Friday, April 17, 2015
Do you have someone who inspires you? Kathy is a teacher at O’Neill High. She is very hard working and loves to help people. Well I do, Kathy Hostert. In this essay I’m going to be telling about how Kathy got help growing up, how she become a teacher, and one of her family stories she remembers.
Kathy grew up in Norfolk, Nebraska; she was not scared to ask for help when she needed it. In school she wasn't very good, so she started getting some help from her teachers in the morning before school. When she was a seventh grader, her teacher helped her to read better. Every day her teacher let her be late to class because she didn't want other kids to know she was going to special reading. In tenth grade she and another boy in her class went to school at 7:30am to get help with grammar because they had sports after school so they couldn’t come then.
Other teachers helped her not only with school, but also decide on a career. Can you believe during her senior she only went to school until 10:50 am. At eleven o’clock, she went to work with her mom at a sporting goods store. Then around 2:00 pm she helped a special education teacher work with bad behavior kids. She always thought she would just work at the sporting goods store, but at the end of July she didn’t want to work with her mom anymore, so she decided to go to college to be a special education teacher.
Even though she got help from her teachers, she also got help from her parents. Her mom and dad always wanted her to work hard. One story Kathy remembers is when her daughter, Heidi, was playing volleyball. Heidi was very nervous. It was her turn to serve the ball. Then Kathy’s dad said “Bring the whip!” meaning to hit the ball at them as hard as she could. This made Heidi more nervous, and she missed the serve. Heidi was embarrassed, but later when writing a college scholarship application, she wrote about how her grandpa was pushing her to do her best, and that her grandparents and her parents just wanted her to try hard.
Her parents inspired her, like she inspires me. She inspires me because she is not scared to ask for help. She is not afraid to say that she wasn’t good at school, so that helps me to know that I should work hard and never give up. Even if I am not the best at school, I can set goals that help me achieve the things I want in life.
Thursday, April 2, 2015
Did you know Honolulu means Sheltered Bay? Honolulu is located in Hawaii it is also the capital of Hawaii. Honolulu covers the island of Oahu. It is about 2,400 miles (3,860 kilometers) from San Francisco. Sometimes Honolulu is called Crossroads of the Pacific. Honolulu has a lot of different foods, plants and sights.
There are lots of different kinds of foods in Honolulu. Poke Bowl is one of Honolulu’s favorite foods. It has cubes of raw fish with salt, poke, seaweed, onion, soy sauce and sesame oil. Have you ever heard of Oxtail Soup? Well, in Honolulu they have it. Oxtail Soup has Chinese red dates, dried orange peel, star anise, peanuts and dried shiitake. Honolulu also has many different kinds of fish. Some of the fish are salmon, squid, tuna and crab.
Honolulu is full of bright colors and trees. The mangos grow in most all of Hawaii’s islands. The mangos grow on a tree. Mango trees can get up to 50-70ft tall. Golden shower trees also of Honolulu well known trees. The golden shower tree is grown for it beautiful yellow flowers. You can see this tree grown on common streets. Strawberry Guaua is a tree that you many see in in wet forests. This tree is almost like a weed. It is on most of Hawaii’s islands.
One thing Honolulu is well known for is the sights to see. Hanauma Bay Nature Preserve is the most popular place to go snorkeling. You can explore reefs and colorful fish. It is located on the southeast tip of East Honolulu. Diamond Head is also known as Leahi (brow of the tuna). The British gave Diamond Head its name because the British thought they would find diamonds. The diamonds are not valuable at all. Manoa Falls is a 150 feet down the mountainside. On Manua Falls you can go hiking and see the waterfall. Manoa Falls is one of the most crowed trails in Honolulu.
Honolulu, Hawaii is full of many different things to see, do, and try. You might find something you love to do there. If you like hiking and warm weather, this is definitely the place for you. I hope you choose to go to Honolulu, Hawaii the next time you go some where on a family vacation.
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