Long Island Student Accepted to ALL 8 Ivy League Schools

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Kwasi Enin, Long Island high school student, who has been accepted to all 8 Ivy League schools.

Kwasi Enin, the son of Ghanaian parents, was recently accepted to all eight of the Ivy League schools! Enin, a student of William Floyd High School in Long Island, received acceptance letters to the following Ivy League colleges and universities: Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth and the University of Pennsylvania. It is a remarkable feat and Kwasi Enin was surprised when he continued to receive acceptance letters. He’s still deciding but Yale and Harvard are on the top of his list.

Several times a week, there are many stories out about teens causing problems with flash mobs, fighting and inappropriate social media behavior. It is refreshing to hear a story about teens doing positive things in their schools and communities. Congrats to Kwasi Enin! I hope his story will help encourage media to highlight teens that are doing big things and representin’ other teens well.

Read more about Kwasi Enin in the New York Daily News.

Jen

Beauty Fans Rejoice! Sephora is Coming to Brooklyn! #SephoraBK

If you love perfume, makeup, body butters and more, then celebrate the Brooklyn grand opening of every New Yorkers’ favorite beauty store, Sephora. That means no more trekking to Manhattan, unless you really want to. . .the location at Times Square is pretty hard to resist. Anyway, spread the word to other members of your glam squad. There were will be giveaways on November 1st and 2nd.

Peace,

Jen

Click here for more details: Sephora Store Opening in Downtown Brooklyn

Restoration Holds it 32nd Annual 10K

As you can see, I have been writing and writing and writing. It’s been so much fun! Anyway, you can read the piece below about Restoration’s 10K. It was my first time going to the event. In fact, it inspired me to participate next year. I don’t know if I will run, but I can at least do the bike or walk, right? My daughter participated in the Kiddie Run. I don’t think I’ve ever seen her run that fast. It was a great event on a Sunday morning.

Jen

Restoration 10K Article: Restoration 10K

Restoration Rocks 2013 with Big Daddy Kane, Chrisette Michele and Questlove!

Big Daddy Kane performs at Restoration Rocks 2013 with dancers. Photo: Nashish Photography
Big Daddy Kane performs at Restoration Rocks 2013 with dancers. Photo: Nashish Photography

Hey!!

I just wanted to share a piece I wrote for Restoration Rocks! It was a great event as you’ll see with the photos below.

Click on the words below to read the article and see the pics below:

Restoration Rocks Recap

Singer, Chrisette Michele at Restoration Rocks 2013. Photo: Nashish Photography
Singer, Chrisette Michele at Restoration Rocks 2013. Photo: Nashish Photography
Host and actor, Leon, dancing with the crowd. Photo: Nashish Photography
Host and actor, Leon, dancing with the crowd. Photo: Nashish Photography

Enjoy!

Jen

My Favorite B-Ball Player

I hail from the “Boogie-Down” Bronx and I love basketball. My favorite team is the Los Angeles Lakers. My favorite player is Kobe Bryant a.k.a. “The Black Mamba.” Even my baby brother knows about Kobe and he’s  only 2 years old! I think he’s the best because he’s  cool. I can’t wait for NBA season to start! Hopefully, my favorite LA Lakers player will play this season.  I read a story in the Latin Post and it says that he is injured. Of course, Kobe still wants a championship and so do I!

Here’s another story from ESPN.com about Kobe’s injury.

Christian Cabassa

The Truth Behind Co-ed and All Girl Schools

all-girls-boarding-schoolsAs a 15 -year-old teenage girl, I think I have the right to say just how much this topic, “All Girls vs Co-ed Schools” bothers me. Though the difference between these two is obvious (the lack of boys in one and the combination of both sexes in another), there are other facts that should be discussed. I attend an all-girls school and; personally, I find it very interesting. Of course, the first thing that dwells in a person’s mind at the thought of “all- girls”  is a question that irritates me.

“Are you gay?’

To answer that question, No, not all girls in same sex schools are gay.

Truthfully, like many others, I find all-girl schools hard to deal with.  It’s because of the simple difference between all-girls schools and co-ed. It seems that the fact that there are no boys leads to other problems.  Sometimes, when I find myself walking down the halls to my next class, I think. . .

“Why am I in this school?”

This is not what I “dreamed” of as my high school experience. I thought of fun and new life experiences, parties, etc. Like in TV shows, I wanted to live my high school life to the fullest! And, sad as it may be, boys were the center of my thoughts. My freshman year didn’t seem as exciting and upbeat as I imagined in a co-ed school or so I thought.

After talking to my friend who attends a co-ed school, she told me just how awesome her school was. She talked about all the activities, the rooms, the classes, and even the teachers , who gave her school the kind of spunk that would interest anyone.

Here are some of the exciting programs at her school:

  • She was able to choose classes depending on your  overall interests.
  • Students could borrow instruments for practice
  • But most interesting. . . Her school had parties! Now, that was something my school just doesn’t have.

Then, she told me about the boys. Of course, after hearing her rave about her school, I felt a bit down. It seemed like she was having the time of her life, while I was slowly rotting away in my little bubble. But, what she told me next popped it.

” I wish I went to an all girl school like you,” she shared. What? Now that was a comment I wasn’t expecting.

I found out that boys not only make school more interesting, but they can cause girls to feel insecure which can be hard for girls to handle. Think of a day when you’ve had a bad hair day. In my all-girls school, the girls don’t care. They pass by you without a simple glance and I’m fine with that. As much as I care about my appearance, I wasn’t so concerned. I was not trying to impress any boys. In a co-ed school I might have felt different. I may have felt embarrassed, depressed, and even shy. All my thoughts may have made me think twice about my hair and how bad it looked, simply because I didn’t want to look bad around boys.

Without boys around, I feel as if girls have less pressure. They won’t necessarily feel the need to impress anyone but themselves.

– Mariah Thomas ( MAshley)

Victoria’s Tips for Making Cakes

I love to make cakes and wanted to share my baking tips. I want other kids to have as much fun as I do making cakes:)

Hello Kitty cake from i-heart-bakingblogspot.com
Hello Kitty cake from i-heart-bakingblogspot.com

Cake Making Tips

  1. First, get all of your ingredients together for the recipe.
  2. If you’re doing a cake, don’t start from scratch. Make box cakes, because it takes less time.
  3. Get all of your mixing tools together that you may need for cakes, like baking pans, pin roller, bowls, etc.)
  4. Check your cake while its in the oven, so you can make it perfect.
  5. Try to always have an adult with you so you don’t hurt yourself.
  6. Try decorating your cake with frosting, because it’s better than sprinkles.

Have fun baking your cake!

-Victoria Cabrera

Summer Fun in the Sun

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Hey, Summer is finally here! I know everyone is trying to find fun things to do. With the super-hot heat in the air, it’s almost impossible to get out to enjoy the summer weather! Try these activities and I’m sure you’ll have a summer worth spending!

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If you love music and concerts (free ones at that), then this might just be for you. Each summer, NBC’s Today Show and Good Morning America have  free Summer Concert Series in New York City. Don’t you love free? From One Direction, The Band Perry, and even Chris Brown, you’ll have an ecstatic music filled summer! The Today Show Concert Series is located on 49th Street and Rockefeller Plaza, near Fifth Avenue. Good Morning America’s Summer Concert Series takes place in Central Park’s Rumsey Playfield on 72nd Street and Fifth Avenue. All concerts start at 7 a.m. in the morning. If you want to get a good spot, go early or you may miss out on the concert.

Here’s a link to the Summer Free Concert from About.com if you wanna give it a go:

http://manhattan.about.com/od/eventsandattractions/a/gmatodayconcert.htm

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Not only are there free concerts, but there are some awesome festivals, too! I’ve been to a festival in Manhattan and was even able to buy two cute shirts while I was there. From the different set-ups and activities for little kids, these festivals sure give some spunk to your summer shopping spree. You never know, you might just find me in the spotlight singing with the big- shots on stage!

Here’s the link for the Summer Festivals from the website dnainfo.com:

http://www.dnainfo.com/new-york/20110520/manhattan/top-27-manhattan-summer-festivals

-Mariah Thomas( MAshley)

Who’s Better, Marvel or DC comics?

Superior Spiderman, Marvel Comics (Ramos)
Superior Spiderman, Marvel Comics (Ramos)

Hello everyone!

Today I want to talk about Marvel and DC Comics. Recently, many people have told me they think DC is better than Marvel. I respect their opinion, but now I want to share mine. Before I continue, I would like to point out that I am a 14-year-old girl who grew up with an older brother to teach me about all these comics. Yes, girls can love comics, too! I am pretty caught up on all the latest news about Marvel and DC, so if anyone has any questions u can always ask me:) I think Marvel is better, because there are so many characters you can choose from: Spiderman, Iron Man, Hulk, Thor, Captain America, Wolverine, etc. Now the one good thing I can say about DC Comics is that it has a lot of great super heros; but, if u choose any DC character to face-off with a Marvel character, Marvel would definitely win. For example, if you put Wonder Woman, Superman, and Batman in a boxing ring with the Hulk, Iron Man and Captain America…… well, who do you think would win? My vote is Marvel because of how all characters (except Iron Man) have brut strength. Give me your opinions and feedback:). Look on the sites for Marvel and DC and choose for yourself!

-Blazine LoPolito

P.S. If you are a huge comic fan, then you may want to attend, Comic Con. It’s a huge convention for comics, film, television, music, books and gaming. The convention is in New York from October 10-13, 2013.

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