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“If it‟s worth it, it won‟t be easy”

20 May 2013 Volume 1, Issue 1

Hannah Wilson “If it’s meant for you, you won’t have to beg for it. You will never TABLE OF CONTENTS REQUIRED Inside this issue:


As a Daughter


Remember Me


Inside Story


Inside Story


Inside Story


Excerpt From Memoir


your destiny.”

Senior Picture Taken by Jennifer Wilson

Letter to Me

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Breakdown Throughout life, there are many things that are thrown at you. Equally true, there are things that you want but simply cannot have. “If it‟s meant for you , you won‟t have to beg for it. You will never have to sacrifice your dignity for you destiny” simply means “let things

happen; let the cards fall as they may.” If something is supposed to be yours, it will be yours. Maybe not at the exact moment you want it, but it will eventually be yours. If it‟s not meant for you, then it will never be yours. Losing your dignity over something that is com-

pletely in the hands of fate is not going to make something become yours anymore.

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Letter to me

I know you don‟t think you‟ll ever get over Dylan. I know you‟re upset and don‟t think you‟ll ever find someone like him, but you will. Don‟t worry. Things seem like they‟ll never get better between Madison and you, they will. When you meet Connor in Ms. Hornsby‟s English class, be yourself, he‟ll fall for your smile. He‟ll love you more than you think he could. When get gets upset, let him run his course, listen when he‟s ready to talk.

When things get bad between his family and him, support him, let him cry in your arms, comfort him. When June comes, trust your gut; when it‟s time, it‟s time. You‟ll get through it. When he turns to drugs, you can‟t stop him though you want more than anything to do just that. He‟ll eventually tell you he doesn‟t need you. Let him go. It won‟t seem like you can do it, you can. You‟ll rebuild yourself; two and a half years wore you out. Be careful when Austin comes back into your life, he‟s not the person you remember. When March comes around, be prepared to be his rock. He‟ll need someone to help him through the tough times, Eli was his best friend. He‟ll get mad and yell, scream and throw things, let him. He‟ll appreciate it in the end.

When you meet Dan in January, don‟t deny the feelings. Be respectful, you know his situation. You‟ll tell yourself that good things come to those who wait, they do. You‟re weekend together will be better than you could have imagined. Don‟t deny the feelings. Trust your gut. When you see him walking arm-in-arm with his ex-girlfriend, you‟ll learn things about yourself that you never knew. You‟re going to be hurt, you‟re not going to know what to do, but you‟ll find your way because if you hadn‟t, you wouldn‟t have been able to write this. Keep your head up sunshine and remember, if it‟s meant for you, you won‟t have to beg for it. You‟ll never have to sacrifice you dignity for your destiny. Word Count: 347

Top Ten

Motivational Quotations

1.“If it‟s meant for you, you won‟t have to beg for it. You will never had to sacrifice your dignity for your destiny.” -Chelsis Porter

6. “It always rains the hardest on the people who deserve the sun.” -Unknown

2. “Life becomes easier when you learn to accept an apology you never got.” -Robert Brault 3. “Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by it‟s ability to climb a tree, it will live it‟s whole life believing that it is stupid.” -Albert Einstein 4. “Never base your life decisions on advice from people who don‟t have to deal with the results.” -Unknown 5. “You have to learn the rules of the game, and then you have to play better than anyone else.” -Albert Einstein

7. “If you don‟t like where you are, change it. You‟re not a tree.” -Jim Rohn 8. “People do not seem to realize that their own opinion of the world is also a confession of character.” -Ralph Waldo Emerson 9. “Why worry? If you‟ve done the very best you can, worrying won‟t make it any better.” -Walt Disney 10. “The next time you decide to uncluttered your life and clean up your space start with the things that are truly useless, like regrets, shame and anger.” -Sandra Kring

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As a Daughter Growing up being the oldest of three daughters has been a roller coaster ride. Since I am the oldest, I am my parent‟s guinea pig when it comes to new things. I‟m the first child to want to dye my hair, the first child to argue with my parents, and the first child to push the limits. Being the oldest of three daughters, I have always had to be careful of what I do because I am the role model to my younger sisters, Emma and Brooke. With Emma and

Brooke, it has always seemed to be a “monkey see monkey do” situation with them, whatever I do, they do. This being the case, I have always tried to set a good example for them. When I haven‟t been the best role model, my parents have never failed to remind me of the example I was setting for Emma and Brooke. Having a motherly instinct over Emma and Brooke has also been something that has come with being the oldest child. I am

always looking out for and protecting Emma and Brooke from anything and everything. Through all the ups and downs, being the oldest child has taught me many things. Word Count: 201

My dad and I at McAlister’s Deli

“A side effect of his cancer medication”

Most Influential Person in My Life This wasn‟t the first, second, or the third time my grandpa had been in the hospital for cancer. Approaching his fourth year of being cancer free, my grandpa went in for his routine colonoscopy, which returned with an abnormal result. Twelve inches of his colon gone, my grandpa was in recovery for the fourth time. As I walked into the hospital room, the pungent odor familiar to every hospital filled my nostrils. I walked over

to my Grandpa who was hooked up to more machines than I knew existed. My family‟s arrival startled him as he violently jerked awake. His swollen, tired eyes scanned each and every one of us before he finally spoke, “Hi everyone.” I turn to my mom who tried to hide he stream of tears that ran down her face. At the prime age of eight, the gravity of the situation had not sunk in. Taking me by surprise, my grandpa grabbed my

hand that I had rested on the bed. Opening his mouth, I looked at my grandma, puzzled as to what he was doing. “Ice chips, he wants ice chips.” Reaching with all my might, making sure I didn‟t let go of Grandpa‟s had I grabbed the cup of ice chips on the bedside table. Opening his mouth again, I see my grandpa‟s yellow tongue, a side effect of his cancer medication. Word Count: 228

Memorable Moment Leaving the counting to the score board, the student section abandoned their territory in the bleachers and made way to the field. I gasped for air as I was nudged past and bulldozed through, and finally, I made an appearance on the football field. Holding on for dear life, my friend clung to my arm as we maneuvered our way to the congregation of our fellow peers. As the sounds of silence slowly crept through the crowd, a small avenue was created allowing Coach Wimmer to the

center of the huddle. After a successful win, a team meeting was held in the middle of the field where all the players were met by the entire student section. All was quiet as Coach Wimmer spoke to his team about their miraculous performance. Wimmer then made a speech about Matt‟s commitment to the team and reminded the players and student section to never take anything for granite. Silence remained. When Coach Wimmer had finished his speech. As if by instinct, eve-

ryone smashed closer together , the team and students got together in a huddle. Foul odors from the players stung my nostrils, but somehow it didn‟t bother me or the others close by. Breaking the silence, Coach Wimmer yelled, “This is for anyone who has ever lost someone, they are here with you tonight watching over you. Whether you‟re on the team or not, on three, you point to the sky and say „for them‟…everybody…one…two… three” FOR THEM. Word Count: 186

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Remember Me As I was shoved past and maneuvered around, I walked down the halls on my first day of freshman year hoping that I wouldn‟t show up on the radar. The only thing that I could think of was getting to my next class in one piece, then sit in silence and hope to go unnoticed; the wallflower effect. I survived the days turned into weeks, which inevitably turned into months, which managed to turn into years, until the day

I busted down the doors of my senior year. Smiling from ear to ear I small talked my way to my smart period class and saw a group of familiar faces. My last first day of high school. During my stay at Fishers High School, I was able to grow not only as a teenager, but also as a young adult. Learning the ropes first hand, I made friends, lost friends, and fought my way through numerous bouts of pointless drama. In

the end, I hope that when the class of 2013 looks back and thinks of me, they think of someone who was always there to lend a hand when a hand was needed. Hopefully the memories of me are memories that invite smiles rather than frowns. For my close friends, I hope to be remembered as the person who walked in when everyone else walked out. Word Count: 227

Christmas pictures (2012)

Biggest Change “I was defiantly a key factor in the „he said she said‟”

One of the biggest changes I have experienced since my freshman year of high school is my maturity level. When I was a freshman, I was concerned with everyone but myself. If there was drama, I wanted to hear about it; I was defiantly a key factor in the “he said she said”. As I got older though, I started to care less about what

was going on in other people‟s lives, and became more focused on what was going on in mine. Now that I am a senior, I can truly say that I have grown and matured as a person since I was a freshman. Sometimes I think that my maturity level is higher than many of my peers‟. Hopefully when I get to college, my maturity level will

be closer to the students there. Though I am glad that I have matured, I am also glad that I went through my “drama phase”. If I had not gone through that phase, then I would not know what I needed to change about myself. Word Count: 188

er would be another thing I would put in the time capsule. Also, I would put on of the many CD‟s I have in the time capsule so that I could remember what music I used to listen to. One of the necklaces I bought when my family and I were in Honduras on our cruise would be added to the

time capsule so that I would be able to remember how much fun I had on that vacation. The last thing that I would put in the time capsule would be my great-grandpa's cuff links because I want to be able to remember him even though he is gone. Word Count: 177

Time Capsule

My sister, Emma, and I

If I were to bury a time capsule today, deciding what to put in it would be difficult. I would put the necklace that Connor got me for my fifteenth birthday so that I would be reminded of the times I spent with him. A picture of my sisters and I so that I remember how fun our childhood was togeth-

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Indianapolis 500 Parade, 1995 (6 months old)

L.S. Ayers Tea Room, 2013.From Left: my sister Emma, myself, my mother Jennifer, and my sister Brooke. “The only thing that I could think of was getting to my next class in one piece, then sit in silence and hope to go unnoticed; the wallflower effect.�

My sister, Emma, and I

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A Day of Terror

Firefighters on September 11,2011

At the youthful age of seven, I walked briskly through my front door, naïve. I found my parents huddled around the TV as though it was a campfire. When I finally got a chance to see what my parents were watching, I saw people running away from a huge cloud of smoke, frantically. Unable to understand, my parents turned to me and started to explain the events that would be later known as the September 11th attacks. Ter-

rorist, planes, twin towers, I barely understood the concept of a plane let alone a terrorist. Despite my parents‟ best efforts, I was stranded by my own innocence. As minutes turned to hours and hours turned to days, the concept of what had happened started to take shape in my mind. Years passed, and I getting ready to board a plane, Jamaica bound. After being pat down and hastily walked through two metal detectors, my bags still needed

to be rummaged through. “It‟s one of those things sweetie, they just have to be safe” my father reassured me. Looking back, I would have never guessed that I would have to go through such a rigorous obstacle course to board a plane. It‟s one of those things, they just have to be safe. http:// us/day-terror-reaction-tough-cityswept-anger-despairhelplessness.html

The Ten Year Man Hunt “This day marked the end of the ten year man hunt for the most wanted man in America”

The years following the attacks of September 11, 2001 were dedicated to capturing the leader of al-Quaeda, Osama bin Laden. Moving from place to place, bin Laden remained a fugitive for over ten years. The CIA worked diligently to track down al-Quaeda‟s leader. On May 2, 2011, seventy-nine Navy SEAL were given permis-

sion from president Obama to move in on the pin-pointed location of Osama bin Laden. The raid was successful, leaving bin Laden with two fatal shots; one in his chest and one just above his eye. This day marked the end of the ten year man hunt for the most wanted man in America.

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ever been done before. With such a great step in technology, YouTube helped transform he 21st century‟s approach to technological advances. Now countries from all over the world can access YouTube. From comical videos to informational videos, YouTube can serve as a good laugh or an

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World Trade Towers after attacks on September 11, 2011

In 2005, YouTube was founded by Steve Chen, Chad Hurley, and Jawed Karim. YouTube instantly grew in popularity in the early parts of 2006 for many reasons, but the most profound was the fact that YouTube was a completely new concept to the modern world, nothing like this had

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Tweet Away 2006 marked a year of technological advances. From YouTube to Twitter, social media continues to make leaps and strides. Twitter was introduced to today‟s society in March of 2006. With over forty million users world-wide, Twitter‟s popularity is on the rise. Unlike Facebook, Twitter allows users to follow their favorite celebrity or movie star and know that it genuinely is that person. For famous people, their Twitter account is

marked with a blue checkmark which allows followers to know that profile is a legitimate profile and not a fake one. Another first for Twitter was allowing everyday people the ability to stay up-to-date with what their favorite celebrity is doing. As technology continues to advance, the future for social media websites is looking upward. Word Count: 154 company/twitter “To catch the reader's attention, place an interesting sentence or quote from the story here.”

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As the end of my high school career draws closer, I have had the time to reflect on everything that has happened to me up until this point. Through the ups and downs I have grown and matured as a person. Without the support of my friends and family, I do not know how I would have made it through all the difficult times. In the past couple of months, I have been able to establish who my true friends are. The friends that will always be there for me no matter what happens and the people who I can turn to for support regardless of the situation. I hope that the future only brings the best and that everyone that I have ever affected is able to remember me as the person who always tried to keep a smile on everyone’s face.

Excerpt From Memoir (Mid-October 2012) As I sat in my truck, parked in your driveway, I read your text telling me to not bother coming over. I stormed up the stairs to your room. Banging on your door, I demanded an explanation. As far as anyone knew, the two of us had been single for two and a half months, but somehow we always seemed to find ourselves back in that vicious cycle. You told me to leave, which was the complete opposite of what you truly wanted. Always telling me how hard-headed I was, you knew I would call your bluff. As predicted, I plopped my butt on the corner of your bed. Glaring at each other, I asked you what you wanted. Our angry, hatred-filled words slowly changed to a soft conversation. I knew that I needed to gauge how angry you were, so I asked you for a hug: if I got a hug, your anger was subsiding, and if I did not I knew that I still had an uphill battle to fight. You stretched your arms wide, inviting me into them. Our hug turned into me laying my head on your chest. Lub, dub, lub, dub your heart pounding in your

chest. Wrapping your arm around me I knew I was safe. Through small snip-its of love, we choked down our tears. After what seemed like forever, we walked downstairs and out to the garage. We sat facing each other in silence as you dragged on your cigarette. Pulling out your phone, you told me about this song that made you think of me, “The Scientist” by Coldplay. When the song started, I looked up to see a single tear run from your eye to the tip of your nose. I got up and walked over to you, crawling into your lap as your wrapped your arms around me. The silent, tense air confirmed that everything that we had ever been was over. Come up to meet you, tell you I’m sorry, you don’t know how lovely you are. I had to find you, tell you I need you, tell you I set you apart. I nuzzled my head into your neck not knowing that would be the last time I would ever see my best friend. Don’t worry about me, I’ll always be okay. (Today) It‟s been just under six months since that day in late October when you held me in your lap. Though I have moved on, I will

never be able to forget the times we shared and the things you taught me. I don‟t expect you to think about me every day or even every other day. Hell, I don‟t expect you to think of me every other week, but I do hope that from time to time I wander across your mind. I hope that you are reminded of all the times we shared and everything we became in those two and a half years together. You may not be on my mind twenty four-seven, but when you happen to pop into my thoughts, I try to remember the happy times. Throughout our relationship, I not only saw myself grow and mature as a person, but I saw you grow as well. Though you have found yourself slipping back into the „hole in the road‟ you try so hard to avoid, I know that there is a genuinely good person in you. My hope for you is that you can find that person I dated for two and a half years and that the future brings only the best for you. You will always be in my heart. Don’t worry about me, I will be okay. Word Count: 614

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