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Journal Writing Project: Music is a world of understanding


Fri, Nov 9th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kirsten Ruen

A trip of a lifetime—No, a one-time kind of deal—Or, how about, a life changing experience. Whatever you want to call it, it was all but a waste of time! This summer, my European tour of seven beautiful countries was the best thing that has ever happened to me, and rarely can I get it off my mind. A little over four months ago, I had no idea what it would be like to travel with 260 teenagers across Europe, how busy the streets of London actually are, or how much music can bring any group of people together to have a good time.

I will tell you a little bit about the music program I went with, first, before I start telling you about all the good stuff! Minnesota Ambassadors of Music is a choir and band program where top music students from all around the state are nominated by directors from their high school. Nominated students then get the opportunity to perform in a seven-country European tour. With help from many amazing music staff, this program was led by Chip Williams and his wife, Joni Sutton. The choir was directed by Mr. Bill Krinke and Chip directed the band. A total of around 150 singers and 130 musicians had this opportunity of a lifetime.

When I signed up for the trip, I was more interested in the sight-seeing and just the fact that I was going to be in Europe. But, during the tour, I realized how much more I appreciated music. I felt as if my love for music had blossomed into something beautiful. There was never a song we sang that didn’t give me goose bumps or a band piece that didn’t make me eager to play more. The feeling was so fulfilling. The crowd was definitely the best part of the concerts. Elderly ladies and gentlemen danced to French Festival, a band piece. Thunderous applause filled basilicas after each song, like Wana Baraka, a choreographed choir song. The audience got into every song we performed, with smiles across their faces. Even occasional “whoops” and cheers from the crowd! It seemed to me that Europeans have a great admiration for this kind of music.

Meeting new people was another thing I cherished about this trip. I went on this trip only having one person I knew, my best friend, Megan, also from LHS. Amazingly, it only took me a few days to know my fellow ambassadors as if I had grown up with them. It is so comforting to know that there are people out there who share the same interests as me. I could be myself around them, and that’s .....
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Journal Writing Project: Music stereotypes

Fri, Oct 26th, 2012
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

By Erin Woods Teenagers often identify themselves with the type of music they listen to. I know I do. I am seventeen years old and it’s easier to hang out with someone who likes my music for more reasons than one. Remember those car rides with y ..... 
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Who’s better: Duke, Duke or Duke?

By Mike Walsh

Fri, Oct 19th, 2012
Posted in Preston Journal Student Writing Project

Before I write for everyone here in the Journal I should probably tell everyone a little about myself. My name is Mike Walsh, the son of Andy and Maggie Walsh. I currently am a senior at Fillmore Central. I have one sister, Caitlyn, who is in ninth ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Discrimination

By Sam Stocker

Mon, May 14th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

I have recently come to understand something new. I really didn’t see it before, or maybe I always knew it, and I just chose to ignore it. Maybe everyone does. A couple weeks ago, I had the opportunity to judge FCCLA STAR events in Minneapol ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Moving On

By Bailey Hanson

Mon, May 7th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

May is finally here, prom season is in full swing, and Memorial Day is right around the corner. Now my English teacher always tells me not to write about the cliché things people always say about graduation, but I just can’t help it, so here goes ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A startling epidemic

By Katie Wolter

Mon, Apr 30th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Recent studies have shown an increase of senioritis among area seniors. This non-fatal but crippling disease has been on the rise since the end of Christmas break. This disease is highly contagious, and outbreaks have been recorded throughout ..... 
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Journal Writing Project On the Road Again

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Apr 16th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

To begin, I have to note that I did borrow the title of Willie Nelson’s hit “On the Road Again” for my own title as Lanesboro’s Class of 2012 was recently “traveling places that [they’ve] never been.” In the early morning of March 28, ..... 
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Journal Writing Project What would you do?

Mon, Apr 2nd, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

By Kiah Halvorson Almost everyone knows Tim McGraw’s song “Live Like You Were Dying.” In the song, the man is diagnosed with cancer. And he’s thinking about the fact that he only has a month to live. While thinking about his life, he makes ..... 
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Journal Writing Project The importance of being Earnest

By Sam Stocker

Mon, Mar 19th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

“Earnest,” when used as an adjective, is defined as “resulting from or showing sincere and intense conviction.” A list of synonyms include “devout,” “sincere,” and “dedicated.” Antonyms include “frivolous” and “halfhearted ..... 
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