Monday, May 11, 2015

Kyrsten Lampman
DMACC Comp.
Ms. Gach
To Kill A Mockingbird
Blog 2.

“People generally see what they look for, and hear what they listen for.”

Tom Robinson, the black man Atticus defended, is proven guilty for raping a white woman. This is when Scout realizes that a white man’s word will always carry more weight than a black man’s and the sad part is that the only difference is in the skin color. The people of the town follow the saying above because they will do anything to make people believe what they think they see and hear. Scout realizes she has been following this same pattern when she is saved by “the crazy man down the street.” She learns to listen hard to the things that are said and only go by the facts of life.
Kyrsten Lampman
DMACC Comp
Ms. Gach
To Kill A Mockingbird
Blog 1.

“The one thing that doesn't abide by majority rule is a person's conscience.”

In Harper Lee’s novel To Kill a Mockingbird, a young girl named Scout is taught about the  prejudice and injustice based around racism when she finds out that her father Atticus has to defend an African-American man in court when he is accused of raping a white woman. She always thought of herself being equal to the black people around her but is shell-shocked when she overhears that a negro’s word will never beat a white person’s accusations. She asks Atticus why he can defend a black man when everyone else is against him. He tells her that the only thing he cares about is whether or not he did the right thing in the end. The entire time she’s dealing with the judgement between the races, she believes that a sheltered man down the street is crazy. After being left little presents in a knot in an old tree, she starts to think differently.
Kyrsten Lampman
DMACC Comp
Ms. Gach
The Hate List
Blog 2.

“We’re all hurting. We’re all going to be hurting for a long time. And we, probably more than anyone else out there, will be searching for a new reality every day.”

After Valerie is threatened with being thrown back in the psych ward, she decides to start drawing how she sees the world around her. One of the most popular girls in school that was Valerie’s arch enemy prior to the shooting has confided in her to listen to stories about her and Nick.

Valerie decides to go around to all of the families impacted by the shooting and collect a momento to finally put everyone at ease. She puts together a memorial to remember the fallen victims of her ex-loves mistake and finally feels as if she can move on. Knowing that she’ll face the pain of that atrocious day for a long time, she’s ready to face it head-on, to see the light in every day without Nick.

Kyrsten Lampman
DMACC Comp.
Ms. Gach
The Hate List

“Feeling like, of all the horror of what happened, this was the worst of it.”

In the book I read by Jennifer Brown, The Hate List is a flash of reality showing how disturbing today’s society is. An eighteen year old girl named Valerie falls in love with a socially awkward boy named Nick who we later find out is also suicidal. Valerie and Nick would sit up at night thinking about the people they should add to their infamous “hate list.” Of course they were the only people in the world that knew about this, so it was a wake up call to everyone on the list when they were being shot by Nick when he decides that he needs to take care of these people once and for all.

In the midst of this school shooting, Nick finds one of the popular girls that happened to be on the list many times. Right before he pulls the trigger, Valerie jumps in front of the bullet and is shot in the thigh. When she wakes up in the hospital she is blindsided by the fact that her high school sweetheart has committed suicide. The horrific news sends Valerie into depression and is placed in a psych ward until the doctors find her stable enough to go home, but still has to go to therapy. From being shot to finding out that the only person she could stand being around is now six feet under to being forced to talk about the tragedy of the whole situation, Valerie thinks, at every milestone that she has hit the worst of it.

Monday, April 20, 2015






Gunner Cornelius
DMACC comp
Ms Gach

A Strong Right Arm

“You know I want to be there with you today, honey,” she said grabbing me firm around both shoulders,” but it’s not easy changing shifts on short notice.”-64
That quotation from the second half of the book really hit home for me. The fact that Peanut’s mother couldn’t be there for her on the day of her important tryouts was really hard for me considering the fact that my mother has been to almost every single event that I participated in. However I truly believe that the reason Peanut was so tough and independent was because she was forced to be.
Being so independent was good for Peanut. Because she was so strong she was able to do things that most women at the time wouldn’t dream of. Peanut was something special. She had what it took. The best part of the story was when Peanut tried out and put the scouts in awe.
Trying out for a big team like that is incomparable to anything that I personally have done. However it slightly reminds me of my years at allstate. Allstate speech festival is pretty neat. Although it is neat it is very intimidating considering the high honor. Because of its prestigiousness it is sort of scary to go up in front of highly respected speech judges and do an improv.
For both me and Peanut in her tryouts I think that it is almost safe to say that our lives are improvs. We both have been thrown into some sticky situations and made it out for the best by being who we truly are.

Thursday, April 16, 2015

Now I know blog II

Jacob Kelly
Book Blog II
Comp II

In the second half of Now I Know, it talks about animals as delicacies, how board/card games saved POW’s, and how Cairo’s garbage created their local economy. This book is full of wonderful facts, and wonderful knowledge for the curious human mind. Did you know that in October 2006, the United States passed the “Secure Fence Act of 2006”, which allowed the United States to build a fence along its southern border with Mexico? But there was a small problem. Because of a treaty between the United States and Mexico, the U.S. wasn’t allowed to build a fence along the Rio Grande river, so they had to build the fence in Texas, which caused some Texans to be on the “Mexican side” of the fence.
A funny story is that in February of 2013 in Union County, Illinois, a family called the police on their neighbors and accused them of having a methamphetamine lab in their house, but the police found no meth lab. The police found a running maple syrup lab where the family was making their own maple syrup and gladly shared the syrup with the police. Or another cool fact is that “Chicago” comes from a Native American word which means either wild garlic or wild onions. The word is Shikaakwa(say it out loud) and it’s because wild garlic and wild onions were plentiful in that area. So this book is just chock-full of random knowledge and facts and can be helpful if you need an interesting topic to talk about, or to write a paper on. I definitely recommend it to anyone who is a fact-aholic.

NOW I KNOW Blog 1

In the book that I am reading, it talks about random facts that most people don’t know and 
also overlook. My book is called Now I Know, The Revealing Stores Behind the World’s 
Most Interesting Facts. The book tells about history, and some interesting facts that help you understand important parts of history. Did you know that people in the United Kingdom, starting in 2005, couldn’t donate to sperm banks anonymously? Or that the atomic bomb dropped on Hiroshima was approximately seven times stronger than the explosion of the Halifax? Another interesting fact is that there was a man in Japan who survived both atomic bombs! He was on his way to work in Hiroshima when the bomb dropped, and then he went to Nagasaki and also survived the atomic bomb that was dropped there! He is considered one of the luckiest people in the world. Another cool fact is that the ampersand(or &) was considered the twenty-seventh letter of the alphabet. In Old English, the ampersand was in the alphabet, but a few letters were not, such as J, U, and W. The letters J and U were represented by the letters I and V. The letter W became seperate of the letter U soon after. So the first half of this book is really interesting and talks about a lot of facts that I have never known before, so if you’re into learning new knowledge, then this book is a good read for people who want a better understanding of the world.