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  • Sandwiched between two long flights on Cathay Pacific was a trip in Sri Lanka. It was not quite a vacation; it was a mission. I had founded a club called Books Over Seas to send gently used textbooks to Sri Lanka. In this first year of existence, Books Over Seas collected 812 books and shipped them...

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  • How many have heard the famous proverb:  When in Rome, do as the Romans do? This proverb, passed down through centuries, signifies the importance of respecting and abiding by another person’s customs as a guest. My family and I actually have gone to Rome and had the chance to experience the Italian...

  • I. Getting There As a junior in high school, sixteen years old, I decided to go on my sixth trip to the state of Kentucky. I had begun taking these trips when I was eleven years old with my church, Calvary Chapel Westgrove. The purpose of these trips are to encourage the community to grow in...

  • The sky was blue and the weather was nice. We were off to a very competitive soccer tournament in Ohio. It was called the Beaver Creek Classic. I was so excited because I was playing with a group of boys who were all a year older than me. To me this meant I was the best player ever. Much to my...

  • At 17 years old, I believe myself to be very globally conscious-I desire to make a difference in the world, primarily through creating a system that will help those in poverty live in harmony with the environment while also trying to work with political heads and create economy and...

  • My summer vacation was very astonishing and it was a combination of recreation and educational experiences.  My family and I went on a road trip for two weeks from Miami to Niagara Falls and made many stops along the way.  The first stop was Atlanta, Georgia where we went to an all-American hot dog...

  • Going to Nicaragua this past Febraury was a life-changing experience. I went with my temple, Temple Shaaray Tefila, and Bedford Presbyterian Church, on a trip sponsored by Bridges to Community. The group I was in was led by, Rabbi Jason Nevarez, and the Church's Youth Coordinator, Kathy Files...

  • In the summer of 2010, at the age of 15, I applied for a program with the Boston Red Sox. I had no idea what to expect, no knowledge of who I would meet, and only a small description of what I would be doing. With thousands of teens applying from around the U.S., I wasn’t even expecting to be...

  • It was the summer of 2011 when some of my family members arrived in New York City.  They live in Colombia and our only chance to spend time together is for a couple of weeks every other summer. Our most recent adventure was a road trip to Niagara Falls with various stops along the way. We woke...

  • “Fee-nix,” I said, sketching the word Phoenix on the chalk board. The class of shy students slowly uttered the word in a light whisper.             “Again,” Gladys said.             “Fee-nix,” I reiterated. The students murmured again in unison. I grinned warmly at them and continued on with my...

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