Paw Prints

Norfolk Jr. High

By Jordyn Thompson

Feature Story

Mia Hamm is the World's Greatest Soccer Player

Have you ever heard of the best soccer player in history? Her name is Mia Hamm and she has scored more goals than any other female or male soccer player in history. She has scored over 158 international goals.

Mia Hamm was born in Salem, Alabama, on March 17, 1972. Mia’s real name is Mariel Margaret Hamm. Mia was born with a birth defect in her foot and had to wear a boot or wouldn't be able to walk. She spent most of her childhood on Air Force bases with her family. Mia’s family was always on the move. They moved several different places when Mia was young. She played many sports when she was little.

Mia’s brother Garrett played sports and encouraged her to start. Mia joined the US Women's National team at age 15. She attended Lake Braddock Secondary School in Burke, Virginia, for one year. She led the team to win the state championships in 1989. Mia played forward for the USA Women’s National Soccer team. Garrett died of bone marrow cancer shortly after the 1996 Olympics. Mia founded the Mia Hamm Foundation, dedicated to bone marrow research for her brother. She is also a founding member of the Washington Freedom Foundation started in 2001. It is an American professional club based in Washington, D.C.

Mia Hamm is the second most appeared female player behind Kristine Lilly. Mia is named the Women’s FIFA World Player of the Year and listed as one of FIFA’s best living players. In the last 15 years she has been called the most important athlete.

In 2002 she was selected for induction into the National Soccer Hall of Fame. Mia was married to college sweetheart, Christian Corry from 1994 to 2001, and then married Nomar Garciaparra, a professional baseball player in 2003. Mia retired in 2004 to start a family after playing her last game that year in the Fan Celebration Tour to celebrate the Women’s US national team’s win in the 2004 Olympics. Mia was inducted into the Alabama Sports Hall of Fame class of 2006 and Texas Sports Hall of Fame class in 2008. Mia is also the author of Go for the Goal: A Champion’s Guide to Winning in Soccer and Life.

Even though Mia Hamm is retired from playing soccer, she will always be a role model for many young athletes.

Movie Review

To Save A Life

Main Actors/Actresses:
Randy Wayne (Jake Taylor), Deja Kreutzberg (Amy Briggs), Steven Crowder (Doug Moore), Sean Micheal Afable (Jonny Garcia), Bubba Lewis (Danny Rivers), Robert Bailey Jr. (Roger Dawson).

Summary of the Movie:
Jake Taylor has everything he could ever want, the life, the friends, the girl, but when he meets a stranger from his past his life is changed forever. He barely recognizes the kid until he commits suicide and affects everyone. Jake has regrets and feels like it is all his fault that he lost his best friend. Out partying, Jake finds a kid who is being ridiculed, tormented, and nobody likes him until Jake makes a stand. How far would you go? How much would you risk? How hard would you fight? To Save A Life.

Setting: School
Year: 2010

Theme/Moral/Message of the movie: If you feel like an outsider and feel all alone there are people who will help but just have to let them. If you saw someone who needed help would you be there for them or let them fall. It doesn't matter because everyone has the power to save a life.

Intended Audience PG-13

My opinion of the movie: I thought that the movie was very good and that it had a important message. If you had the power and courage to stand up and to save a life, would you?

To Save A Life Trailer

Fairy Tale Story

The Quest of the Golden Penguwl

In the Forbidden Kingdom a terrible outbreak of icky-sicky virus overran the kingdom. King Cheeseburger had nobody to turn to but his most trusted friend, Puss in Boots. The king informed Puss of his responsibility to save the kingdom. Puss accepted the offer to go and retrieve the antidote. Puss embarks on his trip during the summer solstice early in the morning. It took Puss three days to travel to the city of Holy Guacamole to obtain the Golden Penguwl, which contained the antidote. The city was filled with many traps and obstacles, but luckily he made it out alive. By the time Puss got back to the Forbidden Kingdom, only half of the town was left. Thousands died from the disastrous outbreak, but those lucky enough to survive were healed. King Cheeseburger was pleased and rewarded Puss with a lifetime supply of cheeseburgers.

Motivational Ad

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What is your favorite kind of cow?

Alien 32%

Multicolored 28%

Giant 20%

White 12%

Midget 8%


The school board is considering reorganizing the school week. They are suggesting that there be four school days rather than five. Each school day would then be two hours longer. Support your position for/against this issue.

I disagree with this issue because it would mean I wouldn’t get as much time to be outside or active. If they shortened the week it would be one less day I would get to hang out with Cheyenne and Penguwls. It would also be a bad idea because kids wouldn’t get to have as much practice for sports and they would be very tired. Being tired would mean that they wouldn’t be able to focus in class and that the school would have a lot more blondes.