This scholarship if for Italian Americans. There are more scholarships on the UNICO website for graduate and undergraduates.
The Major Don S. Gentile Scholarship is available to high school seniors who are planning to attend an accredited program at a college/university. You must be a U.S. citizen and be of Italian heritage to qualify for this award.
Prize: $6000 ($1,500 a year over a four-year period)
Deadline:April 15, 2015
Go to the website for more information.
Write a poem about the weather.
Snow Falling Outside my Window
White snow falling outside my window
Creating a false world
Free of trouble and the ugliness that sometimes comes
But within the lies the cold is there
Reminding us of the bitterness
Reminding you that even when things look beautiful it might be false
But the snow does cleanse even it only for a moment
And therefore gives us hope
I just finished reading The Wonders of All Things by Jason Mott. Although this novel isn’t YA I thought it was worth mentioning. The novel tells the story of a young girl named Ava, who discovers that she has the power to heal people. The first incident where her ability is discovered is when her best friend is injured after an accident at an air show.
People all over the world flock her small North Carolina town hoping that she will help them. As people flock to the town her father, Macon, the town’s sheriff tries to keep everything under control but with the hope of being “cured” by Ava mayhem erupts and Ava’s once peaceful life is sent into chaos. Although Ava would want to help people, her help comes at a cost. With each “healing” Ava’s own health declines.
The novel’s ending is ambiguous. I guess each person can choose their own interpretation of the ending but regardless of the choice the journey will be very enjoyable.
When I read this book I kept thinking how poetic the book felt. No wonder because Jason Mott has his masters in poetry.
I’m excited to announce that the annual Signet essay competition is underway. This is a great essay competition for 10th and 11th graders attending school full-time. Home school students are also eligible as long as they are between 16 and 18 years old.
This year’s novel is Pygmalion and My Fair Lady. Entrants must select from a list of six essay topics. Essays need to be submitted by your English teacher. There is a list of rules and regulations on the website.
Deadline: All entries must be postmarked by April 14th and/or received by April 21, 2015. There are five winners and the prize is $1000 plus a Signet Classic Library valued at $1,600 for your school. This competition is sponsored by Penguin Books.
Click the link below for more information ad good luck!
This tree makes me think about somewhere special. It just looks like it should be somewhere special and magical. Tell me about that special, magical place. How did you get there? Perhaps it was a wish that somehow came true? Maybe it isn’t real at all. Come up with your story and have some fun. For me, I see it as an oasis in the middle of parched land.
My character has to stay there for a while to get stronger and she doesn’t want to leave the refuge of the leaves and food that the tree provides that nourishes her but she must go on in order to save her little sister who was kidnapped. In fact maybe all the little children were taken from their families but she’s brave enough to follow the kidnappers. That’s what I think about as I look at this photo. What do you see?
What if you came across a weird mural at the end of a lonely alley? What if that mural was painted by someone with magical powers and touching that mural pulled you inside the picture?
Take a picture of a mural and use that mural to create your story. If you can’t take a picture look for one online. Be creative and have some fun. I am adding a photo I took in Little Havana.
Here’s today’s writing prompt. You go on a school vacation to Mexico and wander off on your own. You sneak under a “Do Not Enter” sign when no one is looking and touch one of the pyramids’ wall releasing a secret doorway. The earth trembles and a blinding while light erupts out of the pyramid. What happens next?
Write a story including the following:
An invisible city that your character travels to and returns from but is somehow changed by the experience
a memory lapse than somehow is cured and a lost memory remembered
A girl named with a, unusual name.
I just finished reading The Infinite Sea by Rick Yancy. This novel is the second in the 5th Wave series. In this book we follow several characters, Cassie Sullivan, one of the last human survivors on Earth. Cassie is looking for Evan Walker, a half-alien hybrid who has fallen in love with her and helped her save her brother, Sam from an alien camp.
The novel also follows Ringer, a young teen who is part of Cassie’s group. I don’t want to give anything away by getting more into the plot but what I can say is that this story focuses on both characters. Sometimes I found it a bit confusing because the font different change but after a few paragraphs it was clear on whose story I was following. The pace is slower than the first novel but hold on because it’s a great ride.
After fighting for survival both Ringer and Cassie are able to reconnect with the simple things that makes them human, even in the midst of fighting an impossible war against aliens who want to wipe out the entire human race. Great story The movie is already in the works. Read the novels first because there is a lot of heartbreak and surprises that may be changed in the film version and this version is worth experiencing.
Every year people make New Years resolutions. What a poem about you New Years resolution. Here’s my example.
My treadmill is no longer lonely.
As sweat pours down the back with each step,
A calendar tracks my progress.
This year I will do it.
My laptop is no longer lonely.
As my fingers beat down on its keys giving life to my story.
Page by page the story unfolds.
This year I will finish it.
Last year, this year