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Evan Draim 18, Alexandria, VA takes ambition to the next level! Read how he became the youngest delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention.

16 First Try at Tennis Eli 14, La Crosse, WI

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Jonathan 16, Eustis, FL explores his dream of entertainment production by interviewing a pair of Hollywood’s great boom camera operators.

Departments 7 What Do You Think? 9 Day-To-Day Kacee 13, Tavares, FL works hard everyday with love in her heart.

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became extinct because of poaching. Poaching is one of the worst things you can ever do to harm the animal kingdom. (Editor’s Note: Poaching is illegally hunting an animal.) This is what causes animals to get on the endangered list. Mostly, animals are dying because of habitat loss. Sometimes builders don’t care what animal homes they destroy. What they don’t realize is that each time they build or mark a piece of land, that animal must move. This might even drive them in human habitats. This could be deadly for the animals and for humans as well.

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Editor’s Note: Every four years the Republicans and the Democrats host a convention to elect their representative to run for president. Historically, delegates are chosen from each state to represent the voters. Here are some fun facts about the 2012 RNC convention: There were between 13,000-15,000 media members at the convention, making it the single largest media event in the world except for the Olympics. There were over 15,000 hotel rooms booked for every single night of the convention.

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Youngest Delegate By Evan Draim 18, Alexandria, VA / St. Stephen's & St. Agnes School myself (one was even the chairman of the Arlington County Republican Committee).

In May 2012, I was honored by the Republican voters of Virginia’s 8th district in being chosen to represent them as a delegate to the 2012 Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida.

My mission was twofold, to represent both my constituents in Virginia and my teenage peers nationwide. As the convention’s youngest elected delegate at 17 years old, I felt that I had a unique perspective to contribute that could communicate our party’s message to the youth demographic and motivate those voters to become more involved in the political process.

To effectively introduce myself to the voters of my district and convince them that I was a serious candidate, I called all 700 Republicans registered to attend the district convention, spoke nightly at conservative gatherings and acquired endorsements from prominent party figures or organizations who saw the value in having a younger face representing the Republican brand.

Although the issues being discussed in 2012 were particularly relevant for our generation, many young voters remained apathetic about a political environment that appeared to only enfranchise a much older section of the electorate. By becoming an RNC delegate and thereby shaping the direction of a major political party, I hoped to demonstrate how young Americans could exert influence in government. Before I could achieve this goal, however, I had to overcome a number of obstacles, most notably a field of contenders with much better name recognition and political experience than

other young Americans that the general public was interested in listening to their concerns. RNC officials were not the only ones who valued my perspective as a young American. Many elected Republican lawmakers also took interest in my story. During the roll call of states, Governor Bob McDonnell introduced Virginia by saying that our state was home to the youngest delegate at the convention, which was, of course, myself. After the roll call, Eric Cantor greeted me and gave me a shout-out via twitter. I was even given seating in the front row of convention hall, allowing me to shake Mitt Romney’s hand as he walked through the crowd to deliver his acceptance speech.

After four months of campaigning, I finally won the position by garnering the most votes out of 7 candidates.

Before I even left for Tampa, the national committee had already contacted me multiple times and assigned special staff to assist me in coordinating media appearances. Their interest enabled me to conduct over 100 interviews with national, local, and foreign press on six continents.

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“Don't be aggravated when your mom says to play for Aunt So-and-So.”

Have you ever wondered what it would be like to be on American Idol? David Oliver Willis, 21, from Mount Dora, Florida knows what it is like. He is in the top 40 of American Idol, season 12.

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Reaching people with his music is his number one goal. “I am definitely a people person. I enjoy outreach . . . music and performing have become a huge part of my life, it is all in the light of the avenue to reach people,” David said. He wants to reach people where ever they are though his songs. He likes to sing songs that are uplifting stories that people can relate to.

David's experiences with American Idol have been filled with work, excitement and even some funny stories. One of his funny American Idol experiences was when he went to Hollywood and showed up with the same clothes as another guy.

“I had on a burgundy jacket. He had on a burgundy jacket. I had on a black t-shirt. He had on a black tshirt. I had on a gray scarf. He had on a gray scarf. I had on brown shoes. He had on brown shoes. That was kind of weird!"

At the age of three, David's budding singing career began at his mother's evangelist church. He began singing seriously in high school drama and chorus. That is also when he started singing and training with the Orlando Opera.

David has a lot of advice for kids who have a passion for music and performing. “Hone your crafts. Focus on your own strengths. Get as much practice as possible and don't be afraid of taking the opportunities that you are given. Don't be aggravated when your mom says to play for Aunt So-and-So. Those are the moments that prepare you for anything. And if you want to be on American Idol, you have to be willing to put in a lot of work now. It may look like a lot of fun, which it is, but there is a lot of work.”

Although he started young, David's experience with guitar had a pretty rocky start. He got his first guitar at the age of 12, but played around with it, tried to tune it, and broke the strings. Then he thought he was a rock star and slammed the guitar. He did not start playing guitar and piano seriously until his senior year of high school when he got a book of guitar chords and taught himself to play.

American Idol isn't the only thing keeping David busy


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these days. He is the worship leader of Lake Church in Eustis, Florida. He also travels around to local restaurants and plays different gigs. He plays many styles of music such as folk, blues, oldies and spirituals. He is also a freelance audio technician with American Audio Visuals and is a leader of Project Movement, which is nonprofit organization in Lake County, FL.

David says his mom has always encouraged him to push through different struggles in life and to keep pursuing his passions, to keep his focus and to always put God first. Another big influence in his life is Bishop T.D Jakes. “He is very motivational in encouraging people to live out their passions and to put God first in doing those things.”


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Future Life

Kids! Tell us what your life looks like in 10 - 20 years. Submit articles to our InBox at 200-300 words. By Hannah 11, Tavares, FL Tavares Middle School As I see my life in the future it will be very busy. When I turn 19 I expect to be in college; a veterinarian college. I will get out of college when I turn 27 because vet college is 8 years long.

Five or more dogs and six trained monkeys that will do everything necessary to keep my life neat and organized.

I expect to be able to be a full time worker about one month after I get out of college. Every four weeks I will take a 5 day break. I will retire when I turn 45. Then I will become a writer. I will live in a beach-house on the great Island of St.Kitts. I will have three or more horses.

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First Try at Tennis After the school year ended my assistant coach called my mom and asked if I wanted There are many fun things about tennis. When I started out lessons with Coach and I said in tennis I was not very good at "yes." So over the summer I practiced with Coach on top it. I did not know top spin or spin, got a new racket and my any fancy shots. I started out shot was faster and smoother. I with a small kid’s racket and competed in my first tennis did not like it at all. But, I tournament and I got 4th out of decided to join the 6th grade 8 players. Lincoln Cougars team. By Eli 14, La Crosse, WI Independence Middle School

The team in the past did really well. I started the season out pretty well. I was one of the starters for doubles. After that I got moved into exhibition and I did better. After the season was over, the team only lost one match. For the last practice we ate pizza, drank pop and played some tennis too. That was a lot of fun.

After much practice I am a much better tennis player. I watched the players during Wimbledon and the Olympics and got tips from them that could help me. Next year, I hope to do well and be the #1 player on my team.

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When I turn 85 ( if I am alive ) I will retire and be lazy, but I can`t retire until I move to the Bahamas and criticize the guy who made my one week of vacation terrible and I will make him (or his kids) miserable.

When I die I will give everything to my pets and my pets’ keeper. If my pet keeper quits and leaves my animals to starve to death then I will torture him in a ghost body.

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Behind The Lens Often, people don’t realize that everything you see on television or in the movies requires someone to be on the other side of the camera. That's the beauty of amazing camera work. You as the viewer can melt into the story as the camera operator takes you into the imagery.     Even though camera operators may be in the credits and announced at the Academy Awards, they usually fly low to the radar behind the scenes, but make all the difference in the world in the final production.      Brothers Chris and Jeff Schutz are two of some of the most sought-after specialized crane camera operators in Hollywood and bring to life many of the shows we take for granted.      They have both worked on some well known TV shows, such as “Biggest Looser,” “Mobbed,” and “How I Met Your Mother.” Some other things they have filmed are trailers for movies where they will spend a day or two just filming one scene for the preview.      Every day they are working with someone who is, in some way, famous. Between the two of them, they say they have probably worked on projects with just about everyone in Hollywood, including Snooki and Tom Hanks.  

   Chris and Jeff Schutz moved to California eight years ago to follow their passion for film. The two brothers work as specialized camera operators on everything from car commercials to big budget movies. At 33 and 26 years old, they are living the dream!     Having grown up in South Florida with both homeschool and traditional education, Jeff and Chris broke away from the college experience after a couple years, realizing their dreams in

n worked o e v a h y e . . . th with just projects ryone in e v e t u o b a cluding n i , d o o w y Holl s. Tom Hank d n a i k o Sno the western sun. Jeff followed in his big brother's footsteps to join Chris, who had established himself as a highly regarded camera operator in Hollywood.    “My first impression of Hollywood was that the city itself is incredibly unimpressive. It's just lots of tourists and then some sound stages. My first

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impression of Los Angeles as a whole is that it is HUGE! The city is very spread out, so getting anywhere takes forever," said Jeff.     Since Chris was already working there when Jeff came along, Jeff was able to get great on-the-job training simply by watching Chris. It’s a good thing Jeff got such great training, because the cameras he has to to operate can be quite difficult.     The cameras that they operate (called jibs) are at the end of a long crane and have a remote control at the bottom, which is used to adjust the angle of the camera while it is in the air. Both Chris and Jeff agree that operating the cameras can be pretty challenging.   When operating the camera and crane, they have to control both the pan (side to side) and tilt (up and down) of the camera, PLUS the height and location of the crane, all the while being careful not to hit people or the set. They both agree that, “It’s like patting your head and rubbing your stomach, while riding a unicycle.” Since this is such a unique job, being chosen for a project can be quite a process.     When their production company is hired for a TV show or commercial, the client reviews the different people who


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My grandfather (Opa), Dr. Hindrik Wolda, lived in the Netherlands during World War #2. He had to leave his home twice because they were under direct artillery fire. “It was generally rather scary. My dad was in the resistance against the German occupiers and we had three Jews hidden in our house. If the Germans had found out, we would have been killed” said Opa.

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started when his father showed him the various grasshoppers in the grass next to his house and culminated in the rainforests of Panama.

Originally, Opa studied Land snails, but when he went to Australia he decided to study fruit flies. Then when he went back to Holland where Opa continued to study land snails. Eventually he went to Panama where he didn’t know what to study for a while, and then it struck him . . . Insects. Now, Dr. Wolda is at a retirement community alone and thinks back at the old times as a scientist. He remembers all the weird creatures he encountered like the 3-toed sloth, peanut nosed flungorid insect and, much, much more.

Opa and Oma both went to the same high school together but Oma would pay no attention to him. So he joined the army, got a uniform, and then kept teasing Oma until she gave in and married him. Opa was always fascinated by the vast variety of animals and plants around him. It

Editor’s Note: Mr. Wolda studied insects for over 20 years, researching for the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama, Central America.

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Day 28 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Today I got to take my really cool car for a drive down my street. I had a ton of fun. The car handled perfectly! I “accidentally” did a little burn out. I am very happy with the car.

Day 29 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . Well today I have the car for sale. I wasn't able to get a headliner or a dash pad but if I find one before someone buys it then I will get those last parts. This has been an awesome experience for me. I am very happy with how this project went. READ MORE at Click on Habilis Boy.

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