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Hey art bloggers and readers, my name is Sarena Shuman, and I am an artist in high school. Most of my art blogs are on the assignments my teacher gives me, and I will elaborate on how I feel, and what I did to complete the assignment. I will also include at the end of the blog, a photograph of the masterpiece. Hand drawings was the first assignment of the year for art, and I wasn't nervous. I was calm, and very positive. I was thinking of ways to approach this in a creative aspect, in artist eyes. I didn't want to just draw a hand, or trace a hand. I wanted to be very detailed, and precise, I wanted the shading, and a touch of color. So I went to for a reference of a hand, I looked at a tutorial on how to draw a hand. I started out with the outline of lines, to build my hand off of. Then I started to form the fingers and nails, as a sketch, and as I started to see my hand form. The lines got thicker and more real, then the shading and specific details came last. It took me about 3 hours to sketch one hand. Then to add my pop of color I added a vase of flowers as if the hand was reaching for the flowers. My hand was shaded in pencil, and a little charcoal, but my vase of flowers have all types of colors. I enjoyed my first piece of the school year. Tune in for the next blog post.

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Keystone XL Pipeline Monologues


For this assignment, we, the students had to study the Keystone Pipeline and its background. We were to create our own monologues that showed either support or rejection of the idea. You had the choice of writing a monologue on either a real or fictional character, actual or inanimate. We had to research quotes and views on the pipeline, if you were including actual people in your monologues. In my monologues I portrayed the perspectives of three different figures. One, President Barack Obama, another being Prime Minister Stephen Harper, and the last a fictional supporter of the Keystone Pipeline. President Obama had just finished his debate with Governor Romney and makes a vow to attack Romney with how the pipeline will distort the climate. He then pledges to be persistent and win the election, due to a little motivation and inspiration. Prime Minister Harper is having a debate with Bill McKibben and storms off backstage, cursing McKibben and the protestors outside as he goes. He then realizes is microphone is not off. Harper is met with carnage outside as he rushes and stumbles to his limousine, scorned as he goes. The last, a pipeline supporter is leaving a rally and utters a phrase that would lead to a revelation that changed his views on the pipeline and life forever. I chose three different views and three different figures involved with it because I wanted to show how these people actually feel about this matter. I also wanted to be unbiased and show both sides of the pipeline, not just showing undoubted support or undoubted protest. I believe that showing the true fight for persuasion on both sides really shows how passionate people are about this project. Overall, the one thing that I learned from this project and value the most is the time and effort that the protesters of the pipeline have put in to stop it from being built. It is an astronomical accomplishment, what they have done. A great deal of work was put into these monologues and into this video. I sincerely I hope you enjoy my work.

The following is the link to my video:

End of Regulation

(Sit down and act stoic)

(Downtrodden) Obama: Thank you for the kind words, but I wasn’t as clear and fluent as I would have like to have been.

(Pondering ways of winning next debate but with not much luck.)
Obama: I just wish that the people would recognize how frequently and blantlany Governor Romney lied during the debate. If only the Republican party could realize that Romney’s and their plan to cut taxes on the rich will only lead to an even more increasingly drastic economic “depression” than the one we’re in right now. I need to take a different and more direct approach at some of the major issues, but what? What major world and domestic issue could I discuss to convince the United States to work with me so I can clean up the ever-worsening economy? If he keeps brainwashing the populus, then I’m afraid he is going to keep winning these debates and more importantly, he will win the undecided vote if he keeps changing his views.

(Listening) Obama: I’m all ears.

Obama: And what would that be?

Hmm. Uhh, that’s an interesting point you brought up there, sir.

(Starting to develop idea) Obama: That is a brilliant idea you have. I had heard Mitt say something about, though not much, during the discussion about the health care crisis, but it had slipped my mind. I have the power to repeal the project and not allow the pipeline to be built. The damage that it would do to our changing and warming climate will be incredible. Although the Republicans do denounce the theory of Global Warming, those who are aware of the very real issue will be interested in the shutting down of the climate. However, I most certainly want assure that the next president and the next generation of people will not have to deal with an unrepairable climate with oil spills happening ever so frequently.

I WILL be persuasive, I WILL give the hard facts, I WILL show the people what is happening to our country and even more importantly, our planet, and I WILL reveal the lies that Governor Romney spewed all last night. If I bring this integrity, I will make a strong case and win the upcoming election. However, I can’t let up. I need to be persistent. These people have done everything they could to stop me from fixing the economy during my four years, but no longer.  Thank you, young man, you have a very wise and knowledgeable head on your shoulders.

(With sincerity) Hey, wait a minute haven’t I seen you around the Oval Office a few times.

(Remembering now) Obama: Ahh yes. Well, again, thank you and have a nice night, I’ll see you tomorrow and I will win this next debate.

A Change Of Plans

Main Speaker: Prime Minister of Canada, Stephen Harper.

(At a pipeline debate with Bill McKibben, persuading protesters that the pipeline is a good thing)

Harper: (Being Polite) Well, you see, Bill, that’s the thing. The Keystone Pipeline will not only be the safest way of transporting oil, but for the first time since World War 2, the United States and Canada will have a mutual benefactor, this one in particular being called domestic resources. North America will garner so much more publicity and my country will grow economically and both our stocks will rise. We will finally have a decent clout in the oil industry, especially now that we are partnering with America.

(Harper: I assure the Canadian populace, I will only do what is necessary and what needs to be done.

Harper: Get this get this mic off me. This fool, McKibben does know the slightest thing about what I am trying to do. Doesn’t he realize how well this’d bode for those lousy Americans and their awful economy. Those bumbling dopes out there are so gullible. They’ll believe anything that I say. I’m not going to repeal that plan to build that pipeline no matter what anyone says.

(Acting hurried, very worried) Harper: My...microphone... wasn’t off? The crowd... they heard, *swallows* all that? Hey! You! Get me out of this place, now! I don’t need this liberal garbage right now. Get me to my limousine.

(Pushes back door of auditorium open and is met with very angry protesters outside as he approaches his limo.)

(Nervous) Harper: Open that door, now! I can’t deal with anymore. All of these ignorant people don’t know anything.

(Very angry) Harper: Why isn’t the goddamn door open?

Harper: Open the door!


(Relieved) Harper: Finally! Christ, almighty? These crazy radicals are out of there minds.

Harper: Away from here.

Born Again Ethanol Salesman

(Walking to his car, leaving a pipeline rally, waving goodbye to supporters/fans)

(With enthusiasm) Oil Salesman: Goodbye all! God bless and remember, with a pipeline, we are one, connected via what defines us.

(Closes car door) That was such a great rally. I really feel like these people believe in the pipeline and what it can do for our country and our economy. *Yawns* Boy, I’m exhausted. Hmm, with a pipeline, we are one, connected via what defines us. Huh. That’s funny now that I think about it. Connected via what defines us. Oil connects us? A toxic resource is what we are? Why would someone even think about that? That’s not what living is about.

*Begins to contemplate what’s right and wrong* What if this is the wrong approach? *Starts to clench steering wheel and palms being to get sweaty*

What about the possible or even *begins to worry even more now* eventual crisis of the rise of sea levels?

(Now seeing what he has been promoting for so long, he becomes very intent on stopping the pipeline)  
What will happen if the pipeline bursts, or worst, damages the o-zone layer even more? I don’t want my children growing up and living in a world like this, especially in this country, where greed is the main focus.
(Realizes what he supports, shows enthusiasm)
I definitely want the best for my kids and I will not, no, I refuse to support something that will jeopardize my children’s future. There is NOTHING on this Earth that i wouldn’t do for them, nor is there ANYTHING I would let hurt them. This CANNOT go on.


Many of Canada's biggest energy companies – firms that are headquartered in Canada and trade on Canadian stock exchanges – are in fact largely owned by foreign interests, including Suncor (57 percent), Canadian Oil Sands (57 percent) and Husky Energy (91 percent). All told, some 70 percent of all tar-sands production in Alberta is owned by non-Canadian shareholders.

It's these foreign-owned companies, not the environmental groups targeted by Harper, that pose the real threat to Canada. The Northern Gateway pipeline would slice through 700 miles of environmentally sensitive land in western Canada, exposing ecological treasures like the Great Bear Rainforest to major oil spills.

In Alberta alone, there were 687 pipeline failures in 2010. Three spills in a single month last spring dumped 400,000 gallons of oil – including 132,000 gallons into a river that provides drinking water to Alberta residents.

The oil – it's more of an acidic, corrosive goo – is expensive to extract, dangerous to transport and more damaging to the climate than conventional oil. The problem is, the oil companies want to triple their production over the next 20 years – but existing pipelines will reach full capacity in only three years. And if you can't move the oil, you can't sell it.

The chiefs of more than 100 First Nations tribes, who control half of the land that the Northern Gateway would traverse, have signed a declaration to stop the project, calling it "a grave threat" to their lands and waters.

Keystone represented the most profitable route to move the oil to sea, traversing 2,480 miles on the way to the Gulf Coast.

Read more:


Goodell, Jeff. "Keystone Moves North, Where Big Oil Is Losing Read more:" Obama may have stopped the U.S. pipeline, but now the fight has shifted to Canada. 02 2012: n. page. Web. 16 Oct. 2012. <>.
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La Vida y Los Tiempos de un Cocodrilo Tímido

Por: Ronaldo Jackson

¡Hola! Me llamo Ronaldo. Soy de Filadelfia y vivo en Filadelfia. Ahora, asisto a la Ciencia Leadership Academy. En el futuro, voy a ir a la universidad para ser un veterinario. Quiero ser veterinario porque yo atraigo animales. Para mi, importa mucho salir con las citas. Sin embargo, tengo el sentimiento de estar solo. Por lo tanto, en el futuro, quisiera ir a las citas ciegas. Me molesta mucho cuando llego tarde a la escuela. No creo en llegar tarde.

          Soy un niño alto y delgado. Mis ojos son marrones. Según dice, ellos son profundos y brillantes. Mis pelo es completo y negro. También, es muy rizado y corto. En mi cada, tengo realmente cejas bonitas y labios esponjosos. Es dos de mi mejores características. Es por eso que yo soy un buen besador según las mujeres. Se dice que mi piel es marrón y suave, pero con pelos en las piernas. Aunque es peludo, es suave al tacto. Mis dientes son bastante bonitos. Ellos son tan blancos como papel nuevo. Personas le encanta mirarlas. No soy muy musculoso, pero soy un corredor. Tengo un seís pack, pero no es muy visible. Sólo es visible cuando hago ejercicio. Sin embargo, puedo usar mi mente más que mi cuerpo. Es porque ir un veterinario, yo necesito ser más inteligente que atlético. Ser inteligente también atrae mujeres. Sin duda, me siento muy afortunado.

          Por dentro, soy muy maduro. Por la general, soy una persona simpática. Si alguien me molesta, entonces soy antipático. Pero, no me gusta. Yo siempre trato de hacer amistad con otras personas. Por otro lado, no soy la persona más sociable. Es porque siempre he sido tímido. Si lo hiciera mi personalidad, tendría más amigos. Honestamente, tengo tres verdaderos amigos, y sólo uno va a mi escuela.

          Mi afición es aviones, trenes, y animales. ¡Ellos son muy interesantes! Me gustan porque hay diferentes motivos. Me gustan los aviones y trenes porque ellos son bastante complicados y vehículos únicos. Trenes son muy únicos desde ellos utilizan los vías de trenes. Ellos son los vehículos solos que correr en un especial “calle” sólo para ellos. Al contrario, aviones son únicos porque ellos volan muy alto. Para mi, es muy interesante por un vehículo pesado volar. ¡No parece normal! Pero, existe. Sin embargo, mi favorita de estos es animales. Por la tanto, quiero ser un veterinario. Tengo que trabajar con los animales en el futuro ser feliz. Desde que era joven, he amado los animales. Recuerdo mi primer mascota. Era un perro llamado Rex. Desde al principio, yo era cariñoso con él. No estaba inseguro con él porque él era sorprendentemente siempre amistoso con mi. Nosotros éramos mejores amigos. Él ayudaba mi para encontrar mi amor por animales, y no sólo perros, pero gatos, lagartos, pez, y mucho más. Desde entonces, he tenido mascotas.

          Mi vida de citas es muy secas. No tengo a novia. Es porque soy muy huraño. Es muy triste. Mi novia pasado era en grado dos. Creí que nosotros erámos uña y carne. Solíamos comer almuerzo y jugamos juntos. Todos nuestros amigos dirían que vamos a casar en el futuro. Entonces, tuvimos una lucha un día en escuela. Ella robó mi lápiz favorito y estaba muy disgustado. Hoy, me cuenta que la lucha no era necesaria, pero es pero es muy tarde. Que era el final de nuestra relación. Esta experiencia me hizo nervioso de relaciones nuevas. Sin embargo, sueño con una novia perfecta por la noche. Me imagino que la personalidad de ella es tan bonita como ella es. Aunque, realmente no me importa cómo se ve. Pero, tengo miedo de no encontrarla. Me siento triste cuando pienso en esto. ¡No es divertido! Sin embargo, creo que la mujer perfecta es por ahí. Solamente tengo que encontrar la.

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At different times of day you greet people with different greetings. In the morning it is good morning in the afternoon it’s good afternoon at night or in the evening good evening or good night. It is the same in Spanish. Instead of a simple hola; say Buenos diás in the morning buenas tardes in the afternoon and buenas noches in the evening or night.
Here is  a video on How to greet people at different times of day.

Here it is 

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SLA Playwrights Rake in the Prizes!!

Seven different SLA playwrights had winning plays in the 2012 Annual Playwrighting Festival run by Philadelphia Young Playwrights!

Congratulations to the following students:

Byshera Moore for her play Star Dance (Second Place)
Ellen To for her play Breaking Borders (Second Place)
Alexis Babcock for her play The Stranger (Third Pace)
Sarah Charlotte Brown for her play Waiting for a Mother (Third Place)
Maria LaTorre for her play Sono la rosa nella mi storia (Third Place)
DeShawn Mcleod for her play Just Do It (Third Place)
James Prell for his play In A Foxhole  (Third Place)

See the complete winners list here.
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Keystone XL Monologues


In history class we are learning about the Keystone XL pipeline. The pipeline will be from the tar sands in Canada to southern United States.For the project we had to make monologues from different point of views on the Keystone XL project that congress is debating on. My monologues are about the effects of the tar sands on the world, why people are trying to run through with Keystone XL and how stupid we are for even trying to do this.

Fighting the Good Fight

(Character has a hippie californian accent. Occasionally will smoke throughout the show and put intense feelings into certain points)

(sits in chair and puts on radio equipment.)

“Good Morning, all you tar sand blockers. This is John Gatti here on Climate Watch Radio Show giving you the latest news on the (raises fist) fight against Keystone XL! As most of you may know we are in a global crisis. Global warming is getting worse and is affecting our climate. I don’t know about you guys but I think winter decided to come early this year and not on its own account. Mother nature is trying to tell us that what we’re doing is wrong, but the government doesn’t want to listen because they’re corrupted. Corrupted by the green stuff. I’m not talking about the weed here people.”

(Deep breath in)

“That’s some good stuff, I’m talking about the money. 800,000 gallons of oil a day, at $4 a gallon for us, the oil company is making $32,000,000 a day (Slams fist on table) and their not one even on the fields working to get it themselves! Who needs that much money if all you’re going to do is spend it on yourself and ruin the climate for everyone else. These tar sands are dirtier than any other type of oil we’ve dug up and used. Those groovy scientist who study climate change say it will be game over if we go through with this.”

“It would raise the CO2 levels by .06% which is a big dent for one country. I’m talking to you government, I’m talking to you! (deep breath in) Well you groovy tar sands blockers ive run out of time. I hope you learned something new today and I’ll be back tomorrow to give you more news. Gatti Out People!”

Grumpy Tar Sands

(character is grumpy, rude and shows a strong dislike towards humans and their dumb ideas)

“Hey you, you dumb human”

“Yea I’m talking to you, you must think you’re doing something really good for your country huh? Digging up the rest of me and watching the rest of your friends turn me into oil. Either that or you just enjoy that paycheck you’re getting.”

“Hehehe I would too if i got paid to you know shovel humans and burn them for fuel. I wonder what they would give off? (laugh)

“What do i give off? Are you seriously asking me that? I mean I knew you humans were dumb, but I didn’t know you were that dumb jeez. It’s like talking to a plank of wood. Why are you working here if you don’t know what Im going to give off, but if you haven’t heard, I am dirtier than any oil you humans have dug up. I’m guessing tar didn’t stick out to you?”

(mumbles) “dumb ass”

“You got other more important things to worry about than what I said. Like what will happen to you and all your little human friends if this goes through.”

“Don’t ask me. What do I look like a freaking book? You got the internet go home and search it up yourself. Now get out of here I don’t want your scent getting on me.”

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2012 Election - Maleena Mel

Question I Asked:

1. What motivated you to come to vote?
2. What would you like to see change in our political system?
3. Do you know why we vote on Tuesday?
4. Are you always sure of who you are going to vote for when you walk into the booth or are you still deliberating?
5. Did you learn about voting in school? If yes, did that impact your willingness to vote?

Answer from people at the Pole:
Person 1. A African American women 
1. I came to vote to support people such as myself, and to see a change in the U.S
2. The things that i would like to see change, is more supportive act. Such as heath care, and lower tax. 
3. No, do you?
4. Yes, Because i really think about the right person before i come to vote, Who i know and believe that would make a change. 
5. Yes, Because it showed me the reasons why to vote, and how it counts to the U.S and also the future. 

Person 2. A white women 
1. I came here to vote today because i wanted to support my rights and see a change in the future. 
2. Yes, The changes i would like to see is lower tax, more jobs, and health care for everyone. 
3. I'm not sure.....
4. Yes. 
5. Yes, It impact me to see the change in the future. 

Person 3. A White women 
1. Are you a democrat or a republican? 
She said "Yes". 
2. I came here to vote today because i believe everyone deserve a job, and not stay home. Also because i don't want to pay any tax for anyone who is lazy to find a jon and just living off welfare. 
3. What motivated me to come today was people such as my self, and my friends who believe their should be a change. 
4. Yes
5. Yes, thats why i'm voting today....
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Citizen Interviewing

​I interviewed a man that was  25 years old named Mr. Thompson. I didnt ask him where he lived at.
Me: Im Steven Webb and I would like to interview you for a school project that my history teacher assigned us. 

Thompson: Okay  what is it about.

Me: Basically it is an interview on people voting and its just a few questions.

Thompson: Do you mind if I look at them before hand?

Me: Sure

Thompson: Alright I don't mine answering them.

Me: Alright, what motivated you to come out and vote?

Thompson : To be honest I only started to vote when Obama ran for president

Me: What would you like to see changed in out political system?

Thompson :Well it doesn't really matter to me although everything seems to be in great shape so I wouldn't change anything. 

Me:  Do you vote in every election? 

Thompson: Well as I was saying earlier I only voted when Obama was in office but I will most likely start doing it more. 

Me: Do you know why we vote on Tuesday?

Thompson: No 

Me: Where have you encounter the highest amount of ad campaigning? 

Thompson: I have seen a lot on the tv.

Me: What was the most memorable campaign ad that you have encountered?

Thompson: Obamas

Me:  Are you always sure of who you are going to vote for when you walk into the booth or are you still deliberating?

Thompson: Year for now

Me: What changes do you hope to see in Philadelphia as a result of this election. 

Thompson: I want the violence to be taken down but that isn't going to happen. 

Me: What impact do you feel you vote will have on this election.

Thompson: I want to hope that it has a huge effect but I know that it really wont have a huge effect. 

Me: Did you learn about voting in school?

Thompson: I may have but I didn't really care. 

Me: Thank you for you time thats all of the questions that I have.
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