Thursday, May 1, 2014

Senior year movie review

If you're looking for an action packed, must see thriller, movie of the year than this probably isn't the movie for you. While senior year has been extremely fun, it's just like most school years. This year the main actor hasn't let life just go by he's grabbed the bull by the horns and made the most out of every moment. This movie doesn't have many extremely thrilling moments because Freeport is such a small town where not a whole lot goes on. There isn't much to do when it passes five or six a clock at night so Niko and his group of friends have to come up with ways to amuse themselves. This usually involves them being hooligans and playing pranks on the local people of Freeport. Niko even decided to try a new sport by running indoor track. Our main role did become captain of the school's baseball team and hopes to lead them to the playoffs with small time actors and fellow captains, Peter LaMagna and Jack Davenport.
Although this movie features many Oscar award winning actors Niko DiFazio, Luke Spaulding, his brother Nick, Tess Gallagher, Chandler Birmingham and many others it isn't as amazing as it sounds. The movie does give viewers the warm hearted views of friendship, as many new friendships were made throughout the year and others were rekindled after years of not having classes together. While the movie is packed with such stars there were lots of supporting roles as well, some of which may soon grow into larger roles.
Some supporting roles were played by Ben MacMillan and Cameron Buthlay. They may not have played a huge role in this movie they're gonna play a huge role in the sequel. Because high school is rapidly coming to an end, college is soon approaching. Our main character Niko will be attending Freeport High School on steroids; University of Maine Orono. This school is where most of the students at Freeport High School attend college. Because of this old friendships will begin again and new ones will blossom. While supporting actors Ben MacMillan and Cameron Buthlay may not have played the biggest roles throughout this year they will play huge roles next year. In the next movie we will see Niko and Ben room together at the University of Maine. Will their friendship grow or will they get sick of each other? Main actor Chandler Birmingham and Niko will be split up, how will this affect their friendship? Will it grow stronger or will they move on to new friends? Stay tuned to the sequel to find out how our hero does at college while rooming with Ben MacMillan.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Semester Reflection

Elvis of Hip-Hop
Tupac Shakur was shot September 7, 1996 on the Las Vegas strip and died seven days later in the hospital. During his time on earth he made five albums, although one was released days after his death that he previously recorded. Since his death, he has released seven albums, three of which have hit number one on the Billboard 200.

Tupac is making almost the same amount of money dead than he did while he was living. As of 2007, the rapper had made more than 35 million dollars since his death. At the time of his death, he was worth about 40 million dollars. Forbes Magazine consistently has him as one of the richest dead celebrities. He has also sold more than 75 million albums worldwide since dying. Tupac is basically just as popular now if not more than when he was alive.

To compare someone to Tupac is hard, but the way his legacy remains, it's very close to that of Elvis Presley. Not in how they lived their lives or by the music they wrote. Their legacies are unique because before their death they were the best in their genres. Even after their deaths their legacies still can't be touched because when their lives were cut short they were both at the top of their game. Tupac and Elvis's legacies will never die, just as legends never die.

Tupac died in his prime, or maybe he hadn't even reached his prime before he died. In a way because of his early exit, he will forever be remembered by the greatness that he only started to achieve in the short time he had. He made great music when he was alive, and great music is still coming out from notes and recordings people are still finding from what he left behind. He wasn't around long enough to run out of ideas and force an album to make more money like some other rappers have done towards the end of their career. Because of his death his image is frozen in perfect form.

Since that fatal day in 1996, there have been more than 15 books, four documentaries, three college courses, a play and numerous websites made exploring his brief life and legacy. (Lola Ogunnaike, New York Times) He is such a giant figure in the hip-hop community that he even had a hologram made of him at a Coachella festival where he performed alongside Snoop Dogg and Dr. Dre.

Although some may think he was just a thug that died how a thug should die, he is so much more than that. He has forever left his imprint on the rap game and has inspired numerous other rap artists. Tupac Shakur was more than a rapper or poet; he is a motivator, an inspiration and an American classic even in death.

Even though I did this piece of writing with Chandler I think it's one the best pieces that I've written this semester. It's not as strong as some of my work in the first semester but it's still a decent piece of writing, I feel like I covered his life and death very well and portrayed why Tupac was and still is a giant figure in the rap industry.


Valentines day is a day of love, romance, chocolates, flowers, and teddy bears for some. Lovers across the United States express their love for each other through gifts, special cards and many other things. Everyone in their mind has their own idea of what a perfect date would look like to them. Some people would keep it simple and would want to be taken out to dinner and then go watch a movie. Someone else might say a long walk on the beach, another person might say they just want to stay inside, watch Netflix, and eat ice cream. Everyone has their own idea of a perfect date and for some lucky peoplemight go on that perfect date on valentines day. For the most part girls are usually the ones who are getting taken out on dates and having things being bought for them but no one ever hears about what a perfect date on valentines day would be for a guy.
Therefore I asked Luke Spaulding what his perfect valentines day date would be and he said, "First of all a perfect date on valentines day would have to be with someone you care about. Not someone you barely know just because you don't want to be dateless on valentines day. But for me my ideal date date would be going out to dinner and then doing something laid back like watching a movie."
Luke's ideal date is simple yet very nice because he doesn't need anything extravagant, he just wants to be with the person he cares about. After asking Luke I decided to get a girls opinion.
I asked Tess Gallagher what her ideal date would be and she said, "I agree with Luke, it makes it much better if you're with someone you care about a lot. Also I like the idea of dinner and then something both of you enjoy that will allow you to spend time with each other doing something that makes you happy."
Other people may not have such simple ideas because when asked what her perfect valentines day date would be Meredith Broderick said, "Definitely breakfast in bed to start off the day and then a home cooked meal with candles for dinner." When I asked Jasmine Olin's what her perfect valentines day date would be she said, "Watching the sunset on a tropical beach."
These two have fancier ideas of what their perfect dates would be. But no matter what there are endless possibilities of perfect dates on valentines day, whether it be simple or more extravagant. Valentines day is the perfect day to have a perfect date.

I think that this is one of my best pieces of the semester because I did a lot of work on it because I had to get lots of interviews and incorporate them into my paper. I spent quite a bit of time on this writing piece and that's why I think it's one of my best pieces of the semester.

https://docs.google.com/a/rsu5.org/file/d/0B-TocDn0ShjtVUpVT1M0TzVzbkk/edit

Overall this semester hasn't been bad, we didn't do as much writing as we did in the first semester but I still feel like my writing was about the same. I worked hard on all my pieces and put a lot of effort into them.

Partly Cloudy Review

In this movie Partly Cloudy it's the clouds job to create a whole now life on the world. The story is told about one cloud who just can't seem to make the perfect creatures like all of his other cloud friends do. Every time he tries making the nice, animal creatures he ends up making dangerous creatures. While this happens his good buddy Mr. Stork faces the consequences of the clouds actions. The stork sees all the other clouds making wonderful creatures for their stork friends, while he continues to get injured by his clouds creations. The stork's patience with his cloud is running thin and he thinks about leaving him.
Eventually the stork leaves his cloud and this causes the cloud to become outraged. This leads to all the thunderstorms. As a result of this the stork goes back to his cloud with a football helmet and pads to show him that he's ready to take on any challenge with his cloud. This shows that true friends cannot be separated due to anything.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

College Crossroads

— What is your reaction to Mr. Bruni’s idea that where you go to college matters less than “the effort you put into your studies, the earnestness with which you hone your skills, what you actually learn”?
I agree with what he said because if you're at a top notch school, you'll be getting a great education but even if you go to a school that isn't recognized as an elite school you'll still be getting a great education. Someone who goes to a school that isn't Harvard or Princeton can still become extremely successful. It all depends on how much you put into your education and studies like Mr. Bruni said.

— If you’re a student who is finished with the college process, what advice would you give high school juniors?
The advice I would give is do everything early. Talk to your guidance counselor and have them help you with whatever you need. Just make sure you do everything on time.

— How much pressure do you feel, whether from parents, teachers, the media or your friends, to get into a selective college? How do you handle that pressure?
I personally don't feel any pressure about getting into a selective college because I'm going to a school that I like and offers what I want to do. Whether it's a a selective school or not I'm still getting a college education. I don't care what other people think about the school I'm going to, therefore I feel no pressure.

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

How Businesses Use Your SATs

  • — Do you think SAT scores could be a good indicator of future career success? Why or why not?
I don't think that SAT scores are a good indicator of future career success because you can't base someone's life just on one test. Especially since the day that person took the test they could've been sick or just had a bad day overall. The SAT can't see how hard a person works, their work ethic, and some of their problem solving skills. Therefore if a company doesn't hire someone based on their SAT scores they might be losing out on a very valuable worker. 

  • — Should there be an expiration date on the scores’ being considered as part of a prospective employee’s application? If so, what should it be?
There shouldn't be an expiration date on the scores because the scores shouldn't even be used on an employee's application. If there was an expiration date maybe it could be based on when the SAT company changes the formation on the SAT because therefore it would be irrelevant for the people that have already taken the test.

  • — What if a job applicant did not take the SAT? Do you think some employers would penalize that person? How should this situation best be handled, in your opinion?
I think some employers might penalize the person by simply not hiring them but if they did hire them that person would have to start out at a really low level entry job. Personally I don't think the SAT scores should be used so there shouldn't be any penalties. The job should go to someone who can get it done efficiently and the right way.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

Climate Change

— How much have you learned about climate change in school? What do you believe about it?
We haven't learned about the climate change all that much in school, personally I take environmental science and we haven't talked about it much in that class either. So the whole idea and facts about climate change being taught or learned in school are very slim.

— How compelling do you find this most recent report to be?
It's pretty compelling because it goes to show that global warming is a real thing and it's actually happening. Lots of people just think it's a bunch of lies and theories but scientists have proved that the earth is in fact experiencing global warming. So I definitely think this article compelling because it really talks about what is happening and what we need to do to slow down the whole process or at least try to do.

— How much does the topic concern you in general? Why?
Personally the topic doesn't concern me all that much. Obviously it's a problem that needs to be resolved but it's not something that I think about. There's problems that affect me more directly that I worry about, therefore I don't concern myself with the climate change. 

Monday, March 17, 2014

Opening Moment

Guinness pulls out of St. Patrick's Day parade
http://money.cnn.com/2014/03/16/pf/guinness-parade/

Thursday, March 13, 2014

Sororities 🍻🍺

-- Do you want to join a fraternity or sorority? Why or why not?

I personally don't want to join a fraternity because they seem kind of stupid. Even though they are supposed to promote 'brotherhood' I feel that you don't need to join a sorority to create bonds with people. Since I will most likely attend the University of Maine Orono I will know a lot of people who I already have bonds with and therefore I have no reason to join a sorority. 

— What do you think fraternities could do to police themselves? Is what Sigma Alpha Epsilon doing enough?
To polic themselves sororities could take the pledging down a notch because some of the things the kids have to do is a bit extreme and sometimes result in death. It doesn't seem like the sigma alpha epsilon is doing a whole lot to police their sorority

— What do you think of the argument the student in this excerpt makes — that rituals like pledging build the most committed members of the organization? What are some of the positive things fraternities do?
I do think the student makes a valid argument because the students that are willing to go through a lot of hazing when they pledge are the most committed. It shows they truly want to join that sorority, but whether or not they want to join just to party or actually create a brotherhood we don't know. Either way it shows that those students are committed. According to Ms. Leavitt some of the positive things sororities do is they give back to the community. Other than that I don't know anything positive they do, some people might think them throwing huge parties are positive. 


Wednesday, March 5, 2014

Thumbnail Editorials

Weather in Maine- the weather in Maine absolutely sucks, it's cold the majority of the year! And we get several snowstorms during the winter. Then when it's not cold it rains all the time, it seems like there's only a few times throughout the year when the weather is at a happy medium.

Reality tv- reality tv is incredibly dumb, it's usually just a bunch of rich snobby people swearing at each other about guys or girls. Not all shows should be educational but by watching these shows I think you lose brain cells.

Spending a lot of money on prom- spending money on prom isn't fun, I've done it and just to rent a tuxedo it's ridiculous how much you need to spend, but at the end of the night if you have a great time  with your date then it's worth it. I don't think you should spend a lot of money if you don't have a date because who are you trying to impress?

Facebook- Facebook is definitely losing its interest over time, other social media websites are gaining more popularity. It was really cool at first as a younger kid but now I just use it to contact people that I don't have their phone number. As an old person I think it will be cool again so I can reconnect with people from my past.

Lying- lying isn't a good thing and it sucks being lied to, if more people would just be honest then the world be a better place. Nowadays it seems like everyone lies, you constantly see in the news that there was this scandal or that scandal about some celebrity lying. People should start doing it a whole lot less.

Plastic/cosmetic surgery- I don't see anything wrong with plastic surgery because if someone is unhappy about their body and they want to change it then by all means they should. If it will make them happy in the long run than they should have the procedure, because if they choose to do it they know all the risks that come with it.

School lunch- school lunch is terrible, the food is gross and way too expensive. You pay a lot of money for barely any food and if it's bad than you're out of luck. That's why I always bring my own lunch from home because I control whatever I want to eat.

Senior privileges- senior privileges are definitely sweet to have and they should keep them just how they are because if you are a senior than you should be able to get a little bit of special treatment. If you really want to take advantage of them you have to work for them so overall they're a good thing to have.

A prized possession- I feel like almost everyone has a prized possession and it's okay to have one. It just means that you have something that means a lot to you, and a lot of peoples prized possessions are family air looms that have been passed down through the years.

Topic of your choice (baseball)- baseball is my life and think more people should play it because lacrosse is stupid. It's a bunch of guys hitting each other with sticks. Baseball is Americas pastime which goes to show it's the best sport there is. It's easily the hardest sport to play and I don't care what anyone says. Anyone who says it's easy hasn't seen a ninety mile per hour fastball coming at them in less than a blink of an eye.








Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Fate

How much control do you think you have over your fate?

I think that you have a certain extent of control over your fate, because from the time you're a teenager you choose what schools you'd like to apply to and attend for college. Then in college you go to study something you want to do after school basically for the rest of your life. But the fate of you going to those colleges is in the hands of the admission offices therefore you only have some fate. This applies to basically everything because you can try as hard as you want but someone else controls part of your fate at all times.

Do you feel your fate is already predetermined by your lineage — your parents and ancestors? Or do you feel you are in the driver’s seat in determining your own success?

Your fate is not predetermined by your lineage because as a kid you can decide if you truly want to succeed. No matter what happened before it doesn't matter because you're in the drivers seat in determining your own success. If you want to succeed than you can, if you don't want to than you won't, simple as that.

Do you think you will be better or worse off than your parents? In what ways? Why?

Personally I think I could be better off than my parents because neither of them attended college and I will be this fall. That's not saying that they couldn't have attended college but I feel as if I'm already one step ahead of them so I think I could be better off than them.

Wednesday, February 12, 2014

Pulitzer Prize

Pulitzer Prize- an award for an achievement in American journalism, literature, or music. There are thirteen made each year.

1)  Joseph Rago
2)  To bring awareness of obamacare for his editorials that challenged it.
3) they're using professional medical sources.
4) yes because he slams on obamacare
Natural experiments are rare in politics, but few are as instructive as the prototype for ObamaCare that Massachusetts set in motion in 2006. The bills for "universal coverage" are now coming due, and it appears the state political class is prepared to do lasting damage to one of America's top-flight health-care systems.
5) in editorials you can be biased and have your own opinion, and they're a lot longer than most feature articles. Editorials kind of act as a persuasive essay

Monday, February 10, 2014

Creativity

Is everyone creative, and can everyone learn to be more so? WHY or WHY not?

I think everyone is creative but only to a certain extent. Personally I'm not a very creative person, but others are. I don't think creativity is a thing that you can teach. In my opinion it all depends on how the person thinks, I'm sure if you think about things long enough you could be more creative. Therefore everyone is creative but only to a certain extent.

–What problems on these students’ lists also annoy you?
People constantly taking selfies and putting them on Instagram, especially the selfies that people take in mirrors.
–What problems at your school or in your home or neighborhood can you identify?
Assigned seating, lunch isn't long enough, mr sickles at sporting events, being forced to take some classes.
–How could you solve at least one of them?
I don't think you could solve any of those problems, you could possibly start a petition for a longer lunch but our school would probably just get mad at you.
–Do you wish you could take a class in creative studies? Why or why not?
No because it would be boring.

Monday, February 3, 2014

The Art of the Interview

What are Sawatzki's rules of interviewing?
1) Don't ask yes or no questions
2) keep the questions short
3) Avoid charged words

What are things not to do when interviewing?

Don't use words that could possibly offend the person so they become defensive, don't put the focus on yourself, don't talk a lot. 

What troubles or challenges have you encountered when conducting interviews?

Getting longer responses, thinking of the right questions to ask so that I generate better answers. That's been my biggest problem because I have a hard time thinking of the right questions to ask.

What can you do in future interviews to elicit more detailed and informative responses?

Come up with better questions so that I get better responses, pick better people to interview so that they might give me better responses. 

Thursday, January 30, 2014

Rap Music

  • Are white artists who prosper in hip-hop robbing from black musicians? Or is music fair game for all true fans?
  • White artists who prosper in hip-hop are not robbing anything from black musicians because they have every right to make hip-hop music too. To some people it may not be as good and for the most part I find that to be true. One exception would be Eminem because he raps about real stuff. Macklemore shouldn't have won those Grammys but just because he is white it doesn't mean he's robbing anything from the black musicians. People voted for him more so it's simple that they thought he had a better album but in no way are white people robbing them.
  • Is the history of white privilege — think of Elvis Presley and the birth of rock ’n’ roll in the 1950s — continuing with Macklemore’s Grammy Award for best rap album?
  • Should Macklemore be apologizing? Is his apology sincere? Is it appropriate?
  • Can rap music ever transcend race and class? Or is it too indelibly tied to black urban culture?
  • Personally I think it was a nice gesture of him to apologize to Kendrick because it's showing how he didn't agree with himself winning over him. But it could be taken two different ways. Kendrick could see it as him rubbing it in or take it as a sincere apology. So I do think it was appropriate. I don't think that rap music will really ever transcend race or class because it is tied way too hard to black urban roots. From the beginning of hip hop it's belonged to the black community more than the white so I don't think that's going to change anytime soon.

Opening Moment

Italy mourns boy killed in apparent mafia hit
http://www.cnn.com/2014/01/29/world/europe/italy-child-mafia-hit/index.html

Thursday, January 16, 2014

Blog Semester Reflection

Dear reader,
This year for me as a writer has been pretty successful. I have created some of the best work I've ever written, especially my college essay. I have really focused in on trying to make my writing the best it can be this year. I don't think I have struggled all that much, but if I had to choose where I did the most it would be the feature articles. Getting all the interviews and then figuring out how to make the paper flow and where to put everything was kind of challenging. But after doing it the first time and then having it revised I think I had a pretty solid piece if writing. No matter what there is going to be room for improvement and as a student I'm striving to be the best writer I can be. I have succeeded in putting a lot into my work, and by doing that I see how I have the potential to write really good pieces of work. Before this year I feel as if I used to do my writing assignments just to get them done and for them to be good but not as good as they could be. One particular piece of writing I did was my college essay. Not only was this a grade for journalism class, but probably the most important piece of writing I have ever written. This paper would help determine my future and what college I will go to and as of right now it has helped me get into the University of Maine. I chose this piece to include in my blog posts because I spent a lot of time working on the college essay, I sat down and really focused on that paper. I tried to make it as well written as I possibly could, trying to make it sound original and not like every other college essay. I chose the topic where it said describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you? In order to make the paper unique and unlike others I made sure I really described why being on a baseball field is my place where I am perfectly content, but not only did it do that. I made sure to include my personal experience and how I got into the game of baseball which meant through my grandfather so there was a lot of personal connections in my paper that I thought really made it unique. So as the first semester is coming to a close and journalism one is almost over I look forward to what the second semester has to offer.

Wednesday, January 15, 2014

Personality Profile Jenna

                                                              Jenna Interview

    As college rapidly approaches I've decided that I would like to study sports medicine or physical therapy. I needed someone who I could interview about their job and I decided to pick someone who I already knew and felt comfortable with. Jenna Strunjo is the current athletic trainer here at Freeport High School and she also works at the clinic in Brunswick. She's a great person because of her ability to handle people and a great trainer and Freeport is lucky to have her. I can personally back that up because I've had my share of trips to the trainer's room and whenever I go in there she always makes me feel welcome because of the way she greets me with a smile on her face. Even when I confronted her about interviewing she said, "Sure thing I'd love to help, just send me an email and I'll reply as soon as I get it!" Once again Jenna is an outstanding person to have at our school.
     I think that people who are really into sports choose this as their profession because although they may not be able to continue sports career they will still be able to be around the game that they love. Jenna decided that she wanted to be an athletic trainer while she was in college. She was a member of the field hockey team at Husson University. Like many of the athletes here at Freeport, she had to take trips to the trainer's room. She took an interest in the profession and what went on, so she started asking questions and from there her interest really took off. She decided that the next step to take was to do an internship in the training room at Husson. This was basically her job shadowing the trainer and seeing what their daily life was like. After that she took an intro to athletic training class and she fell in love with it. Jenna went to college at Husson for her undergrad and she graduated with a Bachelor's Degree in psychology and in Health Sciences. She attended Grad school at Bridgewater State College and she graduated there with her Master's Degree of athletic training. Like most young college students you aren't one hundred percent sure about what you want to do and you end up changing your major. She originally started her degree in physical therapy but decided that it wasn't for her and that's when she went to Bridgewater for athletic training.
     Being an athletic trainer requires you to deal with people all day and for some that may be hard because obviously people can be really frustrating. Any time you see Jenna she's always cheery and makes you feel welcome when you go to see her. So she does an excellent job at being a people person and putting up with them. When I asked her her how she deals with people, especially a lot of teenagers she said, "Dealing with people is always challenging. You have to sometimes pick your words and make sure that you are coming across to people in the best way. Telling people what they don't want to hear is always hard as well especially talking with athletes and telling them they can't play, trying to balance getting your point across and being caring is hard. I do care!" Of course everyone has their limits and even Jenna gets annoyed although she said, "I don't ever get annoyed with people. Maybe with the problems and issues when they really aren't legit and it is more of an excuse maybe but never with people." These answers shows how well Jenna understands her job, how to talk to people and come across as a genuinely nice person while doing so. People may think that by being the athletic trainer at a high school that she's only dealing with the students but that definitely isn't true. One of the hardest things she's come across during her tenure at Freeport are not the students themselves but parents of these students. This is how Jenna described it, "There are hard parents that don't want to hear what you have to say or don't want to listen to you. Making parents understand that it is in the best interest for their child not to be playing or practicing is really hard."
     To some people this job may sound boring but it really isn't. It allows Jenna to have the chance to travel around the country every year to go to the annual conference for athletic trainers. These conferences are held in different places each year across the United States. She also gets to go to a lot of different courses to learn and adapt her career. Overall Jenna said she is extremely happy with her career right now, working at the clinic and at the high school. She described it as, "The best of both worlds", because she gets to experience everything. When I asked what her favorite part about her job was she said, "The best thing about my job is working with you guys at the school! It is so much fun, I love covering the games and being there every day." This is another great example of why Jenna is so good at her job, because she loves what she does. Jenna loves working with the students of Freeport and because of the many different people we have at the high school she is bound to hear some crazy things. She said, "One of the craziest things she's ever heard from one of the students is probably when Nick Cartmell asked me out to dinner." And if anyone knows the rest of our Freeport baseball team than you know some of the things that come out of the player's mouths are pretty crazy. Her response to the question was anything that came out of Cole Harrison's mouth. I will not share some of the things he said because they are not very falcon friendly! As you can see Jenna is very happy with her career and after interviewing her it makes me want to pursue a career in athletic training even more.

College Essay

Describe a place or environment where you are perfectly content. What do you do or experience there, and why is it meaningful to you?

Top of the seventh inning, two outs, game tied, runner on third base, I want that person to be me stepping into the batter's box. For many this may be stressful but for me this is where I feel the most comfortable. In between those lines, feeling the bat in between my hands, standing sixty feet, six inches away while staring down the pitcher waiting for him to deliver the ball. A five ounce ball coming at me at eighty miles per hour, less than a second to react. This is where I feel the most content.
Ever since I can remember I've had a ball or bat in my hands. From the days I was in my grandparent's backyard playing wiffle ball with my grandfather. When he first started pitching to me he kept telling my mom every day I was going to be a great baseball player. My grandmother would be outside with us telling me I'm going to play professional baseball for the New York Yankees. These two people have played such a huge role in my life. I wouldn't be the person I am today without them. I credit my grandfather for being that one person who sparked my passion for America's pastime. Although he may not be with me in person anymore, while I'm on the field I can still feel the connection that we had. I know that he is in heaven watching over me, cheering me on. Anybody who is a teammate of mine knows why the numbers 6/6/10 are written on my glove, they know why I always look up to the sky before every pitch, they know this is to honor the man who helped mold me not only into the baseball player I am today but the man that I am.

Whenever I'm stressed out, having a bad day, or just in need of a good time I'll go out to my high school field and hit a few buckets of balls. Many people dread going to practice after a long day of school but from the moment I step foot in the school that's all I look forward to. The baseball field has a calming affect on me much like a sail boat or a long run may have to someone else. The field not only gives me a place to play but it also gives me a place to think. It helps me clear my mind and set everything straight. Many people may look at a baseball field and just see a bunch of guys throwing a white ball back and forth, but not me. When I'm on that field it feels as if all time stops. There's nothing else going on in the world but the next pitch and me hoping the batter hits the ball to me. The yelling from the fans is just a faint buzzing because I'm in my own world from the time the umpire says, "Play ball!" To when the last out is recorded. Here comes that white little ball, eighty miles per hour, outside corner of the plate. Don't blink.