Thursday, May 17, 2018

Images of Greatness Reflection - John F. Kennedy


  1. My Image of Greatness was John F. Kennedy. He is an Image of Greatness because he volunteered himself to the greater good, he brought positive change to the world, and he left a lasting and recognizable impact on the world. I admired JFK's courage and determination, which was really displayed with the fact that he never lost an election, and that he also became the youngest President.
  2. I am most proud of my poster because I really like how it turned out, and I also like knowing that I created it. My favorite part of the poster was the quotes because they have lots of different and significant meanings, and how each quote can relate to your personal life.
  3. The most challenging part of the unit for me was the essay. We had to read about our person, record facts about them, organize those facts, and then put them into an essay displaying our person's life story. I especially had a hard time picking which things to include in the essay and which things to leave out, since JFK had so many aspects of his life that were significant and that left a lasting and memorable impact on the world. This was by far the most challenging part of this unit for me.
  4. I grew as a person in this unit in many aspects. I grew in memorization, I grew with creativity, and I especially grew with time management and organization. All of these aspects helped me grow as a person, and it even prepared me more for high school with meeting deadlines and time management.
  5. How I could improve my work on this unit is with cross-referencing more sources and preparing more interesting facts for the Images of Greatness night. If I would've used more sources, I think I could've found more minor details about the events that JFK was involved in, making my essay and my knowledge about him more solid. Also, I think I could've prepared more interesting facts for the Images of Greatness night to entertain and start conversation with the people that came to see me and my board.
  6. I think the best part of the actual Images of Greatness Celebration is the moment right after you finished saying your Bio-Riddle as best as you could. The feeling of that accomplishment is awesome, and you also get to relax and have fun for the rest of the night because the stressful part is over.

Wednesday, April 25, 2018

Des Moines Field Trip Reflection


  1. My favorite part of the trip was the Fire and Ice display. It was amazing to see all of the different ways that fire and ice could be used in fascinating and new ways. Plus, our director was hilarious, so he made the show even better. My favorite part of the show was when he dimmed the lights and made the Whooshy Bottle go whoosh.
  2. Both my favorite artwork and what I believed to be the best example of art was the aluminum and copper abstract sculpture called "Basin," created by El Anatzui in 2012 (see top picture below). I really enjoy original abstract sculptures and pottery that think outside the box and showcase creativity and ingenuity at its finest. My celebrity award goes to Pablo Picasso, who had his oil-on-canvas painting (see middle picture below) at the museum titled T├ęte de Femme (Head of a Woman), and created it 1943. I have never seen his artwork, so when I got to see an original artwork painted by someone that I have heard so much about in the art classes over the years, it was almost unreal. But the piece of art that I couldn't figure out why it was art was the yellow-and-blue blob called "Yellow Blue," created by Ellsworth Kelly (see bottom picture below). I know some artwork is created to have an emotional effect on you, but that painting just confused me.
  3. The most educational part of the trip for me was the Science Center of Iowa. It had so many fascinating displays and shows that were things that I haven't done/seen in a long time, if ever. I especially enjoyed the hands-on experiences, like the build-a-rocket, or seeing the animals there and learning about them. But my favorite part would have to be the Fire and Ice display. It showcased so many different ways to use fire and ice to do amazing chemical and physical changes, and my favorite was when the director made the big Whooshy Bottle go whoosh.
  4. The most fun part of the trip for me was the Spaghetti House. It had so many different combinations, I didn't know what to order. I also loved that it was all-you-can-eat, so I was able to eat the whole time, which is the best thing ever. My favorite was the Spicy Italian Spaghetti, which I indulged myself with two bowls of.
  5. This trip fit the theme of "Images of Greatness" because we went to all of the different places in Des Moines that showcased greatness at its finest. The art museum showed greatness through art, Drake showed greatness in education, the World Food Prize Hall showed greatness through food and solving world problems (hunger), and the Science Center showed greatness through imagination, ingenuity, and exploration. All of the places that we visited showed greatness in some way, and in their own unique way too.
  6. If I could improve this field trip in any way, I would allow for more time to eat, and maybe also for us to be able to visit the Blank Park Zoo so that we could see greatness in nature. I felt that we didn't have much biology and ecosystems in the trip, and that would've made this trip even better. But this trip was a 10 any way, and I was thrilled that I was able to go. Thanks Mrs. Edlin!


Tuesday, January 23, 2018

2018 Independent Project



        I used Prezi to create my project on Hurling, which is an Irish sport that is a cross between lacrosse, golf, and baseball, and has been played for thousands of years around the globe. My favorite thing about this project was learning about all of the ways to score and how to tackle in different ways while playing the game. The hardest part of this project, though, was citing my sources on Noodletools, which can get very irritating sometimes.
        The area that I grew the most in was making a presentation on Prezi, with all of the embedding and inserting of different things into your presentation. If I could redo my project, I would combine a script with my notes instead of using just my notes during my presentation.
        Overall, this project was really fun and I really enjoy being able to research whatever sparked my interest.

Saturday, January 6, 2018

One Word

My "One Word" is the word CONTENTMENT. CONTENTMENT means happiness and satisfaction, and I want to be able to surround myself with people and opportunities that make me have those experiences. I also want to look at every occurrence as an opportunity, and to be able to find humor and enjoyment in every opportunity. CONTENTMENT is a good word for me because I feel like I've been in such a rush to get everywhere, and that I haven't taken the time to enjoy what I am doing.

Wednesday, December 20, 2017

TKAM Reflection

Some things that were similar between the book and the movie were that the trial was the same, and the overview of the story and its main idea are the same. However, lots of things were missing in the movie, like they skipped the whole winter, and also skipped the part where the kids acted out Boo's life. I imagined it way better in my head. They also did a horrible job at acting out Bob Yule's death. These are just some of the things that make me disappointed in the movie. I understand they can't include every part, but it still isn't nearly as fun. I would've added in the scene in the winter when Ms. Maudie's house caught on fire. I also wouldn't've combined Mrs. Rachel and Mrs. Stephanie into one character. Overall, I think the book was better than the movie.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

DWA Publishing 1st Quarter

9-21-17
          What I think the statement "People with power have a lot harder time doing what's right than people who don't have as much power" means is, usually, people with power only think about what would make them the happiest, not what would be the best in the long run. Also, I think that people can do a lot better adjusting to change vs administering the change. I believe that most people all have their ideas of what would make the world the best place, but if given that point of power, they would buckle under the pressure. I think that they would end up doing what they think is the best for people, versus hearing out what others have to say and adjusting their plan to what everyone agrees is the best one.

10-11-17
          I think "The pen is mightier than the sword" means that what you say means more than what you do. I disagree. I think that actions speak louder than words is more accurate because you can say or write anything, but what you do about it is what counts.  You could write to someone "I want to be your friend," but if you totally ignore them and are mean to them, then what you wrote means nothing to them. Now, I'm not saying that the pen isn't powerful, since it is used to sign treaties and stop wars, but usually a pen isn't used, like to stop a war, until people have pre-determined what the pen would say with their sword.

Wednesday, September 13, 2017

Words of Wisdom

What I learned from this project is that with age comes wisdom. I believe in this because older people have had more time on this earth to experience and ponder life's lessons vs the younger kids who haven't. I also believe that I learned some social skills for working up the nerve to ask a complete stranger for the words that they live by, and in turn also learned that it can get kind of awkward when you have to ask a complete stranger at Hy-Vee how old they are.