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  •        An Alaskan cruise did not sound appealing to me when I first heard that it would be my summer vacation before my senior year of high school. I had imagined a tropical cruise with clear blue waters, endless beaches, and a fabulous tan for my summer get-away. However, this once-in-a-lifetime...

  • Beauty.  Twice a year me and my family visit my grandparents in Arizona and in Reno Nevada. we usally take the same roads to and fro, but on one unusal trip back from nevanda, we took a new route. a very beautiful route. instead of driving through miles of desert and highways, we took a side trip...

  •   This past summer was amazing. I traveled to Haiti with a team of twenty-four for about a week on a missions trip, a learned a lot about the culture, living conditions and the spiritual life of the people there. I have never been more glad to have gone on a trip.             On the way to...

  • Through many year s of traveling abroad, I have learned that getting out and experiencing what the world has to offer, is the most efficient way to learn. Though I would love to share all my journeys to Yellowstone National Park, Glacier National Park, and one of my most favorite trips, the...

  • The night before we left, everyone got sick. The stomach bug had been going around, and of course it was fitting that we all come down with it the night before we were scheduled to drive 16 hours to New Hampshire. It was only a couple of days before Christmas.   I was 15, my brother Nicholas was 13...

  • Waukesha: A small town in the heart of Wisconsin; home state of American cheese. This wasn’t exactly what I had in mind as the destination for the first week of summer.      After receiving the nomination from my school guidance department that I was to attend the World Affairs Seminar, the...

  •             I stood on the hexagonal-tiles of the Eisenhower Avenue Metro stop, glancing at the sky, waiting for the train to speed by. On both sides of the track were covered walkways, but the sky opened up directly above the track. The grand George Washington National Masonic Memorial loomed in...

  • Quarter Finalist 2010 FTF Teen Travel Writing Scholarship The summer of 2010 changed my life. I was given the honor of joining the Electric Cooperative Youth Tour on a week-long trip to our nation’s capital, Washington D.C. Besides frizzy hair and toned calf muscles from walking everywhere,...

  • I could see the hurt, the pain, the sting of shattered hope; it was staring right at me.  And what could I do but stare right back?  But there was more: bitterness, distrust, anger, and to a degree - hatred; all focused directly at me and my companions. The drastic and potential violence of the...

  • It must have been the streudl. Flaky and sweet one bite, chewy and savory the next -- each bite seemed to be better than the last, a lot like the different cities my friends, family and I visited this summer. I was nominated for a Global Youth Leadership Conference last fall (2010), and I,...

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