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SCC Upward Bound Summer Program 2011 Student Writings

“UB Fit” Fitness in Mind, Body, And Spirit

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Acknowledgements The Upward Bound staff would like to thank the following people whose work made this collection of student writings possible: Language Arts Instructors

Ms. Susan Caperna Ms. Mindy Farmer Ms. Essence Jackson Ms. Liz Prenger Ms. Camille Patty Mike Atkinson Ms. Sherry Holley

Editor Technical Advisor Administrative Support

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Table of Contents I Ain’t Gone Rap .......................................................................................... 6 By Joshua Neal

NU7CAS3 in a Nutshell ................................................................................... 7 By Joshua Neal

That’s Barbeque, Boy ................................................................................. 8 By Joshua Neal

Tied to a Tree ............................................................................................ 9 By Allen Bumpus

If the River.................................................................................................. 9 By Chaley Johnson

Happy is a Thing with a Smile ................................................................. 10 By Presious Thornton

I WAS BORN TO ....................................................................................... 11 By Presious Thornton

About the Author ..................................................................................... 12 By Presious Thornton

I Am a Very Simple Person ....................................................................... 13 By Breauna Hayes

Love is the Thing with Majestic Ambience .............................................. 14 By Nylen Johnson

My Mom................................................................................................... 15 By Tanecia Thomas

Grass that Grows...................................................................................... 15 By Helen Cane

Success Road ............................................................................................ 16 By Travon Crawford

My Sunshine............................................................................................. 16 By Travon Crawford

This is a Photograph of Me ...................................................................... 17 By Nylen Johnson

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Table of Contents continued Born Poet ................................................................................................. 18 By Nylen Johnson

I Was Born to Perform ............................................................................. 19 By Carrlisa Heard

I Have Lost ................................................................................................ 20 By Edna Parkison

Worn by Weakness .................................................................................. 20 By James Matthews

My Blood Flows Deeper ........................................................................... 21 By Jasmine Lynch-Like

If the River................................................................................................ 22 By Aaliyah Winters

Family Road Trip ...................................................................................... 23 By Breauna Hayes

Tied to a Tree ........................................................................................... 24 By Christopher Gordon

I Was Born to Draw Manga ...................................................................... 25 By Dorron Applin

Do You Remember the Times? ................................................................ 26 By Dorron Applin

I Am .......................................................................................................... 27 By Jay Wenegieme

Last Breath ............................................................................................... 28 By Rian Espinal-Hoskins

Drained by Strife ...................................................................................... 28 By Joyce Harris

I Was Born To ........................................................................................... 29 By Kaylea Rhinehart

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Table of Contents continued

Sadness is a Thing with Claws ...................................................................... 29 By Kaylea Rhinehart

This is a Photograph of Me ...................................................................... 30 By Kaylea Rhinehart

You Can Be Told ........................................................................................... 30 By Kirk Davis

My Mango Book ........................................................................................... 31 By Lavar Euell

Family History .............................................................................................. 32 By Lavar Euell

A Bibliography ......................................................................................... 33-34 By Lavar Euell

Beyond the Mango Tree .............................................................................. 35 By Micah Epps

My Grandma ................................................................................................ 35 By Nicole Kates

If the River Doesn’t Carry You, Carry Yourself ............................................. 36 By Tiarra R. Brown

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I Ain’t Gone Rap I ain’t gone rap to you ‘bout women, money, or drugs Just gone rap from the heart and ignore your shrugs Gone rap to you about what I know to be true Don’t think I’m in it for the fame because I’m in it for you I speak for those who have lost their voice I can’t make them speak that’s their choice I want to instill in them my fighting spirit So their silent voice can speak where we all can hear it I’m too young to be speaking of truth, hurt, and pain But with all life, there’s knowledge gained I listen to sounds of the world as they fly past my ear Their sweet melodies and dark symphonies, I love to hear. The truth is everyone has a past We all are who we are because our history holds fast How we learn from it decides if we become dull lead or shining gem I chose to overcome my past with my creative writing It’s my alternative to spitting and fighting The world we know is different than how we perceive It’s more than the petty gifts of pity we receive If we want to break from out our shells and become our best We have to excel, excel at all the rest Our slacking and procrastination just won’t do. Wake up and listen: what’s wrong with you? The only way to prove to people who put us down they’re wrong Is to shine as bright as you can, brighter then you’ve ever shone. I come from a humble beginning and don’t deserve a fairy tale ending. Truth is they’re hard to come by so I’ll just put that on standby. Humanity has greatness but many sick horrors as well. We’re better than our past; our future’s bright as far as I can tell. Parents won’t be around much longer, so buck up and stand tall. If you don’t be strong, you’ll do nothing but fall The future can sometimes seem gray But I’ll be here to help you along the way…

---Joshua Neal

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NU7CAS3 in a Nutshell I’m a hope shining bright in a clouded sky I’m the corny guy with nothing to say but “hi” I’m a poet, an actor, a comedian, a playboy I get happy meals just for the toy I’m always busy but never getting anything done I wake way before the sun I’m a musician who always strikes lyrical gold I’m a lump of clay ready to mold I’m a kid with a grown up body I wear glasses because my vision’s spotty I ache, I cry, I feel. I like fruits you don’t have to peel. I’m a man of many talents and tricks I’m a rose but I don’t forget my pricks I’m imperfect but aren’t we all I love to break the fourth wall I read comics, eat junk food, and stay up late I spread false rumors about people I hate Kidding, I’m a bit of a joker I’m a sucker for poker. I’m me, with all that makes me him. I’ve listed my flaws but trust me that’s not all of them.

---Joshua EdwinT’ronNeal

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That’s Barbeque, Boy Oh my, what’s that tantalizing scent?! Listen well, son, I’ll give you a hint. Its succulent sauce stains your hands, Its mouth-watering taste is fit for a man. What savory meat could it be? Oy! That’s barbeque, boy! Chicken, Ribs, Pork or Beef, so chock-full of taste When it’s done, you’ll run with haste To the delicious meat you can’t wait to reach. A father’s first lesson he has to teach. That’s barbeque, boy! Traditional, Ritual, call it what you may. It’s so good, just one lick and you’ll feel the same way. Fall, winter, summer, or spring. It’s up to you. Good all–year: it’s Barbeque! ---Joshua Neal

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Tied to a Tree As I sit here tied to a tree I think of all the things that have happened to me Lies, suffering, fighting and arguing Those are the things that keep me tied to this tree Sitting here not able to move Trying to debate if I’m going to do well in school. --Allen Bumpus

If the River The last of five, I have no choice but to carry myself and mi familia to the top. I’ve seen what hard times do to us. The knowledge that’s ahead of me does nothing but good for me. The ambition that lies within is fuel to my fire. I have the faith in God, I know that He won’t fail me. Depending on others is in my past. My future holds in-dependency. So, I will not let the river carry me. ---Chaley Johnson

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Happy is a Thing with a Smile To my best friend, Rochelle A. Shoulders

Happy is a thing with a smile That glows from head to toe And shines brighter than the sun And stares at you with love. Happy is a thing with a smile That makes a stiff pain in their cheek And cheers you up when you’re down And comes around the corner when you’re scared. Happy is a thing with a smile. That appears in the dark sky like a star And holds your hand when you’re a baby And keeps you up when you’re bored. ----Presious Thornton

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I WAS BORN TO I was born to dance! Like one of the greats When they’re giving an exciting performance While expressing peaceful lyrics through dance. I was born to fly and touch the clouds Like Tinkerbell with her fairy dust When she lays back and flies through the clouds while she releases her stress and worries. I was born to invent a long-life-living chemical. Like Albert Einstein when he discovered e=mc2 as he wanted to make things easier. ---Presious Thornton

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About the Author

Author Presious Jewel Thornton was born April 8 th, 1993, in Ashville, North Carolina and raised in Dayton, Ohio. The oldest of three half-siblings: Jamicheal, Queen Jamayia, and Wynter, she is a loving, protective person. She treats and loves her two god-siblings, Travon and Skyania, as if they are all the same biological family. She calls two beautiful females, Tennille and Little, mother. and respects and loves them both with every inch of her body. She wouldn’t know what to do without them. Her determination and the fire under feet come from Grandmother Theresa, or Duchess, and her great Grandmother Bessie, who she calls Nanna. Presious has five close friends and a special friend who knows her well and pushes her to not give up or think down on herself.

Presious is very

dedicated to her family and loved ones.

---Presious Jewel Thornton

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I Am a Very Simple Person My mom is from Waynesboro, Mississippi, and my Daddy is from Dayton, Ohio. My mom moved to Ohio when she was sixteen and met my daddy when she was seventeen. I am the fourth child of six, three girls and three boys. I was born on the thirteenth day of November in 1994. Sometimes I secretly wish for a younger sister. Since birth I’ve been a TOTAL princess! Walking around, speaking my mind to any and every one I felt needed to hear what I had to say. Everyone in my family always called me “daddy’s girl” or “pawpaw’s girl.” At first I wasn’t very fond of it, then it eventually grew on me; I learned quickly the advantages of being a daddy or a pawpaw’s girl. I’ve always liked spending a lot of time with my little brother. He is my best friend in my family and will always be my best friend. I know that even after everyone that I call my friend turns their back on me and I have no one to turn to, he will always be there for me, and I will always be there for him. CaRrlissa Heard and Jonathan Smith are my two best friends outside of my family. I can talk to them about any and I mean ANYTHING! We go to different high schools so there’s always something new and interesting to talk about. When I graduate from high school I want to attend the University of Pittsburgh to earn a four-year degree in psychology and engineering. ----Breauna Hayes

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Love is the Thing with Majestic Ambience Love is the thing with majestic ambience That quenches the souls with melodies and can’t be drowned or destroyed and consumes and chars inside the heart. Love is a thing with majestic ambience That cranks the speakers in your obscure mind to a beautiful tone and calms the eyes inside you and forever lives in you. Love is the thing with majestic ambience That chooses to fill your soul with music remedies and molds your life into a never-ending story and collapses the aphonic walls that amplifies pain. ---Nylen Johnson

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My Mom She is a brownie Sweeter than sweet tea She is a vacuum Cleaning up everything she sees She is a diary That I tell all my worries to She is an angel sent from above Who watches and protects me, always She is a stuffed animal That comforts me when I’m afraid She is a Queen That keeps the house in line She is a mother That loves me so ---Tanecia Thomas

Grass that Grows Flowers that open and grass That grows, open my heart with Hope for growth. As the seasons change, Time stays the same. How full is your garden? Only you can say. Opportunities will bloom With Faith. Follow your heart and Find the way To a colorful garden Only you will create. ---Helen Cane

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Success Road As a young child you look forward to going Pro In football or basketball, And for me, I want success more than anything. Success is the best thing to have And I’m on the road to it. But at first, I wasn’t. I was on the road to disappointment. As I was going down that road I saw a sign saying “Success should be where you go.” So, I made a right turn, and now I’m headed to success, the road I should have been on before. ---Travon Crawford

Sunshine She is sunshine when you see her Because she is kind, careful, and loveable She is a pain Yelling as loud as she can to get her way She is a money machine Because she knows how to spend money She is my world Because she brought me into this world She is charity Giving back to others She is respect Because she treats her Mom like she is everything ---Travon Crawford

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This Is A Photograph Of Me

It was taken long ago in a holy place of peace, we all seem happy but we longed for the pain beyond the picture to cease. Blended in paper is a memory that brings the mind to ease. I say this because t used to be when I spoke I had to be so discreet. As you scan the picture with speed, it’s really hard to look beyond what you first see. In the image is a husky kid with three slender boys. Altogether we look like futuristic soldiers. I can’t believe I found this after pushing away old boulders.

---Nylen Johnson

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Born Poet I was born to be a poet like my favorite rapper Drake when he spits fire of pure substance, while his thoughts keep coming with abundance. I was born to be a worshipper like my entire legacy of pastors who shook the pillars of the church when life was decades younger while passing the torch further and further. I was born to breathe Chicago air like my uncle whose happiness made the city light up at night when the wind whispered in our ears and we were mesmerized by how wonderful the place is. ---By Nylen Johnson

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I Was Born to Perform on stage in front of millions like Young Money does. When they perform they do an awesome job so I know if I perform with them we will be a great combination.

I was born to wear chucks Like rock star and preppy dressers do. When I wear chucks it adds my own unique style. While wearing chucks I am different because I feel like my chucks, no one else has. I was born to be in a monument like the presidents. --CaRrlisa Heard

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I Have Lost I have lost another battle I don’t believe I’ll fight again For I am worn by weakness I can’t survive another round In this deserted cage match For I am worn by weakness ---Edna Parkison

Worn by Weakness I am worn by weakness I am picked on at school My parents could care less about me. My dad beats me and mom is never home. I’ve been jumped and beaten almost to death. I am nobody and people know I am nobody that’s why they Pick on me at school. I tell the teacher but Nothing ever happens. Kids take my lunch money every day. I have nobody to depend on because I am a nobody. I wonder why I was born, if I am a mistake. I look for a way out but there Seems to be only one way out. I’ll use a gun and show everybody That this nobody is a Somebody, and when they Hear that loud bang they will Know it’s me. They will feel sorry But it will be too late Because I’m already gone! ---James Matthews

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My Blood Flows Deeper My blood flows deeper than the rivers in the land of abundant waters. My father is the pea in my pod, My Father is also my God My mother birthed me and my handsome brother. She never kept her love for us undercover. My brother is my keeper and I am his. He’s the pep in my step, He is the Jones in our tri-family’s bones. If I was a tree I’d describe my roots as from The Strong Wilma Like and the Gentle Robert, My pawpaw who I love. And my roots connect to another tree, I don’t even consider them step-family. My dad’s love for a woman Branched-out my strength, Her roots became mine. I am the fruit of a tree whose love is divine. The newest addition is my baby sis, I love her little gentle kiss. My friends are my smiles, My family is my joy. God knew what He was doing As he constructed my life. My family prays for me And I’ll remain to pray for them. This is my conclusion: Victory is mine, I’m never losin’. ---Jasmine Lynch-Like

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If the River If the river doesn’t carry you, carry yourself. All my life that’s what I’ve been about. When the waves roll high And you wonder why Don’t let the drought run You dry. You can overcome the tides All you have to do is Try. If the river doesn’t carry you, you carry yourself. ---Aaliyah Winters

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Family Road Trip What is the first thing that comes to mind when you hear the words, ”family road trip”? Several things come to mind for me. I have a big family of eight with three brothers and two sisters. I am the youngest girl of my parent’s children. We have always been a close family, with very little drama. My mom and daddy were never married but as far as I can remember, they have always gotten along. Some of my favorite memories are when my daddy would take my brothers, sisters, and I on road trips. We would start of by getting up really early that morning. He would take us to breakfast. After that we would be on our way to our destination. He would always have something extra up his sleeve, like surprising us with a trip to a safari or local water park in the town that we were staying in for the night. Those were some of the best times of my life. Until about two years ago, when we found out he had cancer. I remember that day like it was yesterday, because when my mom told me it felt like someone had taken my heart out and crumbled it into pieces right in my face. Now, it’s just my little brother and I left in the house. I often find myself looking forward to the summer, just hoping that he could just surprise us with one more road trip before it’s too late. --- Princess Bre (Breauna Hayes)

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Tied to a Tree My eyes shut close The darkness I see I feel splinters in my back They’re stabbing against me I open my eye and look in the sky Bright blue is all I see As I am thinking about who I am And also who I will be. I try to run But my body won’t let me I try to escape But I just can’t flee I wonder why I’m stuck in the same spot Oh, I didn’t know I was tied to a tree. ---Christopher Gordon

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Applin 1 I WAS BORN TO DRAW MANGA Like a professional artist, focused on their new found art. When in the quiet of my subconscious, or while gathering inspiration. While observing, collecting, and putting down on paper the ideas that flow like water. I was born to travel through time. Like a traveling adventurer, ready to experience the new and old new worlds. When in a lab during free time. While using a time machine. I was born to be a featured artist of many. With All of the lights on. When in a studio or during moments of inspiration. When meeting with other famous artists. I was born to change the world. ---Dorron Applin

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Do You Remember the Time? Michael Jackson questioned The days of my youth. The days of my pain. The days of my greed. The days of redemption. In this picture, I seem passively bland. I seem to blend in like those who blend into society. If you scan the picture you see my future, my past. To the left you see a resonating heater, to the right the shining light emerging from the corner. The truth behind me is dark and strong. The future however, Is bright and inspiring. I am the face of change. ---Dorron Applin

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I Am I am an awesome person I wonder if I will be the best of the best I hear wind blowing my problems away I see my life as an open book I want to be a great friend I am Jay. I think to myself I feel wind calling to me I will pass the SAT and ACT I worry if I am going to pass the OGT I cry when I see someone I know hurt I am a sad boy in the inside. I understand the world is not a perfect place I say never give up I dream of being one of the best game designers I try to make my friends happy even when they are sad I hope I will do my best And no matter how much you kick me, Punch me, or try to take me down I will get back up no matter what That is who I am I am Jay. ---Jay Wenegieme

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Last Breath All I see is the water. All I fear is the water. All I do is think twenty-four seven about the water. But something calls me toward The water: my name. As I place my head in the water And open my eyes, I can’t move. Then I am pushed in. As I try to bring my head toward the surface I am dragged down even farther, And sink to the bottom of the ocean floor. My mind starts to drift. I feel pressure in my lungs. My mind goes blank. As I awake my breathing feels heavy. I gasp for air and hope It will always remain a dream. ---Rian Espinal-Hoskins

Drained By Strife Worn by weakness, drained by strife Life can be so much brighter Pursuing lovers not fighters Life like Romeo and Juliet full of love And compassion, yet torn apart by parents Not knowing of your love. Meant to be but not to end as it did Is death the answer? Should we really go To that extent? Love, hate, compassion, depression. Mixed feelings like a natural disaster Fairy tales end “happily ever after” Tragedies end “death forever after” Don’t let weakness wear you down Keep a smile and not a frown. Life goes round and bodies full Of life and spirit with many rewards You’ll have Joy as a lifetime ticket Now you can sit back and watch Happiness spirit it. ---Joyce Harris

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I Was Born To‌ I was born to scale the Grand Canyon. When I get bored of day-to-day life Like a daredevil, While civilians stand amazed by my nerve. I was born to sing. Like a lone woman When I’m sad and alone While thinking back to my grandpa long gone away. I was born to go to Ireland Like an escape artist When I need to get away While reflecting on how my life fades so quickly. --- Kaylea Rhinehart

Sadness is a Thing with Claws Sadness is a thing with claws That rips you apart And tears you to shreds And watches tears roll down your face. Sadness is a thing with claws That grips eagerly to your loneliness And holds tight to your sighs And feeds off your deepest fears. Sadness is a thing with claws That turns your world around And refuses to show you light And enjoys the sound of your sobs and sighs. --- Kaylea Rhinehart

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This Is a Photograph Of Me At first it seems happy, almost joyful, Blended with the paper. Then you scan it. You see in the left corner The leaves of many trees. Emerging. And to the right halfway up The top of my blue hat. In the background is A woman in a purple shirt. My mother. And beyond that many people. The photograph was taken the day I got lost. I’m in the grass in the left of the picture. Waiting for my parents who never came back.

--- Kaylea Rhinehart

You Can Be Told You can be told to do it But you never do because You ‘re clueless. Your god is adults but still You cannot prove it. You can be good you can Be bad maybe even sad When someone asks why You say because there’s something Pulling me down it might be Weakness because for sure I am Not proud. ---Kirk Davis

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My Mango Book

---Lavar Euell

About the Author My name is Lavar Euell and I am going to be a graduate in the class of 2012. This will be my last year attending the Upward Bound summer program, but I think this was also my best year. So I would like congratulate myself and all of the other students who worked hard this summer. To conclude, I just want to thank you for taking the time to read my book. I dedicate this book to all of the teachers I have ever had. No matter how good or how bad a teacher I thought they were, every teacher has helped me grow in some way. I would also like to dedicate this to the Euell and Edmonds families that are scattered across the country. These are no ordinary families and they deserve to be acknowledged for their oppressions and accomplishments.

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Family History I recently had a sit down with my grandma, Laverne Euell Q. What is your full name? A. Laverne Euell Williams Q. Is there anything special about your name or the way you were named? A. I was married once before and Euell is my maiden name Q. When and where were you born? A. Memphis Tennessee May 7, 1947. So that makes you 64 years old right? Q. Do you have any brothers or sisters? A. yes 8 brothers and 2 sisters Q. Are they still living? A. 7 of them are still living except for Ethel. Q. What were your parent’s occupations? A. Momma was a house wife and dad was in the military Q. Did you know your grandparents? A. No Q. What can you tell me about them? A. I heard she was a sweet lady Q. What can you tell me about your family farther back than your grandparents? A. Nothing, I don’t remember much. Q. What is your ethnic origin, and how has it affected your life? A. Being black wasn’t easy back then if you were living in the South Q. Is there anybody famous in our family? A. Yes, a famous R & B singer named Diane Carrol. Q. Is there anything our family is known for? A. Yea, being broke! (lol)

---Lavar Euell

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A Biography My Grandmother, Laverne Euell Williams My grandmother, Laverne Euell Williams, has accomplished almost everything that she has pursued in life and her story should be told. One of these aspirations was to move away from the poor economy and bad weather of Memphis for the purpose of what she calls “a better life.” In the 1950’s the city of Memphis, Tennessee was a horrible job market and anyone who stayed there was bound to be in poverty. Her entire family moved except for her dad who was comfortable right where he was. Her immediate family consisted of her 5 brothers and, and her mother decided to move to Dayton, Ohio. When they all arrived here, Dayton was a thriving with business city and there was talk of a major car manufacturing company moving even more jobs here. Laverne quickly found a job at a restaurant 2 miles away, because her mom was unemployed and she was the oldest of all her siblings which made her the only one of age to work. After months of hard labor for minimum wage at the fast food restaurant, Laverne knew that this job would take her nowhere, so she started looking for another job. After looking through the classifieds and asking around she found nothing, but knew all along she wouldn’t find anything because who wants to hire the poor girl from Memphis with no college education. She completely gave up and an just learned to deal with the reality that she would be walking 2 miles to the same minimum wage job for the rest of her life. While she didn’t find a job she did hear rumors about a house appliance factory called Frigidaire. She didn’t get her hopes up though because she figured any job there would require some fancy certificate that said you were an engineer. But after hearing about it from somebody a work she decided it couldn’t hurt to apply. Only a month had passed an she received a call from the hiring manager at the newly built factory; he said that she was received the last position in the whole factory and it paid more than twice what she made at the restaurant.

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This wasn’t just good news for her but also good news for the whole family. Since her dad was the only one in the house who worked, and he stayed back in Memphis, She was the only income for the entire house and she did it with just on the job training. Although she hated the two mile work to and from, she loved her job and her boss so she walked up there to collect her last check and deliver a thank you gift to her boss. That same man who provided her with her first job also helped her find her second job and she appreciated him so much she made him a cherry pie, which was his favorite, from scratch. She was making great money, her mom just had another baby boy and she had a boyfriend named Marvin. Just months after mass producing household appliances that everyone within the tri-state area; Frigidaire had closed down. As you could expect, this event affected the once well-paid employees of Frigidaire drastically. Some even committed suicide as a result of their poverty. But Laverne had been poor for the majority of her life, and even though her and her family had grown accustomed to a better lifestyle, they didn’t find the transition to be difficult. Their family had “moved back to Struggle Street” as she put it. I think this time in her life taught her to appreciate things a little more. I say this because the closing of Frigidaire she and all the other workers that were laid off were called back to work in the same factory to work for a company called General Motors. Laverne looks at this as the single most important phone call of her life. Since returning to GM Laverne has accomplished everything she could ever want. She bought three brand new custom-cars, building her own house from the ground up, and most importantly, getting a better life for her family. Laverne Euell Williams devoted over 30 years of her life to installing the engines in the trucks and SUV’S of General Motors. Nowadays, she stays at home and enjoys her retirement. When she’s not spending time with her children and grandchildren, she is traveling the east coast with her friends. Ever since I can remember, she has been going to out-of-state casinos and even weeklong cruises. But no matter how many places she has the opportunity to go, she always makes it a priority to go to Memphis. ---Lavar Euell

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Beyond the Mango Tree I am an unspoken mystery Looking to be a part of history But in order to look for me Look beyond the Mango Tree. Not the one swallowed by greed Trying to correct the world with a deed But in order to find me Look beyond the Mango Tree. I am someone that can’t be beat Someone who remains on his feet But no need to look for me I am Beyond the Mango Tree. ---Micah Epps

My Grandma She is a light Brightening up my day She is a soldier Always there to protect me She is a rainbow There to assure that the storm is over She is a rock Strong and bold She is a river Always in a rush She is a book Full of stories She is a hummingbird Always humming ---Nicole Kates

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If the river doesn’t carry you, carry yourself, because when it comes down to it, you have no one but yourself. When the day comes for something to be done, who’s around? No one, so that means I’m doing this on my own.

If the river doesn’t carry you, carry yourself, ‘cause when the ending day comes who’s left standing there? One last thing, if you can’t carry yourself, who can? If the river doesn’t carry you, carry yourself. ---Tiarra R. Brown

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"UB Fit" Summer Student Writings