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  • The first trip I ever been on without parents was to Florida. Although there were no parents, there were still teachers and phones (for parents to call). The school was hosting a biology trip called World Stride which involved other schools from around the country. The purpose was to help us...

  • I've always loved the outdoors. I've spent a lot of my life running around in the woods by my house, camping with my dad and brother, or even better, off on river adventures through muddy canyons or pristine mountain rivers. For so long I viewed the outdoors solely as a beautiful place to get away...

  • During Spring Break in March of 2010, my marching band took a trip to Oahu, Hawaii to participate in the Prince Kuhio Parade held in Waikiki. The Century High School Marching Band only travels to Hawaii every four years, and I was lucky enough to attend during my sophomore year! We stayed at the...

  • During Summer Break of 2011, I traveled with my family from our home in Scottsdale Arizona to the Southern California Coast for a family vaction. For the first week I had the lucky chance to stay at the historic Cottages at Crystal Cove. I got to wake up to the sound of crashing waves and taking...

  •   I was born in Addis Abeba, Ethiopia on September 26, 1994 to Hirut Kebede and Efrem Bechere. I lived with my parents and my two older sisters. Ethiopia is a poverty stricken country, but when I lived there, nothing seemed wrong to me because it was all I knew. Then when I was six, my...

    Tags: Africa, Heritage
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    Tags: Asia, China
  •          When I was a sophomore at Hercules High Middle High School in March of 2008, I was allowed to go to the Mexico Outreach program in MexiCali with my previous school, El Sobrante Christian. I was excited. I mean, who wouldn't be? Going on a road trip across the border into another country...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • “Please shut down all electronics before we begin.”   As I eagerly glared at the rows of heads before me, I heard my mother silencing my younger sisters. I noticed a growing smile on her face, an indication that her efforts as a single mother were reaping wonderful treasures. I had recently...

  • I and eighteen others headed off for Quito Ecuador. Though we had all attended the same church for years, many of us had just met for the first time. Not one of us was prepared for the poverty we would face. The purpose of the trip was to minister to the people through bible schools and small...

  • After finally graduating High School and a Cosmetology Program my family decided I needed a vacation. My family owns a house in Puerto Peñasco, Mexico in a close community called La Cholla, and on June 4th we all got in the car for our four hour road trip. But before we actually hit the road I...

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