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Education? Why bother?

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

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

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

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

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The LunchBreak

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


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


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

Weakness: Choppy Editing

The first time I saw an African American person…

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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

English BM

Gay, bisexual, Lesbian, Queer or Straight?

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

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


Crossing Boundaries

If I Had To Do It All Again

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

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

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My Father's Journey Through My Mother's Words

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

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

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

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


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

My Song

Decisions, Decisions, Decisions by Matthew Hamilton

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


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

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

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

Q3 english podcast (mom interview) final
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Homeschooling VS The World

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

"Sample Podcast" by Ms. Pahomov

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

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

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

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

Possible categories for reflection:

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

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

First Place, Advancing to State:

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

Second Place

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

Third Place

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

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

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

En la picture, Hugo Chavez llamado George Bush, el diablo. Este pictura es muy comica porque Hugo Chavez se viste como el diablo. El no le gusta Bush porque de los desiciones de el con los estados unidos.
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American Typewriter

So, Comic Sans thinks he’s the big cheese, does he?  Horsefeathers!  Let me tell you, he’s all wet.  Drinks too much giggle water and he’s stuck on Futura!  American Typewriter is the kind of spiffy font you’re looking for!  I’m the cat’s meow!  A classy throwback to the days when every newspaper office was full of fedoras and cigarette smoke.  That was a swell time!  Nowadays everyone uses computers, but I’m still around!  Oh, the kids say Helvetica’s swanky, but you know what I say?  Applesauce!  I’m still a hotsy-totsy, hard-boiled darb, and Helvetica’s a sans-serif bluenose!  The whole thing makes me snap my cap.  Anyway, I’d better scram—I’m going to meet Times New Roman at the gin mill, and then we’re off to the joint to meet some keen dillies.
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Comica Politica - Hugo Chavez

En el comico politico de Fidel Castro y Hugo Chavez esta muy interesante. Fidel Castro esta un hombre del militaría . Hugo Chavez esta un perro en la regazo de Fidel Castro. Fidel Castro frotaba  la cara de Chavez durante los estaciones de televisión  y los compañía de petróleo esta muertas gatas. Fidel Castro dice "¿Quién dice que no puede enseñar a un perro trucos nuevos?" La comica sugere que Fidel esta el maestro del Chavez y Castro pede Chavez que hacer.

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Tira comica de Hugo Chávez


En este tira comica, el artista demonstró Hugo Chávez en una vista negativa. Una television simboliza la libertad de las personas en Venezuela y Chávez tiene un remoto. Pero con el remoto Chávez destruye el television y símbolicamente la libertad de las personas en Venezuela. 
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Tira comica de Hugo Chávez


En este tira comica, el artista demonstró Hugo Chávez en una vista negativa. Una television simboliza la libertad de las personas en Venezuela y Chávez tiene un remoto. Pero con el remoto Chávez destruye el television y símbolicamente la libertad de las personas en Venezuela. 
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Comico de Hugo Chavez

En esta tira comica, el presidente de Venezuela, Hugo Chavez esta dando la mano con el lider de China, y los Estados Unidos son frustrado, y parecen miedoso. Significa que Hugo Chavez esta aliando con paises como China, que es algo que los Estados Unidos no gusten. Tambien, Hugo Chavez y el hombre de China miren feliz, que significa que el alianza esta bueno para China y a Venezuela.
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