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Journal Writing Project - Home - 5/2/11


Fri, Apr 29th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Home, it's where the heart is, home sweet home. Dictionary.com defines home as a house, apartment, or other shelter that is the usual residence of a person, family, or household. To me, home is what has made me who I am today. I believe that everyone has their own definition of what "home" is to them. It's hard to believe that in less than a month I will have graduated from high school. This fall I will be attending college at South Dakota State University in Brookings, SD, making it my new home.

A few of my fondest memories are my kindergarten graduation, the activities we did during team time, and playing Mr. Feine's silent ball. Also, I remember dreading the first day of my freshman year of high school because I was going to be called a "fish." I know one thing for sure, I would not be the person I am today if it wasn't for the people in my life. My community, school, church, friends, and family have made me into the person I am today, and I want thank them. They are all part of the definition of my "home."

Thinking back on my childhood there isn't a whole lot I would want to change, and I wouldn't give up the memories I have created for anything! I love the small community where you know everyone and everyone knows you, and being a member of my country church where I am a Sunday School teacher. I couldn't imagine growing up in a large school, not knowing my classmates' first and last names. Not having my friends that I have gone through so much with, and gotten close with for the past 18 years. The people that have "affected" my life the greatest would be my family. They have all contributed to making my "home."

Due to the fact that I grew up on a rural farm gave me the chance to see a familiar faces whenever I went into town, and very soon the opportunity to serve on my town's volunteer ambulance service. I'm very anxious to start college and have a new "home" for the next six years, but I will always remember where I built my foundation.

Katie Ristau is a student at Fillmore Central High School. She is one of 10 area students participating in the Journal Writing Project, now in its twelfth year.

Journal Writing Project - A trip to D.C.: no politics involved

Fri, Apr 22nd, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Looking back upon the past articles I've had published this year, I realized neither of them were personalized all too much. I wrote about topics that were important or relevant to the times, but I didn't exactly let you readers into the know about ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Who Knows What the Future May Hold

Tue, Apr 19th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

It was hard deciding on a topic that I would like to write on for my last article. After asking my family and some of my friends, they all told me to write on the same thing, my last few months of high school and what I plan on doing next year. Thin ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - A boy and his cat

Mon, Apr 11th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Sure, boys are tough.  And my little brother, I've always thought was one of the toughest. But, I learned recently that he actually does have a heart. Here's how it happened.

It was a twenty below windchill day last winter when he walk ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - 4/4/11

Mon, Apr 4th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Have you ever wanted to tell somebody something in the worst way, but you simply couldn't? Have you ever heard the saying, "Some things are better left unsaid?" What if these "things" were better off being heard? Heart pacing (thump thump thump), t ..... 
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The Stolen Generation

Fri, Mar 18th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

If you haven't heard about the "Stolen Generation," you aren't alone. I only just heard about it when my teacher was giving me ideas on what to write for this column. I've been reading all the other students 'articles, and it seems that most of them ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - A great opportunity

Mon, Mar 14th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

Many of you have probably lived in Preston for a majority of your life and may not have known about the Preston Area Community Foundation, or PACF. PACF is an organization that serves the Preston area by supporting programs and projects that help im ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Eat right with color-you are what you eat

Fri, Mar 4th, 2011
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Maybe one more piece of cake, just another serving of pie, or perhaps just one more scoop of ice cream to go with our dessert. Sure, when making this decision we remember we've heard it more often than not-eat healthy, be active. Except whe ..... 
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Journal Writing Project - Step out of the box - 2/28/11

Fri, Feb 25th, 2011
Posted in Journal Student Writing Project

When I was younger, I was a shy little girl. I never wanted to leave my parents' side or adventure on my own. Several events in my life have made me change my outlook, from my dad committing suicide to my brother being in Iraq. These life-changing e ..... 
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