About Vanessa

I love to race go-karts, figure 8s, and hobby stock. I love racing and hunting. I mostly hunt Deer. I also like art and photography.

Career Day

A Career Day was held for the eighth graders around my area to make them start looking forward to their future plans. My day was filled with three twenty-minute classes about that occupation. We were able to pick the three things that we are possibly interested in the future. I chose Photography, Mental Health, and Early Childhood Teacher.

The first class that I went to was Photography. Photography interests me because I have always found art and photography interesting to me. I love to snap pictures of different things. This class teaches you about how to run a studio, a business, and what the job is all about. Photography is taking pictures of people’s weddings, senior pictures, baby pictures, or just nature. To become a photographer, you would need great photo taking ability, and my instructors told me that you also need good people skills. You have to be able to talk to others and interact with them about their pictures. After I walked out of the room I thought of the possibility of me becoming a photographer was about a 25% chance.

The next career that I learned about was Mental Health. A way that you could go into the Metal Health field would be a metal counselor. Counselors don’t perscribe medicine, they just talk with the child. They visit about every week or so to talk about their life, and why they might be acting the way they are. I learned that with kids, they might be scared of their emotions, so the counselors do activities to show what’s wrong. A quality to be great at this job would be patience. You need patience to understand the child. The one thing that I would need for this job would be a more understanding of the human body and brain. It takes lots of college and time to learn about human behaviors and what triggers emotions in the brain. This job is very interesting to me, and I would see myself doing it in the future. I love children, and like to help them in any way!

The last career that I wanted to learn about was an Early Childhood Teacher. I wanted to learn about how childhood teachers deal with twenty screaming children. Well, I walked into the class wanting to learn that, but I came out with something way different. I actually learned about a woman’s job with making education more safe. Some children are brought to a school, preschool, or daycare and can’t do anything! They get left in their car seat to sit there and watch some kind of TV show. The show might not even be educational! Even though I didn’t really learn about Early Childhood Teaching, I learned that we need strong and useful people to check every education building and their leaders. One quality would be to have very good patience, and to love children. I could see myself being a Early Childhood Teacher.

I learned a lot about what I hope to do in my future, and what kind of career path I want. Through going to Photography, Mental Health, and Early Childhood Teacher, I hope to work with children or people when I get older. I hope to also do something with art and teaching.

Pushed Over the Limit

My friend, Kenneth James Weishuhn, committed suicide on very late Saturday night, April 14. Kenneth was bullied about how he came out as a gay young teen. He told his family, then made it official on Facebook.

His bullies kept bothering him beings he was different. They didn’t like how he had lots of friends that were behind him. They created a Facebook page about hating gays. They figured out where he lived and harassed him, while also texting mean things to his phone. They also spread fake rumors about Kenneth.

Kenneth was a very kind friend. Everyone in the surrounding communities knew him as a young man who stood up for what he believed and felt. KJ was always telling funny stories and jokes to his friends. He was always there for you through the hard times. He couldn’t help but making you laugh.

Bullying needs to stop! Kenneth wanted to get away from it, and this was the only way that he could end it. Suicide isn’t the best solution, but Kenneth couldn’t think of any other way. His school didn’t help him as much as he wanted. He told his teachers, but they didn’t do as much as they could, because most of the things were happening outside of school. This is one of the many examples of teen suicide because of bullying. Kenneth was an amazing guy, and he didn’t deserve this!

Maybe our times don’t want to change. Those that were bullying Kenneth maybe weren’t ready for change. Maybe they didn’t want Kenneth to say that he’s gay beings they miss the old way he was. They maybe weren’t ready to have their classmate come out. We’re never sure what Kenneth was thinking his last moments, but we know that he was in a lot of pain and wanted it to be over.

Kenneth stood up for what he believed in, and of course this meant that he lost some friends, that ended up turning into bullies. He changed, but maybe people weren’t ready for that change.

We all miss you Kenneth. Now you can finally rest in peace up there, buddy. Watch over us. We miss you, KoJo.

 

His sister made an It Gets Better video:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gknoKV0pS1s

Kenneth’s friends made a video about him:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=StLkulrOC-E

The local newspaper’s story:

http://wp.paullinatimes.com/wordpress/archives/2480

 

“Be Buddies, not Bullies!” -Kenneth James Weishuhn

Kenneth

Video that I made about Kenneth:

Artists around the World

Our class had another Genius Hour. I really like art, so I decided to do some glogsters of my two favorite artists. Check them out!

 

Pablo Picasso

Pablo Picasso was a very well known in the 20th century. He was also known for inventing the cubism movement.

 

Leonardo da Vinci

Leonard da Vinci was a very talented artist, along with a genius. He was very scientific in many ways.

Skyping with Mr. Davis!

In history class we are learning about presidents. We have learned little facts about every president, and we have made learning fun. Mr. Davis is the author of Don’t Know Much About History, Don’t Know Much About Presidents, and is working on Don’t Know Much About American Presidents (for adults.)

We were skyping with Kenneth C. Davis, and he taught us about his books. He answered some of our questions about history and presidents. My class learned a lot from him, and we enjoyed skyping with him. 🙂

The Skype Screen

 

My class learning with Mr. Davis!

Visit Mr. Davis’ webpage! http://www.dontknowmuch.com/

My question was: What’s the difference between Democratic and Republican?

Do you know the answer to that question? (Comment below)

Barn Quilts

Our class is making a barn quilt for the school Gala. We have been working on them for the past couple of weeks, and they have turned out very neat.

We had our teacher Mrs. Krebs, go get some wood from a lumber yard. She got 4×4 feet of plywood. It was green treated, so it will last longer in the outdoors.

We then brought it into our room at school, and started sanding the wood. We don’t want anyone to get a sliver.

After that, we picked out our design. We looked in books that we found, and on the internet. We then picked a very nice looking pattern. We painted the whole board white so it would be an even color. The girls in my grade, which were in my group, then started to design it on the board. We drew it out with pencils just in case we messed up a little.

Then we started painting the black boarder which was 2 inches. We made sure that it was equal on all sides.

Then we taped some of it off, and then we started painting the blue. The blue was very pretty.

Once we were done with all the blue paint, we then started on the yellow paint. We had to be very careful, because we took the tape all off.

Once we were all done with the black, blue and yellow, we made sure that no white was showing through.

Afterwards, we took pictures of our masterpiece. It turned out very nice, and we like it a lot. What do you think?

 

Here is all the barn quilts that the 7th and 8th graders made: http://www.flickr.com/photos/mrsdkrebs/sets/72157628934503549/

Racing is what I do

There are many different kinds of racing. When someone says racing, do you think about a whole bunch of left turns, NASCAR, or maybe dirt bikes? Well I don’t race NASCAR or dirt bikes, but yes I do make a lot of left turns. I race go-karts, and my older brother, sister, and my Dad race figure 8s.

Racing isn’t just about left turns, there is a lot of thinking and work put into it. You have to figure out the right gear, and make sure that you have the right tires and that they have the right amount of air. You have to buy the right tire prep, and make sure that you have enough fuel. And you defiantly have to run your kart before you go out on the track, to make sure it’s running right.

When your sitting there, waiting for the final laps of the class before you, that’s when your heart starts racing. You think about if you’re going to bring home a big trophy, or if you’re just going to get skunked this race.

Then when the other class pulls off the track, and you push on the gas to get out on the track, that’s when my heart stops beating. I get this rush of energy, and I take a deep breath. I go around the corner, and look up at the flag man. He throws the green flag, and you take off with everything that you have.

You drive off the track with the biggest smiles on your face, because you know that you just brought home the biggest trophy. Your Dad runs over and gives you a high five, with a smile on his face. Then everyone walks over and tells you good race. That’s when you know you gave it your all.

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/lrargerich/3085330578/