Places to Visit in the USA

The United States has many places to visit all across the country. There are so many unique attractions and landmarks that represent the United States and its citizens.

My first tourist attraction, that I would recommend visiting, is the Grand Canyon located in Arizona. The Grand Canyon is broken down into two parts that you can visit. This includes the North Rim and the South Rim. At the North Rim you can do things such as: mule rides, day hikes, scenic drives, and ranger programs. At the South Rim you can do activities that include: museum visits, ranger programs, hiking, mule rides, bicycling, bus tours, Trail of Time Walk, watchtower, and ride through the white water rapids. If you were to visit the Grand Canyon, I would suggest staying at the South Rim, because it has more activities to offer. The Grand Canyon is a place to visit if you are looking for an outdoor adventure. 

My second tourist attraction that I would suggest is Yellowstone National Park.Yellowstone is located in Wyoming, with nearly 3,500 square acres of wilderness and volcano hot spots. It is home to the world’s largest collection of geysers. It is home to several animals including: wolves, bears, and elk. The park also contains the famous Old Faithful geyser. You can do many activities such as: hiking, horseback riding, look at the geysers, bird watch, and much more. Yellowstone National Park has so much to offer and is a major destination spot.

My third, and final destination, is Walt Disney World. Located near Orlando and Kissimmee, Florida, Disney World is a fun trip for anyone looking to enjoy the magic of Disney. Disney World includes four theme parks and two water parks. There are several resorts to stay at while visiting the parks. Each park includes several rides, restaurants, shops, and characters to receive autographs from. While at the park, it feels as if the world has stopped, and the magic has begun. Whether you are an indoor person, or outdoor person, a non-stop sightseer, or someone who needs a place to rest once in a while, Disney World has amazing features to offer for everyone.

Have you visited any of these places before? If not, which one would you like to visit? If you have visited more than one, which one was your favorite?


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Old Faithful, Yellowstone National Park, Wyoming, United States

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My Mission Statement

Principles are important rules that you set to live by in your life. It is important that you follow those rules so you live up to your mission statement. A mission statement is what you want to do, based upon your principles, during your life.

It is important that you follow your principles so others can trust that you are self-motivated, and stick to your goals. Your mission statement will also help you remember your standards that you have set for yourself, and your values that you believe in. Without a mission statement, you wouldn’t have standards or rules to live by, you wouldn’t know what you are trying to accomplish and achieve in your lifetime.

By focusing on your mission statement each day, you will be on the right path to becoming successful! Have you written a mission statement for yourself? If you have, what principles are you trying to follow?

My Mission Statement

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What I Want to Protect

For week 2 of the March 2016 Student Blogging Challenge, I was assigned to do a blog post about what place I would like to protect on the Earth. I would like to protect the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, near the Alabama-Florida border. This is because, my family and I have traveled there the past 3 or 4 years, and every time that I go, I really enjoy it.

I want to protect it, not only because I love the beach and it’s fun, but because I have made many memories at the beach with my family. If something were to happen to it, I would be devastated. If I pick up trash off of the beach next time that my family and I visit, I would be helping keep bad things out of the water, that fish and sea life could possibly eat, and kill themselves. By saving the places that we love to visit, or wish to visit, we are saving parts of our Earth and not letting anything destroy them.

So, what is your favorite place on Earth, and what are you going to do to protect it? It doesn’t have to be a major organization or huge group of people to do something. If one person could fill one trash bag, our Earth would be so clean, and would be able to survive for many more years.

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Houston vs. Lamar

During the Republic of Texas Sam Houston and Mirabeau B. Lamar both served as presidents. They had their alikes and differences when they made decisions as presidents.

Houston was served as the first and the third president. He stood for annexation with the United States, saving money (he only spent $500,000), and making peace with the Native Americans. He was a good president and wanted Texas to be a part of the United States. He tried his best to get Texas out of their public debt by not spending a lot of money. He also had good friends that were Native Americans that took him in when he was younger. He tried to make peace and protect the Native Americans. During his first term the capitol of Texas was in Houston, TX and during his second term, it was in Austin, TX. He tried to move it back to Houston, TX, but that did not work out. Houston was the complete opposite of Lamar.

Lamar served as the second president for the Republic of Texas. He stood for education (he was know as “The Father of Education”), he was against annexation to the United States, and he was a spendthrift (he spent $5 million). Lamar was not favored by many, and he more than doubled the public debt. He was also strongly against the Native Americans and tried to push them west onto reservations. Lamar created the University of Texas, but he didn’t have enough money to build other schools. During his term, he moved the capitol to Austin, TX.

Lamar and Houston were both presidents and served for the Republic of Texas. They both, also, had an important role in Texas’ history. Which president do you like better?

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This was written by myself and two of my friends from my Texas History class: Abby, Stephanie, and Maryn

3D Printing, for School-Wide Grinning!

My GT class and I are currently working on a DonorsChoose project for our school’s education. The students in my class, and around our school, are working very hard to get a 3D printer. A 3D printer is a printer that takes files, from computers, and makes solid three dimensional figures.

By getting a 3D printer, the students at my school will be able to create things and learn at the same time. A 3D printer will engage us, the students, in the classroom when working on projects. There is only one problem in getting the printer, and it is that we need money to help us get the printer. You can donate towards our project by visiting this link:

By donating you are helping the students at our school enhance our education and knowledge. Thank you so much for you time and help.

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Attitude is EVERYTHING!

Your attitude plays a major role in your life. In fact, your attitude is everything. If you have a bad attitude you’re going to have a bad day, if you have a good attitude you will have a good day. 

Every morning you have a choice whether or not you are going to have a a good attitude. When you have a positive attitude you will see the good in things within your daily activities. You will stay calmed and relaxed in times of stress. You will also, be satisfied with the little moments of joy throughout your day, because you will begin recognizing them when they happen.

One day I had a great attitude during a volleyball game, this made myself, and the rest of the team, have a positive flow on the court. Sometimes, I will get a bad attitude on the court, and the rest of my team feels down and we don’t do as good. Your attitude does not only effect yourself, but the people around you as well. It is important to know when you have a bad attitude, so you can change it and not let it get out of hand. So, do you make the right decision every morning when you roll out of bed?

Zig Ziglar Your attitude, not your aptitude, will determine your altitude

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Positive and Negative Thoughts

Your thoughts have a powerful impact on everything else that you do, think, and say. By controlling your thoughts and understanding what they can do to your body, you can live a better life by knowing how they affect you in many different ways.

When you have positive thoughts, you will have a good attitude and good things will come from them. You will succeed in the things that you do and you will be happier than when you have negative thoughts. When you have negative thoughts, you have a bad attitude which holds you back from achieving the things that you want to. 

Automatic thoughts are thoughts that come to your mind automatically that you are unable to control during a situation. These thoughts are ours and they can be quite distinctive to us. They can come from our present or past experiences or prior knowledge that we know. Are the thoughts that pop up good or bad? When these thoughts pop up in our head, it is important to try our best control them as much as possible.

Reframing is when you are able to take a negative situation and make something good come from it. When someone says a negative comment to you or someone you know, and you say something positive to turn the situation around, this is reframing.

Emotionally Healthy people are people who think positive thoughts, which help them do better in life. They are able to control their thoughts and think well of themselves, instead of concentrating on the negative thoughts in their minds and the negative comments from others. This helps them succeed in life with their own problems, and they are able to help those around them by assisting them with their problems.

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What are you doing to control your thoughts? Is it working?


Regional History Fair Results

On Friday, February 12, my History Fair partner Maryn and I traveled to Washington-on-the-Brazos to compete at the Regional History Fair. In one of my later posts “Community Fair Results” I mentioned the Regional History Fair competition and said that I would update you to see how we did. Well, here is our results.

Maryn and I did great, earning second-place in Junior High group exhibits. The top two places are advancing to Texas History Day in Austin. Our school took almost 40 kids to Washington-on-the-Brazos, and 20 people advanced to State. Maryn and I also won a special award that students voted for the best exhibit. Maryn and I cannot wait to get to Austin and compete for a chance to go to Nationals. I will let you know how we do at State.

Did I mention that we made the front cover of a local newspaper?

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Road to the Revolution

The past few weeks in my Texas History class I have been learning about the Texas Revolution. Here are a few of the major events and battles that occurred in Texas History.

Battle of Gonzales- The Battle of Gonzales began the battles of the Texas Revolution. When the Texans refused to give Mexico back their cannon, a small skirmish broke out among the Mexicans and people of Gonzales. On October 2, 1835 the cannon was fired and a flag was raised with their cry “Come and Take It”.

Texas Declaration of Independence- On March 2, 1836 Texas became Independent from Mexico. While Santa Anna and the Mexican army were laying siege on the Texans at the Alamo, delegates, including Sam Houston, were at Washington-on-the-Brazos forming the Declaration of Independence. They had to act quick since Santa Anna and his army were near by in San Antonio. On March 2, 1836 the Texans finally declared their Independence from Mexico.

Battle of the Alamo- On February 23, 1836 Santa Anna and his army laid siege on the Texans at the Alamo. The Mexicans outnumbered the Texans with about 2,000 men to nearly 200 men. William B. Travis was the commander during the Alamo who sent for help from others across Texas. In his famous letter it ended with “Victory or Death”. He only received 32 men from Gonzales for help, as the others had difficulty getting there. On March 6, at 5 o’clock in the morning, the Mexican army attacked the Alamo. The battle lasted around 90 minutes with the Mexican army victorious.

Goliad Massacre- On March 27, 1836 James Fannin and his group of Texans were captured by the Mexican army in Goliad. They were lead out into a field and shot. All 300-500 men were shot and killed there on the spot. Fannin was stubborn and not a good leader. Texans became riled-up, and ready to take action against the Mexican soldiers after this and the Alamo.

Battle of San Jacinto- On April 27, 1836 at 3 o’clock in the afternoon, the Mexican army were taking a nap near Harrisburg (today known as Houston, TX). No one was on lookout, so the Texans found the perfect opportunity to attack. Lead by Sam Houston they attacked the Mexicans killing 630 men and prisoning 730. It lasted for only 18 minutes. There were only 9 Texan deaths at the Battle of San Jacinto. During the battle Santa Anna had ran off. The next day, April 22, they found him located in a field, in regular soldier clothes, among the grass. In order for him to be released and not stay in jail, they made him sign the Treaty of Velasco for their independence.

Treaty of Velasco- On May 14, 1836 the Treaty of Velasco was signed by Santa Anna and Sam Houston. This ended the Revolution Era and made the Rio Grande the Southern border of Texas.

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What are important battles or events that occurred in your state’s past?


Important Lesson Learned

This week in Teen Leadership my classmates and I had to give a speech over “An Important Lesson that You have Learned”. I decided to give my speech over a lesson that I learned when I was younger.

When I was 8 years old I left the gate open to my family’s backyard where our chocolate lab, Ginger, stayed. I forgot to close it behind me, and when I went inside the house through the back door, she got outside the fence. She had to be fenced in because she would run away just like she did in this case. My sister found the yard empty about an hour later, so my family and I went to our neighbor’s homes asking if any of them might have seen her. Luckily, she had wandered up to one of our neighbor’s home, who put her in their backyard until they could find the owner.

After getting her back, I had learned my lesson by my family constantly reminding me to close the gate behind me so I wouldn’t risk loosing something so important to me.

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