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“And this is Amanda, next to some rocks,” my dad teasingly stated to my aunt, scrolling through pictures on his phone. It was a picture I had sent him when I was in England – in front of Stonehenge! Five thousand year old monuments constructed by brilliant human beings without modern...Tags:
Quarter Finalist 2009 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship Thousands flock to our nationâ€™s capitol every year and this past summer I was one of them. The sheer amount of things in Washington DC astounded me. Thousands flock to our nation’s capitol every year and this past summer I was one of...Tags:
Only a short few days ago, I was given the opportunity to partake in one of the most memorable experiences of my life. About three weeks ago, I was called into the principal's office where he explained to me the upcoming trip. To commemorate Captain Vancouver's 250th birthday, a Canadian Navy...Tags:
I’m no economist, no political expert, no social worker, no activist; I am and was a high school student with his mind-set to pursue music and science. Though aware of avoiding the naive thought that a small group with introductory books to playing the recorder was going to change the future of...Tags:
For three weeks during the summer of 2011, I had the amazing opportunity to travel with a group of peers and two teacher coordinators, to Leon, Nicaragua. We started off our adventure learning about Nicaragua's history, and how the United States played a major role in forming their government. In...Tags:
Last summer, I was blessed with the opportunity to go on a mission trip with my church family to Atlanta, Georgia through Experience Mission.The trip started out like the previous mission trip I had been on with my youth group: 30 sponsors and high schoolers climbed onto our big black bus, and we...Tags:
Where do I go when I want to stand on the equator but don’t want to sweat and definitely don’t like mosquitoes? Quito, Ecuador. The top of the Andes Mountains. South America. An elevation so high that jumbo jets only land and depart at night when mountain winds are more favorable. Boarding a plane...Tags:
Going on vacation is a hard thing for most farming families, there are chores that must be done daily, and bills that have to be paid by the work done on those sweat-of-the-brow days. Though, neighbors and relatives are trusted with the work, there is always a farmer's independent worry that...Tags:
Rome: beauty, grandeur, antiquity, agelessness. These are impressions evoked by that glorious city that made my eight days there among the best in my life—inspiring, enlightening, and exhilarating all at the same time. I returned home a more knowledgeable and worldly person, with many fond memories...Tags:
When many people reminisce of past vacations, they think of laughing with their families and spending long days on the beach. Well, I can't say I think the same. In February of 2007, I was invited to a Rotary Leadership camp, where my story begins. In the past glorious 17 years of my life, I had...Tags: