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    Unusual Words

    Please read the following passage, noting the italicized words and phrases as you proceed. Alonso got a big burst of inspo on his vacay after he unplugged and lazed around all week-he decided to become a professional pickleball player. Alonso, you see, imagines himself looking swole on a bluebird day, stans everywhere, as he scores in a heart-stopper with absolutely no garbage time on the clock. His friends all think “how on-brand of him” to want to become a pickleball player, considering that he joined the circus last year (and look how that turned out). In all fairness, though, how could Alonso have known that he’d get a bad case of coulrophobia and that captive animals would be his pain point? Having a little trouble deciphering the italicized words and phrases? Then look…

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    Hearts of Our People

    A pink and blue Osage Wedding Coat lined with images of historic moments. A woven green and copper egg made from the fibres of a threatened tree. These are just a few pieces of art featured in a new exhibit dedicated to celebrating the individual talents and cultures of Native American women. Historically, museums have presented pieces of Native American art as unknown examples of cultures, when the artworks were created by female artists from any number of different Nations-but now these artists are finally getting their time to shine. “Hearts of Our People: Native Women Artists” spans more than a thousand years of Indigenous women’s art, displaying the work…

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    Surprising Scholarships

    There’s a lot of scholarships out there for college-bound students who can solve a geometric proof or score a touchdown. But not all scholarships are won by academics or athletics. Many organizations offer alternative and unusual ways to win scholarships, yielding a different way for students to achieve a scholarship. Duck noises are encouraged at the annual Chick and Sophie Major Memorial Duck Calling Contest. Named after champion duck callers Chick and Sophie Major, the contest awards scholarships to students that can use four different convincing duck calls in 90 seconds. The student deemed to have the most realistic duck calls of the year receives a $2,000 scholarship! Many scholarship…

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    Saving Seeds of Cherokee Culture

    Every kernel of Cherokee white eagle corn is a vital vestige of the past and a link to the Native American tribe’s future, along with other Cherokee heirloom crop varieties. These seeds are a key ingredient in the history and culture of their tribe, and on February 25, 2020, some were sent to the Svalbard Global Seed Vault, located in the frigid mainland of Norway. Why have the Cherokee tribe chosen to send the valuable seeds there? The first reason for doing so is because of the location that they sent the seeds to. The Svalbard vault was created to reduce the risk of essential crops becoming extinct as a…

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    Get Some Sleep!

    If you had a choice between eating broccoli or chocolate, you’d be most likely to choose chocolate, even though you know it is not as healthy. Many of us choose to do something that’s not good for us even when we know there’s a healthier alternative, which is why many of us don’t get a sufficient amount of sleep. A professor with a classroom full of sleep-deprived students at Baylor University in Waco, Texas, found out that just telling his students that sleep is important wasn’t enough, he had to show them. It’s not as if Professor Michael Scullin’s students were sleep-drooling on their desks for the duration of his…

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    Robots Might Replace Your Teacher Soon

    Remote-controlled and humanoid robots, mind-power-using headbands, and VR goggles are not a common find in schools these days, but in the future might be able to change the way students and teachers work in the classroom. The mind power headband(it looks like a regular headband) lets students power computer games with their minds! The headband records electrical signals from students’ brains as they complete different activities that are designed to either help them sharpen their concentration skills or relax. The computer measures the students’ brain signals, and the measurements control the action on the screen—depending on the goal, the level of brain activity determines the outcome. The signals can even…

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    “You Must Collect Things for Reasons You Don’t Yet Understand.”

    When it was founded in 1972, no one would have guessed that the ‘Frozen Zoo’, the largest animal cryobank in the world located at the San Diego Zoo in California, would serve a purpose, but as science became more complex, the important uses for the zoo were uncovered; the cells in the tissues that were stored in the zoo could be transformed into stem cells that could be used to save species, the cells could be cloned, and the cells could even help law enforcement! One of the purposes the Frozen Zoo serves is that scientists can use the stem cells created from the cells and tissues to build any type…

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    Celebrating Independence Around the World

    Many countries around the world have Independence Days. Some similar, and some different, but each Independence Day is different in their unique way, if through how it came to be, how they celebrate the day, or when it took place. Filipinos had a very complicated creation of their Independence Day. In the late 19th century, rebel groups began fighting for autonomy against the Spanish rule, and many of them were killed fighting. In 1898, Spain went to war with the U.S., and the rebels felt that the American government supported them. On June 12, 1898, the rebel groups brazenly issued a declaration of independence. They were not successful; as part…

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    How to Learn a New Skill in Art and Why You Should

    Have you ever wondered how people acquire artistic talent? Do you wish to also take pride in being good at some form of art?  Today I will be discussing the meaning of the phrase ‘good at art’, how you can find a way to be good at art and why you should, and when to use art. I promise that by the end of this speech, you will know what good art is, all it takes to become a good artist, and why it can affect the world. You have probably heard one or more people in your life throw around the phrase, ‘good at art’. But what exactly does…

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    Why Chores Are the Best Thing for Children

    What if all children were able to do chores responsibly without having to be bribed or forced into doing? Children should be able to resist the urge to ask for payment because chores are relevant to cleaning the space they live in. Although often debated amongst children, chores are much more suitable for youth than purposeless pastimes such as television because they encourage self-reliance and teach valuable life skills, unlike television, which only harms the eyes and delays teaching responsibility. Chores help kids learn self-reliance by letting them perform tasks around the house that strengthens their ability and may help kids later in life in times of need. Tasks that…