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Thank You, Mom

Thank You, Mom

May 12, 2019

Thank you, mom, for making that decision to bring a 14-month-old baby girl home from China 14 years ago. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to make a life for myself. You knew this decision would be life changing for both the family and me, but you didn’t let that stop you from doing what God told you to. Without being adopted, who knows where I would be today. Thank you, mom, for giving me a chance to tr...

Emily’s Five Favorite Places to Visit

Emily’s Five Favorite Places to Visit

April 5, 2019

Traveling is something I love doing. Seeing different places that I don't see in my day to day life, being able to disconnect from reality and spending time with my family. Out of all the places I have traveled, I have compiled my top five favorite places to go. 5. Cincinnati In Cincinnati, I love going to the zoo. Seeing all the different animals is so compelling. Watching them roam around and play...

Searching for the Perfect Prom Dress

Searching for the Perfect Prom Dress

April 4, 2019

Geno's Formal Affair is a prom dress and tuxedo retail store with two locations in Lexington. One is located on Southland Drive and another is on Richmond Road. Anyone can purchase a dress or rent a tux for their school's prom. The attire can be pricey, which is why I was in search of the perfect prom dress at an affordable price. Geno's staff was helpful, but since there were a handful of o...

My Cause of Death

My Cause of Death

April 2, 2019

When asked about one's biggest fear, spiders, sharks, heights, and isolation top most lists. One of my biggest fears is sharks--imagining my feet brushing against each other in the deep ocean with a great white shark lingering below me brings chilling fear. But my biggest fear is death. It's not necessarily dying, but the cause of my death that causes the most fright. Part of my fear is that death does...

Born Into One Culture, Raised Among Others

Born Into One Culture, Raised Among Others

March 16, 2019

At one point in our lives, we will all ask ourselves “So, who am I really?” Now, as a child of immigrant parents and being a first generation American myself, I’ve spent countless, unimaginable hours contemplating this infamous question. Although my age is at a mere 15 years, I have spent the majority of that time stuck between two worlds, a polarization of my identity. I have never fe...

My Senior Trip Experience

My Senior Trip Experience

March 14, 2019

When it came to the decision about where the 2019 senior class should go for their annual trip, the class officers voted on San Francisco. Because I am from California, I thought it would just be stepping back into my SoCal lifestyle, but it was a 3 day and 4-night trip that consisted of jam-packed activities I didn’t know I was in for. Day 1: It’s 4 am and I’m about to meet up with the...

The Love of a Family

The Love of a Family

February 11, 2019

When I was younger, I didn’t get to see my parents too often considering they were busy with work. Instead, a majority of my childhood was spent with my doting grandparents, who, more or less, spoiled me with me with toys and candy whenever I asked. That was my first definition of what family was. People usually look at families as blood relatives and parents, but little realize that this stereotypi...

My Trip to Disney with Marching Band

My Trip to Disney with Marching Band

January 16, 2019

Over Christmas break,the marching band went to various Disney parks and Universal Studios to march in the “Mickey’s Once Upon A Christmas time” parade at Magic Kingdom. Before we left on Friday, we had three practices. During these practices, we practiced the piece “Freedom,” which is what we played during the parade and marching for long periods of time, so we would get a feel for what...

My Journey with Rania

Darius Derden, Staff Reporter

December 14, 2018

Filed under Blogs

I recently got a brand new puppy and her name is Raina. She is an Australian Shepherd and a Blue Heeler mix. She has loads of energy and is very smart. Right now I’m at the stage of crate training and potty training Raina. This has been a learning experience for both her and for me. In the past I have helped potty train other dogs, but never my own. Let me tell you, it is hard at first but the more that Raina gets associated with her name, the easier it is for me to try to convey that using the restroom indoors is prohibited. The more I invest in Raina, the more I become understanding of the deeper meaning...

Texas A&M v. LSU

Texas A&M v. LSU

December 12, 2018

For Thanksgiving break, I went to Texas to visit my family and attend the Texas A&M vs. LSU game. My father’s side of the family consists of many former students of Texas A&M. Every time we visit Texas, we always visit significant historical markers, like the story of Cynthia Ann Parker, one of my sister’s favorites.  College Station, Texas, is like another home of mine. This trip my Uncle W...

This will get you ready for YOUR college interview

This will get you ready for YOUR college interview

December 10, 2018

There’s nothing more stressful for graduating students than the idea of college. Where do they want to go? What scholarships should they investigate? What college is the best fit? Without a doubt, stress is on the rise. When I recently applied to college, I thought the stress would have ceased after clicking the submit button. However, a couple weeks after I submitted the application, I checked...

Horse and Goat: An Unlikely Friendship

Horse and Goat: An Unlikely Friendship

December 3, 2018

I've grown up around horses, and I have always been fascinated by them. My father is the one to blame for this. He would always take me to the stables and teach all about the sport. And, to this day, it's one of our favorite pastimes. Every time I would go to the stables, I would always see some horses with a small companion… a goat. I always wondered “Why in the world are there goats on a hor...