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February 11, 2011

Features World Vision enables child sponsorship Shea Anderluh

More than 60 years ago, a man named Bob Pierce met a young girl living in poverty in China. Kicked out by her parents, she was penniless and homeless. Pierce began sending $5 per month to sponsor the little girl in need. From that act of kindness grew World Vision. Today, World Vision has grown into a global ministry, helps 100 million people in 100 countries, and provides hope for four million children through child sponsorship. Connecting with needy people around the globe may seem impossible for our community. It’s one thing to send a wad of cash to aid “poverty in Africa,” and another to actually see how the donations are being spent, and how they help one special person as he or she grows up. World Vision child sponsorship allows sponsors to do just that. That’s why The Correspondent has made the decision to sponsor a little boy. Pushpendra Govind Prasad is 6-years-old, and lives in Sitapur, India. Pushpendra lives with his parents, one sister, and one brother. His father is a farmer, but despite both of his parents’ efforts, it’s difficult to meet the family’s needs. “We felt that it was time to put our words into action, and help in any way we could,” junior Lauren Kelley said The $35 a month will be pooled with donations from other sponsors and spent towards the betterment of his community. With 40 thousand staff worldwide, World Vision takes on impoverished areas individually and doesn’t leave until the root causes of poverty have been diminished in ways that enable the whole community to make progress. “The staff collectively felt it was necessary to expand our charitable reach beyond just our immediate communities and into the international community,” senior Mike Lechowski said. The Sitapur program was established by World Vision in 2005 and has made many accomplishments already. Establishing libraries has enhanced the learning environment. Cel-

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Shea Anderluh ebrating Independence Day has bolstered national pride. Health education and water sanitation have provided healthier lifestyles and safe water. Two thousand children have been honored with World Vision birthday parties; a chance to feel special and loved. Come Nov. 21, Pushpendra will turn 7-years-old, and the journalism staff will celebrate with him. The financial donations sponsors make are just the tangible help. Communication with the children, kind words, and thoughtful gestures are just as important to bridge the gap between poverty and those with the means to help as the donations are. “We’re looking forward to getting to know Pushpendra and learning about his community and his life,” Kelley said. “It’s a small price to pay to change someone’s life for the better.” The Correspondent’s relationship with Pushpendra is just beginning, but it will be an enduring one. Underclass members have pledged to continue and get the cooperation of incoming staff members for years to come.

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Now that the college application process is mostly completed, the focus for most seniors has shifted. Gaining the title of “second semester seniors” is a big deal, but now they need to put their newfound status to good use. Lucky for all seniors, the college and career center (CCC) has many resources for getting the dream college education funded. One lesser known of feature of the CCC is its resources for scholarships. Online, there are complete listings of scholarship applications that will be received in the CCC, and blank applications are available for any student to choose from. The college resource section online also features links to popular scholarship search engines, and Naviance provides students with scholarship matchups. In the building, students can visit CCC assistants Kathy Emery or Nancy Davis with questions. “I used the college and career center to find scholarship applications,” senior Kim Ferraro said. A binder filled with listings of all the scholarships they are projected to receive is also available. Using the CCC is a quick and easy way for all students to relieve the stress that comes with paying for college. Rachel Lundstrom

Sophomore follows passion for forensic science Kevin Hyde

According to the Princeton Review, only about 15 percent of high school students know what they want to pursue in college. With business management and administration being the top major for college freshmen, there oftentimes seems to be a lack of diverse career choices among high school and college students. This is not the case for sophomore Sarah Zidek, however. Though popularized by television shows like “NCIS” Ashley Hawkins and “CSI,” the world of detective work and forensic science is not what most teens think of when choosing a career. Zidek, however, finds the world fascinating and fitting for a possible career choice. “Right now I am really interested in becoming a detective, but I am also looking into forensics,” Zidek said. In addition to watching shows portraying the profession, Zidek holds respect for real life detectives. “I think it’s really cool what de-

tectives and forensic scientists do for their community,” Zidek said. As far as inspiration, Zidek began taking advantage of popular displays of forensic science and other related fields. Zidek also has taken advantage of the resources the school offers in the working world. “I started watching the show ‘NCIS’ which really sparked my interest in forensics. Then, last year I went on the forensics career trek. The trek also got me involved in the detective side of things,” Zidek said. In order to succeed in any job or aspect of life, it is important to have the support of people who are close, and Zidek has just that, which makes the decision that much easier. “My family and friends think it’s a cool thing to do and completely support my career choice,” Zidek said. After high school, Zidek plans to attend college in order to help better her knowledge of forensic science and detective work. Zidek explained that going to school for such a career is a must and that she hopes to learn as much as she can in order to attain a high ranking position. “Determination is definitely a key part in becoming a forensic scientist or a detective because all of the training and schooling you have to go through,” Zidek said. Rather than settling for a field that plenty of students decide to go into, Zidek has set her sights on becoming the best she can be in whatever field she may choose. “I know there are a lot of people who want to be teachers, and I know for sure that that is just not for me. My ideal goal would be becoming head detective of a city police department,” Zidek said.

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