Friday, September 11, 2015

Super Soccer

Super Soccer

           My favorite sport is soccer. I like playing soccer because it gives me a rush of adrenaline when I am on the field. It also gives me a sense of accomplishment after finishing a game, win or lose. I play center defense or center midfield, which means that a lot of my teammates are relying on me to try my best. It can sometimes be a lot of pressure, but I rely on them too. This weekend, we have 2 games against 2 pretty hard teams, so I'm hoping that we can all work together to bring home the win.

Thursday, September 3, 2015

  My Bomb Book

        The independent reading novel that I chose is The Throne of Fire  by Rick Riordan. I chose this book because it is the second book in the Kane series. The first book was The Red Pyramid  and I thought that it was action-packed and intriguing. That's why I chose the second book as my independent reading novel.
       This book starts out with the two Kane siblings, Carter and Sadie, in a house in Brooklyn. There they have been training fellow magicians from around the globe as much magic as they can in the short period of time that they have. In five days, the evil god, Apophis, is rising and it's up to them to stop him. This book takes place in the modern day world when gods are rising from the Duat and the earth is on the brink of extinction. 

Monday, June 8, 2015

Quinn Hamilton
June 7, 2015
Mr. Coward: P1
Be Yourself
                These days, all anyone cares about is the opinion of others. One is constantly worrying if someone will judge them for being themselves. I guess everyone is worried that they won’t be socially acceptable or that they won't be “cool”. But what does that term even mean? Is hiding your true personality something that should make you “popular”? I often wonder why being a certain way, or liking certain things will automatically determine your status. Everyone is different, but for some reason, there are people who are not accepting of that. Why should someone have to change who they are just to fit in?
To be honest, I sometimes catch myself worrying about what others think of me. It’s natural to want to blend it with everyone else. But I always have to remind myself that becoming a better person, and masking your personality are two totally different things. I always want people to think of me as a kind, genuine person, but I'm not going to pretend to like certain things just because someone else wants me to. Why do people these days have to pretend to be someone they're not? If someone can't accept you for you, then why are you wasting your time?
Current society is telling people that they have to look a certain way, or be a certain way, which is a completely wrong message. It is discrimination of those who aren’t exactly a supermodel. There could be a really nice person out there who you're not even giving a chance. They aren't exactly like you, but that isn’t any reason to judge them. They probably feel like they need to buy their clothes from the most expensive brands just so that someone will like them. It’s stupid that society is telling people to feel this way.
Luckily, I can't say that I've had a hard time fitting in because that would be a lie.  I haven’t had to mold just so others will like me. I haven't struggled for acceptance, but I know that a lot of other kids have. I know that there are kids out there who probably feel down on themselves because they aren't the most popular. I know that they are trying so hard to fit in. Some do and some don’t. But either way, I feel sorry that they have to feel like their true self won’t be good enough.  

Life shouldn't be a contest for popularity, but it should be about finding yourself and becoming the best person that you can be. Why does it matter if one person doesn't like you? No one should have to mold themselves, or feel like they have to be just like someone else. No one should worry that someone won't accept them, because guess what? Not everyone will. That’s just part of life. Not everyone will like you, but if you are a good person, then they're missing out. I know that there will always be someone out there who will accept you, so why change for the ones who won’t? Just be yourself.

Monday, June 1, 2015

Word count: 1362                                                                                                     Quinn Hamilton
                                                                                                                Mr. Coward P1
                                                                                                                May 21, 2015  

Students Lose Valuable Sleep Because of School

Beep… Beep… Beep… There goes the alarm clock that is interrupting the sleep of millions of students around the globe. They all need their valuable sleep, but school is so early that it is stopping kids from getting enough of it. School should start later because it currently interrupts the sleep cycle, inhibits students from getting a healthy amount of sleep, and lowers test scores. Sleep is very important to students, but schools aren’t respecting that. Later start times can help students can feel happier, healthier, and more academic.
    School interrupts the natural sleep cycle. The expected sleep cycle made by the teenage body is from late at night until late in the morning, accumulating to about 8.5 to 9.25 hours of sleep a night (Mercola). Two thirds of teen students get less than 7 hours of sleep a night. This is an unhealthy amount of sleep for the human body. Adolescents need more sleep than adults, and they have to wake up early in order to get to school. If schools changed their starting times, teen students would have more opportunities to get the healthy amount of sleep.
People often think that students should just go to bed earlier, but it’s not that easy. Their body is naturally telling them to stay up later because it is part of their sleep cycle (Gale Opposing Viewpoints). When they can’t sleep in, their sleeping schedule is interrupted, which can leave them sleep deprived. The sleep cycle expects teenagers to go to bed at about 11pm and wake up at about 8am. 43% of US high schools start earlier than 8am (Mercola). That means that students can’t possibly sleep according to their sleep cycle. School clearly obstructs their pattern.
Interrupting the sleep cycle is almost as harmful as getting no sleep at all as stated by Dr. Mercola. Sleep deprivation can have extreme effects on physical and mental health, and emotions as well. When you get sleep deprived, it makes it harder to remember and memorize things, or make decisions. Sleep deprivation has almost the same effect on the human body as severe stress or even illness (Wake Up Calls). Sleep is important to students, and it is almost impossible for them to support their sleeping pattern. The starting time for school is so early that students are left groggy, tired and completely out of it.
    School should also start later because homework already inhibits students from getting the sleep they need. The early school starting time makes sleeping even harder for students. To get the recommended hours of sleep, teens need to go to bed at around nine in order to wake up at six. This is almost impossible for students that participate in after school activities. High schoolers also have a ton of homework. The normal load of homework that most high schoolers have is around 17.5 hours per week. This can make sleep deprivation way more common. High schoolers also need a social life (Science Daily). Depression is common among high schoolers and it can shorten their lifespan by around 10-20 years. Homework, after school activities, and having a social life can make going to bed early extremely hard. This makes waking up early even harder on their bodies. Schools need to roll back the clocks for school starting times because students are already forced to go to bed late.
As stated by Junior Scholastic/Current Events, 87% of high schoolers get less than the recommended hours of sleep. This is extremely unhealthy for students. The body’s immune system stops fighting when you get sleep deprived, which can result in more kids missing school due to sickness. The starting times for schools need to be set back to later because students need way more sleep than they are getting. Students need a healthy amount of sleep, and school is inhibiting them from getting that.
    School has an unhealthy impact on your health. Studies show that teens who wake up early for school, tend to build up resistance to insulin, which is the cause of type 2 diabetes. “Schools should start later than 8:30am,” (American Academy of Pediatrics). This is because sleep deprivation can negatively modify brain activity as the National Heart, Blood, and Lung Institute states. This can lead to bad physical health for students who don’t get enough sleep. And many of these cases of sleep deprivation are caused by school.
    Although many people agree with my belief that school should start later, there are always some that would like to counter my claims. If school starts even one hour later than they currently are, it’s still possible that students might use that extra hour for random activities of their choice. They might still wake up at the same time and get the same amount of sleep. While possible, Kids Health finds that very unlikely. They say that 70% of kids wish that they could get more sleep. Still, many people may think that students can use weekends as a way to catch up on lost sleep. But the National Sleep Foundation did a study to see if you could really make up for sleep debt. Turns out, even after sleeping enough to make up for lost sleep, people still had effects from sleep deprivation. “The bottom line is that there is no real way to recoup for lost sleep,” (NSF). Therefore, weekends don’t really help students to catch up on sleep. Schools should change their starting time because kids need to sleep in on school days too.
Finally, schools should start later because student test scores are proven to be lower in the early morning. 46% of kids feel like they could fall asleep during class according to Gale Opposing Viewpoints. This can result in difficulty focusing on learning activities. School should start later because it will decrease sleep deprivation. After delaying the start of class by one hour, student test scores boosted by 2 percentile. A lot of the creative aspects of schoolwork are increased after getting a good night’s sleep (ABC News).
    Over 70 million Americans suffer from sleep deprivation. This often results in more teen accidents, and disastrous health. So if you get more sleep, it can lower risks of health issues, accidents, and can raise test scores. Memory is proven to boost when you sleep the expected amount of hours. This is great for helping to improve test scores. I really believe that schools need to start class later because sleep is extremely important to students, and it has many other benefits.
    In conclusion, schools need to change their class starting time because sleep is extremely valuable. Schools start so early that it interrupts the sleep cycle, inhibits students from getting a healthy amount of sleep, and lowers test scores. Schools should roll back the starting time for class by at least one hour, and it would solve a lot of current problems. School is stopping kids from getting the right amount of sleep that they need to continue a physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy lifestyle.

Source: National Sleep Foundation
This chart shows the statistics of tired teens at school and on the road. Sleep deprivation is really bad, and now it is causing accidents. This is due to lost sleep caused mainly by school, and starting times for class that are way too early.

                                      Source:                                                                                                                         This picture shows a tired student. Schools need to change their class starting time to help students get the sleep they need. 56% of students have difficulty concentrating in class more than once a week and it is lowering student grades.  

This picture represents the amount of hours of sleep needed per night for each age group. It shows that teens need anywhere from 8.5 to 10 hours of sleep a night. Most high school students don’t get nearly that amount. Two thirds of teen students get less than 7 hours of sleep. This is not healthy, and schools need to start class later. It will help out students in many ways.

Tuesday, May 5, 2015

Interesting Interview

            On a Monday afternoon, April 20, I sat at my dining room table interviewing Tom Hamilton. Tom Hamilton, age 79, is my grandpa who lives in Alaska. I had to call him on the phone for my interview and record his answers. I chose to interview him because I think that he has some interesting stories that he can share with me. My grandpa was really excited when I called him for his interview. He is a medium sized man with gray hair, a beard, and glasses. He is always pretty happy, and he has a bit of a scruffy voice. Tom loves to hike in his free time.


Question 1: What is your favorite childhood memory?

Answer: My favorite childhood memory is racing a sixteen foot sailboat with my friend during the summer.

Why is this your favorite memory?

Answer: It is my favorite memory because we would race against adults, and very often beat them. At first, they would think that we were just amateur kids, but we would surprise them by winning the race or coming in close second.


Question 2: Who is the person who influenced you the most?

Answer: That would be my high school science teacher. He always reminded me of myself. He loved rocks and so did I. He also took us on some cool field trips.

What is one field trip that he took you on?

Answer: One time, he took us on a field trip to a quarry in Connecticut that had a ton of cool rocks. We spent the day collecting them, and I’ve been collecting rocks ever since. He made me who I am today. I am a geologist, so all that he taught me was important to whom I have become.


Question 3: What is your greatest accomplishment?

Answer: My greatest accomplishment was mapping a large part of the Brooks Range in Northern Alaska.


Answer: It was such a fun project that I got to work on. I was mapping somewhere no one had ever been. It was like an exploring project, but I was the first one to do it. Also, it was combining my two favorite things, hiking and geology. I worked on this project for most of my life. This was a big deal to me.


Question 4: Which world events have impacted you?

Answer: The Korean War impacted me. I can still remember all the details.

Why is that?

Answer: I was in the army right after the war so I saw all of the battle damage. It was terrible to see everything destroyed by the fighting. Being in the war right after this all happened was really hard for me. I knew all that had just happened and it was so horrible. It’s bringing back bad memories.


Question 5: As a child, what did you want to be when you grew up?

Answer: As a kid, I always wished that I would be a vet when I grew up. But in sophomore year of high school I decided that I wanted to become a geologist.

If you could go back in a time machine, would you still want to have those jobs knowing what you know now?

Answer: Knowing what I know now, I wouldn’t want to be a vet anymore. I realized that putting done animals would be something extremely hard for me. But I am a retired geologist, so I would still want to be a geologist. I have always found rocks and such to be quite intriguing. The Brooks Range is only one example of an accomplishment that wouldn’t have happened if I was not a geologist.


After the interview, I was pleased with the answers that I had got. I was surprised that he had mapped somewhere that no one had ever been. That is a big deal! I also never knew that he saw everything that happened after the Korean War. I think I got great interview answers. Thanks Tom!

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Dear June,
        I do not understand why you are working for the Republic as a Princeps-Elect in training. That means that you are very closely associated with Anden, the Elector. I understand that Anden is trying to make positive changes to the Republic, but I think that he can lose his temper and make bad decisions. Anden also didn't understand why the poor people would get an equal amount of space in the warehouse when the Colonies attacked. He seems to think that rich people are better, which I think will not be a good attribute when it comes to good ruling. You should try to help Anden make decisions, but also help Day. I think that Day would really want some changes to the poor sector of the Republic since he used to live there. If you choose to work with Anden over Day, I will be very upset with you. Please help change the Republic for the better!

Quinn Hamilton

Wednesday, April 15, 2015

My New Favorite Character

        My new favorite character in the Legend series is June. She is strong, cunning and she always knows what to do in every situation. I used to like Day more than June, but June is a great character. I can't believe that June hasn't gone on any more missions lately. I guess it is because of all the work she is doing for Anden and the Republic. I really want to see her show her skills. I think that Day is not as strong anymore because of his disease. Will he be able to fight off the Colonies? I sure hope so.