Determination

By Ethan Smetana

Determination

"Determination is having guts and persevering." Determination can come in many different situations or scenarios. It can be to finish a sports competition with an injury. It could be as little as getting a better grade than someone. It could even be as crucial as getting to the next shelter or food source. This is determination.

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Charlotte Brown

"Brown was born with normal vision, but developed cataracts when she was sixteen weeks old,"(Vertuno). Charlotte Brown became legally blind when she was sixteen weeks old. About eleven years prior to that, her vision stabilized, but got worse again. Then in 2012 when she was a Freshman, she began competing in pole vault. In her Sophomore, Junior, and Senior seasons, she qualified for state. In the end, she ended up getting the Bronze at state.

Stephanie Juge

"As Stephanie Juge pass my laptop back and forth..."(Whiting). Stephanie Juge has a problem because she is deaf. The solution that many use is giving up and using being deaf as an excuse. Her solution is different. She did what many people who can hear perfectly, don’t have the determination to do. She got a black belt. This is a better solution because instead of yielding, she persevered and got a black belt. As a result, she might inspire other deaf or blind people to do something to be proud of.

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Randy Pausch

"We cannot change the cards we are dealt, just how we play the hand,"(Pausch). The reason why Randy Pausch had fun, truthfulness, and gratitude is because he got pancreatic cancer. If he hadn’t found out pancreatic cancer, he probably wouldn’t have had the best time of his life before he died. Due to him finding out, he acted as if he only had one second to live. This explains why he was always fun to be around once he found out.

Tourette's Syndrome

"We then realized, they have Tourette's Syndrome,"(Lowry). People without Tourette’s Syndrome and people with Tourette’s Syndrome are alike in several ways. Both have similar traits. Both are human. On the other hand, one they differ is how they talk. People with Tourette’s Syndrome don’t understand how they sound, kind of like us when we are wearing noise cancelling headphones.
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