Facing Adversities

Daniel Talbot-Bowe

Caine's Arcade: A 9 year old's cardboard arcade that inspired the world (Cause/Effect)

9 year old Caine has loved arcades his whole life. In 2011, Caine spent his whole summer building a cardboard arcade in his dad's auto parts store in East Los Angeles. He made many games, prizes, and he also had his own security system for his fun passes. Because of the location of his dad's shop, there were not many customers on foot. Throughout the summer his dad's customers were too busy to try out his arcade, but Caine had a conviction that he would someday get a customer. Luckily that is what happened. On the last day of summer, a man named Nirvan Mullick walked into the shop to buy a door handle for his car, however the arcade in front of the store attracted his attention. Nirvan landed up buying a $2 fun pass, and became Caine's first customer. It turned out that Nirvan was also a filmmaker. One day he came back to ask Caine's dad if he could make a short film about his son's arcade. Caine's dad said yes, and Nirvan made an 11 minute film about Caine's arcade. Nirvan also planned a flash mob at the auto shop to make his day. As a result Caine got many customers, and now there are kids from allover the U.S coming to his cardboard arcade in Los Angeles. Caine has inspired many kids around the world to not give up on their dreams and to persevere through hard times.

Preparing to Win Maury Wills (Sequencing)

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Bethany Hamilton (Description)

Bethany Hamilton was born on February 8, 1990 in Lihue, Hawaii. Growing up, Bethany learned to surf. Since she lived in Hawaii she was very close to the ocean and practiced a lot. At the age of thirteen, Bethany ventured out with her friends into the ocean. While surfing she got her arm bit off by a 14 foot Tiger Shark, and lost 60% of her blood. Overwhelmed by the fact, Bethany went back to surfing in the ocean only after 3 weeks of recovery. One reason this affected her life, was that 2 years after her injury, she won a national title for surfing, and also got many awards for her incredible talent. Since her injury, she has been sharing her story and encouraging others to not give up on their dreams.

Oscar vs Christian (Compare & Contrast)

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E60 Jaydin Goldenstein's Remarkable Game (Problem/Solution)

Jaydin Goldenstein was born in Colorado, and played baseball his whole life. He attended Holyoke High School, and played on the varsity baseball team. Growing up Jaydin's mom worked as a nurse, but she had many problems with overdosing on drugs. On the day of Jaydin's game his mom took drugs from a patient and overdosed on them resulting in death. Even though his mom died, Jaydin played that day, and he said he wasn't playing for his mom because she did a terrible thing. He said he was complacent, and the conflict did not affect him. The adversity clearly did not affect him, because he landed up being 4-4 that day with 4 home runs, and having the best game of his life. As you can see Jaydin persevered through his hard times, and made the best of it.

Works Cited

Kersey, Cynthia. "Maury Wills: Preparing to Win." Unstoppable: 45 Powerful Stories of Perseverance and Triumph from People Just like You. Naperville, IL: Source, 1998. N. pag. Print.



"Bethany Hamilton | Profile." Bethany Hamilton. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 May 2016.


Davis, Joshua. Spare Parts: Four Undocumented Teenagers, One Ugly Robot, and the Battle for the American Dream. N.p.: n.p., n.d. Print.