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  • By six o'clock in the morning, I was among twenty-four drowsy choir students on our way to the lively city of Orlando, Florida. The Siegel High Chamber Choir was invited to perform at Universal Studios' park and, full of excitement at the thought of singing in Orlando, soloists were quickly chosen...

  •           Spring break of 2008 I was lucky enough to go on my first missionary trip with my church. It was so much more than I expected it to be, and was just a great overall experience. I got to meet plenty of new people both old and young and of different cultures. I wouldn't trade it for...

  • Stepping out of that bus and seeing more than a hundred people looking at us was frightening, not because they were staring at us as if we were aliens, but because they looked at us with such amazement and joy. They greeted us with dances and songs in which they were so energetic that I was...

  • It was a beyond-freezing night in Madison, Wisconsin. Despite record low-temperatures, and snowfall, a couple hundred teens from across the state gathered together in a cramped room at the Inn on the Park hotel, to finish up the weekend’s proceedings of their mock-legislature. This program, the...

  •       My sweet sixteen was only months away when my family decided to move from Louisiana to Texas. Now for some people, this might not seem like a long adventurous journey. One might think that moving from just one state to another would not cause a person to experience culture shock, but I did...

  • The Big Apple, The City that Never Sleeps, Gotham City. Whatever you call it, New York City is dazzling and unforgettable. The Statue of Liberty stretches her arm upwards, her torch pointing to the sky, welcoming the “tired, poor…huddled masses, yearning to breathe free”.In the summer of 2011, my...

  • 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 anxiously peered out of the plane’s window as the pilot announced the beginning of our decent down and was immediately awestruck.  My best friend and her family had told me how breathtaking it all was, but no words could have prepared me for how beautiful the aqua waters were.  Seeing the Bahamas...

    Tags: Caribbean
  • Going back in time requires no supernatural powers, no new-fangled machines with walls of blinking buttons and levers—walking into an era long-gone can be achieved as easily as walking through a wooden doorframe with the right mindset. Two years ago I underwent a transformation experience when...

  • It all started on a Saturday night. I received a call from women by the name of Diane Gilmore, stating that my application was accepted to attend the National World Scout Jamboree in England. I was the happiest kid on earth.             For a 14 year old in the community where I come from this is...

    Tags: Europe

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