Perserverance Weekly

Bringing You News About People Who Never Give Up

Editor's Note -

People naturally run into problems throughout life. It's human nature. But it takes a resilient person to bounce back from a challenge in life. Throughout this newsletter you will read about people who have faced what seems like a mountain of adversities. Not knowing what would lie ahead, they tunneled through that mountain and made a pathway for others who might face the same challenges. You will hear about Winston Churchill's speech about never giving up. A ladies basketball team that is face with problem after problem. Two boys who each help each other, even though they both have a physical disability. How Eleanor Roosevelt took her problems and turned them into something positive. And the story of Jackie Robinson, who paved a road and caused a ripple in American history. Not all of these stories are happy, I'm afraid. There will be fights. Guns. Racial slurs. But even cloudy skies have a positive side. I hope that you walk away from this inspired. I did.

-Madison Young, Editor

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill is a well known and beloved historical figure. He was born on November 30, 1874. His childhood was troubled since his parents were never around and his nanny became like a mother to him. Young Churchill did poorly in school and frequently caused trouble and ruckus. As Churchill grew older he was accepted into many prestigious schools and the Royal Military College Sandhurst. Churchill graduated at the top of his class and was given commission as a cavalry officer.

Throughout his life he has shown bravery, perseverance, and leadership. For example in 1899, when Churchill was a soldier in the Boer War in South Africa, he was shot at and captured for about a month, then escaped and miraculously made it to safety. He also strengthened the British Navy during 1911 to 1914 in England. However, he is known for the speech Never Give In, Never, Never, Never. During this time England was in WWⅡ, and churchill’s speech inspired people not to give in and submit during to war.

Winston Churchill once said, “Never give in. Never give in. Never, never, never, never - in nothing, great or small, large or petty - never give in, except to convictions of honour and good sense.” From this quote, we know that Churchill didn’t want anyone to give in, no matter how great the adversity, he wanted them to persevere through this hardship. As you can see, Winston Churchill is a well known and beloved historical figure.

Losing to Win

Carroll Academy is an alternative schooling option for troubled adolescents. Most students are sent to Carroll Academy because of family issues of for being combative with other people. Students at Carroll Academy are often court ordered to play a sport such as basketball. The problem of the Lady Jags basketball team really boils down to the issue of trust and negative attitudes. The girls on the basketball team have trouble trusting others because of past family issues. A way that the coaches of the basketball team have tried to unify the players is by showing the girls that they are not alone with their issues. The team does trust exercises and makes family bonds so the girls will be a solidarity and work together. Even though the team doesn’t always win their basketball games, they don’t give up. The Lady Jags always persevere through the tough times and work as a team to get better.

Carry On

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Jackie Robinson

In 1947, Jackie Robinson was the first African American to be on a major league baseball team. The effects of Jackie Robinson joining Branch Rickey and the Noble Experiment are significant because they changed a negative part of history. One effect of the Noble Experiment is that it helped make equal rights in sports for all people. A negative result is that riots and and protests broke out because some people were outraged that Robinson was on a professional sports team. However, another outcome is that the Experiment gave hope to other African American athletes. Because of these outcomes, it is important that, in the end, Jackie Robinson became the first well-respected African American athlete.

Eleanor Roosevelt

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