Seemingly Impossible Feats

Some of mankind's bravest people of today and yesterday

Introduction

Perseverance comes in many sizes and shapes, but a personal definition is to always keep on going. It doesn't matter what lies ahead of you, but what lies within you. It doesn't matter if you win or lose, it just matters that you stick to it.

Struggle in the Slums


In the short video Losing to Win, the students who attend Carroll Academy have many family tied issues. Their parents are either divorced, drug abusers, alcoholics, or have neglected their children. Carroll Academy is supposed to teach the students responsibility through a basketball program they have. After dropping out of regular school, because of drug abuse and/or bad grades, many students are transferred to Carroll Academy. Usually this is not mainly their fault, it is their parents. This is an issue because many students do not know responsibility, maturity, and are not able to graduate as easily as others. Although students may go through a struggle during this period of time, the basketball program the school offers usually turns out to be a success. The program teaches the students that they are not alone in this struggle. It also teaches the students trust, responsibility, maturity, and the purpose of life. After the long journey of struggle and difficulty many of the students are able to go to regular school again. But have you ever wondered: what if this happened to you?

The Ball Park of 42

It is modern day, and the easiest way to play baseball is to pick up your Wii controller, and hit a home run on your first try. Jackie Robinson, however, played the real game and we can hardly imagine how much perseverance it took him to do what he did. Jackie Robinson joined Branch Rickey and the noble experiment in 1947, that was also when he played his first game in the MLB, and his first time receiving merciless abuse, such as Ben Chapman's use of language toward him. This event in history impacted the world in many different ways. It inspired many other African Americans like Martin L.K. Jr. to speak out against segregation and other racial unfairnesses. Robinson’s stand also leads to the equal rights for both blacks and whites in baseball all over the country. Therefore he was a big influence on the beliefs of many people in America. Every time he went on the field he faced mass rejection, hostility, and abuse. So, Jackie’s noble cause also influenced his mass rejection. Jackie Robinson is a worldwide role model, and even though he is gone, you should carry his message with you wherever you go.

Europe's Redeemer

Winston Churchill was an intelligent and tenacious historical figure. He was born in 1874 at his grandfather’s home, Blenheim Palace, in Marlborough, England. His childhood was marked by many difficulties such as neglect from his parents, and commonly occurring illnesses. Throughout his life he has shown bravery, inspiration, and capability. For example during his early life Churchill was sent away to boarding school. At first he was not one of the best students, but eventually Churchill graduated at the top of his class. He also wrote books, painted, and gave many inspiring speeches throughout his entire life. However his most famous accomplishment was after his long lasting attempt to rejoin politics after he was forced out of the government, Churchill was elected Prime Minister of Great Britain twice in his lifetime. During this time Churchill showed immense strength and bravery. Churchill was elected as Prime Minister during WWII, this means that he was leading his country against the seemingly invincible Hitler. Churchill had to keep inspiring his people, and convince them to not give up. This was a hard task as the British had suffered many losses during this time. Winston Churchill once said, “Do not let us speak of darker days: let us speak of rather sterner days. These are not dark days; these are great days-- the greatest days our country has ever lived; and we must all thank God that we have been allowed, each of us according to our stations, to play a part in making these days memorable in the history of our race.” From this quote we know that Winston Churchill really had an inspiring character. He always had the ability to see the brightest side in the darkest situation. He was bold and brave enough to lead in the toughest situations, and he always managed to pull through. Let us not speak of Winston Churchill in the past tense, for his teachings will always be here, and so will he. He has left a blazing spirit that cannot be doused.

The Fully Functional Disabled

Compare and Contrast


Person #1: Leroy


Person #2: Dartanyon


How are they alike?


They both are disabled, but managed to do amazing things. They both have a strong bond with Lisa and one another. They both wrestled in high school, and are able to stay positive about life.


How are they different?


Leroy is a father who doesn’t have a lower body. He has some trust issues, but is able to live a normal life. Became a videogame designer, and attends college.


Dartanyon is legally blind, and has trouble in everyday situations because of his disability. He is also a paralympic champion in Judo.

"First Lady to the World"

Sequence



  1. Eleanor Roosevelt was born on October 11, 1844, in New York City, New York
  2. Then her mother, father, and brother died within a span of 10 years
  3. Next, Eleanor and her younger brother Hall went to live with their grandmother in Tivoli, New York
  4. After that, Eleanor attended Allenswood Academy from 1899 to 1902
  5. Next Eleanor married her fifth cousin Franklin D. Roosevelt (soon to be president) in 1905
  6. In 1918, Eleanor focused more on her political activity as a social worker
  7. Then in 1921, as the family was vacationing at Campobello Island, New Brunswick, Franklin was struck with Polio. This also encouraged Eleanor to advance in her political activity
  8. In 1933, after FDR's first inauguration, Eleanor became the First Lady of the United States.
  9. By 1941 she was writing newspaper columns, giving speeches, and matching FDR's salary of $75,000
  10. In 1945, she was also appointed as a delegate to the United Nations General Assembly
  11. During the same year, Eleanor's husband, Franklin D. Roosevelt, died
  12. After that, in 1947, Eleanor continued to work for the United Nations, as a chairperson of the preliminary United Nations Commission on Human Rights
  13. Then in 1953, Eleanor also served as the United States Representative to the United Nations Commission on Human Rights.
  14. After resigning from her post on the UN in 1953, President John F. Kennedy reappointed her to the UN, and she served from 1961 to 1962.
  15. Finally, Eleanor Roosevelt died from cardiac failure on November 7, 1962 at her Manhattan home at 55 East 74th Street on the Upper East Side