“Let it Go” Presentation

The song “Let it Go” from the hit Disney movie, Frozen has taken the world by storm. People just can’t let it go. (Haha, pun intended.) It was written in 2013 by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez and sung by Idina Menzel in the movie, and Demi Lovato for the credits. It reached the top 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, and won both the Academy Award for Best Original Song in 2014 and the Grammy Award for Best Song Written for Visual Media in 2015, so it has been super successful. It has also been translated many times and there are over a million covers done on this song.

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Here is a presentation I made in eighth grade, using the famous song. The song “Let it Go” is all about leaving your past in the past and letting go of the bad things that happen. Personally for me, I know and understand that people talk behind my back and they might say good things and they might also say bad things. I just want to let those people know that those actions don’t bother me and I let go of whatever they have to say. Enjoy!

 

The Mind Behind “The President Has Been Shot!”

”By reading. The best authors are always great readers before they become great writers. When I was a child I loved books.” James L. Swanson answered, in an interview with Scholastic. James L. Swanson is a unique, successful author, and very knowledgeable person. His past, relationship with Lincoln, and large variety of books have made him the man he is today.

James L. Swanson was born in Chicago, Illinois on February 12, 1959. His parents enjoyed stories and loved history. Because of this, Swanson grew up in an environment filled with history and entertaining stories of the past. His grandmother had worked at a Chicago newspaper and his grandfather was a policeman from the time of gangsters to the era of Vietnam rioters. Young James would get newspapers and small artifacts and old pictures from his family and everyone that surrounded him. This made Swanson very curious and interested about history and was the beginning of a career in history or writing. James L. Swanson went on to college and graduated with several degrees in history from the University of Chicago. He also graduated from UCLA (University of California Los Angeles) with a degree in law. Swanson has held several positions as a government and think-tank post, which is a group of people who provide economic or political advice in Washington D.C. and on the United States Department of Justice.

Additionally, James L. Swanson had a special relationship with our sixteenth president that started his career in writing. February 12th is not only President Lincoln’s birthday but also Swanson’s birthday. The day James L. Swanson was born, the nurses at the hospital actually joked that his name should be “Little Abe”. Swanson’s parents found this connection to be pretty special, so for Swanson’s birthdays and gifts on holidays, he was given Lincoln memorabilia. At the age of ten, his grandmother got James interested in Abraham Lincoln’s assassination. To add on, his parents travelled with him to several historic sites, including Ford’s Theater and Gettysburg. “A boyhood trip to Gettysburg changed my life.” commented Swanson. James Swanson continued to collect artifacts including pictures from the assassination of Lincoln and capture of John Wilkes Booth, newspapers, and many other things from the era of Lincoln and the Civil War.

Finally, James Swanson has been very successful with his writing career and has published many wonderful books. This list of books includes, Manhunt, The 12-Day Chase for Lincoln’s Killer, Chasing Lincoln’s Killer, “The President Has Been Shot!”, Lincoln’s Assassins: Their Trial and Execution, and Bloody Crimes. Swanson has adapted Manhunt and Bloody Crimes for young readers. Manhunt has been his most successful piece of work yet. It received an Edgar Award for best non-fiction book of the year. In 2006, this best-selling book was one of the top ten books of the year, according to “Entertainment Weekly Magazine”. Also, in 2009, “Newsweek Magazine” named Manhunt one of the best non-fiction books of all time, next to In Cold Blood by Truman Capote.

James L. Swanson is a wonderful author and he wouldn’t be where he is today without his abilities and experiences he’s been through. Without his past, Swanson wouldn’t be as excited about history as he is. If he didn’t  share his birthday with Lincoln, James wouldn’t have been introduced to our sixteenth president until much later. Without his great writing skills, James Swanson might not be the amazing writer and best-selling author we know him as. Currently, James L. Swanson, is still writing, and additionally is a Lincoln scholar, a member of the Lincoln Bicentennial Commission, and is a part of the Ford’s Theater Society and serves on their advisory council. He is healthy at age fifty-five and resides in Washington D.C.

The Mind Behind "The President Has Been Shot!"

Valentine’s Day

The day of chocolates, hearts, and cute and cheesy love letters in only six days away! Here are a few things you can do for your loved ones, whether it’s a boyfriend, girlfriend, friend, sister, mom, dad, uncle, aunt, or grandparents.

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-Chalkboard Mug– If you don’t already have a chalkboard mug, go out and get one. On Valentine’s Day, write a sweet little note for your lucky someone to read.

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-Themed Sweets– Boxed chocolates, red velvet cake, heart-shaped cookies or brownies…you name it! Getting some sweets themed around Valentine’s Day is a fun and yummy way to brighten the mood and your stomachs.

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-A Bouquet of Flowers– A bouquet of bright red roses, or pretty carnations, is a wonderful way to show your appreciation. Flowers also smell very nice and look very pretty.

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-Tickets– For the men and boys in your life, you could get them tickets to a singer coming to town or a good movie. You could even be wanting to take a trip! This is also a fun way to spend the night or an exciting week together and make lasting memories.

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-Jewelry– A pretty new necklace or a gorgeous pair of earrings is a wonderful way to make the girls and women in your life feel even more appreciated and cared for.

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-Your Time– Family and friends deserve a lot of your time. Valentine’s Day is the perfect day to spend time with your mom and dad and/or your best friends. This is another good way to make memories.

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-A Card– In my family, write cards the most. Cards are so much fun, whether you make them or pick them out. It could be ridiculously cheesy or super meaningful. The thing about a card is you can choose what is said inside and it is a thing that can be kept forever. Words mean a lot to people.

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Just remember, when it comes to gifts, it doesn’t matter how much it costs or what your friends got their family. What really matters is that you’re showing your appreciation and love for your family and friends. Have a great Valentine’s Day! <3

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Super Bowl XLIX

This year’s Super Bowl has come and gone and what an amazing game it was!

Super Bowl XLIX was played at the University of Phoenix Stadium in Glendale, Arizona. The New England Patriots played the reigning champions the Seattle Seahawks. The Patriots were led by Tom Brady and entered the Super Bowl with a 12-4 record for the regular season and were first in the AFC East. Seattle was led by their quarterback, Russell Wilson and also made an entrance at the championship game with a 12-4 record in the regular season. They were first in the NFC West.

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The minute the game started, the intensity was on. It stayed fairly close for the first half and people all over the nation were anxious and tense to see who would come out on top. Finally, the Seahawks scored a touchdown widening a gap in the 2nd half of the game. All hope seemed to be lost for the Patriots in the fourth quarter when the Seahawks were at the ten yard line and ready get a touchdown once more.  Wilson decided to throw the ball and it was intercepted by Julian Edelman (11) of the Patriots, turning the game around. Shortly after that, the Patriots scored and were in the lead. 28-24 was the score when the clock ran out and the Patriots were the 2015 Super Bowl champions. The game this year was phenomenal and it was a bummer to see either of the teams lose.

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Not only was the game great, but the halftime show with Katy Perry was the best one the Super Bowl has ever had. Katy Perry sang a mix of many of her top songs including, “Roar”, “Firework”, “Teenage Dream”, “Dark Horse”, and “California Gurls”. There was a giant tiger that she walked on, dancing and singing sharks and palm trees, and in the end, Perry was flying high above the field on a rocket /firework and fireworks went off in the end. Lenny Kravitz and Missy Elliot also made appearance during the halftime show with Katy.

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In my opinion, the commercials this year were not at their best. The Doritos commercial with the man on the airplane was funny, and the Budweiser commercials with the puppies were great, but the commercials featuring Loctite, the man and his blue pill (Fiat), and Kim Kardashian (T-Mobile) were very strange. When it comes to Super Bowl commercials, I like it more when the commercials are funny and easy to understand. A majority of the commercials this year just didn’t work for me.

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I hope that you all enjoyed watching the Super Bowl (even if the Broncos weren’t in it), whether it was the actual game, the commercials, or the halftime show. Can’t wait ‘til next year!

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