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“My biggest inspiration would have to be my father. His work ethic is amazing, and he never gives himself a break. He pushes himself to go further than he normally could. He always gives his best and tries to make my siblings and I lives as easy as possible. I admire him a lot because he is a contractor, which means he has a good amount of work to do. Whenever he works a little less on some days, he tries to push even harder the next [day] to make up for it. I try to teach my younger siblings to work just as hard and set a good example myself. I try to keep his lessons with me every day and apply them to my daily life. He is someone that I have looked up to for a long time, and he taught me to appreciate the smallest things in life.” – Tyler Grissom, 9

Tyler Grissom

Laya Krishnakumar, CJ1 Writer 1 day ago

“My favorite hobby would have to be drawing. I started drawing because my mom is an artist and has a career involving art, and that inspired me to create art. When I was younger, I looked up to my mom when I did art. But now that I have branched out by finding what I wanted to do and started learning independently, she serves more as a foundation than a guideline. We draw together on occasion, but its been more of an independent thing for me recently, but I show her my art, and she gives me tips sometimes. But the best thing I’ve learned is how to deal with my emotions in a healthy manner through art, and its helped me exponentially.” 
- Lucy Moore, 9

Lucy Moore

Addison Merz, CJ1 Writer 1 day ago

The happiest moment of my life was winning a dance competition while performing contemporary. It showed that all of my teams hard work paid off, which was cool. We trained for this competition for six months, and it was such a good feeling when we won. It was a really fun dance that we put all of our emotion into, and it was just something different that you dont normally see at a dance competition. When I dance, it helps me escape the real world, and all the stress and worry that I have goes away. Walking off the stage knowing that we just did everything good is one of the best feelings ever. I always get this moment when I think about how all the hours and hard work I have been putting into this dance routine is all worth it. — Aysha Kelly, 9

Aysha Kelly

Ava Prsha, CJ1 Writer 1 day ago

“Someone that made a big impact on me would have to be my mom. She has always been a great role model and took great care of me growing up. She always taught me to pick the good things to value in life and how to be smart with my choices. One thing she told me to value was the friendships that lasted and had no judgments. In middle school, she gave me great advice especially when I didn’t want to be there and was lonely. She told me to not get anxious, to stay calm and that someone who has a good soul would come without complaints. I used to complain that I didn’t feel great and would ask her to pick me up but, instead she would give me advice on how to feel better and make more friends.” – Sophie Barmak, 11

Sophie Barmak

Laya Krishnakumar, CJ1 Writer 2 days ago

 “The most stressful thing going on in my life is grades. Teachers put a lot of pressure on me, and they constantly challenge me with homework. I do track currently, and I did cross country during the fall and swimming during the winter. So just all of that can be stressful. There’s a lot of pressure on me from my parents because I feel like they compare everything I do to my [older sister]. Lexi was the first child, [she] was like their norm, and I have a completely different learning strategy than her. She gets things done five months ahead of time. Her room is always tidy and clean, and shes just on top of it all the time. I am the complete opposite. I do things at the last minute, right before its due. I dont keep [my room] clean until I have to. Like my life is unorganized but organized in my way. I’m happy I have my friends and family to help me with all the stress.”
— Sydney Etchason, 9

Sydney Etchason

Olivia Picaud, CJ1 Writer 2 days ago

“[This season] my ice hockey team, the Rockets, won our state championship. This was my seventh year playing ice hockey, so it was very exciting to win. I remember there were just a few minutes left [of the game], and we were winning by two. The final score ended with 5-3. It was such a good experience with my teammates to play in the championships. My team and I celebrated our win by going out to eat pizza.”. Someone who inspired me to play ice hockey is my dad. [Growing up], he played roller hockey, a sport [similar to ice hockey] but instead, you are on wheels. Now, he is the coach of my ice hockey team and one of my biggest supporters.”
- J.D. Horenkamp, 10

J.D. Horenkamp

Lacey Hubert, CJ1 Writer 3 days ago

In eighth grade, I used to be depressed and in a bad place. I just wasn’t myself. I dyed my hair super dark, and I was absolutely disgusting. People probably did not know that I was so depressed and went to therapy. Every night I would go to bed feeling unfulfilled, lonely and unhappy. I feel like, over COVID, talking about mental health was more normalized because everyone was wondering when COVID would finally end. I would cry every night and have panic attacks often. I finally asked my mom to go to therapy, and I am so happy I did because I wouldnt be where I am right now without it.  My biggest achievement is that now I am the best version of myself, and I am so happy. I have straight A’s and played field hockey and now soccer I am just really enjoying it. [I learned] to focus on myself and enjoy all of my time alone. I am proud of myself for getting out of therapy and being so happy now.” — Mia Lauer, 9

Mia Lauer

Ava Prsha, CJ1 Writer 3 days ago

“[The most influential person in my life is] Indiana guard Xavier Johnson. One day, he had a really good game. [He] didnt miss a shot [and] hit 30 points. I messaged him after the game [and told him] he did a really good job. He has a bunch of followers, so I didnt expect a response. He responded back to me and gave me some words of encouragement. After that, I started playing basketball a lot more and trying to get better. It inspired me to work harder [in life and in basketball].”
— Finn Smith, 9

Finn Smith

Ava Silva, CJ1 Writer 4 days ago

“Someone I look up to is my mom. Shes a very independent woman. She can do a lot of stuff that people wouldnt even think that she could do and it helps me see I can achieve my goals, just like her. She pushes me and motivates me a lot. She owns her own daycare business with some of my relatives. Its a good day care. They really grew their business. They used just to take care of relatives kids, but now they have two different buildings. So I want to be just like her when I get older.” – Jaylein Lewis, 11

Jaylein Lewis

Serpil Kucukkaya, CJ1 Writer 4 days ago

“Ive always planned on being a part of the theater. I had my heart set on being an actor, so I pursued any opportunities I could get. After I got to high school, I didnt make it into “The Drowsy Chaperone” so Improv became my main outlet for theater, and I loved it. Ive learned how to adapt to social situations on the fly, how to be okay with rejection and how to avoid drama. Theater is great because it really forces you outside your comfort zone while also providing a great support system you can rely on to have your back. Theater in general has benefited me by giving me a strong support system and introducing me to some very good friends that I am very thankful for. It has given me an outlet for discovering my identity and finding strong supportive people.” – Muse Spillman, 11

Muse Spillman

Kaelin Kerpash, CJ1 Writer 5 days ago

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