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Journal Writing Project: A caged life


By Peyton Bergey

Fri, Mar 14th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Imagine if you were kept locked up in a cage 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Imagine if your whole world was made up of fake grass and fake rocks within a certain radius. Now, I don’t know about you, but that is not a life I would want to live, so why give animals that life?

There are many things that people enjoy doing and things that we like to do for fun. Such as, going to the zoo. For us this is a wonderful time to see animals that we don’t get to see in our everyday lifestyle, but for animals it isn’t such a glamorous life. Person after person, picture after picture these animals are just hiding behind the cages. I’m not here to say that zoos are inhuman. I would just like to say that maybe there is a different way to view them!

The other day I saw a picture of a truck that acted as a cage and the back full of people and it drove through what looked like a big jungle checking out all of the zoo animals running free. Now to me, this seemed so much healthier for the animals to get to run wild and free while we check them out.

Don’t get me wrong, I love zoos and I love to go see the animals that otherwise I would never get to see in my lifetime. This is not about how well the animals are treated, but whether we have a right to confine them for our amusement. I feel that if people want to see animals they can visit them in their natural habitat in the wild or we should find a way to give them more space.

Animals can sometimes suffer anxiety from not being in their natural habitat and unfamiliar surroundings and restricted movements. Next time you are in a zoo please stop and think if you would like to live the life they do. If the answer is ‘no’, let’s change it!

Peyton Bergey is a student at Mabel-Canton High School. She is one of 8 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its fifteenth year.

Journal Writing Project: My birthday article

By Kirby O’Connor

Fri, Mar 7th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

The day of writing this article is my birthday, March 3. I am 18 today. I am considered an adult by most rules of society now. The responsibility of being an adult is all around me. For the last few months I’ve been preparing myself for which c ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Bullying

By Kaysie Kerns

Fri, Feb 28th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Bullying is unwanted, aggressive behavior among school aged children that involves a real or perceived power imbalance. The behavior is repeated, or has the potential to be repeated, over time. Bullying is everywhere we look whether or not we like t ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Going for the gold

By Emily Brumm

Fri, Feb 14th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

This year marks the 22nd winter Olympics, which take place every four years. There are 98 different events and 15 different winter sport disciplines. This year it is being held in Sochi, Russia. This is the first Olympics to be held in Russia since ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Extra curricular activities

By Anna Christoph

Fri, Feb 7th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Extra curricular activities are exceptionally supported and appreciated in our small community. Anything from volleyball, basketball, baseball, softball, band, choir, etc. are what bring our communities together. Even the most competitive teams rema ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The lone star state

By Kaia Hongerholt

Fri, Jan 31st, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

When a teenager goes on a class trip, they have a brand new experience. One entirely different than one they would enjoy with family or friends. At Lanesboro High School there are two anticipated class trips; the classic Washington D.C. trip for the ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: Fall memories

By Abigail Hanson

Fri, Jan 24th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

As a high school junior, I spent a great deal of time thinking about college and the future. I knew college was expensive and wanted to get ahead of the game. I enrolled in an “Online in the High School” college level Introduction to Sociology co ..... 
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Journal writing project: 2013: A year to remember

By Lydia Geving

Fri, Jan 10th, 2014
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

As we are now settling into 2014 let’s take a glimpse back at some events that occurred in 2013. To start off the year, on January 4, 2013, President Barack Obama was officially declared by Congress, the winner of the 2012 election. Janurary 6 ..... 
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Journal Writing Project: The New Year

By Kaysie Kerns

Fri, Dec 27th, 2013
Posted in Mabel Journal Student Writing Project

It’s hard for me to believe that another year has come and gone and it is almost 2014. I can’t help but wonder where the year went. As I recall the year, I looked back at the three top news stories. I found The Jodi Arias Trail, Obamacare, and T ..... 
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