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  •               When I was sixteen years old, my grandmother took me and my siblings to Hawaii for my eldest sister’s graduation present. Before we left I was optimistic at how relaxing it will be just sitting by the beach all day. We resided at the Embassy Suites on Wakiki Beach Walk. The location...

  • In April of 2009, the Watkins Overton High School Wind Symphony journeyed over six hundred miles from its hometown of Memphis, Tennessee to fight the odds in the Bluebonnet Classic Musical Festival. The Bluebonnet Classic is a national music competition held in San Antonio, Texas for which high...

  • Welcome to Miami: a tiny piece off the Atlantic side of Florida, yet one of the most populated and popular attractions craved worldwide. This fairly young city is most known for its swaying palm trees and extensive beaches. With water five feet away from any residence, it’s difficult not to...

    Tags: Florida, Miami, USA
  • Ocean-deprivation: A condition suffered by people who have not visited the oceans enough. Symptoms include a desire to snorkel, feel sand between the toes, run from waves, and get sea salt in the eyes. Living in Wisconsin, I’ve felt land-locked with the exception of Lake Michigan on the eastern...

  • As we pulled through the entry gate of the nearly deserted Nebraska campground, I peered out the car window at the lake— Lake Minatare.  It was by far the spookiest-looking lake I'd ever seen.  As the fiery sun dipped low and disappeared beneath the water, the surface of the lake darkened,...

  • Dear Mom and Dad, Do you remember when I used to cut out all of the pictures of Italy and France and post them all over my wall? I used to just sit there and stare at them; in awe at all of the beauty the other side of the world had to offer.  I wanted to be there more than anything! Now as I’m...

  • In terms of a vacation to celebrate summer break, one immediately thinks of a Hawaii-style beach, complete with swaying palm trees and bikinis. So, one can imagine my surprise when my family planned a two-week vacation in the not-so-tropical areas of Canada. The areas we visited weren't even major...

  •   */ As cliché as the location may be, there is nothing cliché about Paris, France. Traveling there with my family a couple years ago, I was immersed in what makes the french lifestyle so famous. I saw for the first time what made so many American writers and artists travel to the iconic city...

    Tags: Europe, France, Paris
  •                  As a young girl, growing up in front of the television, dreamily scanning through countless magazines, and attempting to sing like the vocalists on the radio, I was constantly surrounded by the productions of Hollywood.  Back then I hadn’t a clue where most of the fame and fortune...

  • Three months ago, I was blessed to be selected as Spring Branch Independent School District's representative to Texas Girls State sponsored by the American Legion Auxiliary. I hadn't realized how big an honor that was until, three weeks ago, I attended Texas Girls State. There, as I learned how...

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