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Taylor Thomas Capstone

Taylor Thomas

HERE is a link to download my Final Capstone!

Mentors: Douglas Herman and Olivia Smith. Mr. Herman started the program that I made the documentary about and teaches every Digital Video class at Science Leadership Academy. Olivia Smith was one of Mr. Hermans students and is a Hermanator Advisee Alum. She has helped by teaching me shooting and editing skills. Also she has been a big help in helping me find myself as a person through this Capstone process.

Summary: My Capstone is a documentary Proposal for the Roughcut and Digital Video programs. It showcases what has been done and what will be done whether or not we have modern/high quality materials.

Abstract: My Capstone process has been a very steady but challenging road. My documentary shows the amazing things that students can learn in the classes that are provided, and ways that Rough Cut Productions has benefitted not only the students, but other organizations as well. I filmed throughout the year and made sure to capture myself in the final product along with the people who created the program, and current program leaders. I really worked hard to fit as many great aspects of film and video into the documentary as I could, but it was difficult due to the fact that there are an abundance of good things to say about the program and I was working around a time limit for my final product. Even though it was hard to include everything, I learned new ways to edit video while creating my piece. A few things were split screen video, how to match sound and video when the tracks separate, and also how to make things look as professional as possible even when the highest quality of video is not available.


1. Rosenthal, Alan. Writing, Directing, and Producing Documentary Films. Carbondale: Southern Illinois UP, 1990. Print.

This book was very insightful. I thought that it was very helpful because it gave me a great idea for the way that I should edit the documentary. I was very pleased with what I found in the book. the book told me that I should not go to film with a set idea in my mind, otherwise the project will not turn out to be successful. In order for this documentary to show Roughcut and Digital Videos true colors, it needs to be painfully truthful in a sense.

2. Room 237. Dir. Rodney Ascher. Perf. Bill Blakemore, Geoffrey Cocks, Julie Kearns, and John Fell Ryan. Sundance, 2012. DVD.

This film was one of the first documentary’s I have actually sat through and been engaged in. This was a film about all of the crazy incidences that happened in the movie the Shining directed by Stanley Kubrick. What I took from this was that even though the footage for the voiceovers was not from any of Kubrick's films, the footage was relevant to what the people were saying about his work ethic. I thought it was pretty cool because I was just thinking of  doing actual footage that I took but it occurred to me that I can you archival footage from previous students of previous years.

3. Spector, Col. "5 Simple Mistakes Documentary Filmmakers Make." Raindance Film Festival. Raindance Film Partnership, 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

This website helped SO MUCH. It basically showed you what not to do in a documentary that I think a lot of people pass up. There are many ways that a documentary can go and if you do everything that this website says not to, you, my friend, are in for naptime. This website showed me what not to do to be able to keep all of my viewers awake and engaged. For example; I had to be able to film without a set outcome in mind because if I would have done that, I would have been looking in the wrong places for people to interview. It basically says to just take a camera and see what people think about the topic.

4. Man on Wire. Dir. James Marsh. Prod. Simon Chinn. By Igor Martinovic, Michael Nyman, J. Ralph, and Jinx Godfrey. Magnolia Pictures, 2008. DVD.

This movie really pushed me to take risks with how I would like to shoot my documentary. I saw this documentary in 2012 in advisory, but did not think anything of it. When I started thinking about really sitting down and trying to figure out what I need to do to film a documentary, I thought of Man on Wire. I used a few shots that were in this movie. There is a shot where the camera is on the ground and is tilted up to see an image which is what the director did in this film with the twin towers. I also thought that this movie did a really good job of keeping the story going.

5. Exit through the gift shop

6. Spellbound. Dir. Jeffrey Blitz. Prod. Jeffrey Blitz and Sean Welch. Perf. Neil Kadakia, Emily Stagg, Ashley White, April DeGideo, Harry Altman, Angela Arenivar, Nupur Lala, and Ted Brigham. ThinkFilm Inc., 2002.

This film was pretty interesting. It helped me move my story line along in very interesting ways also. Even though the film is 11 years old, I thought that the editing was very well done. I used driving shots of driving to the spellers houses in my video to show that our school is inner city and kind of exaggerate a few things in the film. I also used another transition that they showed which is showing part of a town with a name and then showing the full image of the town and making the name disappear for  my opening credits. I really wanted my film to be as interesting as this because it really kept me involved on a topic that seemed boring to me when I picked it up.

7. Shaner, Pete, and Gerald E. Jones. Digital Filmmaking for Teens. Boston, MA: Thomson Course Technology Professional Trade Reference, 2005. Print.

This was helpful just for the filming side of things. The title really threw me off and I was really unsure of if I even wanted to read it. It blew me away though by the simple fact of having a chapter on how to make it look like you have been doing this for years. There are tricks and certain ways to film that I used in my documentary. It was really easy to pull off also.

8. Herman, Douglas F. "Roughcut Productions." Roughcut Productions. Roughcut Productions, 2009. Web. 2013.

This is the Roughcut website. This was interesting to me for my project because it describes the first few years of the program and the people that started it. It also has plenty of archival footage that is easily accessible for my usage. This was the start of my  inspiration for this project. I was really intrigued by the way the website was set up and how everything was made.

9. Herman, Douglas F. "Partners (Global)." Environmental Portraiture Partners Global Comments. Douglas Herman, 2011. Web. 2013.

This is Mr. Hemans website where he keeps all of his photos from other places in the world. This really helped me believe it or not because there is a portion from when he was in India. Roughcut is currently teaching a course online to students in India which I will touch on in my project. I went to his website to look at the differences in their environment and ours to try to help myself get a few things straightened out in my head because I wanted to see what it might be like to take this class in a different country.

10. Herman, Douglas. "RoughCutProductions Plus." Vimeo. Douglas Herman, 2009. Web. 2014.

This is another place where I can get archival footage for my documentary. I mostly pulled from one specific video which is the 2012/2013 film festival. This is where all of the videos from those two years were made and collected. That was the year that I really started digital video and had films in the full two hour long piece to showcase everything we did that year. I thought it would help because it is the most recent thing other than the few things we have from this year.

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Jamekea S. Lee Capstone


For my capstone I mentored young girls at my old middle school every Wednesday for eight weeks. Each week we discussed different topics such as, Social Media, Family and Friends, Violence, School, Society Views, and Self- Respect. As we had our discussion there was also assignments that the girl had to work on, which were all based on the topic of discussion. The goal of this capstone was to understand how young girls think, how the react, and what influence their actions. Each of the young girls had a journal which they wrote in just about every week about how they was feeling and I responded back to them each week. Through the course of the program I learned so much about these girls. I went in expecting them to be distanced and unwilling to work but they were open and allowed me to get personal. I learned that some young girls only need for someone to take the time out of their day and just listen, listen to their feelings and thoughts, knowing that they wouldn’t be judge. They made me realize that no matter what age you are, you’re still vulnerable and want people to be there for you, no matter how strong you are. This was a learning experience for not only the girls but for me.

Blog and Pictures

Here are a few pictures of my blog and some of the girls I mentored 


Link to my blog, where all of my work lives: HipstaShakur

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COARD, STEPHANIE IRBY, ALFIEE M. BRELAND, and PATRICIA RASKIN . Perceptions of and Preferences for Skin Color, Black Racial Identity, and Self-Esteem Among African Americans. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 2001. Web. < and Preferences for Skin Color.pdf>.

I chose to use this online book as a source because I think it’ll be a interesting read and it would help with my capstone. The book is about Black Racial Identity and the perceptions of it, I think it would be interesting to “learn” in a way about how blacks are looked at in society. If I learn more about how blacks are looked at in society, then I can teach the girls and tell them why it’s important to have a good character so society can have more respect for themselves. I’ll incorporate my findings into my work.

"Community Violence: The Effects on Children." The Child Study Center. NYU Langone Medical Center. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

This source is reliable because it breaks down how the community a child lives in can play a part in their behavior. If a child grows up in a bad neighborhood, then they will have bad tendencies because they don’t necessarily have the right role models to follow. I can like at this source as a what-not-to-do, and try to be a good role model for the girls I’m teaching. This source isn’t the go to source for everything though, I wouldn’t use this as what-to-do source but I’ll definitely use this as a fallback source.

DuRant, Robert, Chris Cadenhead, Robert Pendergrast, Greg Slavens, and Charles Linder. Factors Associated with the Use of Violence among Urban Black Adolescents. 84. 1994. <>.

I chose to use this source because it was a study to examine social and psychological factors associated with black adolescence. This sources relates to my capstone because I’m studying why black adolescent girls have little respect for themselves. This source states how community played a role in their decisions, I also think that community plays a role in the way black girls choose to represent themselves to the world. This source is very reliable and helpful for my capstone. I’ll use this source as the basis of my curriculum and to help plan out my activities for my capstone.

Galbreath, Lydia. Philosophy of the African American Identity Crisis: A Double Consciousness Exploration (2011): n.pag. Web. 30 Jan 2014. <>.

I chose to use this as a source because it’s about black racial identity which will help with my capstone. This source looks thoroughly into the Double Consciousness Theory and the role it plays in the African American lives. I found this source very reliable because it’s study and an overview of the African American culture and their lives. It’s a good source about the black society and how it’s viewed by people from other ethnicities, which will help me explain my reasoning for my capstone to the kids. It will help a lot with my curriculum and what I’m trying to do with my capstone.

Khattri, Nidhi, Kevin W. Riley, and Michael B. Kane.Students At Risk in Poor, Rural Areas: A Review ofthe Research. Pelavin Research Institute. 13, No.2. Journal of Research in Rural Education, 79-100. Web. <,n2,p79-100,Khattri.pdf>.

This source is very reliable because it’s a online excerpt from a book published by people affiliated with Pelvain Research Institution. The book is about students who may be at risk in poor, rural areas which relates to my capstone because I’m working at a middle school in North Philly which is in a rural neighborhood. I can use the information I get from this source and feed it to my audience. I can teach about the risk they are at and how to prevent falling into traps of living in such a community. This source will help me spread information about how much community influences an individual behaviors.

"Middle School Survival." Understanding and Raising Girls. PBSParents. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

I chose to use this source as a reference because it about middle school girls behavior. This source breaks down why some middle school girls act out in school and why their behavior may be bad. This source is a great start for me understanding the minds of middle school girl, while it may not be the best thing when trying to fully understand middle school girls, it is a good starting point. I can reflect on this site when I feel as though I’m having a hard time with the girls, this source will give me understanding of what’s going on.

"Parenting, the Social Environment and its Effects on Child Development." Virtual Medical Centre. Virtual Medical Centre, n.d. Web. 31 Jan 2014. <>.

I think this source is reliable because it breaks down everything about parenting and social environmental effects on child development. My capstone was originally about how parents and the environment plays a major role in a child’s life but I changed it around a bit because I thought it was too broad and would cause a lot of problems. However, I will touch on the topic in a more settle and discreet way, so this source is good for me to pull information from. This source is also reliable for me to reflect on and even show the girls so they can look at it too.

Popkin, Susan J., Tama Leventhal, and Gretchen Weismann. Girls in the 'Hood: How Safety Affects the Life Chances of Low-Income Girls. Urban Affairs Review, Web. <, Leventhal, Weismann_2010_Girls in the Hood.pdf>.

I chose to use this source because it relates a lot to my capstone. For my capstone I’m talking to 6th grade girls about self respect. Rather me taking up eight weeks to talk just about self respect, I want to give them facts about more things. Such as how society views them and what messages they’re sending out to society. I want to show the girls the long term effect of the choices they are making at such a young age. By referencing this site, I’ll be able to show them the work of people who actually study these sorts of things and that will helpfully help them understand more.

Stack, Carol. All Our Kin: Strategies for Survival in a Black Community. New York: Basic Books, A Member of the Perseus Books Group, 1997. 22-57. Web. <

This source is very reliable for my capstone because within the book it has chapters about black communities and how they play a major role in black adolescents lives. I thought the chapters within the book were helpful in helping me understand more about the black community. Even though I’m from a black community, it’s good to have another insight about it from other people.  This source will be very reliable for getting information that I’ll need to complete my capstone and to help others understand my capstone. I’ll not only give people of different ethnicity a view of the black community but it will give African Americans a view of the black community.

"Youth in Action: Teens Forming Teens." What Kids Can Do. What Can Kids Do, Inc. Web. 29 Jan 2014. <>.

When I reviewed this site I was looking to find articles about young black adolescence and their behavior. However, I was surprised when I seen a featured story about teens helping teens because it relates a lot to my capstone. This article helped me understand how to approach my audience in a more fun and interesting way rather than just laying facts out to them. It inspired me to make activities where they’ll teach me about their experiences and the reasons for the decisions they make. Although this source isn’t reliable for my whole capstone it is a good starting point for the activities I’m going to make.

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Rosemary Flite Capstone

For my Capstone I am presenting a book review blog. I wrote posts about once every other week, resulting in 10 different posts. Even though there are only 10 posts, that does not mean there were only 10 books I read. I read a lot so every other week when it came to writing my review, I had several different books I’ve read to pick from. I was able to create unique and constructive reviews because of the options I had. My blog can be viewed here. My annotated bibliography can also be viewed here

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Raeven Maddox's Capstone

Mentor: Ms. Menasion


I decided to do my capstone on the importance of volunteering. Ever since I was little, it has always been instilled in about the value of volunteering ad how I can make a positive difference in my community and neighborhood. This fits my interest because I have developed skill sets such has, problem solving, communicating, listening, etc that I could use in the future. As a result of this, I chose to create a website that informs the viewer on the importance of volunteering and also provided resources to many organizations and programs that high school students in the city of Philadelphia can be involved in. I also emphasize how important community service is and how it can benefit ones life - whether as a whole or individually. Last, I created a slide show that shows some of volunteering that I myself was involved in. 


1. "Why is volunteering important?." . N.p., 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 9 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website was helpful because it informed me more on why volunteerism is important. It talks about different options people have to begin their volunteer experience. In addition, this website gives statistics on the impact people have by volunteering not just in America but around the world, according to the Corporation for National and Community Service.

2. Saisan, Joanna, Melinda Smith, and Gena Kemp. "Volunteering and its Surprising Benefits." : Helping Yourself While Helping Others. N.p., n.d. Web. 11 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website had to be one of the most beneficial sites. It talks about the four main reasons why people should volunteer and the benefits that come along with it. Furthermore, it tells the viewer about the different skill sets that one can develop just by volunteering. This was especially important because my website is designed to inform others the importance of volunteering as well as what one can gain by doing it also. Last, it gives studies on the relationship between happiness and volunteering.

3. "Community Service: Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer." Community Service: Top 10 Reasons to Volunteer. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Mar. 2014. <>.

Just like the previous site, this website gives the top ten reasons why community service is extremely important. It goes a little more in detail about why a person should be content in making a difference in his or her community. Within the reasons, there are subcategories to make the viewer make up his or her mind.

4.  "The Franklin Institute." The Franklin Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 10 Feb. 2014. <>.

This website was helpful because they have a great opportunity to student to volunteer in the different departments that is available to the public. While searching through the website, there are different positions that volunteers can choose from. This was helpful for me because my website was primarily design as a search engine to help others find their match.

5. "High School Explorer Program." High School Student Volunteers. N.p., 1 Jan. 2014. Web. 12 Apr. 2014. <>.

The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia provides an opportunity for high students and adults to volunteer in the department of their interest. It gives the description and the eligibility requirements.

6. "Inspirational Quotes - Motivational Quotes - Leadership Quotes |"Inspirational Quotes. N.p., 1 Jan. 2000. Web. 27 May 2014. <>.

This website was extremely helpful because it helped me design my website. A lot of people may have second guesses on why volunteering is important. This website is filled with quotes from authors, humanitarians, poets and activist to motivate people to get on their feet to make a difference in their community and the importance of it. A few of these quotes were used in developing my website.

7. "Ways to Volunteer." Volunteering. The American Red Cross, n.d. Web. 24 Feb. 2014. <>.

The American Red Cross volunteer page was helpful because not only did it provide opportunities for people to volunteer for their company, but it also allows the researchers to learn more about what the Red Cross is about and talks about why volunteering is important. This was great for my project because this was used as a resource for high school students to get involved.

8. Matthews , Terry. "Jaden's Voice." Jaden's Voice. N.p., 1 Jan. 2013. Web. 18 Feb. 2014. <>.

Jaden’s Voice is one of the organizations that I was apart of. Going to the events and volunteering was a major contribution to my capstone. This organization brings awareness to children with autism. They also provide education and resources to families who have children with autism. Being apart of Jaden’s Voice really broaden my horizons and skill development just by volunteering.

9. Brummell, Arden. "Resource Library." The Value of Volunteering. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Nov. 2013. <>.

This website was helpful because this talks about the value of volunteering. The author shares a story on how a man from the Olympics was impressed on the the commitment and dedication that volunteers had. It explains what volunteering is and the importance of it. It also explains the richness and the value that volunteering has on communities and local neighborhoods. This website is written in third person so it makes it personal and draws the reader in.

10. "Volunteering: How Helping Others Helps You." Volunteering: How Helping Others Helps You. The College Board, n.d. Web. 30 May 2014. <>.

This website is really great because this website is published by the College Board which is used by a lot of high school students and college students. Just like the other websites, this website gives information on reasons as to why one should volunteer. Towards the end of the website, it gives the viewers resources on how to get involved into the community.

11. Duplantier, Dolly. "How Volunteering and Service Can Help with College Admissions."How Volunteering and Service Can Help with College Admissions. N.p., n.d. Web. 19 Mar. 2014.


This website is good for my website because volunteering is critically important for the college process. It’s an interview that was done with a student explaining why college is looking for the students that have volunteer experience. Even though it may seem small and not important, this website informs on how having community service can actually save a person. This was helpful for developing my website as a resource for other to get involved in the college process.

12. Google - this search engine helped a lot with the photographs that I used to make this website a success.

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La Leyenda de Jeremy Spry y los Banqueros

Parte I

Érase una vez Philadelphia estaba en su esplendor y dominaba Pennsylvania. El líder de un grupo de banqueros, enemigos de los otros banqueros, cansado de la terrible opresión, decidió luchar por la libertad de su pueblo. El líder que tenía una hija, llamada Sue, era el contador más bella y se enamoró del joven Johnny, uno de los más fuertes tiburón del préstamos de su pueblo. Ambos se profesaban un inmenso amor, por eso antes de partir a la reunión de negocios. Johnny pidió al líder que la mano de el contador Sue. El padre accedió gustoso y prometió recibirlo con una gran celebración para darle la mano de su hija si regresaba victorioso de la reunión de negocios. El valiente tiburón del préstamo aceptó, se preparó para partir y guardó en su corazón la promesa de que el contador lo esperaría para consumar su amor.

Parte II

Al poco tiempo, un rival de amores de Johnny, celoso del amor de ambos se profesaban y de alta posición de Johnny en la empresa, le dijo a el contador Sue que su amado había muerto durante el combate de la reunión de negocios. Abatida por la tristeza y sin saber que todo era mentira, el contador murió. El rival aún no tiene un buen trabajo este día. Esto es porque todo el mundo sabía que era malo y antipático.  

Parte III

Tiempo después, Johnny regresó victorioso a su pueblo porque los banqueros ahora propiedad la otra empresa, con la esperanza de ver a su amada. A su llegada, recibió la terrible noticia sobre el fallecimiento de el contador Sue. Entristecido con la noticia, vagó por las calles durante varios días y noches, hasta que decidió hacer algo para honrar su amor y que el recuerdo de el contador permaneciera en la memoria de los pueblos. Tuvo una idea excelente. Su idea era hacer otra persona. Quiso hacer una persona que podría ser un buen líder. Pensaba que esta persona debe entender dinero porque él era un miembro de un grupo de banqueros. Decidió que debería llamar a la persona que iba a hacer Jeremy Spry. Le gustaba esto nombre mucho. Usó cadáver del contador para hacer Jeremy Spry. Él Hizo Jeremy Spry con piernas muy rápidos porque él quería que Jeremy Spry pudiera escapar sus enemigos.  Una buena idea. Después, Jeremy Spry se convirtió en un líder de Science Leadership Academy. Johnny todavía está vivo. Él está orgulloso de Jeremy Spry.

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La leyenda de los murales.

Erase una vez un viejo que solo quería que el mundo veía, que bonito es la arte. El siempre trataba de enseñar a la gente que importante es la arte para la ciudad. Pero ellos nunca querían escuchar lo que el iba a decir. Un dia, el vio a una pared en su barrio. La casa que se quedo al lado donde el pared ahora se sienta sola era vacillo. El queria hacer que su barrio parecia mas bello. 

Entonces, recoggio todos sus pintas por la tarde cuando todos se quedaban dormidos. El pinto una imagen lo mas bello que podria. Se quedo allí pintando hasta que subia el sol. Y cuando la luz toco a su cara por final habia termindado su nueva obra. Despues de mirar lo y que bella fue, el fui a dormir en su casa por tener demasiado sueño por que no durmio. 

Cuando todos empezaron a despertar de sus camas veian el mural que pinto el señor viejo. Pero nadie sabia quien lo hice. Solo sabian que legustaban. Dijieron que veia como estaban agradeciendo a los angeles, por todo que recibian. La obra era de una chica que tenia un arbol en sus manos y sus raíces se quedaban en sus brazos. 

Despues que la gente vio eso todos empesaban a pintar en todos partes por su casa y por las calles, cualquier lugar que podrian. Y cada noche, cuando todos se quedaban dormidos el viejo encotraba nuevas lugares para pintar sus obras. Y esta ves fue en una pared hecho de ladrillo. Pinto un estanque azul y a su alrededor to era de verde, habia animales y flores y el proximo dia cuando el viejo fue a dormir toda la gente de su barrio se despertaba para ver la nueva obra que pinto el. Todos bien contentos para ver lo. 

 Con el viejo pintando en cada pared que veia blanco para hacer su mundo y su barrio mas bello que antes. Y habia obras de baile obras de chicos y chicas jugando obras de padres con sus hijos, siempre fue diffeerente y en lugares nuevas. Hasta que un dia el viejo fue de camino, para ver su primer obra. Pero cuando llegue al lugar donde se quedaba solo habia una pared blanco de nuevo. Y una chica pequeñita le explicó que los que quidan al barrio decian que habia demasiado emoción que nadie deberia tener cosas tan bellas como estas en su barrio. Y el le dije que todos deberian ver lo. Y el viejo fui a su casa y pedí a la chica para quedarse para un rato porque el tenia que buscar algo. Y cuando regresó tenia todos sus pinturas en mano y empezo a pintar la obra del la chica sosteniendo el arbol con los raíces creciendo en sus brazos. Despues de un rato la chica le pregunto al viejo que era su nombre. Y el le dijo que se llamaba Don Mural, y ella dije que ese nombre era tan misterioso. 

Mas tarde se vinieron los quidadores del barrio y sacaban al viejo y le dijen que ya no podria pintar mas. Despues de eso, nadie lo vio de nuevo. Pero la gente todavia querian un barrio hermoso entonces pintaron en cada pared vacillo y lo llamaron murales.

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Fences Academic Piece

Troy has a large negative effect on Cory’s life, but it’s unlikely that he means to be this bad, and it’s probably just an effect of him treating Cory the same way that his own father and others from his childhood did.

On page 8, Troy tells Rose that “The white man ain’t gonna let (Cory) get nowhere with that football. I told him when he first come to me with it. Now you come telling me he done went and got more tied up in it. He ought to go and get recruited in how to fix cars or something where he can make a living.” This quote displays Troy’s motive for suppressing Cory’s ambitions. It’s obvious from this that he had a sort of falling out with white men as a younger man, and still resents that. This is clarified through a quote on the next page, where he states “Selkirk! That’s it? Man batting .269, understand? .269. What kind of sense that make? I was batting .432 with thirty-seven home runs!” And on the page after that he states “Hell, I know some teams Jackie Robinson couldn’t even make! What you talking about Jackie Robinson. Jackie Robinson wasn’t nobody. I’m talking about if you could play ball then they ought to have let you play. Don’t care what color you were. Come telling me I come too early If you could play then they ought to have let you play.” Through all of this we can see that Troy doesn’t think that Cory will have a chance in sports because of the impression he had as a kid of it being so segregated. 

Troy also disregards Cory’s arguments for why he should be allowed to go to Football practice. On page 35, Cory and Troy are arguing about Cory’s future. “Cory: Coach Zellman say the recruiter gonna be coming by to talk to you. Get you to sign the permission papers.
Troy: I thought you supposed to be working down there at the A&P. Ain’t you supposed to be working there after school?
Cory: Mr. Stawicki say he gonna hold my job for me until after the football season. Say starting next week I can work weekends.
Troy: I thought we had an understanding about this football stuff? You suppose to keep up with your chores and hold that job down at the A&P. Ain’t been around here all day on a Saturday. Ain’t none of your chores done… And now you telling me you done quit your job.
Cory: I’m gonna be working weekends.
Troy: You damn right you are! And ain’t no need for nobody coming around here to talk to me about signing nothing.”
While Troy does seem to have an argument, even if it isn’t that strong, he does disregard some of the stuff that Cory tells him, like when he completely disregards when Cory tells him that Mr. Stawicki is holding his job and that he’s still going to work on weekends, and starts yelling about how “you done quit your job.” It’s almost like he’s only taking in what he wants to hear. This is a big sign towards an ulterior motive, which could easily be his previous bias against the white folk and sports.

And finally, the last piece of the puzzle. When Troy realizes that he can’t convince Cory to give up football, he flat out goes behind his back and destroys any chance of him getting on the team. This is shown on page 57.
“Rose: What’s the matter? Cory … What’s the matter?
Cory: Papa done went up to the school and told Coach Zellman I can’t play football no more. Wouldn’t even let me play the game. Told him to tell the recruiter not to come.
Rose: Troy…
Troy: What you Troying me for. Yeah, I did it. And the boy know why I did it.
Cory: Why you wanna do that to me? That was the one chance I had.
Rose: Ain’t nothing wrong with Cort playing football, Troy.
Troy: The boy lied to me. I told the nigger if he wanna play football … to keep up his chores and hold down that job at the A&P. That was the conditions. Stopped down there to see Mr. Stawicki…
Cory: I can’t work after school during the football season, pop! I tried to tell you that Mr. Stawicki’s holding my job for me. You don’t never want to listen to nobody. And then you wanna go do this to me!
Troy: I ain’t done nothing to you. You done it to yourself.”
Cory then says a key line that helps verify all of this. Troy responds with a stern talk.
“Cory: Just cause you didn’t have a chance! You just scared I’m gonna be better than you, that’s all
Troy: I’m gonna tell you what your mistake was. See… you swung at the ball and didn’t hit it. That’s strike one. See, you in the batter’s box now. You swung and you missed. That’s strike one. Don’t you strike out!”
Troy’s statement after Cory’s revealing comment shows that deep down, even Troy knows that he’s envious that Cory has a chance at sports when he didn’t. If Troy didn’t believe this, he probably would’ve acted a whole lot differently.

These pieces of information are the reasons that I think Troy suppresses Cory so much over the book. It can be viewed as a mixture of bad childhood memories, jealousy, and fear. You almost have to feel sorry for Troy. He has obviously been through a lot of pain, but he’s let it get the better of him and makes his son miserable too, and that’s inexcusable.
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Victoria Odom Capstone

Victoria Odom

The goal of my capstone is to show the expression of natural hair I want to share hairstyle ideas with other aspiring naturals.


The initial inspiration behind my hair website is the beauty I use to see in natural hair. Viewing others with long curly hair inspired me to go natural myself and from that day on I have been. Although I have always had curly hair it was unhealthy and damaged but research was key for me to get my hair to the health state it’s in now. Today I see more and more women and even some men rocking their natural hairstyles and that encouraged me to share that with others.

Click here for my website.

Annotated Bibliography

“Twists and turns in history of hair”.John Laurenson, BBC News,5 Oct. 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>

This website talks about hair and how hair has been shaped in history. Giving information on the long period of hairstyling from buns to twists. This source isn’t that helpful but I can use it to talk about how far styles from the past have been reinvented today.

“How to Blog: Blogging Tips for Beginners” ProBlogger. Darren Rowse 14 Feb. 2006. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.


This website gives the ins and outs of how to start a blog. It includes basic details and information that help create a good looking blog. It also has links to other resources that talk about blogging and how to make it successful.

“Ask The White Guy” DiversityInc. Web 30 Jan. 2014.


This article specifically asks the question “what do white guys think about natural hair?” I think this great because it gives not only the opposite sexes opinion but also of the opposite race. The reaction were very surprising to me because a lot of them were more accepting of the hair than black men.

“Black Hair Care And Culture, A Story” African American Registry 4 Apr. 1441. Web. 30 Jan. 2014


This article gives information about the start of black hair care. Starting from slaves all the way to the present It gives details on how far blacks have come and expresses the opinion of how blacks should celebrate their culture and where what they were born with.

“Natural Hair Vs. Corporate America” Ebony: Style. Maryline Dossou 3 July. 2013. Web. 30 Jan. 2014


This website is an article that talks about natural hair and the way it is viewed in the corporate world. I can you this to express my own opinion and share world that society views natural hair as unprofessional. This can help me to explain the “why?” in the situation.

“I AM my hair” Naturallycurly. curlynikki. 24 Jan. 2014. Web 30 Jan 2014


This article expresses a women’s opinion of the expression “I am not hair” by her saying “I am my hair”. She talks about how natural hair is the type of hair that grows from your scalp and it itself represents who you are. I cna you this to express my own opinion of how I think your hair defines how you are and just because it’s not the why “society” likes it, doesn’t mean you have to change it.

“Is your hair holding you back” MSN. Emily Hebert 1 Nov. 2013 Web. 30 Jan. 2014


This article specifically states what your peers think of you just by looking at your hair. It doesn’t just talk about hair styles but the different colors, lengths, parture, cut, and thickness.  I can use this site as a guide to help separate the different according to what they look like.

“How To Start A Successful Blog Today” the minimalists. 1 Jan 2014. Web. 30 Jan 2014


This can come in handy to not only creating a blog but actually making it successful. It gives key details that I could you to spread world about my blog and make sure it is appealing to the eye. This website also gives information to have me stayed organized and on track with doing blog entries.

“History of Hair Stylers” About Inventors. Mary Bells. Web 30 Jan. 2014


This website site talks about the history of hair stylers such and brushes and combs. These stylers have been around for millions of years but have evolved over time. It gives specific info on the evolution of hir tools. I can you these in the blog to talk about what tools are better to use for specific hair types.

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La Mariposa de Mil Colores

Érase una vez una mariposa muy grande que tenía las alas de color blancas. Las otras mariposas tuvieron colores muy diferentes en sus alas. Una mariposa era rosada, otra mariposa era morada, y otra mariposa era anaranjada. Las mariposas pensaron que era muy chistoso que la mariposa solo tuviera las alas blancas. Eran muy antisimpáticos a la mariposa con las alas blancas, y pensaron que era malo porque era diferente.

Un día, las otras mariposas se burlaban de la mariposa blanca. Era tan triste, que volaba lo más rápido y lo más lejos que podía. En el camino, había muchas otras mariposas que estaban riéndose de él. Después de mucho tiempo, la mariposa estaba muy cansada. Paró en un campo con flores mágicas. Cada flor tenía un color y diseño diferente. Hizo que la mariposa fuera muy feliz, y empezó a beber el néctar de muchos diferentes tipos de flores. Bebió hasta que estaba tan llena que quería dormir. Dormía hasta el que sol bajó por el horizonte. La mariposa se despertó, y se dió cuenta que necesitaba regresar a su hogar. Empezaba a volar. Pero, había algo muy diferente. Algo había pasado porque cuando pasó cerca las otras mariposas al regresar, todas estaban mirando a la mariposa blanca con ojos fijos. Algunas que no la conocían dijeron que era muy bonita. Muchas chicas mariposas estaban coqueteando con la mariposa blanca. Él estaba muy triste, porque él pensó que era sarcástico. El dijo que debían callarse. Las chicas mariposas estaban muy sorprendidas con esto, y volaron más lejos.

Más y más mariposas estaban hablando sobre que bonita la mariposa blanca era.

--¿Qué estás mirando? ¡Soy fea! ¡No hay nada para mirar!, dijo cuando estaba harta de todos los comentarios sarcásticos de los demás.

Una chica mariposa bella se acercaba y estaba de risa.

--¿De que hablas? ¡Eres lo más bello de todos nosotros! ¿De qué lugar vienes? ¿Vas a venir a nuestro campo? ¿Cuál es tu nombre?, dijo ella.

--¿Cómo soy bella? Esta mañana, todos estaban diciendo que cómo era tan fea, respondió la mariposa blanca.

--Ellos son mariposas muy malas. No debes ser amigos con ellos. Pero puedes ser amiga mía, la mariposa bella respondió con un guiño, y volaba por las nubes.

--¿Que?, preguntó la mariposa blanca.

Era lo más confuso que podía ser. Una mariposa más vieja se acercó a la mariposa blanca.

--Mi amor, mira en la agua para ver tu reflejo.”

La mariposa blanca se escuchó y vió a su reflejo. Las alas tuvieron miles de colores en cada lugar que podía. Había cada color del arco iris, o quizás más que eso.

--¡Que increíble! ¡Estoy soñando! ¡Estoy soñando!, exclamó la mariposa.

--No estás soñando, mi amor. Estas son tus alas. Eres la única que tienes alas así, y eres muy bella. Las otras mariposas están muy celosas, respondió la anciana.

--¡Que milagro! No lo puedo creer…, dijo la mariposa.

--Créelo mi amor, porque es cierto, respondió la mariposa vieja.

--¿Qué paso? ¿Porque me veo así?, preguntó la mariposa.

--Era magia. El destino decidió que debes tener esto. Estabas sufriendo antes, y ahora tienes la atención buena que querías. Pero, ahora tienes nuevos desafíos en tu vida. Más humanos te van a querer capturar, tendrias mas atención y no sabrás qué hacer con ella. Hay cosas malas asociadas con tener alas blancas y tener alas con todos los colores del arco iris. Debes tener precaución, dijo la mariposa vieja.

--Gracias por tu sabiduría. Tendré precaución, respondió la mariposa con miles de colores.

--Se que vas a tener precaución. Eres muy inteligente. Usa tu mente, ¿esta bien?, preguntó la anciana.

--Si, esta bien. Muchas gracias. Soy una mariposa cambiada, respondió la mariposa con miles colores.

La mariposa era muy feliz con sus nuevos colores que puede compartir con todos y aprendió un mensaje muy importante: No importa como te ves, vas a tener muchas responsabilidades de cualquier manera. No debes preocuparte por las cosas pequeñas en la vida. Ahora las mariposas son de muchas diferentes colores bonitos.

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Shannon Powers Capstone

My capstone was a book something that I had been wanting to write down for a long time. It was funny because I wasn't going to do this at first. I was actually going to paint seashells. Then I realized I hated the idea and talked to my mentor Bethany Carter about changing it to my book. then I went though writing in it. There was no need really for sources, because I already knew what I was doing and how I was going to do it. I'd been drawing the characters in the book before I even decided to write it. Nothing helped me more than the comments my two biggest fans wrote. 

Devil's Charms 

Patterson, James . Maximum Ride:The Angel Experiment. 1st ed. New York,NY: Little,Brown and Company, 2005. 422. Print.

  This book was used for the writing style. I love the way you can just get inside Max’s head. Thats what I tried to do with Salem, I wanted to give you a clear idea of what he was thinking.

Clare, Cassandra. The Mortal Instruments- City of Bones. 1st ed. New York,NY: Simon Pulse, 2007. 485. Print.

    I used this writing style a lot as well. I wasn’t a huge fan of writing in the third person and I had tried it out,but Salem’s personality required I write in first person so one could see how he saw things. What I used from her was the style of using details only when needed.

 Paolini, Christopher. Eldest. first. New York,NY: Random House Children's Books, 2005. 679. Print.

      When I had decided that there was going to be a dragon in my book I knew I was going to need ideas. I needed something that had a good description of what a dragon could look like from tall to small.  So I picked up my Eragon collection and started taking notes.

 Striefvater, Maggie. Lament- The Faerie Queen's Deception. 1st ed. Woodbury,Minnesota : Llewellyn Publications, 2008. 325. Print.

   This book gave me the idea of having a great number of different types of myths. I needed diversity in my Underrealm creatures and it took time to work out all of the details. However, this book  was a big help.

Kato , Kazve. Blue Exorcist - Volume 2. 2nd ed. Shonen Jump Advanced- Manga Edition: Tokyo, Japan, 2011. 195. Print.

     Yes I’m citing a manga. Anyway I used this one to give me a good idea of how some of the things Salem had as a demon would look.

  Meyer, Stephenie. Twilight. New York,NY: Little,Brown and Company, 2005. 544. Print.

    I used to reference how my vampires wouldn’t be. I wanted them to be bad as hell not pansies. So I thought it a good idea to make my pixies shine in the sunlight.

Carter, Bethany. Personal Interview. 29 Jan 2014.

 I used her to bounce ideas off of and also there are a couple of teasers from her book mixed in with mine.

Powers, Shannon. Personal Interview. 31 Jan 2014.

 It was my idea. All of the ideals and plotline in this book were ideas of mine. The characters are all amazing brain farts.

Cast, P.C. Marked- House of Night. 1st ed. St. Martin's Griffin, 2007. 306. Print.

     This was where I thought about how sunlight would affect my Vampires. It’s also how I decided that elemental powers for the Nymphs was brilliant.

Finch, Jenny. The Vampire Book- The legend, The Lore, The Allure . 1st ed. New York,NY: DK Children , 2009. 96. Print.

 This was an amazing help in finding the perfect balance of old lore and my own ideals.   

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La Leyenda de los SAT’s (Student Assistant Teachers)

La Leyenda de los SAT’s (Student Assistant Teachers)

Erase una vez, señor Lehman y los profesores de SLA tenía una problema. Estaban cansados de enseñanza y clasificación el trabajo de muchos niños. El principio de SLA, señor Lehman celebró una reunión en la biblioteca a discutir los posibilidades que sería resolver la problema. Los profesores intentaron cortar el tamaño de clase pero entonces tendrían que extender el dia. Luego trataron de enviar a los niños a SLA beeber, pero nadie quiere ir allí. Lehman celebró unas reuniones por muchas semanas y semanas.

Un dia, despues mes de pensando sobre cómo resolver la problema, señor Lehman tenía una idea.  Él preguntó los profesores si teniendo un extra person a ayudar con enseñanza y clasificación. Los profesores eran muy emocionado a oír que sugerencia de Lehman. Lehman continuada. Él dije que porque de los recortes presupuestarios, SLA no puede permitirse profesores nuevos. Lehman sugirió que los estudiantes sería capaz de ayudar. Los profesores se rió de él. No creían que los niños serían lo suficientemente maduros para hacer esta tarea. Lehman convenció a los profesores que iba a funcionar. Él  preguntó el departamento de ciencias a crear un potion a hacer los estudiantes más responsable, más inteligente y mas comportarse. Señorita Echols, Dunda y Señor Sharief Fui a sus laboratorios para crearlo. Dos semanas más tarde, ellos trajeron la poción a Lehman. Este fue el comienzo de la creación del estudiante asistente de profesor.

Los profesores probaron la primera poción en la estudiantes más inteligente. Este año fue la primera clase de señor del SLA, se inició la tradición de sólo senors.Después este año, muchas personas debería voluntario estar un SAT. Mantener a los niños interesados, los profesores debería dar un crédito a los estudiantes. Muchos colegios gusta el programa SAT en SLA. La programa ayuda a las aplicaciones del estudiante senior destacan. Demuestra liderazgo, que esto es algo que agrada a las universidades.Esta es la leyenda de la estudiante asistente de profesora.  

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Financial Education - Blog Post #3

Hello again! It’s Felix, back with my last blog post. This one is my Agent of Change post, and I’ll be telling you guys about what I actually did in the real world to help solve this problem of Financial Education.

As I just mentioned, my topic is Financial Education and Literacy in America, and how people don’t learn enough about money to be safe and successful in their lives. People are being sent out into the world with no training on how to pay taxes, manage debt, or make money. And even though it is more important for people to learn more about the necessities, such as using a credit card, it’s also important to know how to make money. Not nearly enough people know about or use stocks to their advantage. I went on a quest to change this.

A lot of lessons about Financial Literacy and Responsibility are being taught around the world, and they help, but they aren’t always accessible. Many schools don’t have a program properly suited to helping kids get out into the world with the proper tools and knowledge. I tried to make my own little dent on my little community.

As I said in my Second Blog Post, I was hoping to teach at least one lesson to a class of First Graders, Third Graders, and Eighth Graders, as well as a presentation to some Ninth Graders. I only succeeded on one of those counts; I taught my advisory, the Ninth Graders, but I couldn’t get the scheduling quite right for the students at my old school, ICS. In the end, I made a smaller impact than expected, but I still taught about 20 students some of the very basic skills they need to flourish financially.

However, this is only 20 students out of millions that aren’t being taught correctly. Even if I had gotten to my goal of about 100 students (the ones listed above), I still wouldn’t have made enough of an impact. The real threat is that education mandates WORLDWIDE are not giving our students a fighting chance. They would rather teach students about the Pythagorean Theorem, which only some of them will use, than about how to get a job, which all of them will need. Also, even if you’re the most qualified person in the world, you still need to know how to get and maintain a job, and how to manage the money you make.

These are some of the things I talked about in my presentation. The presentation that I showed (the slideshow that I used) is here, and some of the notes that I used are here (I used the section titled “8” for eighth grade, as the lessons were similar). I had the students talk in groups, and I taught them from the notes as well. At the end, I let them ask questions about things they weren’t sure about or wanted to learn more about.

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There should really be more of these lessons. Teachers should take just a couple of classes out of the year to teach their children about more important issues, and to teach them serious life skills. I am lucky to have attended two very good schools, have to very informed parents, and a very open family that I can talk to about financial issues. However some people don’t have this, and therefore are suffering because of it. Schools should teach more about Financial Education, and really a lot of other life skills as well.

I would like to acknowledge SLA and ICS, for being very helpful support systems when I needed help, and also for letting me teach there; my parents, for helping me through this long project and teaching me about Financial Issues; Miss Dunn, for letting me take an hour of her time to teach, and even more of her time for her to help me. She has helped me so much through this process. I couldn’t have asked for a better guide.

To see some more documentation, like a video of me talking to the students, and more photos, visit my documentation folder.
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The Stigma of Mental Illness Blog #3

Hi. My name is Isabel Medlock and I am a freshman at SLA. Earlier this school year my English class started a project called You and the World. Everyone in my class chose an issue and researched that issue. I chose the stigma of mental illness, the negative way society views mental illness. After we chose an issue and researched it, we wrote two blog posts about it. Here is the link to blog #1. In this blog post I wrote about what the stigma of mental illness is and how people are affected by it. In blog #2 I wrote about the Mental Health Parity, discrimination those with mental health issues face, an interview I conducted with a mental health professional, and my opinion on the stigma of mental illness. This is my last blog post and it is the post for change which is the last part of the project.

There are several ways people are trying to raise awareness of the stigma of mental illness. There are some organizations and campaigns. Some examples of these types of campaigns are Stamp Out Stigma, Stand Up For Mental Health, and I Am Not Crazy.  Stamp Out Stigma is an organization that tries to reduce the stigma of mental illness and substance abuse by educating people and encouraging to them to discuss this issue. Stand Up For Mental Health teaches mental health consumers how to turn their problems into stand up comedy acts and perform them. I Am Not Crazy helps raise awareness of the stigma of mental illness by using social media and the internet. Also, every year on the first full week of October is Mental Health Awareness Week. During this week there are events that educate others about mental health and promote the education of mental illness. These events are designed to help end the stigma. These are all very good ways of changing society’s view on mental illness but I think more should be done. Even with all these organizations and events not that many people know the truth about mental illness or know about the stigma. I think children should be educated on this subject in school. If children were educated about mental illness they wouldn’t believe in the stereotypes surrounding mental illness and that would greatly reduce stigma.

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Students on a website during my presentation.

For my agent of change piece I made a presentation to my advisory about the stigma of mental illness. In my presentation I explained what the stigma of mental illness is and why it is a problem. First I told them to go on a website and learn some things about mental illness and take some quizzes. Then I had each group read some stereotypes and discuss whether or not the stereotypes were true. At the end I showed a video from Bring Change 2 Mind. By doing this I helped raise awareness of the issue. Hopefully the people who viewed my presentation will want to learn more about mental illness and the stigma and maybe try to help reduce the stigma.  I enjoyed doing this project and learning about the stigma of mental illness. I think it’s a very important issue that needs to be talked about more, especially in schools. One thing I learned about myself and others is that when we are ignorant about something it often leads us to believe in stereotypes. The reason there is so much stigma surrounding mental illness is because people don’t learn about it.

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My presentation.

All the pictures above are from my presentation. In the first two pictures students are on a website, learning about mental illness. In the third picture students are discussing common stereotypes about mental illness. In the fourth picture I am explaining what the stigma of mental illness is.

I think I could have done a better job with my agent of change piece. I don’t think I’ve done enough. There are still so many people who don’t really understand mental illness and the stigma surrounding. I wish I had done something that would inform more people about this problem. There is still so much left to do to change people’s view on mental illness. People need to be educated about mental health. We need to change the laws that discriminate against those with mental health problems. We need to make people with mental health problems feel accepted instead of ashamed.

I would like to thank Ms. Dunn for all her help and advice. I would also like to thank all the people who helped proofread my blog posts.  I have enjoyed doing this project and I have really enjoyed learning about the stigma of mental illness. I hope that in the future it will no longer be a problem.

Thanks for reading my post! :-)

Links to my presentation:

Advisory Presentation Slide Deck

Advisory Activities
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La Cohete Mascota

Había una vez un niño que no hablaba con nadie en su clase. El no era fuerte y no gustaba jugar deportes. La actividad que el gustaba mas fue leyendo libros. Cuando el estaba leyendo nadie podía hablar con el. La mama de el siempre fue muy frustrado con él cuando era leyendo porque el nunca presto atención a ella. Los niños en la escuela no gustaba el niño porque él fue diferente y por eso el fue la chistosa de la clase. El nino, Chris siempre fue muy triste porque los niños eran muy malo a el.

Un dia después de un dia muy difícil en la escuela Chris fue a la rio muy cerca de su casa. El fue muy cansado y triste y cuando tenia estos sentimientos el fue a este lugar para leer en paz. Este dia fue muy diferente. Había algo diferente en la aire y el río. Chris abrió el libro que el casi termino. Cinco minutos después Chris terminó la libro. El empezó a tirar rocas en el río. Cuando el empezó a ir a casa el escucho algo en los bosques. El con miedo empezó a caminar al bosque. Cuando el fue al bosque había algo en el piso con mucho fuego.

Había un cohete en el piso. El cohete había gritando y gritando y gritando. Chris corrió hasta el cohete y preguntaba que paso? El cohete dijo que no sabía que paso pero que estaba volando un minuto y el próximo él estaba en el piso.

Cuando el cohete finalmente levantó el empezó a hablar con Chris. Chris preguntaba de donde era? Cohete respondió con deciendo que el vive en espacio. Ellos empezó a hablar en sus vidas. Cohete dijo que él estaba volando porque necesitaba un pausa de los otros cohetes. Describió como los otros cohetes fueron muy malo a el. Explicó que el gustaba reparar otros cohetes pero por eso los otros cohete no gustaban el. Chris explicó su cuento a cohete. Ellos empezó a hablar a qué malo esos personas fueron. Cohete dijo un secreto a Chris que nunco dijo a nadie. Tengo la habilidad a cambiar cosas en personas mentes. Cuando Chris escuchó esto él tenía un plan.

Ellos fueron a escuela juntos el próximo mañana pero antes de irse en la clase Chris pregunto a cohete si podia cambiar los mentes de los estudiantes en su clase. Cuando cohete preguntaba qué quería los mentes decir Chris dijo que todos gustaban los libros. Cohete podía ver que Chris fue muy inteligente y por eso dijo que si pero solo si cuando el es mas mejor y hace algo muy increíble en algún parte hay algo para recordar a mi.

Después que cohete cambio los mentes del estudiantes ellos fueron más bienvenida a Chris. Entonces veinte años luego cuando Chris abrió una escuela el recordaba cohete y el mascota fue un cohete.
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Lexus, Kila, Katherine, Amanda, Zaria: 3rd Podcast

In this podcast we covered chapters 7-11. We discussed the possibilities of statistically being in a transportation wreck, as it was talked about in the book. We also connected our opinions and things that were talked about in the book to real life. We gave examples from the book to support our opinions.

This is our podcast.
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Final YATW Blog Post! The Change


       There again people that will be looking at my blog. This is my last and final blog of the year. Cheers to all the information I have included in my blogs that you guys have liked. This is my agent of change project that I will be showing images of cats and the cat food that I have put out for the animals, to show that I have done something for the stray cat world in a way. The first section will be showing the first night that I put out food and the day after, to show what happened to the food. The second section will show the second time that I put out food for the stray cats the night and the day after to see results.

This is my first section showing images from the first night and the day after.

                             1st Night and Day after

                                  That Night


These are images from that night before cats came out to eat. The food wasn't disturbed until i chopped it up. It was late that night so I decided to go to bed and wait until the morning to get the results. So, that's what I did. The next images show the day after with a brief description.


                                       The Next Day


This is how much food was leftover from the night before. The stray cats had an appetite to fill their stomachs but not a appetite to get through the full cans of cat food. Also, I wasn't able to capture images of the cats as they ate because I guess they come out late at night, at least I have gotten documentary of the food that was ate.  The next documentary section is about the second time I went out at night with a little better information.



    2nd Night and Day after

These are images from the night and day after from what happened to the food that I had set out for the stray cats.

                                        That Night


These are images from the second night. I wasn't able document the stray cats because they come out really late. That was a real bummer but the next day I was able to find amazing documented information of the food that was leftover from that night. In the next image section the images are showing how much food was eaten from the plate, which was a lot better than last two weeks ago and I guess the stray cats liked this food better.

                                      The Day after

These are images of the day after, to me SHOCKING! Results, because from last time the results had a big gap in food differences and I was overwhelmed by the fact that all though cats didn't come out right away to eat but, it looks like to me that the animals came out for an after memorial day feast. I really like what I got this time,  but still a little upset that I didn't get any pictures of the stray cats I still got documented evidence to show that there are stray cats behind the gate as seen in the left photo.

I would like to thank everyone who have read all of my blog posts up to now and I thank you for the support and the caring that you as a person. I hope that some people that read my blog posts, that it would inspire some people to try and make a change like I did. I am one boy in a huge world with lots of lost and stray animals. We need to make a change and get these living beings off of the streets. I am sure that if someone like you or me was on the streets and had no food, or not even a home to go to, we would want someone to give a helping hand and help. I know I would. Like I said we can make a change.

Note: If you didn't read my other blogs the links are here.

Blog Post #1

Blog Post #2
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Negative Space

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1. What is negative space (explain this concept to a fourth grader that has never heard of it).

Negative space can be defined by the space surrounding an object. Where you would have the positive space as the subject of a drawing or photograph, to find the negative space, you would reverse the image, so the emphasis isn’t on the subject anymore. Usually, negative space is white and positive space is black, because it’s more prominent. Negative space defines the positive space, they are interrelated.    

2. Explain how you found negative space in 1. Your Cutout?, 2. In your stool drawing?

I cut out the image of the owl, which was the subject of the first side of the paper and glued it against the background. The background would become the negative space, because the owl was the subject. To emphasise the negative space in the second drawing, I simply reversed the colors of the negative and positive space, so that the color behind the owl in the first drawing became the color of the owl in the second drawing. I found the negative space in the stool drawing, by drawing the lamp, and instead of coloring the subject of the drawing black, I colored the background black. I found the negative space by locating the space around the outline of the lamp.

3. Why does it help an artist to see in negative space?

Negative space helps both the artist and the audience. It helps the audience view a part of the picture which isn’t normally focused on. And it helps the artist bring attention to this part of their drawing. It’s very important to be able to focus on the drawing as a whole. In this way, by using colors which create emphasis, you can frame the positive or negative space. If an artist is able to view the negative space, they can make decisions about how to keep the negative space proportionate to the positive space, to create balance.

4. How is negative space useful in creating art?

When you create art, you can control what the audience focuses on. If an artist wants to make certain aspects of the drawing pop and refrain from being too distracting, they can do that. In creating art, you can start the drawing by creating the space around the drawing, the negative space, rather than drawing from the positive space first.
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Willie Willson's Capstone

Kay/Hirschfield Advisory

Class of 2014

During my sophomore year of high school, I suffered from a very bad concussion.  This led me to missing 7 months of school, going to countless doctors appointments, and finally completely recovering about 10 months after I first got the concussion.  During this time, I realized that a lot of the education related to concussions was either wrong, or incomplete.  Another issue was that these uneducated people were usually in the occupations of nurses, coaches, or the peers of the concussed.  I went out to rectify this situation, and made a website aimed at the audience of the concussed.  I wanted to pass on my knowledge of dealing with the symptoms of a concussion, and the people who don’t understand much about concussions.  This website is supposed to help all of the people who aren’t sure on how to continue with their concussion recovery, and show them how to proceed with the situation.


"League of Denial: The NFL’s Concussion Crisis." PBS. PBS, n.d. Web. 27 Jan. 2014.

This is a frontline documentary about concussions in football, “The Concussion Crisis”.  It highlights some of the key points about concussions, the risks of repeat injuries, and the lack of concern and education regarding them.

"Concussion." Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2014.

This website gives a summary of what a concussion is, what the symptoms are, and has a detailed index of additional information about concussions.  This information will be useful as a general summary of concussions, and can be used to refer to in certain cases.  Even though I’m trying to keep this project as universal as possible, some information is necessary to get an understanding of the subject.

"Concussion - WebMD: Causes, Symptoms, Diagnosis, Treatment, and Prevention."WebMD. WebMD, n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.

This is a webmd entrance about concussions, it gives a collection of general information about concussions.  This gives another view at concussions and their symptoms.  Since the information regarding concussions varies so much, it is important to have multiple sources to cross reference them.

"Concussion - Symptoms ." Concussion. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.

This is a website which has a very detailed list of the symptoms that people experience when they have a concussion.  It is very thorough and readable, and allows for another site to compare symptoms with.  The symptoms of a concussion are one part of it that will always remain the same, so I needed to have a complete list of the symptoms.

"Concussion Symptoms, Causes, Treatment - What Is the Treatment for Concussion? - MedicineNet." MedicineNet. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.

This source tells some of the treatment for concussions and includes information about concussion prevention and the risk of future concussions.  This is necessary because part of my project is how to prevent future concussions from happening, and this is a valuable source for that information.

Dr. Ginsburg, K. (2014, May 26). Telephone interview.

This is an interview with a pediatrician Dr. Ginsburg.  He offered some up to date medical information which gives me a useful source for backup knowledge, as well as an extra perspective as an on the scene doctor with real life experience.

"Post-concussion Syndrome." Definition. N.p., n.d. Web. 3 Dec. 2013. <>.

One of the most challenging parts of recovering from a concussion is suffering from post concussion syndrome.  This source on post concussion syndrome will help me define it in my project, which will be incredibly useful.

"How to Know If You Really Have a Concussion." N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.

This source shows the reader how to tell if they have a concussion or not, it gives an interesting view at a problem which usually has to be diagnosed by an outside source.  One of the sections of my website is on how to identify concussions, so this source will be useful.

"Concussion Facts | Sports Concussion Institute." Concussion Facts | Sports Concussion Institute. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Jan. 2014


This source is about concussions in sports, which is where most concussions occur today.  It has some pertinent information that has to be accounted for in any piece of work about concussions.

Ramirez, Ph.D. Ainissa G. "Why Don't Woodpeckers Get Concussions?" The Huffington Post., 25 Nov. 2013. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.

This is a post about why some animals who experience large amounts of blunt force trauma to the head don’t get concussions, which can help say why humans do get them.

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Kenny Le Capstone

Kenny Le

In-school Mentor:
Mr. Miles

Topic Summary:
My goal was to learn and explore what I can learn throughout the year using Processing for coding.

For my year-round senior project, I decided to make my capstone be a computer-based project. I created a code from the help of Mr. Miles, Seamus Kirby, and other online sources that turns select images into ASCII text into .txt files. I also created a code that runs those .txt files into an animation. I am going into college with computer science as my intended major, so I decided that this would be a great senior project. The final product is a code that intends to run like a video I have watched online at youtube. 

The two programs:

Annotated bibliography

"Love the Programmer (ASCII Art) Animation." YouTube. YouTube, 27 Jan. 2012. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This is a youtube video for my main source of inspiration and ideas. Mr. Miles and I found many ideas on how to make a video of the same thing shown in the video. I can either record someone dancing or moving and turn it into ASCII art, or I can find a video of real dancers on youtube and write a code to make an ASCII animation. This is useful, because it shows me what I need to do before my deadlines and the ideas it gives me.

"Examples. Short, Prototypical Programs Exploring the Basics of Programming with Processing." Examples N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website shows examples from the program Processing. It is very useful because I found two codes that helped me with my capstone. It has examples of an ASCII art video capture, where it captures anything from the webcam and turns it into text. It also has an example where I can take the video that I am using and break it into frames. I did a trial test and my video was approximately 7500 frames/single images. This can be my backup to screenshot every frame, but that is not my plan because it would take too long. This will be one of the most useful sources I have.

"Adobe Community: FAQ: A Glossary of Video Terms." Premiere Pro Discussions. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

I am testing around with Adobe premiere to extract my video frame by frame. This website is a FAQ glossary of what I need to know in Adobe premiere. There are tutorials on how to cut up a video, edit, or add anything I want to the video. This will prove useful when I am finalizing my edits and video for my code. I am trying to get another video editing software that might be easier for me to use than Adobe Premiere. This is useful if I were to continue using Adobe premiere to edit my future videos or cut out anything else.

" - ASCII ART." - ASCII ART. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website introduces me to the characters of ASCII art. There are some text and letters that I can’t use to create my ascii art. There are also some types of fonts that do not adjust together so they won’t fit. This source allows me to research what kind of fonts or texts I can use for my project. There are also designs and ASCII art examples that might come in handy if I wanted to add an image of an object to my code. This is pretty much everything I want to know about ASCII art.

"Reference. The Processing Language Was Designed to Facilitate the Creation of Sophisticated Visual Structures." Language Reference (API) Processing 2+. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014. <>.

This is a website I use in Senior Computer Science every class, because it references me to every code I need to use for my class assignments. It is also very useful, because I am using Processing to do my ASCII art program code. It gives me examples of what I can do and also tutorials on what I need to do. This will be my main source of information for my capstone.

"How to Extract Image Frames from a Video File." Digital Inspiration. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website gave me useful sources on how to extract an image frame by frame. It also gave me directions on how to extract an image frame from the video. It gave me links to sources/programs that I can use to get around 7000 images from a video if I needed too. This is a very useful how-to website that gives me step-by-step instructions or other sources to extract images.

"Color Palette and the 56 Excel ColorIndex Colors." Color Palette and the 56 Excel ColorIndex Colors. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website shows all of the color codes that I can use for my code. It is pretty much an overall color reference for almost all types of coding. I remember using this website for HTML colors. I can now use it for my code in processing for the color codes. This will be useful for color codings in my code to display colorful text instead of just black, white, or gray.

"Color Palette and the 56 Excel ColorIndex Colors." Color Palette and the 56 Excel ColorIndex Colors. N.p., n.d. Web. 31 Jan. 2014. <>.

This website is open processing, which is the program I use, but other users upload it to this website to share with other. This is an image to ascii art generator like thing. I can hopefully use this as a base code for my ascii art generator. So far, I did use it but it's not as detailed as I want mines to be. If I were to use this, I would make it more detailed than it currently is. This might prove to be useful later as a backup to my code or even a start-up for my future code.

N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

This source is from canvas on SLA for my computer science engineering course. It documents what I learned from class from the beginning of the year because class lectures were uploaded to canvas. It gives me information on method, loops, etc. It is pretty much class lectures that provide me with detailed information with Processing, which I am using for my capstone.

N.p., n.d. Web. <>.

This website is useful in helping me edit the video for my capstone. There are moments and scenes where I want to speed it up and make the dancers flow. This will be useful in a lot of the editing for the video that I am making. Making a scene speed up or slow will help me create a good video.

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Byshera Moore-Williams Capstone

My mentors were Mr.Block and Shavon Norris. I chose them because they both helped me with my first play. My capstone is a play but in book form. For the whole year I wrote a play. Every four to five scenes I would have a phone conference with Shavon and we would go over what edits were needed. I did this until the end of last month. Then I start working on my website. The process was long  but well worth it. I have learned that writing something that has a set timeline really does take a lot of the enjoyment out of writing for me. However I am happy with what I have and  I would not change what I did.
​My capstone is here. As a writer I don't want to risk my work being stolen or used with out my knowledge. 
 Bibliography ​

"English Tongue Twisters." Übersetzung. N.p., n.d. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.

One of my characters, Sam, has a stutter. This site is filled with tongue twisters. I use them in the pay so that he can practice saying complicated sentences over and over again. So this site is really for character development.

"Types of Stuttering." - Speech Language Disorders. University of Rochester, 19 Oct. 2010. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.

One of my characters, Sam, has a stutter. There are many different kinds and reasons for someone to have them. I wanted to make sure that the one that picked and the way that I wanted to faze it out was correct. So that is my I used this site.

"Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet." Alzheimer's Disease Fact Sheet. National Institute on Aging, Sept. 2012. Web. 28 Jan. 2014.

Lidy, Sam’s mom, gets alzheimer's. I wanted to make sure that I represent it correctly in my play. Because of this I researched how it happens and what it looks like in people. I wanted everything for feel very real.

"Philadelphia Young Playwrights." Philadelphia Young Playwrights. N.p., n.d. Web. 29 Jan. 2014.

I worked with Philly Young Playwrights. I wrote a play sophomore year and worked on it off and on for two years. I had my play produced and got to work to actors and my now mentor Shavon. This is the reason that I am continuing with writing plays and why I picked my capstone.

Shange, Ntozake. For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide, When the Rainbow Is Enuf: A Choreopoem. New York: Scribner Poetry, 1997. Print.

This is a play that has both been made and produced and was written into a book. This is a great example of what I am doing. Because I am writing it into a book but also putting it into a live play. It is also a great example of a play that focus on few characters.  

Myers, Walter Dean. Monster. Comp. Christopher Myers. New York, NY: HarperCollins, 2004. Print.

This is a play that has both been made and produced and was written into a book. This is a great example of what I am doing. Because I am writing it into a book but also putting it into a live play. It is also a great example of a play that focus on one character and it has a lot of things happen both around and to him.  

Interview with Mindy Early, Philadelphia Young Playwrights, Philadelphia, PA. 29 Jan. 2014.

Mindy is my contact at philadelphia young playwrights that is helping get a space so that I can hold the play in a space for a small number of people. She is a source because I have to be in contact with her for the next few months. She also helped me with my first play as far are casting and space.

Carnoy, David. "Self-publishing a Book: 25 Things You Need to Know." Fully Equipped. CNet, 13 June 2012. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

Dorf, Jonathan. "Playwriting 101." How to Write a Play. Playwriting 101, 2014. Web. 31 Jan. 2014.

This is a website written by a playwright and screenwriter. It gives you different elements that you need for a play or screenplay. I used this because I wanted something that would explain the things that I learn in tenth grade. Mr.Block want over a lot of those things and the site does a good job of organizing and explaining the same things.

" - Working to Reform Marijuana Laws." FEDERAL Laws & Penalties. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Jan. 2014.

My main character gets arrested with drugs. Because of this I wanted to look up how long he should be in jail for a first time offences. Again something that I wanted to make the play as real as possible. It is a good site because it breaks everything down in graphs so that you know what happens for first offenders and so on.
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La Leyenda de Los Ríos de Schuylkill y Delaware

Érase una vez… Allí un pueblo antes de la ciudad de Filadelfia.  Era un pequeño pueblo.  El pueblo era en un plano y exuberante. Muchas personas. Ellos eran tranquilos y aislado. Ellos eran independiente desde otros grupos. Sin embargo, su independencia hizo su grupo sobre seguros. Ellos tienen un difícil tiempo con la comida y agua para ellos mismos. Era un largo camino para las personas quién obtuvieron el agua. No cazaban porque los otros grupos robaban los animales para ellos mismos. Los líderes eran enojados y desesperados. No pudieran encontrar una manera detener los otros grupos.  A ese ritmo, el grupo morirían.

Un día, las personas del pueblo decidieron orar a los dioses para un regalo. Un regalo eso protegería su grupo desde otros grupos y dar la comida y la agua necesario vivir. Ellos fueron a el centro del pueblo. Juntos, gritaron la oración y esperaron. Y esperaron. Y… esperaron. El grupo gritaron la oración otra vez. Ellos mendigaron los dioses ahorrar ellos. Sin embargo, ellos tuvieron un poco visitantes no deseados. Un otro grupo espiaban en su grupo. Ellos veían el ritual. Ellos creaban un plan atacar el grupo. Ellos tuvieron los armas y ellos estaban listos atacar. Entonces, ellos comenzaron gritar y corrieron a la enemigos. El grupo asustaban de los gritos. Ellos mendigaron duro para salvarse. Su enemigos estaban cerrando en su pueblo. Ellos estaban orando lo mejor que podrían. Entonces, un miembro del grupo enemigo apuñaló su propio miembro. 

El mundo se ralentizó. La masacre había comenzado. Las personas murieron izquierda y derecho. Los enemigos trabajaron su camino a los jefes. Parecía como si ese fue el final.

Cuando de repente, había una luz cegadora. Todo el mundo se pararon y miraron a el cielo. Desde el cielo, allí había tres personas, una mujer y dos hombres. Ellos eran cegadora, pero muy hermosa. El grupo eran aturdían, pero bendecían también. El grupo eran Ellos flotaron a el suelo. Se pararon una pulgada antes el suelo. Con un movimiento de su manos, ellos lanzaron los enemigos lejos desde el pueblo. Entonces, los dioses levantaron sus manos. El suelo comenzó sacudir. De repente, el suelo agrietado abierto en dos lados del pueblo. Agua comenzó subiendo. Llenó las grietas grandes. Pronto, dos ríos formaron. Estos ríos separado los enemigos desde el pueblo. El grupo alabaron los dioses como ellos flotaron en el cielo. Los enemigos estaban atrapados en el otro lado. Ellos no podían atacar. El grupo fueron salvaran y han sido bendecidos con agua. Ellos decidieron llamar después los nombres de sus jefes, Schuylkill y Delaware.

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Gabby Santaniello Capstone

My capstone is a collection of photos I've taken over the last school year. My goal was to create a portfolio of work that I'd be comfortable showing as an example for the type of work that I am capable of doing. I focused on different themes for this, putting the photos in sets that go together for a certain collection. I think in doing this I've found that I've unconsciously developed a style of photography that works for me. I've learned about different shooting and editing techniques, and mostly how to properly use a camera to produce the image that I want. 

​Portfolio Website: LINK


Photographers that Inspired me :

Lynn Johnson

David Bailey

Vivian Maier

Harry Benson 

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Antonio Reveron Capstone

For my capstone, I made a game with my own artwork. In a way, I work with Jovan, but that for his capstone. The characters I animated would make a special appearance in his comic book series. When I was stuck with the game progress, I went to Mr. Miles to seek assistance sine he is the Computer Science teacher. His advice brought me back on track with a game instead of art collection. I created the game using the program, Scratch. I won't lie, it took me a bit to back in touch with Scratch. I haven't used it since freshman year. The artwork was done in Sketchbook Express, which was really handy. Harder to draw out on screen than it is by hand. Still made decent artwork. The problem, however, it was so much animation, I couldn't finish drawing my characters' movements. So I change the game to a simple one, Stick Fighter. A game of the easiest artwork put together. Here's the link. The program runs smooth and instructions are listed in the game. Click on the image below to see a gallery of my work.
Capstone Pictures
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