My capstone activities will primarily focus on learning how to properly read, write, and speak Hmong. I will also be adding history courses with topics related to the Hmong because I personally feel that I do not know enough about my roots and history. I know that in order to be successful in who I want to be or what I want to be, I need to start with myself.
I woke up one day and I was shaking. I was shaking because today I got up in front of the crowd to get my diploma. My 8th grade graduation was today! I could not walk, or speak. Stuff went through my head, “Am I going to have to speak in public? Will everyone laugh at me for doing a mistake?” I was terrified but excited. I did not know how to describe it, Territed? I graduated with luck and it will never happen again.
As a student, I have grown in my skills for academic success by having to write an essay in my Honors English class. We’ve recently finished reading the novel The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, and were told to write an essay about one of the given prompts. Before having to write this essay, I was struggling with the type of vocabulary and perspective, which was third-person, I was supposed to use. I had to find the right quotes from the book and explain in detail how they support the prompt, I felt that was the hardest for me. The words “I” or “me” weren’t allowed in the essay, unless they were in quotes. I never wrote anything without writing my thoughts on the subject. Also, the language that is used in the book made it even harder for me to understand what was really going on in the novel, which made the essay harder for me to write. This was the first time writing an essay like this, so it was difficult to me for that reason.
At the CIA, “Food Is Life” means that food is a major ingredient in your life. To others food might mean good taste, but to me food means so much more. Food is what I see, obviously eat, but most importantly, it’s what I think about all day. Food means everything to me and that is why I wish to enroll into the CIA because I know that I will find my success there.
Many people go on Mission trips to help other communities that are in need, but some go for the many friendships and experiences that last a lifetime. I went on Mission Trip 2015 to Eagle Butte, South Dakota for both reasons. I had always remember day three of Mission Trip 2015 because I helped the Cheyenne River community, made friends with people from around the state, and renewed old friendships with people from my own school.
As I am quickly approaching the end of my senior, I am looking back at how far I have come since freshman year and everything that Henley High School has helped me accomplish in my life. In preparation for the life that every senior must experience after school, the senior capstone project was put in place to help seniors find out what they would suit them as career and give them some of the necessary tools in achieving that. Part of the capstone was earning service hours at a non profit organization, that can go on a resume. With serving came a facilitator, who guides one’s service, and also the challenges and success of the service itself. To Provide help on future careers, Henley High School also provided an opportunity to take the CIS test
When I started high school, the club that excited me the most, was National Honors Society. So, at the first chance I got, in my sophomore year. After being a member for a year, I quickly realized that I wanted to take on a leadership opportunity in the club. So, I took a shot for the stars, and campaigned for being president of Honors Society. Though I had some competition, I put my all into composing a speech, and I won the presidency, and I have been president since. Through Honors Society, I have gotten to take on many leadership roles, including preparing and leading meetings, and developing our monthly schoolwide outreach to the school.
Over the last few years, I have come to get to know my interviewee. She is a really good friend of mine, and her name is Maddie Anderton. I have learned a lot about her over the years and where she came from. She moved here from Alabama in 2005. I chose to interview her, because she is always talking about Alabama and how much she wishes she could go back. It is always so fun to hear her talk about it, and I wanted to hear more, so the interview was the perfect way to go.
RIIINNNGG!! The buzzing alarm sounded at 6:30, and I frantically jumped out of bed eager to begin my first missions trip. I scurried down the stairs with my bags and jumped into the car en route to Eureka High School to meet the team I would be experiencing my journey with for the next week.
The following,is an article written by Jerry Brindley when she was a Senior Aide in Decatur:
For example, the first person I got to interview told me how he had been in the foster system for as long as he could remember and he was in it up until he aged out. It really made me think of how not everyone got the happy ending like those kids who got adopted on Adoption Day. It also made me realize the flaws, possibly never had the support of other and that could possibly explain why he’s been in the streets for so long. The second person I interviewed was an older man who confided in me about how he abused chronic substances. I had no idea how to respond to him, or if it would be polite to ask him what types of drugs he was into. But by that time, Liz and I had a system where I would get through the survey with the client then have them talk to her, where she would referral them with resources. I think one of the most awkward situations for me when interviewing people was when I’d get to the part where I asked them if they had any mental health issues or disabilities. The reason is, I had no idea how to spell half the words they were saying and to be honest it made me feel kind of dumb. There was once where Liz had to ask me what I wrote because it probably looked like chicken scratch or something, my face turned red from
I would like to become a Victory Viking Voice because I want to help assist and inspire others to success. From the moment the Victory Viking Voices came to give a presentation over Victory Early College to my middle school, I immediately felt adoration towards them. I thought to myself, that’s where I want to be one day. The Voices have had such an impact on my life since our first interaction. They motivated me to apply to Victory. They introduced me to this amazing opportunity I could take where I can earn my associate’s degree at the same time as I am earning my high school diploma. I took the opportunity they offered me, completed the application, and not a single day passes by where I regret my decision.
Betty was born August 30, 1930 in southern Missouri. Her parents, Maggie and Casey, were your everyday farmers in Christian County. She had an older sister, Wanita, and an older brother, Wayne, as well as a few younger siblings. Growing up, she was blessed to be in a Christian home, where your faith was everything.
Every Sunday I always go to church and usually the congregation is divided into the general sections. You have the youth who sits in the front; the families occupy the middle and the elderly who sits in the back. I never really have the chance to talk to the elderly in the back. Of course, I come and kiss some of them on the cheek and say hello but, never thought that I would have the opportunity to sit and understand them. The initial idea was to choose someone from an elderly center but, they denied me for privacy reasons. I’m glad I was given the opportunity to interview someone that I never had the opportunity to speak too and understand. This intergenerational project provided me with wisdom from a woman who lived through it already.
When I was eight years old, I joined the Shaker Sharks swim team. I was put in the lowest group and struggled to swim even a 25. I considered swimming a hobby at best, not even realizing it was a sport. Two years later, my family and I moved to Solon. I switched teams to join the Solon Stars Swim Club.