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this is me


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6................................................Opening Letter 8................................................Resume 12................................................Me 14................................................Reflections 16................................................Goals 18................................................Commitment Role 20................................................Evaluation 22................................................Pride 24................................................Photography 26................................................Dominant 28................................................Writing Divider 30................................................Newspaper Samples 32................................................Yearbook Samples 34................................................Design Packet


opening letter

Ah, the age old “introduction”. Where does one begin to explain the countless misfortunes, blessings, and experiences seen through one’s eyes firsthand? Hello, My name is Nicholas Kielbasa and I entered this world in 1996. Never slowing down, my mind has always been occupied with stimulating activities of all sorts. In my youth, I craved literature -- it allowed my imagination to run free, painting pictures with words stained on pages. As I grew older, I became increasingly interested in film; as a result I created short videos with my brothers -writing scripts, filming, and editing. As I entered young adulthood, my mind craved the powers of complete and total control of digital media, which I soon realized was digital design. For the past 3 years I have been taking digital design classes furthering my interest and skills in the subject. As I approach adulthood, music has gripped me by the throat. I am learning more and more about music production and music theory by the day, to my mind’s satisfaction. As I enter the world of college education, I wish to further my skills as a digital designer, media producer, and music producer. I know that with the right mindset and tools, I will be successful in whatever path I decide to take.


Community Service and total hours: (over 300 total hours)

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• Health and Safety Expo – served as Vice-President and worked with setup, interacting with the public, and cleanup. (2 years) • Ace Pre-K Christmas for the needy/helped coordinated collection of gifts and donations. • SWAT club, Vice-President; clean up of county baseball parks, met with county commissioners concerning health issues, and gave a presentation before a city council meeting advocating smoke free parks and baseball fields for Okeechobee County. • Central Elementary Fall Festival – set up, participated in running booths and haunted house, clean up. (3 years) • Odyssey of the Mind – help set up projects for SE Florida competition/ assisted judging. • Participated in various fund raisers for various clubs and organizations such as FFA, 4-H, swimming, tennis, baseball, SWAT, Honor Society, and Class of 2014 • Gifted Luncheon – helped organize, set-up, and cleanup (four consecutive days)


Major Achievements Extracurricular Activities • 4-H member of two clubs (Bacon Bunch and Absolutely Splitting Hares), officer (vice president and historian) • FFA (Future Farmers of America) member • SWAT Vice-President (Students Working Against Tobacco) - 2 years • OHS Varsity Swim Team (2 years) • OHS Varsity Tennis Team • National Honor Society (requires 3.5 GPA - 3 years) • Drama Club (2 years) • Okeechobee High School Jazz Band (2 years as pianist) • Journalism club member (wrote articles for school newspaper/yearbook, photographed many events)

• Science fair o First place in Okeechobee County (2 years) o First place in Regional Contest • U.S. Soil and Water Conservation Speech Contest o First place in Okeechobee County (3 years) o First place in District 6 Soil Conservation District (2012), Miami, Florida o Second place in the State of Florida (2012), Destin, Florida • Farm Bureau Speech contest o First place in Okeechobee County (2011) • Scholar Athlete for two years • Adobe Photoshop Certified • Selected to the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) Program. • Tested and qualified for the gifted program • AP and Dual Enrollment classes • Attended IRSC during the summer of 2012, took two college classes and received an A in both classes • FCAT Writes o Received 6.0 (highest score) all three times o In 2012, when the bar was raised substantially, I was the only student to receive a 6.0 in Okeechobee County o In 2012, I was one of 21 students in the state of Florida to receive a 6.0. • Acceptance into Florida State University


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reflection


goals

My goals entering journalism in the 2013 - 2014 school year were simple: to have fun and build my portfolio in a way previously not possbile. I was determined from the beginning to get behind the scenes of numerous school functions that I otherwise would not have been able to acheieve. I found myself following powderpuff students around for hours, documenting the mass hypnosis of high school students, and standing on the sidelines of tense sports games. Along the way I shared many laughs with fellow journalism students as well as my subjects. Needless to say, my personal goals were achieved. With this year being my senior year of high school, I knew I wanted to share unforgettable memories with my peers -- in journalism and out of journalism.


role & commitement

Before I entered the journalism class in my senior year, I was enrolled in digital design classes for two years previously. Originally, I thought I would be used for my design skills that other members of journalism might not have. I was wrong -- I was thrown into the sea, swimming and struggling amongst the waves of assignments, articles, and pictures that were required of me, just as every other student. I am thankful for this, for I learned a lot that I would not have otherwise learned and became much more well-rounded. One skill I have that was taken advantage of, though, is my video editing skill. I shot and edited multiple videos for journalism -- advertising yearbook sales and such -- for the daily morning news.


looking back

Looking back on these past ten months gives me a strange feeling. I am thankful that I am able to see differences in my past self and current self but I wish I could have done a few things differently. My stubborness was one of my many flaws, specifically with my journalism teacher. It’s truly a shame that such a flaw caused an entire year of foolishness, idiocracy, and a sour relationship. If I could do one thing differently, I would communicate with my teacher more effectively, informing him of issues with my work and with my self in order to create the best yearbook possible and future for myself.


pride

After thinking about everything that was accomplished this past school year, I can definitely say that I am most proud of my photography and article writing. Two things that I was always interested in, but never fully practiced, I flourished in when I finally touched upon them. Never before had I went to a sporting event, interviewed an athlete, took action shots of said athlete performing, and wrote an article to be published to hundreds of students and staff. This experience has opened my eyes to all of the work possibilities that are out in the world. I could not be more thankful for the stress of “action shots� as well, for I feel I have added a whole new level of photograph taking to my self.


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Brahman Girls Start Season Strong By: Nicholas Kielbasa

It is the night of November 12, 2013 and the Brahman Basketball Girls are to play their first game of the season against John Carroll. As I step into the gym, the squeaking of basketball shoes mixed with the thudding of basketballs echo throughout, creating an all too familiar atmosphere. The clock strikes 6 PM and the game is off. The game starts off with both teams losing the ball to eachother, running back and forth across the court; the first half continues this way. At half-time, the scoreboard reads OHS - 15 and John Carroll - 12. Coach Ungerott takes the girls into the locker room for what I believe was a very motivational pep talk. The second half of the game starts, and the fresh energy can be felt almost immediately. Taylor Trent shoots a 3-pointer

and from that point, the OHS girls are unstoppable. Multiple 3-pointers are shot and basketballs are snatched from the opponent. All spirits that had been put out by half-time are rejuvenated once the Brahmans start coming back. The crowd continues to cheer and the final buzzer rings. OHS 49 and John Carroll - 37. I talked to sophomore Baylee Farless who is in the picture above and she said, “When you fight for the ball and you finally get it, it feels good. It’s like symbolism for basketball as a whole. Working hard and achieving what you worked for is a feeling that cannot compare to any other.” The Brahman Girls start the season off with a 1-0 record.

Eat, Sleep,

SWIM Repeat

Blackman Invite

by: NICHOLAS KIELBASA

5 AM; the sound of swimmer’s alarm clocks ring in unison, creating a song that OHS swim team members are all too familiar with. A bus ride to Sebring before even the sun has risen is just the beginning to the Blackman Invite, an annual swim meet which always takes place on a Saturday between 8 or more swim teams from around South Florida. Swimmers spend close to 8 hours here at this Invite, either competing, watching fellow teammates compete, or snacking. As intense as this may sound, this is just another day in the life of a swimmer. A normal day is waking up at 4 AM to head to morning practices,

where muscles are strained and skin is soaked with chlorine. “You really can’t describe how devoting yourself to something such as the swim team feels. It is the most independent team I have ever been a part of but at the same time we are all connected. We all have the same purpose and the same state of mind; we want to better ourselves, physically and mentally all the while having fun.” says Brandon Ball, a Senior and cocaptain of the swim team.


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