Jonathon Willis

What is perseverance?

Perseverance is a character trait that only those who are strong and resilient enough can possess it. Perseverance cannot be bought and perseverance cannot be taken. Today in modern society people would view perseverance as going a day without access to the internet or social media. But, society in the late 1800's through the mid 1900's would most likely view perseverance as having to overcome inhumane racial discrimination, having to lead a country through war even with your backs against the wall, and having to be outspoken and eloquent to be able to stand up for your self and the civil rights and liberty of other people.

Description Article

Winston Churchill

Winston Churchill was a British politician and Prime Minister from 1940 to 1945 and 1951 to 1955. He was born on November 30, 1874. During his childhood he was taken care of by his nanny because his parents weren’t around often and he needed someone to support him during his many childhood illnesses. Throughout his life he has shown that he is eloquent, courageous, and sometimes rebellious. For example in school he got bad grades very often showing us he was rebellious to the teachers. He also showed us that he was very eloquent with his speeches as a politician giving the Allied Forces the morale to keep fighting in World War ll and never give in. However, he is best known for becoming Prime Minister of Britain during World War ll to lead the Allied Forces to victory. During this time Britain had been outnumbered and outgunned by the Nazis but it was courageous Churchill who led Britain and allowed the Allied Forces to continue fighting. Winston Churchill once said, “Appearances are often very deceptive, we must ‘ with Triumph and Disaster. And treat those two impostors just the same. From this quote, we know that Winston Churchill had a very different view towards triumph and disaster than most people as he sees them the same. He believes that if one side has a triumph, then, the other side must have a disaster. Overall we know that Winston Churchill is a very courageous leader who can often be rebellious towards others for their actions.

Problem/Solution Article

Losing to Win

In the video, “Losing to Win” the main idea is to document about these girls who are forced into playing basketball by court for Carroll Academy which is a correctional school for teenage girls who are failing in school, take drugs, have mental disorders, or have been abused by their parents and possibly ran away from home. The problem in this video is that the Lady Jags, which is the basketball team at Carroll Academy, are on a 218 game losing streak and it is making the girls on the team frustrated and losing trust in themselves. This is a problem because the girls who play on the basketball team were ordered by court law to play basketball as a form of therapy after having gone through years of no parental support and neglect ultimately leading to them failing in school and ending up at Carroll Academy. The overall solution to the girls not failing and giving up in themselves and each other was because of coaches who didn’t lose trust in and always believed in the girls to win a game. The coaches came up with strategies for the girls to gain trust and confidence in one another which was able to allow some of the girls to be able overcome their adversities and leave Carroll Academy and go back to regular school. Ultimately it was the coaches who inspired the girls at Carroll Academy to keep on trying to work together and trust in others on the team which allowed the girls to persevere their hardships.

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Carry On: Leroy & Dartanyon

How are they alike?

Both have disabilities, Went to same school, Both on wrestling team at school, Both lived in Cleveland, Both were at London for the Paralympics, Both graduated at high school with graduation rate under 50%

How are they different?

Leroy: Good Father, Lived with his grandma, Had trust issues, Studied Videos, Ran over by a train.

Dartanyon: Paralympic Champion, Mother died at young age, Legally blind, Father was an alcoholic, wrestler and MMA fighter.

Cause & Effect Graphic Organizer

Eleanor Roosevelt

Cause: Eleanor’s mother called her names and teased her many times during her childhood simply because she wanted a boy not a girl.


1) This made Eleanor feel unwanted by her mother making Eleanor develop many anxiety fears which made talking to strangers a nearly impossible task.

2) Because Eleanor felt as though she was not loved by her mother she became shy and withdrawn from any social engagement with other students at school.

3) Eleanor never had any real childhood friends because she was self conscious and thought people would judge her because her mother teased her about the way she looked and called her ugly.

Sequence Article

Jackie Robinson

Jackie Robinson was born in Cairo, Georgia in 1919 to a family of sharecroppers. His mother single-handedly raised Jackie and her for other children after her husband left six months after Jackie’s birth. Jackie excelled in five sports at Muir High School, and played baseball, basketball, and football at UCLA. While at UCLA he met Rachel Isum, his future wife, but had to leave college for financial reasons in 1941. Robinson joined the Army in 1942, he had an altercation with authorities over discrimination, and was honorably discharged in 1944. Jackie Robinson only played one season in the Negro Leagues before he was brought into the Major Leagues by Branch Rickey in 1947. Robinson's talent as an athlete was exceptional and he proved it when he played shortstop with the Kansas City Monarchs yet became a star with the Brooklyn Dodgers at first base, second base and third base. On April 10, 1947, Dodgers general manager Branch Rickey announced he had purchased the contract of Jackie Robinson, setting the stage for Robinson to break Major League Baseball’s color barrier. On April 15, 1947, 28 year old Jackie Robinson made his Major League Baseball debut with the Dodgers, against the Boston Braves, in front of more than 25,000 spectators at Ebbets Field in Brooklyn, New York. Robinson played first base and went zero for three at the plate. During his first season in the majors, Robinson encountered racism from opposing teams and fans, as well as some of his own teammates. However, the abuse didn’t affect his performance on the baseball field as it would have affected his end of the deal he made with Branch Rickey to put on a facade while playing to not lash back at racial discrimination. On October 24, 1972, the most influential man to play baseball passed away at the age of 53. Jackie Robinson was as revolutionary as a leader as the world has ever seen. Through sports, he changed the course of history and politics. Another event in history that he had a large part in was the integration in the army, which was put into affect in 1948 by President Truman. Jackie was ordered to sit in the back of a military bus. he refused, and was put on trial, but was later honorably discharged as a First Lieutenant. Those leadership skills that Jackie showed on the field translated into his army service, and the armed forces were integrated, mainly due to his leadership and charisma.


What can we learn from the perseverance of others in order to overcome adversity in today's world?

There is still many things to be learned by the perseverance of others to overcome our own adversity. For example, all the people listed above have had to face adversities in their life as we all do. As a result, they have all overcome those adversities by showing a great amount of perseverance. Some even went the extra mile of what was expected of them. Overall, there is much to be learned by the perseverance of others and their will to overcome any adversity they come across.