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Being a teenager we all have faced the parents and the little word that ruins our world “NO!”. And response ” But Please Dad!” We try anything in the book, begging, yelling and even the puppy face. Do whatever we can to get to do what we want. Recently I have learned that honestly it is not about them saying “yes” it is about change. If a teenager can win a battle with a parent it is like winning the lottery. But the best way to win is just to accept the ” NO!”. It saves your knees, voice and the face. When someone is determined all you can do is accept their view and move on. On a larger scale, when the world is made up on a idea such as a war. You have no control over that and can only accept the motion. Only change what you can. You can’t change what doesn’t want to change or being determined. So you accept it and change will come more easily later. To relate it back, when we don’t fight with your parents they respect that and might allow you to do what you want the following night. Not the end of the world. Just accept the determined and change what you can for example our response to our parents.


Friends and family of the two girls killed.

Fifteen and sixteen year olds should be enjoying life. They should be going out at night, meeting new people, enjoying their friends, playing sports and studying hard in school. At this age, teenagers begin to think about their future and the options seem endless. There are so many routes and ways to take life and if one fails, he or she still has time to get back up and find a new route. These are also some of the toughest years of our lives by many stretches, but for Gina Gentile and Vanessa Dorwart, they won’t be able to “get up” and choose a new route. This past Thursday, February 25, Miss Gentile and Miss Dorwart were killed instantly after being struck by an Acela Express (train) around 10.30am, in Philadelphia, PA. Friends, family, and classmates were all in tears and shock after news about the accident was released. An examination showed that the two girls had communicated with one another via email and text message expressing their ‘fatalistic” moods and “dark thoughts” about ending their lives. Both deaths were classified as suicides. Both girls, as well as another close friend, left school at 9:30am on Thursday and began making their way to the train station. The third friend pleaded for Gentile and Dorwart to move off of the tracks as the train approached; however, her pleads were ignored. Both families had no idea that their daughters felt the way they did and how serious their feelings were. It came as a total shock to everyone. One father said, “Memories, that’s all I have is memories…I’ll never see her smile again. I’ll never see her beautiful blue eyes. My heart just got ripped out, and I don’t know why.” God bless Miss Gentile and Miss Dorwart as they are in heaven above us, and God bless their families and friends as they move forward during this tragic time.

Gobble, Gobble

The long week has come to an end. It was a nice long break from school and a little of our sport. Many went home to see family and get some good food. Others were here in Bradenton. Let me tell you, Bradenton is a very slow moving town without IMG students here. To fill you in on what you did not miss. Bradenton has no activity except for the huge tennis tournament. I saw a couple matches over the last couple days. They were some very good players here over the weekend. But as IMG students come back so does the main draw for the tournament. Other than that Bradenton is pretty calm. I hope that home was a great. Seeing old friends, good food, and being in your own room. It is worth the long travel home. But do not forget about Thanksgiving. No matter where you are, Thanksgiving was amazing. A chance to eat all you want. I hope everyone had great holidays.



Sophie Marie Lis

My little sister is almost 17 months old. Her name is Sophie Marie Lis (I named her). My little sister is the youngest in my family. My little sister is the most adorable little thing I have ever seen. She went trick or treating this Halloween and it was her first, she dressed up as a Pumpkin. Unfortunately, she is too young to eat the candy. My little sister is very attached to my mother. The moment my mom leaves the room she breaks down in tears. She is just learning to speak. I think her favorite word would have to be “mommy” she knows how to say hello, bye bye, NO, and please as well as a couple of other simple words. She also loves to say “ball” she’s come with me to the training room a couple of times and she just goes crazy when she sees the medicine and tennis balls lying around. I love her more than anything! This past weekend she took my ipod from the table and I was amazed at how smart she was. She took the headphones to her ears and already knew what they were meant for. I turned on the music and she started dancing to the beat. It was adorable!