Boys and Girls Ultimate: State Championships
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Ms. Hogben is in charge of making a newsletter to be sent around the neighborhood to the voters, which contains information on each candidate being voted in, their experience, and their qualifications for the position.
1. How does it feel to know that you have the power to influence who goes into office? Basically how does it feel to know your vote counts?
- To me, voting is a responsibility. I feel as if it's my job to give information, and to pass it on to others, but its also my job to be able to voice my opinion. I feel as if my vote is valuable in a sense. I get to make a decision to be apart of the change that goes in in not only politics, but in Philadelphia as well. Now, my job is also to get voters who don't know their facts or do their research to make the right decision in voting for the right candidates to do their duties to the fullest extent when voted in. So these newsletters go to the houses for promotion towards the campaign, most impotently passing on information.
2. Since you are also in charge of the polling place, what is the process of seeing up the polls and counting the ballots ?
-Ok, so the polls open at 7am and close at 8pm. We as the election board come in at 6:30 to get everything set up and make sure all the machines are working. We usually leave at 9pm after we have meeting and report back on what went right, and what went awry. We used to have a ballot process were we would count the votes, but by 2004 they issued us the machine voting with a computer that basically counts the votes when people go into the booths and make their choices.
3. What is your take on teens going into voting at age 18, and what should they know about voting's "responsibilities"?Well ,I think they should just prepare themselves to have this responsibility by learning their responsibilities as a young voter. They need prior knowledge on politics, they need a little bit of background knowledge on the candidates and they need to know what changes are being made in the community. As young voters, they need to familiarize themselves with all of these aspects so they can have a say in who they vote into office. Some people just vote to vote, but I feel as if they have potential to influence a great change. Especially as young adults
Calla is a traditional Liberian pastry.
Self-Rising Flour - 3-4 cups
Water as a substitute for Milk -2 ½ cups
Olive Oil as a substitute for vegetable oil – 3 cups
Organic Sugar- 1 cup
1.Get out a clean bowl and pour in Aunt Jemina’s Self-Rising Flour until it fills about 1/3 of the bowl. Sprinkle in the desired amount of sugar and 2 and half cups of water. Stir thoroughly to remove lumps in batter. Leave batter to rise for about 5 to 10 minutes. Time can increase if needed.
2.Pour oil into a pot until 2/3 full and set on the stove to heat. When batter is raised, head to the stove to heat up Olive oil and begin dropping blobs of batter into the pot. Depending on pot size, drop in as many blobs as you can so each blob can fry thoroughly.
3.Calla will turn over its self on each side. When both sides are done place the calla into a strainer onto of a paper cover plate. Continue until batter is finish. Let finished Calla cool and serve. ENJOY!
For my meal, I would guestimate about 2% would be processed and the rest would be whole food. I used brown eggs, water, and organic sugar. But I used processed self-rising Flour so I say 2% of my meal would be processed. There are some dark sides from eating my completed meal. I you ate this single meal every day, regardless of the organic substances inside. You could easily get high cholesterol, high-blood sugar, maybe even diabetes from eating this single sugary meal. A lot of my ingredients were hard to grow myself considering I don’t own a chicken for eggs, a sugar cane plantation of a wheat field and grainer for flour. So it’s a little complicated. So it sadly commercial process is the only choice I have but organic productions were more common in this dish. My dish is a simple African pastry that was made into a healthier treat when you change certain ingredients.
I’ve learned that the majority of food I take in isn’t food. And it’s really disgusting to find out that the substances you take in for nurturance is actually causing more bad than good. And the fact that people in the food industry aren’t doing crap it makes my blood boil. The biggest problem about our food system is how it’s produced. Watching the movie Food Inc. and seeing the slaughter house scene was really confusing and hard to watch. Because I was watching harmless animals being killed mercilessly by big businesses who aren’t even giving the animals room to grow and play. They have holes in the side of the bodies, wobbling around on dead carcasses or being randomly crushed to death by giant machines. And it’s sad because they people who work in those kinds of factories and slaughter houses “can’t afford to not work at these abusive meat packaging factories.” Then, to add insult to injury these big meat packaging factories have skanky deals with Immigration offices to take some of their undocumented workers every day.
So if I have to go complete vegetarian, or learn to make a farther trip to find organic store and supermarkets. I’ll do what I have to do refrain from eating crap. Especially, McDonald’s! Now to be honest I’m human and I’m a girl, who will have craving, so I might slip up from time to time, but as long as that food is entering my body every once in a blue moon, I still plan on try to find alternative to the fast but addictive fast food.
1. Get 2 cups of water to boil.
2. Pour rice into pot and stir it with the Seasoning and Sofrioto.
3. Add the boiling water, and let it sit for 20-25 minutes.
4. Mix the rice some more and let it sit, for 5-10 minutes.
Spanish rice is something eaten quite often within spanish families, it's dinner or lunch almost every day. Its usually not the main dish but a supporter to other dishes such as fish, beef, steak, and anything else. To families that don't have their own recipe they usually use goya products to make the spanish rice or season it.
When I was thinking of what I wanted to make thats all natural I asked my dad. We looked around the house and found rice and the Goya seasoning. The rice we used was from japan because it was bought at the asian market. So the rice traveled quite far and the goya seasoning is usually made in america so the seasoning didn't cost much.
The meal in total cost is cheap depending on the amount of rice, seasoning, and sofrito you use.
In this unit the main thing I learned was that the organic food cost more than processed food is a myth because of a homework assignment. Most of the prices where similar and the only time processed was cheaper was when it was fast food such as mcdonalds.Food Slide
Interviewer: NaQuan Harding
N.H: So, who motivated you to vote today?
Gerald: Not much really motivates me to vote, but I feel that if we’re going to have a say in who’s gonna run our country, I figured I may as well have a say in it.
N.H: Not many people seem to share that way of thinking. I mean, look at how many people showed up here today.
Gerald: Yeah, but this is only one polling place. I’m sure that there are more voters in other more public places.
N.H: Maybe, but I heard that voter turnout would be pretty low this year. In fact, aren’t you pretty worried that most Americans don’t care who runs the country. Turnout in and election is usually around 50%, and that’s on a good year.
Gerald: People are looking for a president that will solve America’s problems. Obama’s been making promises to fix things, but we’re still in debt, and workers are still out of jobs because of it.
N.H: So, I assume you’re not voting for Obama in the presidential election?
N.H: Who might it be, then?
Gerald: I don’t know. Maybe Rick Perry. I like that guy.
N.H: Any particular reason?
Gerald: Shouldn’t you be asking other questions, kid?
N.H: Right, sorry. Um, how do you feel about voting on Tuesdays? Do you find it inconvenient?
Gerald: Not really. I usually tell my boss a week before Election Day that I’ll be out voting. He’s pretty okay with it, and since I’m usually on time for work, he can trust that voting is all I’ll do.
N.H: So, your boss doesn’t trust everyone to miss work for voting?
Gerald: Some guys at my job only use voting as an excuse to miss work. They don’t even vote. They just spend the day doing whatever the hell they want.
N.H: Sounds like something I would do. I just have one more question. Where have you encountered the most ad campaigning? Was it on TV, the internet, anywhere?
Gerald: Well, I don’t watch much TV or spend that much time on the internet, but I definitely get my fill on ad campaigning from my neighborhood. I’m telling you, every telephone pole there has like ten different campaigning posters stapled to it. There are so many there, that I just don’t pay attention anymore.
N.H: Yeah, I hear you. Well, thanks for your time.
Gerald: No problem.
Rice (8-10 serving):
You Will Need:
3 cups of rice
3 tablespoons of olive oil
6 cups of water
2 teaspoons of salt
What To Do:
1. Place water in a kettle and put the fire on high until it boils
2. Start with 3 cups of rice
3. Wash the rice then put in pot (no water yet)
4. Take 3 tablespoons of olive oil and place it into the rice
5. Mix that up on low
6. When water is at a boil, pour 6 cups of water into the rice
7. Add salt and stir
8. Place lid on it and put fire on high
9. When it comes to a boil turn it down low
10. Keep it on low with cover
11. In about 20 minutes check on rice and stir again
12. It should be ready to serve
13. If not let it sit for a couple more minutes and check it again until it is ready
Beans (8-10 serving):
*90 calories in each Bean can
*20 calories in each tomato sauce can
You Will Need:
3 16oz cans of red Goya Beans
1 can of tomato sauce
From personal Garden
Half cup of diced green bell peppers
Half teaspoon of diced Habenero pepper
One tablespoon of ripe diced jalepeno's
What to do:
1. Lightly Cover Pan with Olive oil (thin layer)
2. Heat oil on low until heated
3. Crush 1/2 clove of Garlic, and chop up 1/2 Onion,
4. Place all peppers, garlic, and onion into the olive oil. And stir
5. Sauté vegetables in oil (DO NOT BURN)
6. Add teaspoon of salt to the pan
7. Add 8 oz of the tomato sauce
8. After stirring for a bit add another 8 oz of tomato sauce
9. Add the 3 cans of red beans
10. Stir thoroughly
11. Then add a quarter cup of water
12. Add a pinch of adobo seasoning
13. Stir again then place lid on beans
14. Put fire on low
15. When beans are tender it is done
Plantains (8-10 serving):
*40 calories in a bottle of olive oil (will be less because you will not use a whole bottle of olive oil)
You Will Need:
4 cups of water
2 cloves of garlic (peeled and crushed)
2 tablespoons of salt
some vegetable oil
a bowl big enough to soak plantains in
What To Do (Step By Step):
1. Take three green plantains and peel them (if you prefer sweet plantains then you have to get 3 yellow plantains)
2. After you peel them place them in a bowl full of 4 cups of water
3. Add the salt and garlic to the water
4. Let plantains soak for 15 minutes
5. When done drain them well
6. Take the oil and cover the bottom of the pan at least an half of inch thick
7. Place plantains in pan and fry, flipping over when neededfor at least 7 minutes or until crispy and done
8. Place paper towel on plate
9. Take the plantains that are done and put them on the plate
10. Take a paper towel and place over plantains
11. Hit the paper toweled covered plantains with palm to flatten them
dip them in the salt water and take out IMMEDIATELY
11. place on plate and enjoy
During this project, Anna and I had to make a dish that was not only healthy, but we had to make a dish with natural foods. Our goal was to prove that food can be healthy and taste good. Anna and I made Plantains, Rice, and Beans with freshly grown peppers. Our dish was more natural than organic, because we had freshly grown peppers, and unprocessed beans. The only thing we used that was organic was the tomato paste hat we mixed in with the beans and peppers. Rice, beans, and plantains are kinds of food that depending on how you make them is how much fat and or calories will be in it. We tried to make them with little processed ingredients as we could. But depending on how someone makes these that is how healthy it will be for you. If they add a lot of fatty ingredients to each then eating it every day would not be good. But if you use a lot of natural ingredients and stuff that you have grown from the garden and such then eating this everyday wouldn't be to much of a problem. Especially if you are spanish, rice and beans and sometimes plantains are eaten everyday so they find a lot of ways to make them better so it doesn't make them sick or too fat. So it all depends on what you add. We read the labels and packaging to see where our foods came from, and we learned the rice was grown in Japan, the beans we're grown in texas, and the plantains were originated in Southern Asia. The food that traveled the furthest was the beans from Southern Asia in the Bangladesh area, which was 8260 Miles away. The second longest was Japan at 6762 miles for the imported rice. The processing of these foods are fresh grown, picked, and sent out. None of them are organic, or have any added chemicals except for the tomato paste which was made from organically grown tomatoes. In a regular restaurant setting, the meal we made would cost roughly between $4.99 - $7.99. Compared to fast food, our dish is actually healthy, because it has no added transfat, it wasn't made in grease or a fryer, and it didn't have any unnatural ingredients. The companies that make money from our dish are the Goya Co. (Making the Plantains, and the beans), and Canilla rice, (which gets their rice from 4 different countries, but most commonly, latin america). When growing rice, they usually plow it to collect it and fertilize it and ship it out to factories so they can bag and distribute to the large grocers who produce and send it out. Next, Beans are grown from seeds, and are harvested, picked out of their pods, and packaged to be sent to the grocers who sell them. Plantains are grown exactly like yellow bananas. They are grown on large tree's or tree-like plants, and picked off to be sent to factories in their cells, grown in groups of 5-6 bananas, which are labeled and sent to supermarkets and grocery stores. Chefs and domestic cooks make or use original recipes that involve some of these products which helps make a lot of mixtures and blends form these basic foods. When it comes to a lot of the ingredients it is better to grow them yourself then buy them because you don't have to worry about any of the pesticides and such. But when you are growing stuff yourself you have to know how like you have to make a lot of the crop depending on what you want since weather, and animals effect how many of the crops actually last until you pick them. So for tomatoes and peppers, which were two ingredients we used, I believe these are better and easy to just grow yourself. Now when it comes to plantains I think they have to be in a certain environment so unless you have some top notch garden shizzle going on than that would most likely be better just to buy.
I think the role of the individual is to realize that they need to change, and then do it. Change is much better if the individual is the one who realizes that they need to change. Change is much less effective when someone is told to do it, because that is much different than coming to a realization that something is wrong.
I used to know that voting wasn’t exactly majority, but I didn’t realize how unfair the Electoral College is. It makes me think that voting should be a majority for it to be a democratic government. It also made me realize that we have the choice to vote, but if we don’t take advantage of that freedom it be a lot worse for the country.
We tried to show that there have been very small voting percentages in the past few years, capping at 61%. We said that with mandatory voting that if a person didn’t vote, then they would be charged a 100$ fine. We capitalized on this point, because a lot of people will choose to go out and take the time to go to the polls, rather than paying the fine.
My group was Stephen Holts, Tenzin Ngawang, and Sasha Sapp, and myself. We picked our topic by saying the first thing that came to our heads. We did this because we didn't want to spend time arguing over the subject and wanted to get right on to doing the work. I personally decided to do one of the papers because I'm good at writing. This project was in accordance to one of our 11th grade Spanish "What is the role of an individual in creating and sustaining change?". This project to me was about educating the future voters and politicians of America. We did research to understand what changes could be made and why the general public might or might not support. We were making the core of a campaign and if we actually wanted to fight to let 16 year olds vote this is where we would start. My previous idea of how America worked was that they counted every vote that came from every citizen. That idea changed after I learned about the Electoral College and how it works. I think that America is still a Democracy it’s just “The lives of a lot are in the hands of a few” kind of democracy. One thing we did to try to make it more relatable to a general audience is by having a spokesperson or a face of our campaign “Kathleen”. Kathleen is a 16 year old and represents a mature educated portion of 16 year olds that want to vote. Other then that we did all four of the core parts and made a good functioning website.
Rebuttal Paper - http://dl.dropbox.com/u/13041242/Final%20Rebuttal.pages
Position Paper - Winston Wright.
One problem in American society today is that the opinion of young minds are truly undervalued. Interestingly enough it is experiences as young children that help mold mature adults, making decisions that will affect the rest of their lives as adults. In the United States Constitution, the 26th amendment states that persons of eighteen (18) years of age or higher are pretty much allowed to vote. Now the age eighteen in the U.S is the age that citizens are branded “Adult.” Being dependent upon themselves and no one else. Many politicians across the country put on a “front” like education comes first. The motto is that we (as in adults in the United States) need to help the future generation figure out a way to effectively lead themselves. “By educating young people, they will be able to make the same successful choices that past Americans have made, resulting in a continuous Utopia!” Still when presented with some of the liberty that few have, young people do not vote compared to other demographic groups in the U.S. The voting age should be changed. If we are the future, Let Us Vote! It is a generalization that most young adults/teenagers are lazy, or unfocused. Despite the fact that this is true in many cases there is a percentage of young people in this country who want change for their own future. Now today there are many programs/associations that promote youth leadership, and assist young people in helping the world. In only makes sense, to give the responsibility to those who are working so hard towards the future. Sixteen (16) is the perfect age to begin to vote. Young adults are usually in the 10th/11th grade during this time in their lives, and are just discovering their own intellectual interest. By the time they become eighteen they have applied to college, obtained the right to drive, other things that come along with being an adult. Most 16 years old are prepared to take on the world, prepping themselves to become adults, functioning members of society. Negative imagery can commonly be associated with young adults in the United States from drugs, violence and other types of reckless behavior. It is only in making becoming more older more appealing will the actions start to change. The only thing 16 year olds have forward to look to in most part of this country is their permit. This must change. When granted the privilege to vote, young people will have a better understanding of how and what is going on in the country. In addition to this, it would only make sense to grant the privilege of voting among young people. So many transitions are happening in their lives, as most are finishing some type of academic career. In the U.S there are many problems with education, and certainly putting the young people in the battle will help form solutions. It is a challenge to say that every single citizen of the union, should be granted the right to vote, but limiting the parameters of the freedom to vote to a certain demographic, defies the purpose of America. This is a place of progression, change, and liberty, therefore it’s future shall be endowed/dependent upon the children it births. The experience of life in America is a significant one, and all participants should be have a say in how they live their life. Lowering the voting age to sixteen (16) will give more responsibility to young people of the country. One of the biggest benefits from lowering the voting age will not only be a wider audience to appeal to, but it will encourage more of the older voters in the demographic to vote. Political, Economical, and Social consciousness can be built from the change of this amendment. A positive uprising will be the most beneficial result from change. It is because the youth are looked down upon in regards to responsibility that they act out. Compared to other nations of the world, the United States has system of the older a citizen gets, the more valuable they are to society. Everyone has a thought of value, and everyone posses the ability to contribute in a positive way. These natural rights should never be taken away no matter age, ethnicity, or sexual orientation.
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How did you group go about making a decision for what to focus on for the project?
11th grade Essential ? - What is the role of the individual in creating and sustaining change?
How has your understanding of the electoral process and whether or not the US is a democracy evolved during this unit?
How did you decide to best relay a message to a national audience with your marketing campaign?