Dear Kobe

Reflecting on a legacy like none other

Dear Kobe, Where do I start? I could talk about what you meant to so many people, the game of basketball, etc, but that’s already been well documented. Let’s talk about what you meant to a kid growing up in southwestern Pennsylvania. I was a huge sports fan, football and baseball being my favorites. With … Continue reading

In the news: Three notable headlines

  1. President Trump acquitted from impeachment The impeachment of President Donald Trump ended Wednesday, Feb. 5, with the majority of the U.S. Senate voting to acquit the president. With 67 votes needed to vote for impeachment, all 47 democratic members voted guilty to the first article of impeachment. One of the 53 republicans voted … Continue reading

Find inspiration through creativity

There are many creative people in my family, and their family before them. Many of my relatives on my mom’s side of the family are writers and musicians. On my dad’s side, are screenwriters and teachers. There are many people who inspire and influence me creatively, but one stands out: my grandmother on my mother’s … Continue reading

Tragedy leads to impactful lesson

Tragedies. We hear of them too often. Opportunities. We take too many for granted. Earlier this week, on Sunday afternoon, the nation went into disbelief after numerous reports out of California reported that former National Basketball Association star Kobe Bryant died in a helicopter accident. Hours later, more details were released, and U.S. citizens and … Continue reading

Realist develops dreamer mentality

I never used to consider myself a dreamer.  Sure, I had wants and desires, but I never pinned to meet Peyton Manning or to visit Hawaii. I wanted to, but they were far off achievements in my mind. When it came to things that I actively pursue, such as becoming a starting high school baseball … Continue reading

In the news: Three notable headlines

Coronavirus migrates from China to the United States  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently confirmed another case of the coronavirus in the United States. The total reported cases in the United States now totals three, all from different states: Washington, Chicago and California. The virus originated from China, where the reported cases have … Continue reading

Leaving a legacy

Kobe Bryant's mamba mentality will live on

Kobe Bryant is dead.  The moment that reality set in was something that anyone old enough to comprehend its significance will never forget. Few athletes transcend the sport that they play, and “The Black Mamba” was certainly one who fell into that category. At just 17, Bryant made his NBA debut under a microscope, because … Continue reading

When humanity set the world on fire

The world is on fire, quite literally.   California’s deadliest wildfire season occurred just two years ago in 2018.  It resulted in the burning of 1.8 million acres of land. Now, these same flames have ignited in Australia.  If the pictures of the hellish flames scorching havoc across innocent wildlife or the heart wrenching reports of … Continue reading

Leaving bad habits behind, new semester awaits

With the second half of the 2019-2020 school year underway, the workload from classes and responsibilities are about to become increasingly strenuous. Before that happens, however, students should make adjustments to ensure more success compared to last semester. There are many different aspects of school life that should be examined for change. Three of them … Continue reading