and how exactly things would go. Lately, the issue has caught my eye again.
Each year for the past 6 or so years, the Judge Memorial lacrosse team has participated in the Best of the West Lacrosse tournament in Las Vegas. Lacrosse teams from all over the western states, especially Utah, Colorado, and Nevada, participate in this tournament. It takes place towards the beginning of the lacrosse season and that makes for some very competitive games because everyone is so excited to be playing on the lacrosse field again.
As 2011 comes to an end, we look back and realize how many amazing things have happened this year.
The final installment of Harry Potter came out in theaters, the war ended in Iraq, the death of Elizabeth Taylor and Steve Jobs, the royal wedding, the assassination of Osama Bin Laden, the final shuttle mission for NASA, the end of the Oprah Winfrey show, the tenth anniversary of September 11th, the Packers won the Super Bowl, the world shuddered as Rebecca Black produced the infamous song "Friday", and many more.
As Christmas and New Years approaches, I begin to think about the holiday cheer and good times. But as I continued my research on fun holiday facts I learned that:
• Christmas wasn’t even a holiday until 1870.
• President Franklin Pierce was the first president to decorate a White House Christmas tree.
• Since 1970, the Kennedy Space Center has allowed emergency landing for Santa Claus if any problems were to occur during his annual visit.
• Every year, Florida grows over 120,000 trees for the holidays.