Leading The Way To Perserverance
By: Alexis Muoghalu
What is perseverance?
Carrying On Through Adversities
Dartanyon and Leroy are alike in some ways but different in others. Both are inseparable literally and not just because they are best friends. They both were wrestlers and wrestled at Cleveland High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Always cheering each other on at the edge of the mat, both faced challenges each day. Dartanyon was diagnosed with Leber optic atrophy, a condition marked as being legally blind when he was young. Because of being extremely near sighted, he could barely make out features sitting just a few feet away, but that did not stop him from carrying Leroy. But Leroy definitely knows about facing adversities. When he was just eleven years old, he was hit by a train and had both his legs amputated, one above the knee and one below. He worked hours on end in physical therapy to learn how to maneuver more smoothly around places without a wheelchair. But the difference between the two is their home lives. Dartanyon was homeless and had moved five times in 3 years. His mother passed away of aneurysm when he was just 8 years old and he was struggling to stay on his feet. But he didn’t let that get in the way of helping Leroy by carrying him on his back. In and out of gyms, wrestling matches, and on and off of busses, Dartanyon carried Leroy. It didn’t matter the looks that they received because helping out a friend was more important. When Dartanyon wasn’t carrying Leroy, Leroy was trying to maneuver his wheelchair around his house. Just getting into his house was an obstacle because his family didn’t have enough money to pay for ramps. Luckily, those hours spent in physical therapy paid off. For most of Leroy’s childhood, his father served time in prison and his mother slipped into drugs after blaming herself for the train incident. So, it was just him left to take care of his sister. The significant similarity between the two is they never ever lost hope.
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Dribbling Through The Adversities Description
For the Lady Jags, losing was actually a good thing. The Lady Jags attended Carroll
Academy Correctional Facility in Tennessee as an alternative to going to juvie. They could go back to their high school after they served their time at Carroll. Adversities is one way to put what these girls went through. The girls were given up on, abusing drugs, and not having a true caring family.Some of these kids would come home to their parents abusing drugs as well. Most could not handle and ended up running away from home and getting into some trouble themselves. To make matters worse, 19.6% were living under the poverty line. At Carroll, playing basketball was an escape plan for the ladies. But while they were on the court, they learned life lessons and discipline. Although the Lady Jags had 208 straight losses, in the end, it was all worth it for them. So even though they didn't win, doesn't mean they can't triumph their loss. Overall, these ladies losing over and over again has helped more than if they had won.
The Lady Jags
Rising To The Top
Winston Churchill was born on November 30, 1964 in his grandfather's home. He was captured in South Africa and became a Prisoner of War (POW) in 1899. Later that same year, he escaped prison safely and became a famous author, a war hero and ran for member of parliament and won a spot. (MP) Churchill was then kicked out of politics in 1914 and became Minister of Munitions. He was made Secretary Of State for the colonies in 1921. Just one year later, he lost his MP seat but won it back in 1924. After spending 10 years out of government, he saved Britain and Europe from Nazi Germany and became Prime Minister all in 1940. He was awarded with the Nobel Prize in 1953 and became an honorary US citizen just ten years later. Because of old age and poor health, Churchill passed away on January 24, 1965 after falling into a coma.