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Crossing Borders

Crossing Borders. Listen to the story of one immigrant teen( not really an immigrant just moving to a new country... but not really) and how they adjust to a new culture . From Puerto Rico to America. Enjoy.

Crossing boundaries is an assignment where we record interviews of people and their stories who cross societal boundaries. I guess, social, or just anything out of the norm.I learned through this project that people actually take out the time to listen to these things called podasts. I culture of digiphiles i didn't even know existed, that aren't blind. But besides that, I learned that Puerto Rico is considered a third world country.I agree with the comments from my piers, they are absolutely right. My strengths in this project were being able to construct a nicely edited piece, I suppose.

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"Accepting the Mistaken Blame"

In my podcast, I had a interview (with a bit of comedy) with my Dad about how accepting the blame that isn't suppose to be intended for you is crossing a boundary. I suggest you turn the volume down before listening.
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Family Ties

Every single person has different values, I interviewed members of my family (and Lexy) to see their specific views on their family, what they think those values are, and why they’re important for the family.



During this project I learned more about my family and the people around me that I interviewed. I learned their views on my topic and saw that we actually had a lot in common when it came to family values. I was expecting to have very different values from my family and friend, but it turned out that what we thought was important was actually very similar. Some of the unexpected challenges during this project, for me at least, was actually hitting the target length for the podcast, and then after that, adding the affects to it. I thought it was difficult because I’ve never done something like this before, I’ve played around with garage band but never to this extent. Another unexpected turn was that I couldn’t get the interview I needed from my grandmother, so I had to talk to the rest of my family about it. I had wanted a certain interview (the one that made me want to do this topic) but it turns out that my grandmother couldn’t see me in time to get it done, so I talked to my mother, my brother, and my dad instead to get some of their views in shorter stories, instead of my grandmother’s one long story. The crossing boundaries in my podcast I think were kind of different. It wasn’t a huge thing my family did, but just little things that crossed some kind of boundary. Kids being bullied, that made my dad realize his own values, and standing up for the kid being bullied, in some small amount, would be crossing a boundary, not giving in to peer pressure. I think that boundaries that came up in my podcast had to do with the little things my parents did that maybe went against what everyone else thought, and stood up for what they believed in. That tied in with my theme because generally, when they crossed some sort of boundary, they realized a value that they hadn’t seen before. 

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Single Life by Octavius Collins

Preview: This interview will consist of the college life of a single parent, with no job & raising to twin boys.

Stereotypically single mothers are consider women who are raising children alone. In most situations the father's a dead beat dad, incarcerated, or dead. Considering my situation, my mother was not in this alone. Describing her life in college and what it was like to raise her 2 twin boys along with the help of her mother, and grandmother, my family will speak on the single parent life of my mother. crossing boundaries genrally in my opinion is going against ones higher authority. 
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Interracial Dating: Is it still a taboo topic?

​This interview is about the topic of interracial dating and how those around me whom are very close to me feel about it. 

Crossing boundaries to me, means to step out the the boundary zone that was set by society and do something that is unexpected. This taboo topic is one of which fits this description completely. While I was interviewing these two [My mother and my best friend Joey] I learned that love is not always about what someone looks like on the outside, on the inside is that main thing that counts. It also gave me a better look at my mother and my close friend, it showed me that they aren't shallow and they view people in a better way. I agree completely on everything they said, and I feel as though people who listen to this will also respect their views. Interviewing is a good way to learn about others, different topics and yourself. I learned a lot, and this project was a great way to learn about society altogether. 

For Futuristic gain

 Doing this video gave me a new insight about my mom. It helped me re-evaluate what I'm grateful for and why. I had fun creating this project. I learned something new. Maybe you can too.
My mother and I never talk about much so this was a nice way to connect her. Her story fit right in with the topic as well. She crossed social boundaries by going to a new place and fitting in whilst being different. It was cool to hear her story. Hope you enjoy.


To start off, I rather enjoyed this project. I got to learn new things about my mother. And she did really well of being her natural, funny self. The editing process (even though it was said to be hard) went pretty smooth as well. I must admit that it does not meet the time requirement by two minutes. However, I feel that I have the quality that most of the longer timed podcasts have. I liked how it wrapped up, and I really appreciated what my mother had to say. It was strong and empowering, and I was inspired by her. It stayed on the general topic of crossing boundaries. The over all process went okay, even though for about three days I had to wait on my mother. She isn’t to blame however, I’m the responsible one. It was getting down to the wire. Major crunch time. It wasn’t anything I couldn’t handle, but I don’t necessarily like to be in spots like that. I like the calm feeling that the podcast has and I don’t think I over did anything. Maybe my music could have been a problem, I’m not too sure. It all depends on the reader. I don’t think I asked to many questions, I just let it flow. One thing to I noticed is how my mom begins sentences with transition words even without being asked a question. I added them in later.  Getting back on topic, I think I did well. Not perfect. But well.


Relationships Gone Wild!!! by joshua melendez

In this pod cast I wanted to see how people who are in relationships deal with working with each other. Also how they separate their home life from their work life. So I interviewed my cousins Darryl and his girl friend Charlene. That way I could get an insight on how they deal with this situation in their daily lives.



When doing the interviews it was better for me to have fun while trying to get my work done because it was more interesting not only for me but also for the people I interviewed. That’s what made the interview flow sound real and not scripted. That is what also made the people who I interviewed feel more comfortable. So they had no problem laughing in the interview or just making it sound like a regular conversation.


While I was doing this project on garage band I learned things that didn’t before about garage band. I learned how to fade out the music and bring it up when I want to. Also I learned how to change the volume on things. I learned how to use garage band by not only asking for help but just sitting down and just playing with garage band on my own. So I learned how to do things on my own.


Things I would tell my peers is to have fun when doing an interview because it makes it more fun for you and who ever you are interviewing. Also try not to just ask questions that are going to get a “yes” or “no” answer, or would just get a sentence, or two response. Try to ask questions that would build up to a story. That would also make the person your interviewing feel more comfortable because their telling a story and everyone loves to tell stories.

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"Violence and Self Defense Same Yet Different" by Jovan Lewis

​The following interviews are people of different ages and genders talking about what they think the difference is between outright violence and self defense, there was also a good song that fit this topic too.

Couldn't upload right so heres the link

The experience for this project was interesting it was fun and I liked interviewing the people I did they had good answers and I had good questions.
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Young Ambitions By: Anthony Best

As a young man he nearly built an empire. The potential was scary, but the treachery that stumped his progress was far more wicked. Here is the story of how working from an early age built a man that aimed high, even in an environment which perferred him not. I interview Robert Latimore, my grandfather, and he reflects on the most important 15+ years of his life.

What I realized about this project was how cool my grandfather was. I love him and will be very sad when he goes. Anyway, I also learned how the things you do when you are young can effect you when you grow older- in personality and ambitions. I know a lot about my grandpa but he has so many stories from his life I havent even begun to hear them all yet. When I heard he was available I jumped for joy. 

When I edit my project (its not done) I will have to take out not only parts that need to be taken out, but other non-relevant parts that I may find cool. I'll have to part with them. I agree with all of my peer comments. I think my interview is generally good and will be even better once the final product is produced. My strength is choosing the perfect person for the interview. I didn't even choose a topic for my grandfather he literally just told me what he wanted to tell me and I got an amazing 20 minutes out of it.
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"Sample Podcast Title" by Ms. Pahomov

Your preview paragraph goes BEFORE the audio file -- a short and sweet paragraph that gets the reader interested in your podcast. Give some clues or hints about the story, but don't give away everything! Write something so that your peers will want to listen to your work. It should be 3-4 sentences.

AUDIO FILES GOES HERE -- use the "multimedia" button to load it and make sure it plays without downloading

AFTER the audio files goes your written reflection. Target length for reflection: 300 words.

Prompt: What different things did you learn or realize while doing this project?

Possible categories for reflection:

  • Crossing boundaries - what does it mean, causes and effects, cost and benefits
  • The experience of doing interviews – what did you learn and discover, about others or yourself?
  • Editing and producing your product – anything unexpected?
  • Comments from your peers – agree or disagree, and why?
  • Your own strengths or weaknesses
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Education? Why bother?

This is an interview about how a man's view about education changed through his life

English interview
  • When I did this project I realized education wasn't valued by my parents when they were kids. This surprised me because of the emphasis they put on education now. Crossing boundaries means to go against things that society expects. It means to go against the status quo. There is always a cost when crossing boundaries. It just isn't always apparent. The cost my parents was money. They didn't make as much money. The only weakness I had was my procrastination. After I got started the project was easy.
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"The Powerful Effects Of Overcoming A Dysfunctional Childhood"

While doing this interview I've learned many things. First of all I've learned to trust myself and listen to what wisdom always tells me. I've learned that it is important that every person has faith and know that they can do all things if you only believe. I also learned how to improve my way's of treating people, especially treating family members and peers. After listening to the final product of this podcast, the whole conversation really touched my heart because a lot of the stories that my grandmother was talking about, we both kind of shared the same problems in our lives. At one point in my life I thought that I was less important and not as intelligent as others. But towards the end, I've learned that I was a very intelligent student and that I had a lot invested in me, as far as my faith was concerned. It was such a joy to do this project and talk about the boundaries that my grandmother had faced and how she overcame those boundaries by listening to what wisdom told her. I challenge everyone to hear this inspirational podcast because you will truly be changed. Enjoy.
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From Jamaica to the USA: Spencer

We all come across boundaries in our life. Some are bigger than others. But what about one, that boundaries that span countries. Those are some of the most challenging of all. I know someone who had to do something like this. He is very close to me. This is my Father Michael Spencer. He was born is HarborView, Kingston Jamaica. He moved from Jamaica to the US when he was nine. There were more than just geographically changes in my Dad's life. He changed to a new culture, a new economy, a new life style. Everything except for the kind of cloths he wore was changed. He was put into an entire new world, without a say in thE matter. He overcame the challenges of being a foreigner in a new country. This is his story.

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The LunchBreak

​Preview: You are going to hear a story  from to someone who migrated from one area to another and how she had to adjust to life in their new environment.


I believe crossing boundaries generally have to do with two situations one is to better your life or the life of others and the other is to break a norm because you don’t that it fits with ones personal morals. For example moving to America was a way for Kristi’s dad to better his family’s life with the new job opportunities he could obtain in the United States. I found this project to be very fun and creative because we all got to research are own diverse subjects and explore as journalist. This made it more engaging to me because I had the ability to not make it boring. Also during the videos I learned a lot about the different and cultures in Germany and Albania. But I found that editing and creating a podcast extremely hard because some times you cant get the volume or the correct deletion of bites to fit correctly.


Strengths: Good Questions, Made it seem like a real radio/podcast, Volume lacked background noise for the most part.

Weakness: Choppy Editing

The first time I saw an African American person…

How can two different cultures such as German and African be embedded in one person?

Cultures so different like these two, from entirely different continents, are embedded in one person. How?


America, the place that is accepting towards multi-cultural people, the place allows great diversity to arise.

But is having been raised with multiple cultures a plus? Some children who were raised in America may disagree.


These are only the perspectives of two trilingual speaking families out of many. There are various families that have multiple races and cultures and may feel different than what is shown in this podcast. All multi-cultural people most likely felt the same at one point, when they were going through that “diversity-acceptance” stage in their life.

As you saw Mecky came from Germany, Jean Maria came from Africa, they both crossed a geographical boundary of coming to the United States, and had children, that now embedded within them, have European, American, and African culture. Just like Joshua, and David, My sister and I also have three different cultures within us because of the boundary that our parents crossed as well.

This interview was exaughsting. I basically had to transform and edit out so much from an hour-length of recording, and make it about fifteen minutes long. A lot was said and cut out, as a result the process of mingling with what parts to keep and discard was difficult especially since everything was good material to use in giving people a glimpse of our lives.

The process of interviewing and finding the right time was difficult, but the interviewing itself was the easiest part of the whole process. The only part throughout my interview that I was slightly having a hard time with, was when I was trying to lighten the mood of Joshua and David so that they could speak freely and not sound forced. I had to say things like “cool” and supportively, and enthusiastically. Basically I had to say encouraging phrases and sentences to have them speak freely.

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Gay, bisexual, Lesbian, Queer or Straight?

My name is Tyanna Pleasant and today, we will discuss why my sister, Dabreyah Pleasant, chose to like a person of the same sex, what she classifies herself as and why, and why my older brother, Talib Bailey, does not approve of her decision. 

While doing this project, I learned that crossing boundaries is when a person steps out of their comfort zone or when they make decisions that other do not approve of. My sister crossed boundaries when she decided to stay with her girlfriend even after some of the people in my family does not approve of it. She is doing what she truly believes. I think that in order to cross a boundary you have to do it because its what you want for yourself. Doing these interviews made me realize that my brother and sister are two totally different people, and they have different opinions. The fact that my brother does not like that our sister is dating someone the same sex as her bothers him. he does not understand why she wants this for herself. My sister on the other hand knows what she wants, which is Lynnae, her girlfriend. My strengths of this pod cast are having an interesting story. Also having my interviewees elaborate on their responses. A weakness may be trying to make my podcast longer. Also try adjusting the background music so that it all is at an equal level of quality.


Crossing Boundaries

If I Had To Do It All Again

This interview is about a man overcoming an obstacle, and being something he never imagined he would be

For me doing this interview was a great learning experience. I believe that with anybody when you do an interview like I did it should always be a learning experience. For me I knew some of the boundaries that my father had to cross but I did not know them in depth. This interview made me more knowledgeable about my father and what he went through. This also taught me more about the relationship my mother and father have. That through this time in his life she was pretty much the backbone for him. My father showed me how much more responsible he is now because of what he went through and that he is truly a better man because of this. My life would be totally different if my father was still in his addiction. The lives of my brothers and sisters would be different if my father had not made this change in his lifestyle. Him going back to church and going back to school is a lesson for everyone. He is a prime example that no matter where you come from or who you used to be that you can accomplish any and everything that you might want to. 

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My Father's Journey Through My Mother's Words

Preview: My father dropping out of school when he was in the third grade, and he made it in the world with the little bit of knowledge that has.

The experience of doing interviews – what did you learn and discover, about others or yourself?
Through out this experience of interviews I learned that people know what they want to say but have a hard time saying it. I also learned that people have stories that are kept untold and they personally should be told. I discovered that doing an interview takes time and patience; you can't expect to get all of the stuff and the things that you need all at one time. Hearing other people's interviews made me realize that there are some things that I can do better with mines. Also, that music does indeed have an impact how your interview grabs attention.

Comments from your peers – agree or disagree, and why?
I agree with what they said because what they said was productive. Basically they both told me that I should add music and relate it to the interview itself. If it wasn't for them telling me to add the music I don't think I would like my finishing product as much as I do.

Your own strengths or weaknesses
My own strengths in my project were the questions that I asked my mother, I asked her questions that she would know about her husband, because my dad can not speak the best English my mother had to be his translator. Also, I like the background the music, and the way it all flowed together, I chose “Successful” by Drake because it reminds me of the whole theme of my interview. The main weakness in my project is the volume, I was it was a little louder.


My father crossed boundaries when he did not near complete school but he made someone of himself, and I am proud to say that he is my father.

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Decisions, Decisions, Decisions by Matthew Hamilton

Have you ever dared to be different than the people around you? This is a story about my mother and her leap away from her family's tradition. 


   In my opinion crossing boundaries means to leave something from your past behind with the potential to strengthen your present life. I think that crossing boundaries can either be a good or a bad thing. It can be good because if it works it could make your life fuller and richer, but if it doesn’t it could make your life miserable. You could possibly lose everything if you make a decision to cross a boundary and it doesn’t work out for you. However sometimes even if you think something is not working out, you are learning at the same time and can grow from the experience. Crossing any boundary and doing things outside of your familiar norm is taking a chance but it could be a fantastic chance to try new things.

    While doing the interview with my mother I learned that I actually have a lot more freedom with my life than I thought I had before. That was a very liberating concept, but also a scary one, as it opens up a lot of choices for my future. The fact that her parents didn’t understand what she was doing and she kept persevering gave me inspiration for possibilities in my life.

 The hardest part of this assignment was keeping track of which part of the interview was already done, because it is not like a paper where it is all right in front of you. I agree with all of the comments from my peers because I know that sometimes the music overpowers the voices. During this project I realized that once I got the hang of it, it was pretty easy to edit audio in garage band, it just took longer than expected. 

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Homeschooling VS The World

My experiences with homeschooling and how it has impacted my life.
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 While doing this interview I didn’t necessarily learn anything new, more like I re-discovered things I already knew. I always knew that I had a very unique early education, but I was a kid when most of the things that happened and the details that my mom brought up had slipped my mind. It was interesting to hear my childhood recalled in such detail. For example, I don’t remember being that such different from the other kids on my block. I just accepted that fact, being a kid; I didn’t concern myself with such thoughts. That maybe we weren’t the same as everyone else. Looking back on it, I know for a fact that we were different. But it was a good different, if that makes sense.  I wouldn’t have done it any other way. Homeschooling has made me who I am. A teenager that is very different from the rest. Someone who has insight that enables me to make more mature decisions about life and school. I believe that if I hadn’t been home schooled I would not be doing as well in school as I am. My one regret is that for this project, I had to use a program that I had never used before, Garage band. I know for a fact that if I had a little more practice, my Podcast would have come out a lot better than it did. I wish I had more time to work on it, but I feel as if I got my message across and for a first time effort, its not as bad as it could be.

"Sample Podcast" by Ms. Pahomov

Your preview paragraph goes BEFORE the audio file -- a short and sweet paragraph that gets the reader interested in your podcast. Give some clues or hints about the story, but don't give away everything! Write something so that your peers will want to listen to your work

AUDIO FILES GOES HERE -- use the "multimedia" button to load it and make sure it plays without downloading

AFTER the audio files goes your written reflection. Target length for reflection: 300 words.

Prompt: What different things did you learn or realize while doing this project?

Possible categories for reflection:

  • Crossing boundaries - what does it mean, causes and effects, cost and benefits
  • The experience of doing interviews – what did you learn and discover, about others or yourself?
  • Editing and producing your product – anything unexpected?
  • Comments from your peers – agree or disagree, and why?
  • Your own strengths or weaknesses
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SLA Showcases Projects at the Pennsylvania Junior Academy of Science Regional Science Fair

​Twenty three sophomores, juniors, and a senior showcased their self-designed science fair projects on February 25th at the PJAS Science Fair. All students were confident, poised, and articulate as local judges critiqued their 10 minute presentations. The results of the Science Fair are as follows:

First Place, Advancing to State:

Jeff K
Deshawn M
Rosemarie K
Sara N
Jalisa S
Manna-Symone M
Ellen T
Owen G

Second Place

Rosie F
Seamus K
Maria L-S
Niyala B
Matthew M
Allison P
Alexis B
Franklin M

Third Place

Katherine H
Imani J
Roberto A
Dalena B
Jonathan S
Danielle L
Brandon M
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No socialismo?

Esta arte es de Chávez que no quiere que ay socialismo, el socialismo es cuando los ricos y pobres están amigos y pueden ayudar unos a los otros pero en el ojo de el, un hombre malo, no quiere eso por que es no gusta para el. El no es rey para decidir como otros viven so el no puede decir algo do los pobres ni los ricos.
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¿Hugo Chávez es Rey?

Hugo Chavez se cree que es el principe.Nacio en 28 de julio del 1954. El es un socialista de Venezuela. Nació en Venezuela. El piensa que el socialismo es el mejor camino.Pero todos peinsan muy mal de el. Piensan que , se cree rey?
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