The Life and Legacy of President John F. Kennedy

My National History Day project was centered around the life and legacy of our 35th President. On my website linked here, you will be able to learn not only about John Kennedy before, during, and after his Presidency, but also about each of his family members as well. There is also a word search and crossword puzzle to do at the end to test your newfound knowledge! Enjoy.

Crystalle's Penne Pepperonata


Penne Pepperonata (Pasta with Bell Peppers)


  • 8 oz penne pasta

  • 3 tablespoons creme fraiche

  • ⅓ cup tomato puree

  • 1 yellow bell pepper

  • 2 red bell peppers

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • teaspoon garlic

  • teaspoon parsley

Bring pot of water to boil. Cook penne for 8 minutes. Drizzle olive oil onto pan warmed up to medium heat. Dice bell peppers. Sautee until they sweat and are softer. Mix creme fraiche and tomato puree then mix with bell peppers. Place pasta in pan and fold all ingredients together. Sprinkle diced garlic and parsley leaves and fold seasonings in.


Whole Wheat pasta has 200 Calories, 10 mg Sodium, and 7g Protein. This means it a healthy way to provide a good amount of your daily calorie intake and will leave you filled because it has a substantial amount of protein. Parsley is rich in Potassium, Vitamin A and C. It is a plant that can be grown locally, eliminating the need for preservatives for transportation. If I would have used preserved (dried) versions of these crops the environmental ramifications had been severe since they can and are grown most anywhere. However, corporations would have profited off of this choice. Small businesses profited off me purchasing from private farmers at a farmer’s market. The bell peppers used were store bought. I am unsure of where they were grown but I do know they were not labeled. As learned in class though, non-organic still have substantially less pesticides than what is considered danger for humans. Tomato puree contains 7% of the recommended amount of dietary fiber. This is important for colon health. My olive oil and tomato puree were transported from California with olives and tomatoes that were most likely commercially grown. The process to make these products would have been extensive and time consuming. This is where ease of making processed pre made products comes into play. Creme fraiche was 17% of the daily recommended amount of fat.  The ratio of processed to whole food in this meal is about half and half. This meal costed a little over $6 and can comfortably feed 3 people.

Unit Reflection:

Although I can make healthy changes to my life and the lives of those close to me, this unit showed me that in America we are exposed to unhealthy, imitation foods and it is made our duty to go out of way to save of our lives. I found interesting in the “Organic Food” warm up that even though some non-organic food items have more pesticide residue on them than organic food, it still has way less than what is deemed a dangerous level, which I did not know before. Therefore, there is little risk that a person will suffer due to these chemicals. On the other hand, I learned in the “Western Diet” warm up that our diet of red meat, sweets, and white bread are what give so many Americans horrible conditions and lead them to any early grave. It is the basis of what I eat and made me reassess my eating habits. The three largest causes of death in America are all health related- heart disease, cancer, and stroke. Although it leads to so many untimely demises, unhealthy food consumption is swept under the rug because there is more profit in cheap synthetic foods. Not to mention our culture of fast food and always being on the go assists in theses unhealthy eating habits. This unit showed me to slow down and put more value on what I eat.

My food rule is to use whole grain pasta because it has more health benefits than other types of pasta.
Food Rule
Food Rule


Instructions on how to make a banana strawberry smoothie


1 cup of fresh strawberries

2 ripe bananas

3/4th cups of milk

1/2 cups of ice


Wash strawberries, and cut them.

Cut bananas

Place strawberries and bananas into blender

Add ice and milk

Mix ingredients on low until well blended


This drink can be altered into any type of smoothie you want. You can change the recipe to be whatever you want it to be. You can turn this sweet drink into a healthy drink that might not be so sweet but is very healthy. This strawberry banana smoothie is good for you, and is very healthy.

By using healthy ingredients, and nothing thats processed it makes the drink better. If you substitute regular milk and use soy milk it makes the drink healthier.


My role is to eat good food, and to try a lot of food. I think that by trying a lot of food I can come up with a diet for other that lets you eat what you want, but still not gain as much weight as you would if you weren't on the diet. I think I can help find a way for people to eat things that taste great that are good for you. I think one of the biggest problems with our food system is that there are too many fast food restaurants, and there isn't a quick way to get cheap, good for you, and fast food. There is no way for you to get that, so it is hard for people to eat healthy on the go. I started to cut down on fast food, and pack my own snacks. If I eat healthier I will stay healthy. So instead of eating 2 donuts, a brisk, and a bag of chips, I can eat 2 bananas, a orange juice, and trail mix.

White wet rice with fried fish!!!!

first you cook the rice for 30min:

- when the pot of white rice is ready

-let it sit for few hours so the rice get cold and than

-put cold water once the rice is cold

Fried your fish:

  • get any kind of fish
  • session it with salt and paper
  • and fried them on a pot with oil until it get really crispy
And its all ready to eat!!!!.
My family always try to keep our food simple and whatever is on the table we will eat it,my family is not really picky with our food. As I as growing up in Bangladesh I saw my family eating it at list once a week and this dish is really simple and quick to make. It will take no more than 1 hour to cook it and you don't have to be a cook for it any one can cook this food and this food is healthy because you are cooking the rice with water witch have nothing extra adding to it and the few things you add when frying the fish witch is salt, paper and oil witch give the fish a good crispy tractors.

I chose this dish because it is really close to me and also my culture because I’m from Bangladesh and as everybody know Bangladesh is not a wealthy country and it got it freedom in 1971 from Pakistan and during the war that only thing that people could affort to eat was white wet rice with fried fish. And I think This is the most healthy food I can think of and its really helpful over the summer season because it get really hot and the wet rice will keep you cold inside.

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Japanese American Immigrants

The Japanese Americans have been through so much to get to where they are today, because of their toiling, their hard work, they were able to propel immigrants up the social ladder. The Japanese left behind the legacy of their children and all immigrants who choose to enter this country today.

National History Day Essay: Micah Henry

This is my National History Day project for American History Class in 11th grade. I worked rather hard on this project the first and second quarter and this is the second part of my project. I was determined to finish this project and I did. I am proud of my work and I hope you will enjoy my essay!

Albert Einstein

This historic scientist is a household name, but few know exactly why. How did he contribute to scientific advancement? Did his research really start the nuclear age? How did he become famous? My essay looks into these questions and more, talking about everything from Einstein's philosophy to relativity. Read the full essay here: 

Quarter 2 Art By Lukas Aznar

Artist Statement

During this quarter, I definitely felt more comfortable with my artwork. I really enjoyed doing some of the artwork that was required of me this quarter. One of my favorite pieces of art work was the assignment where we were told to edit a photo and show the before and after. I enjoyed this because it gave us a chance to do a different kind of art which I enjoyed. When I was doing my college, I wanted to pinpoint something that I saw a lot in modern magazines. And while flipping through some pages I realized that most of the ads pinpointed one demographic; Americans. This was perfect for me because not only do I love the United States of America, but i felt like it would make for a cool collage. I cut out all of the things That I saw that seemed like it was being pointed towards that demographic, and I came out with this collage.

While drawing the fabric, I just really wanted to get the shading right. I think I did a really good job with that. As far as the editing of the photo, I think I had the most fun, I got to edit a photo of Kanye West and make his image seem much more dark yet stand out. I was really happy with how i toned down all of the background and pinpointed him as the main attraction. I then highlighted all of the bright colors and brought all of the attention to that. My final piece of art was a portrait of a poem. And the poem was about happiness, so I envisioned a town full of happy people. I think that it came out looking exactly how I wanted it to. At the end of the quarter I am very happy with all of my final products and I am excited to learn more and more about Art and how to make the best product that I can

Q2 Art Portfolio

Hello, My name is Mingxue Zheng and the following slide show will contain the three artwork and one photograph that I've created in the second quarter of my senior art class. Our class is divided up into three groups, passing, middle, and FAS (future art student). As a "middle" I need to complete...

1.) Art Collage (8x11") 
2.) Fabric Drawing (8x11")  
3.) Edited Photo 
4.) Illustrating a piece of writing from Children's books. 

The first artwork that I was so hyped up about is the collage. I never did a collage that needs to convey a deeper meaning before. It took me 2-3 days to formulate ideas for the collage. 

My collage should be simple and visually appealing. There should be a sharp contrast as well. So, I did a "Hot & Cold" collage with a grandma crossing between the cold and hot terrane of the collage. On the cold terrane there is a lot of black and white landscapes. To add a pop of color, I added a series of blue butterflies so it will not be overly dull. On the hot terrane, there are a lot of orange to red color schemes; making a more vibrant atmosphere. 

The most challenging art piece was to create a fabric drawing. It took me a lot time to figure out where to shade. After a bunch of diligent tries, I finally have the drawing. However, it still doesn't look like a fabric. 

The third task is to edit a photo. I chose to edit a photo of Chinatown's signature landmark because I lived there. I am very proud of that picture as a Chinese immigrant. Since, I like everything to be sharp and colorful. I chose to saturate the photograph. 

For the fourth task, I chose to illustrate a piece of writing from Where the Wild Things Are. I chose to change the protagonist to a female because females should be portrayed as audacious and adventurous rather than obedient all the time. I also change the monster to a European horror influenced Chinese mythological creature. 

I really have a lot to improve. But, trying new things are always good. To me, art is a medium that helps me to imagine. Someday, the sometimes obscure imaginations within my brain could be drag into the world of reality. 

Miles Davis

Miles Davis was a Jazz trumpeter mainly known for his volatile temper and his eclectic and innovative music.

Here is a little website I made about him. In making it I tried to not only talk about him, but to display his music and some of what makes it special.

Alexander Graham Bell

I dedicated my NHD project on Alexander Graham Bell, a man who changed the future with his invention. He was the first person to create a telephone or he was the first person to receive the patent for creating the telephone. My thesis is: "​Alexander Graham Bell lived his entire life with an effort to overcome and coexist with challenges as opposed to disregarding them. His challenges sparked ideas that began his progression in innovating. One of the most prominent technology now, cell phones, is due to his efforts to constantly think and innovate. Alexander Graham Bell has truly left a remarkable legacy that is evident in our daily lives." 

The Legacy of George Washington

My project was about the leadership and legacy of George Washington. Its not about his presidency for the United States, its about how he led a an army called the Continental Army to America gain it's independence. This website goes through certain points throughout the Continental Army. Click the link below to learn more.