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Henninger, Quarter 2

​In quarter 2, I enjoyed developing my skills through the assignments as well as adding my own personal touches to some pieces. In quarter 3, I hope to improve across the board in this class and show my true potential. 

I have also posted my work on this blog to make it easier to look at. 

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Max Amar-Olkus - Q2 project

At the beginning of the quarter I had a more relaxed work ethic because I decided my own curriculum. I knew what I wanted to do and I made it happen. I got a camera and took hundreds of photos by the time we had reached the middle of the quarter. After this I found inspiration while watching a simple candle melt. I found this very symbolic with regards to artwork and life. Just as a candle starts as a perfect structure created by an artist that slaved over it for their lifetime, it only takes hours to disappear. But as the Hindu religion dictates, destruction breeds creation. The candle is no longer in its original form after being lit but the aftermath is often very beautiful. I decided to melt candles and pour their liquid form over my own personal photography. I decided to create a six photo series  that represents what it means to live in an urban setting where destruction and creation are present all around us. The first piece is called, "Vandalism at 65 Mph." The second piece is my personal favorite and called, "A Perfect View Of Life." The third piece is a bit more abstract and called, "A Zippo to Destroy Us All." The fourth piece is a representation of the separation of wealth in the world and is called, "I Have Central Air, Do you?" The fifth piece reflects on friendships and is named, "Burning Bridges." The last individual piece is called, "Which Way Is The Sky?" 

Thank You. 
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3rd Quarter Art

​This quarter I decided to change the usual pencil drawings that I construct, and add some color into my curriculum. I started off with a still-life picture of a tricycle. I used color pencils, utensils that I have not used in a long time. This was a very fun piece to work on.Then I sculptured a hand standing on two pillars, holding a little container. This sculpture was inspired by El Salvador Dalí's style of presenting art. Although it cannot compare with the surrealism in Dalí's work, I wanted present a similar perspective in how to approach a hand in today's society (with colored nails). My sketches all came afterwards. The most valued one was the one with the flying elephants and fish. Although the skill within this art piece could be seen as slightly inept, I love the memories that it gives me from when I used to draw at a young age. The sketch with the fish and elephant make me feel 5 year-old-young. The other sketch that made me feel 5-year-old-young was the one with many snails on it. When I was young I used to love observing snails and I was very fascinated by them. I always drew pictures of them and I felt like a five year old drawing snails. I love feeling like a five year old. The rest of my sketches have complex meanings behind them with the complexity that comes as one grows. 
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Klarissa wins Essay Contest!!

10th grader Klarissa Hudson won the youth essay contest held by the Human Rights Campaign!! Way to go Klarissa! She will be honored at the HRC Gala Dinner.

Here is an excerpt from her essay:

Happy..I don’t really hear that word come from my mouth when I’m asked how I’m feeling. It’s usually an “I don’t know,” a “I’m alright/fine,” or “I’m chilled.” Happy isn’t really in my vocabulary. I imagine it’s not in the vocabulary of most LGBT young people. The only time I use this word for myself is when I’m saying, “I wish I can someday be happy..” It’s not easy to be happy. Not everyone has a stress free and painless life. Not everyone has friends in school. Not everyone is loved. It’s not easy to be accepted.

You can read the full essay here...
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Shannon's Art Q2

​ This quarter I tried to work harder on all of the cours work. I also worked on my personal art as well. I had some trouble balancing my work with in other classes and this one, but I'm pleased to say that most of my art turned out quite well. It was a little interesting since I know have three sketch books to keep track of. 

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HRC Essay Contest - Klarissa S. Hudson


I was given the opportunity to enter a Human Right Campaign Essay Contest. My teacher Mr. Block forwarded me the e-mail of all the information needed to complete the essay. I was to pick 1 or more statistics given about LGBT youth and write about. I had to write about if I was surprised, how I relate to it, and how to improve the systems for the protection as well as the happiness of LGBT youth. This is the essay I submitted to the contest last week that won me 2nd place.

Happy..I don’t really hear that word come from my mouth when I’m asked how I’m feeling. It’s usually an “I don’t know,” a “I’m alright/fine,” or “I’m chilled.” Happy isn’t really in my vocabulary. I imagine it’s not in the vocabulary of most LGBT young people. The only time I use this word for myself is when I’m saying, “I wish I can someday be happy..” It’s not easy to be happy. Not everyone has a stress free and painless life. Not everyone has friends in school. Not everyone is loved. It’s not easy to be accepted.

Being unloved, bullied, ignored, viewed different, and treated badly because of who you are is very hard to live with. It makes a person feel sad, lost, unwanted, and that they should disappear or change. To disappear some relocate or stay in the background of life or resort to ending their lives. To change some alter their physical appearance or voice while others change their mindsets or ways of living. People all around the world cope with things differently.

I wasn’t too surprised when I saw that only 37% of LGBT describe themselves as happy. Being LGBT isn’t an easy or calm thing to be. It’s honestly hard and frustrating; it’s an extra box added to the pile of things that people are judged by. Some are blessed to have a family and environment that is supportive of their life choice and still love them. It’s not that way for all LGBT though. Some get kicked out of their house, cussed out, beat up, disowned by family, and not given jobs.

I have a friend who is gay. His father caught him and his boyfriend in his room as they were fixing their pants back into place. His father beat him up that night. After running away to another friends house and staying there for a couple days, his dad calmed down. My friend is back home now but his father pretends that he’s still straight. The relationship between them is thinner than before and now there’s a wall between them. There are people all over the world who try to pretend that their kids are still straight and that LGBTs don’t exist.

It’s become a norm in places around the globe that making negative comments about being LGBT is okay. It’s so hard to get people to accept you when their environment raises them to think that LGBTs aren’t people. And shouldn’t be allowed around straight people. Some will lie saying they don’t tell their kids that or act unfair to LGBTs but if 90% see and hear it how is it not true. There are many people young and old alike that are two-faced as well as double-standard when it comes to LGBT youth. This wrong teaching is what contributes to the LGBT youth being twice as likely as their peers to face relentless verbal abuse.

The world can’t stay like this forever. This has to be resolved and laid down to rest. We need to stop kids who pick on those who aren’t straight. To stick up for someone who we see is in need of support or a friend. It’s not acceptable to have so many unnecessary youth suicides, depression, self-harming, and so many other things. This is our time to stress over school work and the clothes we want to wear. Not the time to worry about which one of my classmates is gonna hurt me tomorrow or the day after. Yes there are lesbians, gays, bisexuals, and transgenders. But they’re just like us; human.

We are a breathing body that is beautiful and smart and creative in it’s own way. We are a physical being that eats, sleeps, feels, and thinks just the same as straight people. I love a man and he loves me. But I’m not any different or less of a person if I love a woman and she loves me. I am a LGBT youth. Not because I am lesbian or bisexual but because I am a youth who has no problem with speaking for LGBTs, backing them up, and wanting equality for everyone. I am me and I am speaking to all those who need a wake up call.

Quarter Two Advanced Art: Kennedy Coverdale

​This quarter was really focused on shading and making separate shapes to construct an entire picture. At first, my drawings were completely black and white. But because of the advice from Ms. Hull, I decided to color some pictures in, like the first few pictures shown. They were all colored with marker and scanned with my home scanner. The artwork that focuses on shading and highlighting values were in black and white. A lot of the artwork was using the art of shading and blending different values of the same color, in this case black. It was really difficult to shade things and set values using one medium/color. But I found out that it's possible to do this and with ease. I can't wait for next quarters work !
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Q2 blogs- How to be a better artist?

Hi, I'm Sarena Shuman a Junior at Science Leadership Academy. I am a very all around artist.  try any type of art, even if I have no experience.

Well, in this quarter Ms. Hull had us go on this website called This website has interesting lessons on how to draw. I started from the basics on Beginner Level starting at B. B is the Learn to See section, which means “As an artist, can visually explore  everything around them  from their own unique perspective, and with new purposes, such as discovering drawing subjects.(Drawing space)” So we did all the mini lessons and drawings with in that section. I learned how to see the object, and draw it. For example the duck, instead of drawing the duck I drew the space around the duck. My duck then got lots of shape and came out wonderful. Refer to the duck at the bottom of the blog. I also feel like shading had a big part to do with this section. Simply because I shaded several of my pictures so that it comes out more defined. I feel as though several of the examples came with knowing how to shade.

I discussed about the section B. But now I moved on to section C. Section C is drawing with lines. This section is about  “Lines, the basic building blocks of drawing, can either be visually rendered or simply implied as a division between spaces or values. All shading styles used throughout Drawspace are made up of the three different types of lines, straight, curved, or angle.” I feel like this section improved my drawing tremendously because without lines what is Art? Everything in art refer to lines, even the shading. This section taught me how to use lines exactly. How to make dark lines, or  thin lines. For example, The Star Fish drawing, was drawing well drawn because  I knew the basics of lines from the previous drawings I drew. By me curving lines and adjusting how long a line is, my star fish came out very well. You can see my drawing at the end of this page. 

The next section of is D. Section D was also an interesting section. Section D was called squirkling, “Squirkling is an easy method of shading, in which randomly drawn curved lines (called squirkles) combine squiggles and scribbles with circles to create textured values. The curriculum is designed to enhance various shading skills.” I feel like this section was defiantly focusing more on shading, and knowing light from dark in a picture. This relates to section C, but a little more advance.  I used the method squirkling, to shade certain things. Sometimes I would shade in hard, or around the face of one of my drawings. For example, my drawing baby curly, and his hair was drawn by using the method squirkling. The motion of my pencil is around, instead of shape. This causes the lines to be curly and not as straight. So Baby curly’s hair looks natural and more like hair. Also, with this method I can decide whether I want more darker tone, or lighter tone. I really enjoyed this section of the Lessons.

Section E was about perspective. All of the other sections applied to perspective meaning the lines, the way I angle them. I also did lots of shading and tones. Section E says “Perspective is the very foundation, on which drawing compositions either stand or fall. With proper use of perspective, representational drawings appear three-dimensional and visually correct.” Perspective is so interesting and come out to be very real. They look like the object drawn is  real. Section F is more structured but look to further blogs to see.

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Q2 Artist Blog

​For Q2 I continued my artistic journey of exploring Draw space. This website is very helpful and have improved my artwork and sketches significantly with all the different techniques the site offers. Draw space was able to show me example of pictures with the right amount of shading and lighting to give the sketch a realistic touch. Throughout this quarter I worked on a series of sketches that represents the theme of shading and lighting. The sketch that I was most proud of during this quarter is my drawing of the tiger. The tiger is drew in inspiration to a drawing on draw space. The shading technique was used throughout creating this sketch and being an artist that is familiar with the sketching process in most of my drawings the results of my tiger drawing turn out very good.

For Q3/Q4 I plan to keep using draw space because it is a very artistic and informative site that helps me greatly with my drawings. Since my capstone is related to the artistic side I am looking forward to improving my artistic ability as a senior art student but also a graduate in the science leadership community.

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Quarter II: Drawing by Karoline Castillo

​In this second quarter, students were given the choice to create their own individual art project, or due the drawings in draw space. In this website, each drawing had a step by step explanation as to how to draw each individual picture. There were many challenges in each drawing. For example "Wanda" the fish. However, with the help of draw space, the students in Miss Hull`s class were able to really make their drawing come to life. With the help of the website, and this amazing teacher, here are some examples of the drawing done in quarter two.
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School Troubles

In the second grade I was transferred out of my original elementary school into a school on york and dolphin right around the corner from kensington avenue. Kensington avenue is a part of philadelphia that is dominated by one race, well not one race but one “type” of people that type of person(s) are latino or latina. So me moving from a predominantly african american school to this one was a huge adjustment. Me, myself being a african american with no ties to the latinos or their language which at the time seemed to be an alien language. The closest “tie” to latino language is being around my grandpa's house, he lives around the corner from Edison high school this area is also a latino dominated area. Me going to this new school was difficult. This new school that i would graduate at the top of my class in eighth grade was called “William H. Hunter elementary school” (school district of philadelphia.)  In this school they did everything differently such as way they teach, the way they learn, what they teach. In this school i had many language obstacles to overcome perhaps the biggest was the fact that i didn’t talk or understand. Me not knowing spanish was an extreme disadvantage even more so than being a different race than everyone else.

Throughout my first year in “Hunter” I had difficulties in all my classes because not only were the students almost always speaking spanish but so were the teachers, so that the kids would understand the material. This was the biggest obstacle but not the only one. Another obstacle was that when i did speak the little spanish i had picked up i spoke it very slow, even to this day thats a disadvantage in high school during spanish class i speak slow so that i can pronounce each words properly. In elementary school when i spoke spanish slow i was laughed at. Another bad thing that came out of my first year in that school were i received my first “C”. I was laughed at and talked about because of my language,but i made a friend. We became friends what they learn and the language they thought in. Since I come from an African American household where English was the only language we spoke and so did he. This change want only drastic for me but also for my friend as well as, my family because now they worried about how I would learn rather than if i would learn. Also the way the school ran also affect the other black boy because he had similar problems with language so we became close friends because of language. Due to the other kids not accepting us we were forced to become friends. Me and the other boy had another big possible with acceptance we were called a name "Moreno" at the time I had no idea what that word meant. All i knew was that it was a reference to blacks. This problem was resolved quickly. After these acts my school experience became a lot better. There were no more classes with Spanish teaching or talking.

Also there were more kids of the black variety. In my mind the reason my experience became better is because of the addition of more black something the school was missing. From these experiences i learned how important language is to acceptance, popularity, and the overall ways people act toward each other because of differences. My experience with language wasn’t all bad during this time i also learned that language also brings people together because of either similarities to the group or differences. Language also shaped me to the person i am today because of that experience i learned to be careful with language because of language battles and language wars. I also learned to stay true to yourself because though all of the struggles you come  by there can always be a good outcome.

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Mar Adentro

Morgan Marant

La película Mar Adentro se trata de un tetrapléjico Ramón Sampedro. Ramón Sampedro vivío en Porto do Son, Galicia, España. Ramón fue pescadero, un día pasado él fue a nadar y el rompío el cuello. Entonces se le paralizado del cuello hacia abajo. Durante muchos años, hermana de Ramón y su hermano-en-ley tiene que cuidar de él. Él vive en agonía, sabiendo que él nunca será capaz de caminar, correr o nadar de nuevo. Su hermano se opone a la eutanasia, pero Ramón se encuentra a dos mujeres que se enamoran de él. Julia, una abogada que sufre de una enfermedad, se crea un caso legal para Ramón, pero se enamora de él, y él con ella.

Julia le ayuda a publicar un libro de su poesía, pero luego, tras acordar un conjunto suicidio, ella cambia de opinión y decide no suicidarse. Entonces una mujer llamada Rosa, una joven madre soltera que ha tenido una vida muy dura, también se enamora de Ramón. Ella trata de cambiar de opinión, y argumenta que su ejemplo ha inspirado y la salvó de una vida de desesperación. Ramón le desafía: "La persona que me ama de verdad va a ser el que me ayuda a cometer suicidio".

A partir del caso legal de Ramón se ha perdido, él parece estar lleno de desesperación y no tiene a donde ir. Aunque Rosa, modificado por su amor a Ramón, finalmente accede a ayudar a morir. Su objetivo en un extremo grabado en video en el que sostiene que lo que está haciendo es su derecho y que no se debería culpar a los demás o procesados ​​por ella, sorbos de cianuro a través de una paja, y muerte.

Muchos de los temas en Mar adentro habló sobre el derecho de la persona de vivir y morir. ¿Las personas tienen derecho a quitarse la vida? ¿El gobierno tiene el derecho de decirle a la gente que no puede quitarse la vida? Otro tema, que se encontraba en el Mar Adentro había sobre el amor. Si un amante te apoyo completamente? Incluso si quisiera quitarse la vida? Ramón Sampedro encuentra dos amores en la película a pesar de que ambos son diferentes.

Creo que el gobierno no tiene el derecho de decirle a alguien si deben vivir o morir. Yo creo que la pena de muerte no es justo. Las personas deben ser capaces de vivir de la manera que deseen. Incluso si esa vida se refiere a la muerte. Especialmente en el caso de Ramón Sampedro, un hombre que es un parapléjico. Él no tiene ningún uso para su cuerpo, se siente como si su vida es una pérdida de tiempo y una gran carga para sus familiares. Creo que nadie debería ser una carga. Ramón también quería desesperadamente a morir, pero sabía que no podía pedir a sus miembros de la familia para hacer eso por el riesgo que ellos irían a la cárcel.

La película Mar adentro fue sin duda una lacrimógena. Eso me puso en la posición de alguien que luchó con vida. Creo que la película y la actuación fue bien construido. Las escenas eran hermosas. Y el entorno era perfecto. Me conmovió y me hizo llorar. Creo que fue una gran película porque te hizo pensar. Lo que te hacía preguntas. Daban ganas de luchar por los derechos de una persona que nunca te conocí. Películas como Mar Adentro son importantes porque hacen que la gente cuestiona los motivos de nuestro gobierno. Si el gobierno tiene el control completo. ¿Debería el gobierno jugar a ser Dios?
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Julian Makarerchi- Quarter 2 Sketches and Artist Statement

I am Julian Makarechi a sophomore at Science Leadership Academy. I have taken some art classes in the past at my old elementary school, but nothing serious. This is my second year taking art at SLA and my second quarter in this advanced art class. Like last year I have Ms. Hull as my teacher and she has been able to teach me many different methods to improve my artistic skills. The sketches below are drawings that were assigned to do on This site is very helpful, its explains how to do each drawing and shows you other peoples sketches as well. As the quarter went by my sketches started to improve, I was able to get a general understand of most of the topics. The sketches vary from portraits and animals to shading and squirkles. I am pretty happy with my art work and how I have developed it. 

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Language AutoBiography: Restrictions

There are a lot of different ways that people can say so many words. It differs each time you go to a different state. I am from South Philadelphia, and I was born and raised here, and the way that I say some words differs from the way others say some words. I sometimes put an extra syllable at the end of my words, or i stretch the word out and my parents mock me for it so I try to change the way I speak, but it’s hard because I’ve spoken that way for as long as I can remember. Sometimes I leave a letter or the ending of a word out, and that’s just because of my accent. My boyfriend’s mom’s name is Jen, and she is from New York, so she has a different way of saying some words than I do because of our different accents. Some of the words we say are the same, but some of them are completely different. “Joe go get your ‘beg’!” Yelled Jen from the top of the basement stairs. “Jen what did you just say?” I asked her because I didn’t think I heard her right. “I asked Joe to get is beg.” she said with a confused look on her face. “You mean bag, Jen?”  “I’m from New York I have a different accent than you.” “Oh okay.” I giggled as I said it because I forgot that I have an accent too, its just hard to realize it because almost everyone around me has the same accent that I do. There is more than just one word we say differently because of our two different accents. Another word we say differently is bagel. Jen says it as “baygel” and I say it as “begel”. Sometimes people that have the same accent as me say words differently. I was talking to Alexis about needing an envelope for money and she said, “Bail, I need an onvelope for this money.” “Lex you mean you need an envelope?” “Bail, it’s onvelope.” “No Lex, it’s envelope. It’s spelled with an -en.” We went into this long conversation about if its pronounced envelope of onvelope, and we even asked Joe, my mom, and Joe’s little brother Matty, until we just realized that it could be said either way depending on your accent. Another word a lot of people have controversy over how it’s said is caramel. Some people say it as it is spelled, so caramel, and other people say it with out the second -a, so carmel. It’s hard to understand some accents and some are very easy to understand because some of them could possibly sound a little bit like your accent, but the ones that are very hard to understand will probably not even be close to your accent.  Every time you say something that is different from the way someone else says it, it usually means that they have a different accent than you, and that’s not a bad thing, it just means that they say words differently than you, or their voices sound different when they say words.
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Kimberly Parker's Quarter Two Artwork.

During the second quarter of senior art class, I brushed up a lot on my drawing skills. I bought myself a brand new sketch book to start fresh and my goal was to only draw things in it that I knew I was going to be really proud of. Before this quarter, I was working a lot with charcoal so I wanted to switch it up a little and just use my pencil for a lot of the work that I did. I really wanted to improve my drawing skills so my drawings look a little more realistic. I think this really showed through with my daffodil drawing. That is the drawing I am most proud of doing this quarter. It took me about three class periods to complete because I was being very meticulous with the shading. I wanted it to look good enough to be a tattoo, that is what I kept envisioning. 

I also worked on a project at home. I was doing some research online and I came across a Crayola canvas. It really looked interesting and I wanted to try it out. I went to the craft store Michael's and picked up a new canvas and the biggest pack of Crayola crayons I could buy. I color organized the crayons the way I wanted them to be on the canvas. I then hot glued each crayon onto the canvas in a zig zag pattern. My next step was to take a hair dryer and put it on high and melt the tops of the crayons so the wax melted and dripped down the canvas. I was very happy with the way it turned out. I used my friend’s professional camera to take a picture of it. 

After that project, I went back into pencil drawings. I drew a bunch of pictures of my favorite cartoon characters. This included the Cheshire Cat, the Caterpillar, Alice, and the Mad Hatter, all from the movie ‘Alice in Wonderland.’ Then I drew Jake and Fin from ‘Adventure Time’, my favorite TV show. I also threw in one charcoal drawing I drew down Valley green and two flower pastel drawings. I really enjoyed art this quarter because I did a variety of different things and I got to brush up on my drawing skills and make a Crayola canvas. 

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Lang Auto Bio

For  our second benchmark mark we are studying languages within ourselves. I choose to write about the code switching I do between my friend, family,and to older people.

Language is how you speak. Everyone has a different way of speaking.When I’m with my friends I may come off as sarcastic or as if I do not care. When I really take a sad story and turn it into something I can cope with. But not every story me and my friends talk about that way is sad. When a person asks a question they already know the answer to we speak sarcastic. For example if you ask how many fingers a normal person has you should already know the answer. I look at my friend they will look at me and then we would start smiling. Next comes our sarcasm. We might respond with something such as “15” or to really laugh we might say “non, we do not know what a finger is.”

I thought that writing about this could help me really understand why I do it. I guess that if people knew what I do then they might stop acting dumb. Well those who read this. What does sracman mean to me? I think of it as a way to insult idiots without them realizing it. Am I a mean person for it? Well I don’t think so. I’m sarcastic 75% of the time, but that doesn’t mean that i’m never serious.

There was this time when abounce of my friends and I was sitting around a table. Of course there when outsiders there but when do they ever matter? We were talking about this youtube video about this girl who was dancing on a locker and she fell off.  We watched the video over and over again because it was funny. A Bi-standard walked by and was like omg did she just fall? We laughed again but this time not at the video at the dummy with a stupid question. I replied no she did it because she wanted to. She bumped her head because she thought she could become smarter. Everybody laughed. The dummy with a dumb question felt stupid. My goal is complete.  

Is what i’m doing a nice thing? Can people benefit from how I speak to them? Probably not, but the big question is ask me if I care. It’s not my fault that I think sometimes before I talk unlike most of the students that goes to my school. Asking question you know the answer to will get you nowhere. It’s like asking your mother how many siblings you have, when you live with all of them everyday. Or asking how many numbers is in the alphabet when you use a computer to make a living.

There are times where people ask question they know the answer to and you can not reply sarcastic. You must look at them differently and or begin to laugh.

Here’s a time when my sister said something that almost made me want to homeschool her my self. My father was mins away from getting a foot operation. He was telling us about the other operations he has overcome. One of them was when he had gotten his appendix removed. After he said it my younger sister turned around and replies “You have no kidney?”

What can you say to a question as such. Nothing you sit there and crack up laughing. You laugh until your “Kidney” falls out.

I use sarcasm a lot. my definition of it is I think of it as a way to insult idiots without them realizing it. I wouldn’t speak to someone who is older then me and is my family the way I do to my friends. I am not addicted to sarcasm so much that I use it every time. I know who I should use it on and who I shouldn’t. If my mom says something she already knows the answer to I’ll just answer it and not make her seem dumb. But if it is one of my friends well thats a whole new story.
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Seniors - report to CAFE

Juniors - report to 5TH FLOOR

AMES - - - - - - - - - - - 506
HULL - - - - - - - - - - - - 502
MILES - - - - - - - - - - - 521
KAY/HIRSCH- - - - -501

Sophomores - report to regular ADVISORY ROOMS

Freshmen  - report to
BEY - - - - - - - - - - - -LIBRARY
MARTIN - - - - - - - - - LIBRARY
JONAS - - - - - - - - - -313
MANUEL - - - - - - - - -207
VK - - - - - - - - - - - - 304

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My q2 Work

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​I spent this quarter really working on my web design skills and perfecting my website portfolio because I was informed that it can count (if I want) as a part of my portfolio. Above was my original lay out. In the original lay out I have a small self description, background music option, a comment section, a page view counter, and a slide show of my art. I was okay with this lay out for a while but I was receiving a lot of feedback that I needed to make it look more professional. 

Below is the results of me changing things up; the current lay out of my website. 

Basically, I googled what a professional website portfolio looked like and then tried to make something close to the things I was seeing without losing the feel that I wanted my gallery to have. I kept the color scheme that I had originally had but got rid of the unnecessary things like the page view counter and comment section. I also changed the format of the way the pictures were displayed. Originally I had them in a slide show format but I didn't like the fact that depending on the size of the picture, the size of the entire webpage would change. So to fix that, I put all the pictures onto in a "div" and then set it so that the side bar locked and you could auto scroll down through the images using the buttons on the side. 

I'm like the new lay out more than the old mostly because of the fact that everything on the site now is coded by my hands. On the original layout, a few things were codes that other  people had made and then I had modified to fit my needs whereas in this one, all the coding was done from the ground up by me because I have a little better understanding of how to do things now. 

There's still plenty work and adjustments to be made and tons more coding that I need to learn but It's a process. One that I look forward to reaching the end of. My next mission is to figure out how to set things so that when you click on the picture it can show you a description and backstory of each individual one. 

On a side note I did make a few new art pieces since last quarter in between my web designing. 
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Ronald and Mabintu's Attieke and Grilled Chicken

Ingredients (for two servings):
1 Onion
1 Green pepper
1 Tomato
2 African hot peppers
5 Maggi cubes
1 Package Chicken tray
 cup of vegetable oil 

1.) Pour 5 oz. of dehydrated attieke into a large pot.
2.) Heat 5 oz. of water until warm. Pour the water in the pot with the attieke while stirring gently. Allow the attieke to soak for 5 to 10 minutes.
3.) Place the pot on the stove and cook for 4 to 5 minutes. Stir the attieke continuously. Use a fork to prevent the grains from sticking together.
4.) Turn off the heat and remove the pot from the stove.                             
5.) Place the attieke in a large bowl and wait for it to cool down.
6.) For the second part of the dish, place the chicken in a large Ziploc bag. Then, place the 3 maggi cubes in the Ziploc bag with the chicken. Keep the chicken in there for 30-60 minutes. 
7.) Take the Ziploc bag with the chicken and put it in a refrigerator. You can refrigerate the chicken for up to four hour. The chicken will 
absorb the flavors.
8.) Take the chicken out of the fridge. Allow the chicken to come to room temperature before 
grilling it.
9.) Grill the chicken in a grill pan till both sides of the chicken turn brown and crispy.
10.) Place the grilled chicken in a plate and put the attieke next to it.
11.) Cut up the onion, tomato, African hot pepper, and green pepper and put them in a Ziploc bag. Put one maggi cube and 
 of vegetable oil in the Ziploc bag. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
12.) Put the mixture that is in the Ziploc bag on top of the grilled chicken and the attieke.



Our meal consists entirely of processed foods. The total amount of calories in our meal is 851.4. Since there are so many calories in our dish, if eaten often, the human body would gain weight and grow to be less healthy. The amount of fat in our dish is 18.1 grams. Since our dish is fairly low in fat, the human body is more likely to work more proficiently. It is also less prone to get diseases associated with a fatty diet. These include diabetes, heart disease, and cancer of the lower digestive system. However, if you ate this meal everyday, since it is low in fat, it can lead to problems like overeating, depression, and hormonal imbalances.

All of our ingredients were harvested in the United States. However, some of them are native to West Africa (African hot pepper, etc.). On average, our ingredients travelled 600 miles to get to Philadelphia. According to research, the manufactures of the ingredients to not harvest it organically.

The chemicals used can have a negative impact on the planet in many ways. One of these is pollution. As the chemicals get washed away, they end up in rivers. This ultimately decreases the quality of the affected river. Given each ingredient, the meal cost five ten dollars to make. This is about the same cost as a fast food meal. 

One ingredient of particular interest to us was the African hot pepper. To grow it, a seed was placed in the ground. It was watered once everyday and sprayed with pesticides. After growing, it was picked, packaged, and sent to the store to be sold. After being purchased, it ended up in our dish.


Personal Reflections:

Ronald: One of the main problems with America’s food system is that people are lazy. In this unit, we have learned that people simply do what is most convenient when it comes to obtaining food. For instance, I remember one of the graphs that we looked at showed how far away the average person is from a supermarket. I realized that this distance often determines whether or not a person has access to healthy organic foods, as if unhealthy foods are closer, that is probably what the consumer will choose.

If I could make changes to my food choices, I would I would eat more vegetables. The reason is because I sometimes go days without eating them. I feel that if I ate more vegetables, I would become a healthier person. One impact that eating more vegetables would have is that I would have more lasting energy. Although eating foods that are high in sugar gives me energy, it burns out quickly. As a sprinter, this can lead to me tiring out in the middle of a race. 

After realizing that I need to eat more vegetables, I am prepared to make a change. Now, I make sure that I eat vegetables at least once a day. I plan to increase my intake even further.

Mabintu: I have learned a lot about foods this unit; food that is good for you and food that is bad for you. We also learned about why some foods are the way they are and what the government has to do with the kind of food we eat. When we looked at the health/food maps we came to an understanding that most of the overweight/Obese people are in the poor areas of Philadelphia. We talked about how food companies be lying about in the food and the labels. We talked about organic food and how it is more expensive and you have less of a variety to choose from. That is why people spend most of their money on presses food because they cause less. I do not need to change anything about my diet because I usually eat homemade food. When I eat outside I do not eat health because it’s they only time I can eat something that I think is good. I do not eat unhealthy most of the time I eat unhealthy like twice a week or so. I guess I need to make a little change to my diet, as to what times I eat. Right now I eat any time I hungry and sometimes I eat even when I’m not hungry. That will have to change.

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