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A Struggle To Over Come

! !

All Things don’t come naturally to me. Like


After first grade it didn’t get any easier all the

school it never comes naturally even still now. But,

way up to fifth grade I took tutoring. Every other day I

outdoor activities or sports they do. I never really like

would stay after school for an hour or two for help

school subjects. I didn’t think I would ever use the

even sometimes the help they were giving me really

subjects I am learning. But me noticing that I don’t like

wasn’t helping me. I still would come home confused.

school all started back at Lake Contrary Elementary

And my mother kept on trying to help but she just


didn’t know how to help me anymore. My brother


thought he could help but I just got even more

Kindergarten was fine I could count and say my

ABC like all the other kids. First grade is where it got

frustrated. He was just like my mom. He thought the

hard. I had to start adding and doing number

same way. Then, my dad would come to help. He

sentences that I didn’t understand. I would get

would calm me down and try to help because he is like

homework that I didn’t know how to do. My mom

me. But, he didn’t know how to explain it to me either.

would try to help me but I did not understand what she


was trying to tell me. We would sit up at the kitchen

with me. I would go to bed but not fall asleep. I would

table after dinner to do my homework. And we would

listen to my dad and my mom talk about holding me

stay up late into the night. Like way past my bedtime.

back. I would cry because I knew I didn’t want to get

Some nights it would be 11 or 12 o’clock before my

held back. I had friends and I thought if I were to get

mom would give up on me and tell me to got to bed.

held back I would get made fun of and laughed at by

And I usually would have cried by the end of the night

the other kids because they were cruel.

or was crying when I went to bed. I would be crying because I let myself down but not just me my own mother. I knew I was not like the other kids. I would have to try harder. Bu, sometimes when I would try harder I still couldn’t get it. !

Some nights that my mom would stay up late



Then, my sixth grade year came around. I


But, even now at Benton High School I am still

thought everything would be the same but it wasn’t. I

struggling with my subjects. They are not hard to me

got a new teacher. She came from Kansas. Her name

anymore like they use to. But, I know I have to work

was Mrs. Page. she is one of my favorites because

harder then most kids. I know that I am different too.

how she helped me so much. We started are math

And that is not a bad thing. I have to learn to live with

session. And no body really knew how to do the math

the struggles. I am given these because they make me

she was giving us. She understood that we had to start

stronger and who I am.!

all the way back to the beginning. We would be timed on addition and once we passed the we would move on to subtraction, to multiplication then division. She was teaching us memorize everything. She was making things easier for me. After that year math really has not been that hard. !

Spring Garden Middle School was quite easy. I

got past my math classes with a passing grade. I would still struggle with some of the things my teacher will teach me. Then, when it comes to the end of my eighth grade year I had to pick my classes for Benton High School year. I was going to pick all honors because that is what my Advisor said to pick. But, my parents did not think I should since I have been still struggling. So, I choose the subjects that I was best at. !



By: Nicole Bonham

’ Dad’s Side Clayton Bonham (Great Grandpa) Deceased

Scott Bonham Sherry Bonham

David Shaw (Uncle)

JoAnn Bonham (Great Grandma) Deceased

Rosemary Goldizen-Bonham (Grandma)

David Bonham (Grandpa)

Debbie Woolery (Aunt) Deceased

Angie Shaw (Aunt)

Chad Shaw Cody Shaw Savannah Shaw Abby Shaw

John Goldizen (Great Grandpa) Deceased

Brain Bonham

Lilly Bonham

Heath Bonham Cody Bonham Austin Dilley Sonny Dilley

Mary Goldizen (Great Grandma) Deceased

13 Siblings

Michael Bonham Sr (Dad)

Michael Bonham Jr (Brother)

Rhonda HelferyBonham (Mom)

Nicole Bonham (Me)

Robert Helfery Brittany Helfery Brandy Helfery

Destiny Carver

Trinity Winiger Brookelyn Wheeler

Lindsey Helfery Wheeler

Robert Helfery (Uncle)

Matt Wheeler

Crissy Carver

Mickayla Helfery Barron Helfery

Henry Helfery (Great Grandpa) Deceased

Khole Michael Bonham Jr (Brother)

Nicole Bonham (Me)

Rhonda HelferyBonham (Mom)

Michael Bonham Sr (Dad)

Kayle Helfery

Rodney Helfery (Uncle)

Roxie Helfery (Aunt)

Jack Helfery Louse Helfery Albert Helfery Larry Helfery

Scott Carver

Jean Asher-Helfery (Grandma)

Robert Helfery (Grandpa)

Mary Carter-Helfery (Great Grandma) Deceased

Lora Harper-Asher (Great Grandma) Deceased

JoAnn Asher-Springs Truman Asher Jr

Truman Asher Sr (Great Grandpa) Deceased

Mom’s Side


The 10 Quotes I Live By 10. “ All our dreams can come true if we have the courage to pursue them.” - Walt Disney 9. “We must be the change we want to see.” - Mahatma Gandhi 8. “Do what you can, with what you have, where you are.” - Theodore Roosevelt 7. “It is better to be hated for what you are then to be loved for something your not.” - Andre Gide 6. “Competing in sports has taught me that if I’m not willing to give 120 percent, somebody else will.” Ron Blomberg 5. “If you can imagine it, you can create it. If you can dream it, you can become it.” - William Arthur Ward 4. “Don’t let what you can’t do stop you from doing what you can do.” John Wooden 3. “Life is a Journey, not a destination.” - Aerosmith 2. “Yesterday is history. Tomorrow is a mystery. And Today? Today is a gift. That’s why we call it the present.” - Babatunde Olatunji 1. “Life is not about waiting for the storms to pass... It’s about learning how to dance in the rain.” - Vivian Greene­‐to-­‐live-­‐by.html

Dream Vacation





If I were to go to Paris, France. I would want to stay there a whole week. I would go and see many famous places. Like the Eiffel Tower that was built in the 1889. And has over 1,652 steps. I also go to the Notre Dame Cathedral, Arc De Triomphe and Catacombs. I would also want to go shopping and do many other things.

Wanted N I C O L E R E W A R D

eye color - hazel Height - 5 ft. Skin Color - white

Description Hair color - Brown weight - 125 pounds Birth Date - july 8, 1997

Wanted For Releasing Animals Out Of The Animal Shelter.

Last Seen at Sonic

Half A Million Dollars


I Want To Be A Vet.

Nicole’s Menu Breakfast

Appetizers Chips and Salsa Mozzarella Cheese Sticks

Sunny Side Up Eggs Bacon Hash-Browns Sausage



Homemade Soup Potato Soup

Hot Dog Bologna & Tomato Sandwich Roman Noodles Chicken

Sides French Fries/Curly Fries Spicy Doritos Mash Potatoes

Drinks Sweet Tea Diet Pepsi Orange Juice

Dinner 3 Tacos 2 Enchiladas Grilled Hamburger w/ BQ Sauce Fried Chicken

Desert Chocolate Chip Cookies Chocolate Shake Banana Nut Bread


Multi-genre research project


Multi-genre research project