By: Thomas Ringenbach
Thomas from The Maze Runner
Amy Purdy was just a 19 year old living in Colorado living a regular life until one day until life threw her a big curve ball at her. She came home from her work thinking she had a regular cold but it was actually Neisseria Meningitis. A disease she had a very small chance of living. Luckily she lived but unfortunately she lost both of her legs under her knees. After being down for a while she decided to make something out of her life instead of doing nothing she decided to continue in her love of snowboarding. Amy stated “Our borders and our obstacles can either stop us in our tracks or force us to get creative.” She joined the Paralympics and became the highly decorated disabled snowboarder winning 3 gold medals. And she also wrote a book about her journey through this adversity called “On my own 2 feet: from Losing My Legs to learning the Dance.” Overall Amy Purdy showed tenacity by being determined to make something out of her life instead of doing nothing about her situation.
In the Smallest Dragonboy by Anne McCaffrey there were 2 main characters. Keevan who was the smallest boy in the town and constantly was getting looked down on. Beterli was the biggest and strongest boy in the town and was a bully to some people. In the book the people could pick dragon eggs and be the riders of them. While Beterli had the first pick at what looked like to be the best dragon Keevan had to pick from the bad eggs. Beterli was treating him terrible and bullying him for being short but in the end Keevan had tenacity by fighting through the hate and he ended up getting the best dragon and became a dragon rider.