Friday, April 17, 2015

My Inspiration

Matt W.

My Inspiration
Have you ever wondered if there was one person on Earth with all the same digits for a birthdate? That person could be my dad. He was born on July 7, 1977(7-7-77). My dad is my inspiration. And that is what this project is all about: My dads childhood sports, education, how education helps, and his life after college.
This paragraph is going to be about my dads childhood sports and education. My dad played many sports. They included soccer, baseball, football, basketball, and track. Football was by far his favorite. In soccer he usually played forward because he was always the fastest. In baseball, he played all the positions. In basketball, it was the same thing. He played just about all positions. He also played many football positions too. They are HB, FB, TE, WR, DB, LB, and on some occasions KR. He says that track was probably his second favorite sport. His normal events were Shot put, Discus, the 4x1 relay and sometimes he would do the 200 meter dash and Triple jump as well. Some of his biggest rivals in the shot put and discus were our cousin Danny Peed, and former Husker special teams star Matt Ickes. His brother Adam Ickes started at OLB. My dad went to various schools. He went to country schools, and a lot of them. He went to Ewing, Niobrara, and finally Graduated his High School years at Lynch high school in 1995. And that is all for my dads childhood sports and his education.
Now I will tell you about How Education helped my dads life. My dad graduated from Lynch in 1995. He worked for a year to save up enough money for college. After that year was up and he had saved up enough money, he enrolled at Nebraska College of Technical Agriculture. He was also on the basketball team. He says that college helped him by learning to plan ahead, set a schedule, and helps achieve goals better. College also helped him in his trucking company by learning accounting, business management, and hard work. And that is a few things that helped my dad in life.
Finally, I will tell you about my dads overall life. He was born in Houston as I have already said. Then his parents divorced. Then his mom got remarried to a great guy named Kevin Wilson. Then my dad graduated, and went to college. My mom and dad met in a restaurant  where my mom was working. Then they did all that dating stuff and proposal stuff. Then they were married in 2002. Then I came along! After me, my mom had a miscarriage, then Hope, Luke and then Adam or AJ. In 2009, My uncle, SGT Adam J Bosley died in a motorcycle wreck. Then in 2011, our family, except my dad who was working, got in a terrible car accident were we all ended up in the hospital. My dad once told me,” Take nothing in life for granted, because it can all be taken away from you in the blink of an eye.” And he was nothing but right. My dad also told me,” live for today, plan for tomorrow, and love people every day and mean it. My dad is now 37, and my mom is 35. And that is just some of my dads life!
That was my inspiration. Brave, honest, hard-working, athletic… My dad. He is my inspiration and I don't think I’ll ever have a better one! That is my inspiration! Who will your Inspiration be?

By Matt W.

Thursday, April 2, 2015

Washington D.C.

“Where in the World”
Matt W.
2nd Period

                           Washington D.C.
     Have you ever thought about going to Washington D.C? But then you think,”No, too much money, especially for the plane tickets and taxi, and what am I going to do in Washington D.C. anyway? Well, I will tell you,”whats to do!” And that means you should put your phone down, and stop texting your girlfriend, and get to reading!

First off, the Marine Corps War Memorial. This amazing memorial of American history is in the entrance of Arlington National Cemetery. It honors all United States Marines who have died since 1775, the year of the Marine Corps establishment. The monument shows five Marines and one Navy sailor. The Marines are: SGT Michael Strank, CPL Harlon Block, PFC Rene Gagon, PFC Ira Hayes, and PFC Franklin Sousley. The Sailor’s name is Pharmacist Mate Second Class John Bradley. It portrays the soldiers raising the American Flag at the Battle of Iwo Jima during WWII. This statue is made of mostly Bronze and some other metals that I don't know what they are. This statue was made and designed by Horace W. Pealee. And that is all I will tell you about the Marine Corps War Memorial.

Now, Arlington National Cemetery. The Marine Corps War Memorial is at the entrance of the cemetery. All cemeteries are special. Mostly every cemetery has a buried veteran. But this one is even more special. It holds veterans and only veterans. But there are a few exceptions. It also contains the bodies of President William Taft, and most of the Kennedy family. The cemetery is located north of Washington Monument. Some interesting facts of Arlington National Cemetery. First, it is located on the confiscated estates of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. Arlington is the only national cemetery to hold servicemen from every war in U.S. history. Lastly, did you know that three World War II enemy combatants are buried at Arlington National Cemetery? Neither did I! Thanks for tuning in on Arlington National Cemetery. 

Last but certainly not least, Lincoln Memorial. Some people call this “Majestic.” It was built in 1922 by Henry Bacon in the style of Greek temples. The piece of art started to be constructed in 1914. It is said that Abrahams head is to be bowed in thought or prayer. Did you know, that Martin Luthor King Jr. spoke his famous,” I have a dream” there? I did. Did you know that the statue itself is 99 feet tall? Did you know that around 3,638,806 people visit this every year? On the back of Lincoln’s statue, it says,"IN THIS TEMPLE AS IN THE HEARTS OF THE PEOPLE FOR WHOM HE SAVED THE UNION THE MEMORY OF ABRAHAM LINCOLN IS ENSHRINED FOREVER.” That is all for Lincoln Memorial.

Now do you want to go Washington D.C? I thought so. But, so do I. That is all for my essay on “Where in the World” on Washington D.C!

Book: America The Beautiful by Deborah Kent
Marine Corps War Memorial: World Book Student by James H. Pickerall
Lincoln Memorial: World Book Student by Jim Steinberg
Arlington National Cemetery: World Book Student by Jane Donovan
Washington D.C: World Book Student by Jane Donovan