As a child, I was always extremely passionate about dance as a mode of expression for myself. However, my family’s financial situation never permitted me to take proper classes, and for a while I felt that a dream within myself had been crushed. When high school rolled around, I searched for an activity that would satisfy my dance needs and stumbled upon the extracurricular activity Color Guard, which consisted of flag, rifle, and sabre spinning. I grew excited at the idea of joining an activity in my high school, but what really drew me in was the dance aspect. I would finally be able to live out my dream without bound…or so I thought. In my years of participation, I had the pleasure of becoming a more mature and understanding individual although entering with an adolescent mind.
Colorguard or winterguard is a sport of the arts that can be performed by all genders, and of all ages. It is a performance based activity that utilizes dance movements, hand-eye coordination, technique, and talent. Despite being ostracized sometimes by the ignorant people at school, colorguard has shaped me into a better person through keeping me active and in shape, giving me amazing best friends, and teaching me discipline.
In the memoir The Glass Castle, by Jeannette Walls, her parent’s values are different from hers and her siblings. Specifically, Walls remembers a time where her and her brother found a ring and their mother took it from them: “She was keeping it… to replace the wedding ring her mother had given her, the one Dad had pawned shortly after they got married. “But Mom,” I said, “that ring could get us a lot of food.” “That’s true,” Mom said, “but it could also improve my self-esteem. And at times like these, self-esteem is even more vital than food.”” (186). Obviously, Walls’ mother would rather do things for herself than provide for her children’s needs. If pawning the ring could bring in money to get food, and other necessities, Walls’ mother should do it, but her
The time is now. The roaring crowd settled, the stadium lights shined above us, the field was set. It was time to show the audience how much dedication, sweat, and tears were put in the show right before the eyes. The masterpiece, I like to call it. The hardest part however, is making it seem so effortlessly. Welcome to Marching Band.
People know that during half time at football games two bands play and in the band there are the color guard. No one ever stops to think about them and how they came to be. The fans just know that they are there most likely to just entertain them. They never stop to think twice as to how color guard was made and the big meaning behind it all. That there is a rich history of how and why they came to be.
Have you ever worked really hard at something and have been proud of yourself or your team? I know I have. At Foley Schools there is a problem. Our second year high kick dance team, The Falconettes, are not taken seriously by many students and even some coaches. Because of that, many dancers on the team start to get discouraged and can make our athletes feel embarrassed about their sports. That is something that should never happen. The current rules on the subject are that there has to be an equal number of girls and boy sports teams. Another rule states that all coaches should support other coaches and the same rule applies for teams. Foley Schools needs to monitor how coaches and student behave towards the Foley Falconette Dance Team (FFDT).
In 1993, twenty-four year old Piper Kerman flew to Belgium with a suitcase full of money that would be passed off to a West African drug lord. After that happened Kerman left the business and decided to turn herself in. In February of 2004, Kerman was named part of an international drug ring, and she was incarcerated at the age of thirty four. Sentenced to a year at a minimum security women's prison, Kerman set out to blend in the best she could to make her way through her sentence without causing any trouble. During her time Piper met people of all races, ages, religions, and walks of life. After she was released Kerman decided to compose a book about the people that she met in prison, the lessons that they taught her, and how they affected her outlook on life. In Orange is The New Black: My
A color-blind ideology appears to permeate throughout our society drawn from a lack of color consciousness. This is for the reason that it neglects to challenge white privilege by subsisting in a position of race privilege. Reflection of one’s conscious and unconscious belief about race can help to break down existing societal and inevitable racism as opposed to culture or personal ineptitude. Self-reflexivity will also provide assistance with an honest discussion about race and ethnicity being social constructions from attitudes, actions, beliefs, and so on. Ultimately, racial ideologies are consistently subject to change for engaging with the transformation of a particular era’s social conditions at the complexly interconnected levels of
Respondent: Sometime you are no longer able to play the sport that you have enjoyed playing. To keep active in that sport and continue to participate follow the sport management career in that sport. You will have a head start because you’ve played it, love it, and can still grow in the sport. You have to love it because sometimes it doesn’t pay that well.
“If you think you can, you can. If you think you can’t you’re right.” Ever since I was young, that remained one of my father’s favorite quotes to say, if it be a disagreement with a friend, or working on long division problem. While growing up, knowing that my siblings had not done quite well in school, and that was one of my biggest incentives to do well. I had grown up on one of the worst sides of town, living in an apartment complex with one of the worst reputations, living off the checks my father brought in from his back disability, and food stamps. Growing up it was just myself, my sister and my Dad, and on the occasion visiting with my mother every other weekend, and when she was gone, us two girls spent it with my grandparents on my mother’s side of the family. Without having my older sister around to assist me with school work or such, I happened to learn my lessons with the little aid from my teachers while at school. Not having an at home older
All of a sudden, I found myself thinking sociologically when I was watching the movie “Mean Girls,” because it reminded me of the cliques and peer groups that were in my old high school. The movie is about a teenage girl who ends up becoming a part of this clique full of mean girls and after an incident she sets out to try and ruin the leader of the clique’s life. It was the cliques and peer groups that made me start thinking sociologically, because it made me look back and see how much I have changed since I came to the University of Kentucky, and left my old clique or peer group behind.
As a proud member of the Mercedes Tiger Band color guard and drill team, a lifetime goal for me would be to join a marching band and/or college dance team. Coming into high school I never thought my passion would be to be performing in front of hundreds of people every Friday Night for four years. It has become my passion and it brings me much joy to perform and have the time of my life on that football field.
What is something that every single person in the world cherishes? What is something that people long for? The Color Purple by Alice Walker stretches the answer to that question with a series of letters between two sisters that spans forty years. A story of women joined together by love and hardship, The Color Purple depicts the value of family. But ever since it has been published, the book has gained a reputation for being inappropriate, and not suitable for schools. The Color Purple by Alice Walker should be kept in school libraries because it conveys the importance of family, shows examples of overcoming hardship and discusses serious topics such as rape and death. The Color Purple is an inspiring, beautiful, and powerful read for teens.
“Drum majors, is your guard ready?” The words echo through a silent stadium, the only sound is the rush of feet over fake grass as thirteen teenagers rush around the turf football field, precisely placing rifles, flags, and other equipment. The thirteen find their places on the field and kneel behind the drumline, the cool metal of a six-foot flag in their hands. One member of the guard has sweaty palms and dozens of fears running through her mind as she silently counts “1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, GO.” The show opens with a magnificent toss, every guard member perfectly in sync. The audience does not see the weeks of failure that lead up to that toss, but I do.