The Perseverance Paper
What is Perseverance?
Carroll Academy Lady Jaggs
In the video, the “Lady Jags” were apart of Carroll Academy due to their personal problems and/or home problems. Not only do they have to go to that school but they also need to play on the school basketball team, weather they are amazing or terrible.
Jordan for example, comes home from school, finding her mother passed out drunk on her front porch, or not there at all. Also, Kayla’s mom has abused drugs all her life and Kayla herself has done it when she was eight. Another member of Carroll Academy, Hayley has a serious bipolar disorder and can lose her temper in a split second. All of these things are problems because without the right type of care, these problems won’t turn into solutions. All three of these girls and many more are not only suffering from personal problems, but also are court ordered to play on the “Lady Jags” basketball team. Carroll Academy is known for changing students lives for the better, not basketball. They have a losing streak of 200 games and counting. The last game they won was in 2005. Randy Hatch (head coach) and Patrick Steele (director of security) believed that there was a solution to these problems. After a while at Carroll Academy, some of these girls were clean enough to go back home, take Jordan for an example. Also, on the day that Jordan got to go back to her other high school, they had their last basketball game of the season, but Randy knew that these girls had it in them to beat at least one team. After a hard battle fought, they scored a ravishing 30 points but still lost.Even though they lost, Randy and Patrick were so proud of the Lady Jags. Patrick was so proud that he sang a little David Ruffin. The Lady Jags, Randy and Patrick didn’t care if they were losing. Its losing to win, that makes them well on there way on the road to perseverance.
Jackie Robinson didn’t just show up to play, he showed up because of a whole other person. Branch Rickey. When Branch was younger (but not that young) he was against racism when he was coaching a baseball team and they all had to stay in a hotel. The hotel had denied their request due to the color of Charlies skin, but luckily with some convincing that player, got to stay in the same room as Branch. Right as Branch was falling asleep that night, he was woken by the sound of crying. He was discouraged and morose about his skin color and even tried scratching the color off from his black skin. Branch knew that there needed to be a change in the way that America plays baseball. So for him to be able to complete this plan Branch would have to find the right player for the job. After a few years of stamina and searching Rickey found a man named Jackie Robinson. Branch mentally and physically prepared Robinson for the big leagues because they both knew that Jackie wouldn’t be welcomed with open arms. Branch told how Robinson would have to remain calm and not talk back to the other players, but at the same time not let them walk all over you. He also told how he would hear terrible things about his race and many other offensive terms and how things may get physical with people on and off the field. But through all that Jackie and Branch had each others back and it was a huge success not only for Jackie but for Mr. Branch Ricky.
Winston Churchill came from a long line of English aristocrat-politicians. Churchill was born at near Oxford on November 30, 1874. He was educated at the Harrow prep school, where he performed so poorly in his academic work. Instead of an education, in 1893, young Winston Churchill headed off to military school at Sandhurst. After he left Sandhurst, Churchill traveled all around the British Empire as a soldier and as a journalist. In 1896, he went to India. In 1899, the London Morning Post sent him to cover the Boer War in South Africa, but he was captured by enemy soldiers almost as soon as he arrived. By the time he returned to England in 1900, the 26-year-old Churchill had published five books. That same year, Winston Churchill joined the House of Commons as a Conservative. In 1912, Churchill turned his attention away from domestic politics when he became the First Lord of the Admiralty. After Churchill began to prepare Great Britain for war. “I have nothing to offer but blood, toil, tears and sweat,” Churchill told the House of Commons in his first speech as prime minister. “We have before us many, many long months of struggle and of suffering. You ask, what is our policy? I can say: It is to wage war, by sea, land and air, with all our might and with all the strength that God can give us; to wage war against a monstrous tyranny, never surpassed in the dark, lamentable catalogue of human crime. That is our policy. You ask, what is our aim? I can answer in one word: It is victory, victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory, however long and hard the road may be; for without victory, there is no survival.” Just as Churchill predicted, the road to victory in World War 2 was long and difficult.