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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, my class and I left our homes behind and embarked on an adventure that would change us forever.

Leaving behind the small-town atmosphere of southeastern Minnesota, in just a few hours we found ourselves in the “windy city,” Chicago, making our way to the top of Willis Tower and touring Millennium Park. Later that day, we traveled several more miles to tour part of the Notre Dame campus before settling down for the evening in Ohio.

An early morning wake-up call the next day landed us in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, the location of the bloody, three-day battle of the civil war where Union and Confederate soldiers clashed. Two days in Gettysburg was only enough time to explore a small fraction of the 6,000 acre battlefield with its many monuments and expansive history. This sacred ground proved to be a favorite highlight of our eighteen student group. As you can ask anyone in our small tour group, the events we experienced at Gettysburg on our tour impacted everyone deeply.

Not only did the cross-country tour teach us a lot about our country’s history, but we also experienced some of the beauty our country has to offer. After leaving Gettysburg we were able to drive through a portion of Shenandoah National Park and proceed through the Blue Ridge Mountains until we arrived for our overnight stay in Charlottesville, Virginia. The next day we began our exploration of Virginia’s landmarks including the breathtaking mountain top view of Thomas Jefferson’s home, Monticello. In the afternoon we made our way to colonial Williamsburg, Virginia for a look inside the Royal Governor’s Palace and the rest of the historic town.

On April Fools’ Day we finally made it to our nation’s capitol, Washington, D.C. For the next four days, the District of Columbia would serve as home for Lanesboro’s seniors. Tours of downtown Washington, D.C. which included many monuments, memorials, the Capitol building, the White House, the Supreme Court, the Library of Congress, and many other sites were a great chance for discovery of our nation’s prestigious, large-scale landmarks. Among them were the Lincoln Memorial, the Jefferson Memorial, the Vietnam Wall, and the Korean .....
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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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Journal Writing Project Thinking of spring

By Bailey Hanson

Mon, Mar 12th, 2012
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Baseball fans are wondering what’s happening in spring training, football fans are wondering who’ll be drafted in which round, and golfers are wondering when they’ll be able to get out on the course again. As a high school senior, I’m also w ..... 
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Journal Writing Project No Escape

By Katie Wolter

Mon, Mar 5th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

I wasn’t fast enough. All those years of running track, and they were still gaining on me. To be honest, it was an unfair chase. They had titanium steel legs, and I had only my human legs. The year was 2102. They called themselves the Control. Sin ..... 
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The good old days

By Colin Richert

Mon, Feb 27th, 2012
Posted in All Journal Student Writing Project

Do people remember the good old days? I’m 17, and I remember when I could go to town without seeing some moron wearing pants five sizes too big for his behind, hanging below the designated area they were made for. I think all the hope for any good ..... 
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Journal Writing Project A Little ‘More’ Political Insight

By Mitchell Walbridge

Mon, Feb 20th, 2012
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Every morning when I wake up, I usually follow my routine. Generally, that includes switching on the television to view what is happening in the world. Over the past several months, the news has been plagued by stories of the latest details ..... 
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Journal Writing Project What I’ve learned so far

Mon, Feb 13th, 2012
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By Kiah Halvorson If I were to give a commencement address on the things that I have learned over the past seventeen years, it would have a lot of quotes that I have heard that have all had significant meaning in my life in some way or another. ..... 
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Journal Writing Project Part of the family at Judy's

Fri, Jan 27th, 2012
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Beeeep! The cash register angrily tells me that I hit the wrong button.

Riiing! "Lenora, can you grab the phone for me?" I ask.

"Can we have some more water?" a customer at table three asks.

The shuffling of chairs, frying ..... 
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