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Journal Writing Project: Growing Up in a Small Town


By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand

Dear residents of 55954,

Being a senior in high school and graduating next month, I have had a lot of time reflect on my years at Mabel-Canton. There has always the ups and the downs, and I realize now that the ups outweigh the downs. I was in cheerleading my ninth and tenth grade year, and I started softball my tenth grade year. With those two sports alone, I have learned so much, and I continue to learn. My senior year I managed volleyball, boys and girls basketball, and I play softball. Over the years, I have learned that it takes more than just the players on a field or a court to create a team.  It is no different than a community; we all work together for the betterment of the “team”.  Each person has his or her role:  the stars of the team shine, the coaches offer their heart and soul to the team, the average players get their time on the field/court, the less athletic dress in uniform and cheer on their teammates. Going to a small school, people get more opportunity of playing time than being in a larger school.

Being in a small community, we really get to know everyone, literally. I am a senior, and I know a majority of the kindergarteners, along with their parents and grandparents. When I walk down the hallways on the elementary side, the kids run up to me with open arms looking for a hug, or they have an excited hello! Also, walking down the hallways on the high school side, we will always get a “hello” or a friendly smile. I don’t believe I could get that in a larger school. Also, I know the owners of the small businesses in Mabel.  I am acknowledged by name when I enter into their stores. They know who I am, they know my mom, my dad, my siblings, my grandparents. I have heard stories of how they know where to return me if I am lost, simply by my looks!

Being in a smaller community I have been taught a lot. I learned that it is always beneficial for me to be kind and courteous to others. I have learned that walking down the streets of Mabel and hearing the words “Hi, how are you?” make me feel good. Knowing I have been acknowledged make me happy. When I was in Washington D.C. with my fellow classmates, no one held doors for us as we walked in, no one said hello or offered a friendly smile when we walked past one another. By growing up in a small town, I learned the importance of doing random acts of kindness such as smiling at one another, shoveling a s .....
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Journal Writing Project: Growing Up in a Small Town

By Gabrielle Sand

Mon, Apr 27th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

By Gabrielle Sand Dear residents of 55954, Being a senior in high school and graduating next month, I have had a lot of time reflect on my years at Mabel-Canton. There has always the ups and the downs, and I realize now that the ups outweigh the ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Dual enrollment

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Dual enrollment is when a high school student is taking a class for both college and high school credit. This is a good opportunity for high school students who are looking to further their education while they are still needing to complete their hi ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Dual enrollment

By Stephanie Phillips

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

Dual enrollment is when a high school student is taking a class for both college and high school credit. This is a good opportunity for high school students who are looking to further their education while they are still needing to complete their hi ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music

By Jeremiah Munson


A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Riha ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Peterson Journal Student Writing Project

A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Riha ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The Beatles’ impact on music

By Jeremiah Munson

Mon, Apr 13th, 2015
Posted in Rushford Journal Student Writing Project

A couple of days ago Ringo Starr came out with a new album called “Postcards from Paradise” and I have been listening to it constantly. Another former Beatle, Paul McCartney, has also been active recently doing two songs with Kanye West and Riha ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Easter in a nutshell

By Alexis Jorgensen

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Lanesboro Journal Student Writing Project

What does Easter mean to you? For many people, Easter is a well-known holiday that most people recognize as an overabundance of Easter eggs, candy, and of course, the Easter bunny. But, what is the true meaning of Easter? And what does a long-eared, ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Herbs

By Sara Vettleson-Trutza

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Canton Journal Student Writing Project

Bt Sara Vettleson-Trutza Think about this: a woman has a chronic illness. She takes a conventional medication and has been doing so for a long time. The medication works sometimes and does an okay job, but the ailment never seems to be working. Her ..... 
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