[As seen in Creston News Advertiser December 17, 2015]
The staccato of Darwin West’s voice reverberated throughout the room as he pointed to members of the crowd holding up little white cards. The tension rose, a steady thing you could practically feel in your chest.
Then, it was over. But the tension remained. This tension wasn’t because of a mounting fight among auction-goers. It wasn’t about silly words out of a person’s mouth. This tension was like magic because it increased every time the Creston Fire and Rescue bench went up for bid in the course of one night.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: It’s what we do
Title: The Hunger Games
Author: Suzanne Collins
Series: The Hunger Games #1
Published: September 2008
Publisher: Scholastic Press
From: Shawna Freeman
The fourth and final Hunger Games film was released on the silver screen: The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part II. Since I don’t have cable or Internet, I’ve been slow in learning when certain films will be released; this one is included. But, when I discovered it was showing at the Creston movie theater, I jumped back on the wagon I love so much and began devouring the Suzanne Collins novels.
Continue reading Book Review: The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, February 19, 2015]
Recently, I’ve read stories about the nation’s education system, and the different pieces of legislation being considered to improve and expand graduation rates and work force.
I want to commend several people I know who are continuing their education. My friend and former coworker Sarah Brown is obtaining her master’s degree, while maintaining a job and caring for her family. Kelsey Hollen, another friend, also has her master’s degree in the works while working full-time at Southwestern Community College.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: U.S. in comparison to international education
[As seen in Creston News Advertiser, October 30, 2014]
Thanks to the wonder that is Facebook, I’ve been able to keep up with what my high school and college friends have been doing since graduation. Many have gotten married and had babies, while others have focused on themselves and climbed the career ladder.
This got me thinking about what I want to do with my future. I’ve so many options, but only one sticks out to me right now: continue my education.
Continue reading Girl on Fire: Baby steps to further education