As I end the school year I would like to say that I have enjoyed every minute of it. I really liked how Fenn made me feel not only as a student but also as a person. Fenn has taught me many things about life and about how to get through tough times. I would like to say thank you to all the teachers this year that have helped me reach goals an educate me Fitz, Ms. Heaton, Mr. Romero, Ms. Shiffler and Ms. Mott. This is my final good bye, Once again I thank you all.
Sorry for the cut off of photos at the end. I do not know what happened to that but thought I would give you a heads up.
As the year comes to a close I start to think about summer and what I can hold. But first before all that you have to get past the dredded exams. I would be surprised if anybody actually liked preparing and taking the exams. Although you don't get the choose to do the exams, once your done with them the school years over. But the only thing is is that you have to study for them and I know that I am not disaplined enough to lock myself in a room and study for hours on end but if thats what it is going to take to get through the exams and do well I'm willing to do that.
Affirmative action is a little like the professional football draft. The NFL awards its No. 1 draft choices to the lowest-ranked team in the league. It doesn't do this out of compassion or guilt. It's done for mutual survival. They understand that a league can only be as strong as its weakest team.
As most of you know or If you don’t know the NFL draft is this thursday, May 8th at 8:00. For me this is an exciting time. I look forward to this every year. I consider myself to be the biggest football fan in the 8th grade at fenn. Everyday when I get home I look to see the biggest news in NFL that has happened that day. And one thing that I study and keep an eye on is the NFL draft. If you have visited my weebly you will see that I had started a series showing the top ten players that will be drafted I am sorry to say that that series has been cancelled due to time restrictions. Meaning I just don’t have time to do it. But in this post I will tell you who will be draft in the top ten and why starting with the third overall pick the Jacksonville Jaguars. The reason that i am starting with number three is because I have already done one and two in the series.
With the third overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft The Jacksonville Jaguars select Khalil Mack OLB Buffalo. Second only to Jadeveon Clowney, Mack is a beastly player and will do great for the Jaguars if they pick him.
With the fourth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft The Cleveland Browns select Johnny Manziel QB Texas A and M. As all of you know Johnny manziel is a playmaker and if you put him in an offense with josh gordon the browns could be a serious playoff team in the 2014 season.
With the fifth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft The Oakland Raiders select Sammy Watkins WR Clemson. Sammy watkins is by far the best WR in the draft and the Oakland Raiders could benefit from a talent like this.
With the Sixth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft The Atlanta falcons select Jake mathews OL Texas A and M. Jake mathews is the second best OL in the draft and the falcons need a solid linemen up front to protect Matt Ryan.
With the seventh overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft The Tampa Bay Buccaneers select Mike Evans WR Texas A and M. Mike Evans would be a great fit for the Bucs to line up on the other side of Vincent Jackson.
With the eighth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft the Minnesota Vikings select Blake Bortles QB University of Central Florida. The vikings need a QB seeing that Christian Ponder is not getting the job done. Blake would be a great pickup for them.
With the ninth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft The Buffalo Bills select Eric Ebron TE North Carolina. Eric Ebron is a very good football play and the bills need a solid TE because there other TE are not good at all.
With the tenth overall pick in the 2014 NFL draft the Detroit Lions select Darqueze Dennard CB Michigan State. The Lions CB position last year was awful and they have an opportunity to get Dennard that would be a smart move.
I can’t wait to see what happens on Draft night. Tell me which pick surprises you the most.
If winning isn't everything, why do they keep score?
Shot score. In yesterdays heart wrenching Bruins game they seemed to pull out yet another comeback victory. With this win they tie the series 1-1. When daniel paille score the first goal although I knew that that wouldn't be the last goal it certainly help ease the nervousness. Most of you know that I am not an Hockey fan in general but if theres one thing I like its playoff hockey. Of course the bruins are my favorite team and its fun the look forward to them competing for the cup every year. The NHL playoffs are truly amazing anything can happen and thats what I like about it. From the first puck drop to the last it is something to when you sit down you can’t get up because you don’t want to miss anything. But the game yesterday was truly amazing to see. Down by two goals with six or seven minutes left and to score five goals between that time is definitely something to clap about.
One thing that this team has a lot of is resilience. I’ll be honest when the habs scored that third goal to make it 3-1 I shut the tv off and tried to get my mind off it. All I could think to myself was here we go again there gonna be down two games and now are gonna have to comeback. But little did I know that the bruins had scored three time within 5 minutes to grab the lead. My parent yelled and I quickly dashed downstairs to where they were sitting and I turned towards the tv and my eyes popped out of my head. All I could say was “Are you kidding me”. With the score 4-3 with one minute left Lucic scored an empty netter to bring the lead to 5-3.
One thing that I took away from watching this game was to never give up. There is so many things that I have given up in my life and I regret them but the bruins totally changed they way I go about things like that. If you look back to last year, Game seven when the bruins came back against the maples leafs. It feels like they do it every year and thats another thing I love about the bruins. If you would have told me that the bruins were going to win that game I would have laughed in your face because I sure didn’t believe that they were going to comeback and win that game. One thing that they didn’t think about that I did is that they were going to lose the game. It gos to show that they way you think can translate whether or not you win or lose. For example if you go into a test and think to yourself that you are going to do bad on that test you probably are because that’s the mentality that you have.
From Slave to Warrior
The story of Adewale
As he lay there is the drooling hot sun.
he sings the tale of an old slave song.
“wade in the water...wade in the water children
wade in the water.. god’s gonna trouble the water”
he and a couple other of his slave mates plan on a
way to get out of there terrible punishment.
For a long while they cry about their lives being taken
away from them in trade for cruel punishment.
Adewale needs to get out of this lifestyle.
He and his other slave mates snuck down to the well
were they can get a fresh drink of water.
They sit there in the night and look hard at the stars
above them and wonder if they will ever look at the
stars as free men.
Adewale is an african american from south africa.
He has a mother and two sister’s, his dad had died in an hunting
He and his family had been sold into slavery
after his camp had been raided by the british.
now on a white family’s plantation living with one of his sisters.
He and one of his sister had been separated from his
mother and his other sister.
They have been slaves for 3 years now.
all the time he dreams about living as a free african american
without worrying about being taken away and being sold
and then ultimately beaten.
He is gonna make a change… and soon.
The day after he was ready to go, he had gathered
everything that he needed to set on his journey
to escape the plantation and become a free man.
As he walks down to the cotton field.
Adewale in his rags feels
the cool breeze and pictures his mother and sister.
He, now pondering on the situation gives him more
reason to get out and escape.
Collecting the cotton he waits till the guard walks
back to the plantation house. The second he turns away
Adewale runs as fast as possibly to the nearby woods
where he can get out of sight of any possible guard.
His heart racing, his chest pumping, he sighs in relief.
But then realizes that its not over and he may
have been in over his head this time. Catching his breath
now wanting to get away from the plantation primasis
as possible, he quickly gets up and starts walking.
Not knowing where he is walking to he keeps on.
3 hours later….
Quietly walking out of the woods he is greeted
by an old dirt road of which he doesn’t know where it leads to
He know stepping onto the cool hard ground, he shivers
Waiting to make sure nobody is coming down the road he looks both
ways articulately. He now quietly walking down the road
smiles in great relief. he knows that he has escaped and knows that
the plantation owners have set out to look for him, but he doesn’t care.
He knows that he’s gonna make it, he knows it.
after a long walk down the cool dirt road
he walks into the city of havana where all he can see is people
but none of his kind.
In his rags he walks down the road filled
with people, some looking puzzled and some that don’t care.
Adewale now looking nervous as hell sprints past a group
of spanish soldiers.
He now running like a gazelle looks behind him
all he sees is dust then out of dirt mist he sees soldiers
running after him.
He gives up, all that he has been through he has given up
the soldiers come sprinting up beside him.
“Cómo te llamas!!” said the spanish soldier
Adewale not saying a word.
“De dónde eres!!” said the the spanish soldier
Adewale as bravely as he is, stands up and says
“I am from South Africa and am a slave”
The soldiers now staring almost examining him
In the best english he can, the soldier says
“come with us”
Tears now coming down his cheeks as the soldiers escort him
toward a massive slave ship he thinks to himself why, why.
Stepping up the wooden ramp into the ship he stops at the top
turns around then crosses his chest and prays for god to save his soul.
Waking up in the cold hull of the ship
he hears the creaking of the wooden planks below
He looks straight in front of him to find his
ankles chained to brass studded collars.
To the left
of him there is a white man dressed in pirate garb.
Adewale as curious as he is asks the man where he’s from
the response is little to none
“Why do you care” the man says.
“Because your gonna help me get out of here” says adewale
“What’s your name I’m Edward”
“Adewale, my name is Adewale but you can call me Ade for short”
The men both agree if they work together that they will be able to escape and become free.
Adewale with his brute strength smashes the ankle chains with a piece
of wooden board.
slowly but surely they slide the chains off their bodys
and head for the nearest exit.
As they come up on
a guard Adewale quickly picks up the wooden plank ready to strike
Crack!! the wooden board hitting off the mans sends chills down the bodies
The body hits the ground
with great power and knocks the lite candle onto the floor.
The ground quickly lights up with fire.
Now in panic Adewale and Edward search for an exit.
out of the corner of his eye Adewale spots an exit.
Climbing up the ladder he can hear the cries of wounded slaves.
opening the latch to the upper deck he sees a bloody mess filled
with wounded men that are begging to be helped.
Edward swiftly picks up a sword and tosses it to Adewale.
“Here take this” Says Edward.
Adewale looks to the right of him beating a slave to get up.
Adewale with two hands on the sword slices through the mans head as if it were budder.
“Get up my brethren” says Adewale.
“What are you looking at get up” Adewale says.
Adewale looking to the left of him sees Edward in danger of his life
Adewale sprinting toward Edward almost gets there but with a gunshot to the head Edward
Hits the cool ground with force.
With fire in his eyes Adewale strikes the spanish soldier
through the eye, blood rushes down the soldiers face like
a waterfall. Standing in the middle of the ship,
theres nothing but silence and the burning of the ship.
Hundreds of bodies
laying on the ground of the deck in pools of blood.
Just staring adewale takes
a quick glance at the sword in his hands.
To only think that this saved his life
He stares out to the sea and can see that there is something off
in the distance.
Jumping out of the burning ship he heads toward
the undiscovered island.
Swimming stroke by stroke
he is getting tired to the point he cannot breath.
pushing onward to the island he stops and thinks
Could it be true, am I free.
15 minutes later...
Adewale reaches the white sandy beach filled with
tropical palm trees and all.
Now laying there
he embraces his surroundings.
Taking a deep breath and and closing his eyes
he is finally at peace.
Something he has been
waiting for all of his life.
Opening his eyes he watches the
sun go down and realizes he needs to find a place to rest
for the night.
Taking palm tree leafs and putting them
on the ground created a nice little cacun.
The sun drifts off
and he is left with the cool breeze of the night.
Adewale taking another leaf puts it over his body for extra warmth
then drifts off to sleep.
The next morning Adewale is awoken by
the sounds of cannons being fired.
He springs up from his little cancun and looks to see
were the noises are coming from and sees a british ship attacking
what looks to be an enemy spanish Schooner.
Ignoring the sounds he walks over to the white sandy beach
sits down and looks out into the ocean.
Scanning the ocean with such brilliance he spots a ship
he quickly notices that its the same kind of ship that he was on.
For a while he sits there and stares at it.
Immediately he knows its a slave ship.
The ship seems to be anchored.
“Its looks to be 200 yards away” he says
Running into the water he is revived by the chilly water
and is determined to get to that ship.
5 minutes later…
coming up to the ship he tries not to make much noise.
Looking to the back of the ship to see that there is cover there,
he quickly swims over to it.
Now with the boat rocking back and forth
he tries to climb the ship.
As if he was climbing a rock wall he quickly gets up the top of the ship.
Looking over the guard railing he sees not many soldiers.
Looking down by his side, he sees his sword.
Then quickly glancing up over the guard railing.
He jumps up into the ship and quickly the soldiers
are alerted that he is on the ship.
With two hands on the sword Adewale
looks to see where the soldiers are.
bang!! looking to the left of him he sees
somebody with a gun.
Charging at them he pirouettes slicing through the mans body.
Swiftly running to his next victim.
he grabs the soldier and snaps his neck.
The soldier hitting the ground like a bag of bricks.
Gets other soldiers alarmed.
Screaming as loud as he can he knocks the two guards
down and slits both of their throats.
There is all but silence for the next minute.
Standing up Adewale walks over to the each and every body
and tosses it off the side of the boat.
Opening the latch to the lower deck he is greeted by
slaves. Helping them get free and getting them up to the deck
he speaks to each and every one of them.
“Now is the time to be free. Now is the time to live a happy life without being chased and beaten’. Anys that would be smart enough to take the ship with me would be welcome. Any that will not take the ship with me may leave.”
All the slaves agree to take the ship.
Adewale with no sailing experience
quickly gets the hang of it.
With the cool breeze scraping against his body
he is brought to new life.
He has always wanted to have his very own ship.
Now he has that.
Saying it out loud he names the ships Adi.
Now with a ship and shipmates
adewale sails to the cave off in the distance
With the cool wind in brushing up against
him he is at peace looking toward the sea in front of him
its nothing but pure beauty.
Coming up upon the cave he spots a creature
The creature has the shape of an human
but has animal pelt as its clothing.
Splash the anchor hits the ocean water
adewale jumps out of the boat
and quickly starts swimming toward the cave.
A few of his shipmates have come along for protection.
Then from the corner of his eye
he can see the creature scamper off into the cave.
as he is making his way toward the cave he feels a not so safe feeling.
standing outside the cave he waits
and finally decides that it’s best not to go in there.
He quickly gets his men to find a place to rest for the night.
Still standing there they creature
appears and it is a human/animal creature.
Taking his sword out of its place.
Adewale turns toward his men and then strikes the creature through the eye.
With it screaming for its companions he slices
through its head, nothing but silence.
“Get over here” says Adewale
his men run over to him and help
take the body and burn it.
One by one his men take sticks
and stab into the creature to secure it to the ground.
As he looks into the cave he spits on the creature
“You damn creatures, come get us now” said adewale.
The next day Adewale is awaken by a scream all the way across the island.
It is a familiar sound.
listening closely he relizes that it is one of his men.
Sprouting up out of the sand he grabs his sword and
tells his men to get ready for a fight.
Looking all around him he can see nothing but the cave and a large cliff.
There are only two ways to get across the island and those are the two.
Knowing that if he goes through the cave he will most likely die.
he wisely chooses to climb the cliff and get to the other side.
Sprinting over to where it is.
he jumps up and grabs the side of the cliff and starts climbing.
his men follow behind him.
10 minutes later…
Reaching the top of the cliff he spots a creature.
slowly coming up behind it he snaps its neck and keeps walking.
running and running he reaches the other side of the cliff.
Looking down over the side he spots 4 of his men being heavily guarded.
by these creatures.
one of the men that is with him pulls his sword out.
Not knowing what he is going to do he swiftly throws it at the creature.
A loud screech came from the creature as it was hit.
adewale quickly gets down the cliff and starts the full on battle.
to his right the creature comes straight toward him.
trying to pull his sword out the creature with its sharp teeth
bits him and tears a chunk of flesh out of his body.
“AAAAAH” Adewale screams.
falling to the ground.
Thump he hits the white sandy beach and slowly fades off.
Adewale is awoken and is still laying where he had fallen.
with a man beside him he is alarmed.
“Whoa whoa” said adewale.
“Don’t worry captain im one of your men”
Looking around everybody is dead but them the creatures littered
the sandy beach.
So did his men.
“What had happened” said Adewale.
“They had all died from just killing each other and do to injury some had died.” said his crew mate.
“Don’t worry they are all dead”
“My name is John”.
John helps adewale off the ground.
they both quickly run through the tunnel to get back to the ship.
As they reach the other side adewale is relieved to see that it is still there.
he and John run into the water to get cooled off.
From there they reach the boat and sail off.
Not knowing where they are going adewale tries to find out more about John.
As they both exchange stories to how they got there.
Adewale is awakened to find out that John is from the same plantation
that he was from.
But yet they never encountered each other because they were on
two different sides of the plantation.
time passes and they have created a bond and now are loyal friends.
They have reached a land of which they don’t know that name of.
Adewale docks the boat and with John by his side is greeted by
two beautiful young women.
Adewale not interested he walks away.
Looking around the land he sees nothing but guards and slaves.
With money in his pocket looks to John to help assist him in finding new crew members.
John runs off the find members and so doesn’t adewale.
As he walks around he approaches a slave auction and buys all the slaves.
After he had done that he took them to a private place and announced.
that they would be working on a ship as crew members and would get little pay.
They all agreed.
Adewale walking steadily now heres somebody fighting.
Looking to his left he spots a slave fighting a guard.
“Hey Hey” Adewale yells.
“Stop that now” he said.
The guard surprised that he said that lets the slave go.
“Here I will pay for him” says adewale.
The slave quickly runs away.
Now adewale chases after him until the slave trips in a hole and tumble to the ground.
“what are you doing” Screams Adewale.
“I’m trying to help you” he said.
Slave with an angry look in his eyes agrees to become a crew member and head for the boat.
“Hey Adewale I found some more crew members” says John.
They both head back to the ship.
Out of the corner of his eye Adewale spots a weapon shop.
“Perfect” he whispers to himself.
As adewale walks into the shop
he is bombarded by the amount of weaponry on the wall.
Looking for the perfect weapon he spots a machete.
And without a doubt knew that was the weapon he wanted.
With a new crew and new weapon he is determined to get back at the creatures and their leader.
Walking up the wooden dock to his boat
his crew is working hard to learn the ways of a crew member.
Climbing onto the boat he is surprised by the new brass wheel John
had got him.
“This is a token of my gratitude” said John.
“Ever since you saved me from being a slave again I have always wanted to thank you” John said.
“Thank you” Adewale said.
With everything in pace they set sail to the island that they will call home.
As they approach the island they can see that the creatures
have taken full control of it.
Now with the anchor in the water they wait and strategize to take the island.
Little did adewale know
that they boat was equipped with cannons and a lot of them.
They would first fire the cannons at the island and the creatures tower.
Then they would infiltrate the island
and do whatever it takes to get it back and make it home.
But the key to them winning this battle would be attacking at night.
Hour by hour pass and it is almost time to attack.
His men getting ready, loading the cannons and now they
are ready for a fight.
Blast they cannons sound the battle has now began.
As they hit the tower.
The creatures are alarmed and do not know what is happening.
Chunk by chunk the creatures are taken out until its safe enough to infiltrate.
Each man on the ship dives into the water and starts swimming to the island.
Adewale is the last man to get into the water he waits and looks at the place he will call home soon.
With fire in his eyes he reaches the beach.
his eyes are set on the leader of the creatures.
As they come at adewale he slices through their bodies like butter.
With only their leader left the crew, Adewale and John run at the fearless leader.
As they get closer they realize he is a big creature and the biggest of them all standing at a height of 15 feet tall.
He is force to be reckon with.
But adewale doesn’t care.
Adewale draws the first blow to him stabbing into his massive leg.
“AHHH” The creature screams
Adewale carving him up he falls to the ground.
With a swift swipe of his machete he cuts the creatures head off.
The head hits the ground and the battle is finally over.
This land is his and his forever.
With the battle over he now can rest.
Laying in the sand he takes a look back at his journey.
from the beginning being a slave.
working on the cotton fields.
And then escaping to become a warrior.
It all feels surreal to him.
Closing his eyes he takes a big sigh of relief.
Reopening his eyes he can see everything fall into place.
his village will soon be one to be loved and cared about.
His fight for freedom has been a tough one but he is here and he doesn’t want to go back.
Now getting up he takes a walk into the cave.
It is now filled with light and happiness.
Making his way to the other side of the cave he finds the perfect spot.
The perfect spot to build his own house.
something that he has dreamed about having his entire life.
Again the memories of how he got there are coming back to him.
Tears now come down his cheeks like a waterfall.
He is truly at peace and always will be.
15 min later...
Running through the cave John has found dinner.
“Adewale I have found something to eat” Said John.
“What is it”adewale said.
“3 boar we just caught them now” John said.
They both run back to the main village.
And there in front of his eyes are the three biggest boars he has ever seen.
“Lets eat” Adewale yells.
With a smile on his face he looks at his crew they are also happy.
As they build a fire.
Adewale preps the boars to be cooked.
First he finds a stick to put through the
From there he they start to cook the first boar.
When the boar is ready to eat.
Adewale sits down and there is nothing but a smile on his face.
Everytime he looks out at the sea in front of him.
It makes him feel as though he had accomplished something.
Now that he is done accomplishing what he had always dreamed of.
He starts to feel like he is an everyday person.
Not somebody that is a slave or is killing people to become free.
Nothing is his mind but peace.
That is all that he can think about.
After he is done eating.
He goes back to the place where he will build his house.
Laying on the ground he looks up to see the stars above.
Then he slowly dozes off to sleep.
The sleep does not last long.
He is awoken by John and his crew telling old folk tales and jokes.
Adewale quickly chuckles and dozes off to sleep for the second time.
This time not being woken up.
One Year Later…
With the whole village finished.
It is a beautiful sight.
There is so many people wondering around just admiring what has come to be in just one year.
from being a slave and then ultimately becoming free,
The way people look at adewale is so different
than what it was before.
He is known as saviour and someone who is looked up to.
But since that year has passed a friend of Adewale had died.
John had died of illness in his sleep.
It was one of the darkest moments in the community.
but adewale and the village had managed to get through it.
Adewale’s house is also now complete.
It is one of the most unique structures that he had ever seen.
The sheer size of the house is amazing.
It is three floors high and has a beautiful deck looking out into the ocean.
adewale walks onto the deck and looks out into the ocean like he had did
one year prior and thought to himself.
I am at peace.
The word that has motivated adewale create this village and thrive.
The one thing that Adewale has started to do during the year was,
Boarding slave ships and freeing the slaves so that they too could accomplish what
Throughout his whole entire journey to get where he is
is has been through thick and thin.
But the one thing that they will never be able to take away from him is
Getting through tough times.
All Quiet on the Western Front is narrated by Paul Bäumer, a young man of nineteen who fights in the German army on the French front in World War I. Paul and several of his friends from school joined the army voluntarily after listening to the stirring patriotic speeches of their teacher, Kantorek. After Experiencing ten weeks of brutal training by Corporal Himmelstoss. they all come to grips that fighting in the war is not a glamorous and the constantly live in physical terror.
In the book All Quiet On The Western Front I think the author is trying to say that war is not all it is cracked up to be and that it is a hard thing to get through emotionally and physically and I think that the book does a good job of describing that aspect. Paul and his friends go through things like that in the book that they have to face.
The main character in All Quiet On The Western Front is Paul Bäumer 19 year old who is fighting on the western front and is also the narrator of the book. The book is taking place in WW1 on the western front. Paul and his friends have unwittingly entered a hellish war in which hope for survival is sullied by the knowledge that they have already been mentally scarred beyond recovery.
Reading this book was amazing it gave so much excitement throughout the entire book and I never thought at any point that it was boring or dull. At some points in the book it made me sad but Throughout reading this book I had so many different feelings toward what was going on at what times.
The book All Quiet On The Western Front is a must read if you are into WWI. It Illustrates a perfect picture for what war and all the hardships is about. Throughout the book the characters are challenged to do things they have never done before. Overall it is a fantastic read and I recommend reading it.
St.Louis Rams have a lot of options here they all have the 13th overall pick in this years drag as well. I think they take an offensive lineman with the number two pick to protect sam bradford and the passing game. With the second pick in the 2014 NFL draft the St.Louis Rams select Greg Robinson OT (Offensive Tackle) Auburn University. Greg Robinson would be a great pick for the Rams making there offensive line stronger than ever. This would be a great pick for them.
From here on out until the NFL Draft I will be doing my top ten picks for each team in the top ten. The Houston Texans are now on the clock. with the first pick in the 2014 NFL Draft the Houston Texans select... Jadeveon Clowney Defensive end South Carolina. As you can see if I am the general manager for the Texans I am taking Jadeveon Clowney. He is a beast, he is listed at 6'6 250 pounds and runs the 40 in 4.5 seconds which is staggering for someone at his position. He is virtually unstoppable. Although he only had 3 sacks in the 2013 season that is because teams had to double team him almost every play. Overall they are getting a beast who will contribute tremendously to the team and will become a star in the NFL.