Walking into the law office of George Pappas does not transport one into the realm of corporate lawyers nor does it transport someone into an office disconnected from the community around it. Rather, when walking into Mr. Pappas’ office one not only feels as if he or she has walked into a home but feels the sense of community and true service that lines the walls and rings from door to door. Because it is in this very office that people from all walks of life have reached out to Mr. Pappas who has helped each of them navigate through legal matters for over twenty-five years. Over these twenty-five years, individuals from Deland to Flagler have spoken to the very man who is now running for Congress, the very man who has seen their plights, has seen their struggles, who has helped people when they were at their weakest. Now, as the community in which Mr. Pappas was raised struggles, he feels the need to act.
Graduating early was an exciting and difficult transition into my life.
I have never felt so belittled in my entire life before this decision. I worked so hard, and spent countless sleepless nights and my entire summer to accomplish this. Unfortunately, during this school year the class of 2016 did not give a warm welcome. Forever being called "the junior", I am in fact not a junior. I am a senior at Creek and I've earned this title. At the beginning of the school year I was so excited to graduate, full of spirit and perseverance. The only thing that lasted were the scraps of perseverance I had left at the end of the year. My first period was absolutely miserable. I can specifically remember one day when we were writing adjectives about ourselves using the letters of our names to start out the word. Having a U in my name made this a little difficult. Mrs. Holloway was kind to say that I was unique, while another student blurted out "Underage". It was much easier just to laugh at myself like the rest of the class did then… to think that I actually had feelings. I am so thankful to the girl who sat to the left of me during 1st period who genuinely talked to me because her kindness saved me during this class without even knowing it.
America’s youngest and most mischaracterized voters are building a movement.
They spent their formative years in families and communities that struggled with economic uncertainty, and watched the rest of the world fall apart in newspaper headlines. They know that-- environmentally, socially, and politically-- many aspects of modern life are unsustainable. They are also the most demographically diverse generation in American history, and have a brilliant and unshakeable assurance that change is possible.
“Here's Why I Never Warmed Up to Bernie Sanders” (Kevin Drum, Mother Jones magazine) - A Refutation by Ridwan Meah
On April 29th, 2016, the renowned progressive magazine Mother Jones published an article entitled, “Here's Why I Never Warmed Up to Bernie Sanders.” Needless to say, even the Mother Jones Facebook share of the article captioned “This is going to piss a lot of people off.” The Democratic party, let alone American liberals, is already polarized by the differences between the two remaining Presidential candidates. An article like that of Mr. Drum’s makes various unfair claims on the status quo. This refutation will both challenge and concede Drum’s points, while taking that information and channeling it into a positive game plan in which all can find benefit.
Polymath: “having learned much”, a person whose expertise spans a significant number of different subject areas
Leonardo da Vinci was the original “Renaissance Man”. He held mastery in nearly every field you could imagine: literature, mathematics, engineering, art. He pursued each of his passions and accomplished things that people could barely fathom. But how much is too much?
For students today, college applications seem like an eternal war of doing too much versus doing too little. Filling up the resume has become a violent obsession for all high-achieving kids. Many students struggle with an identity crisis—from elementary school onwards, kids are asked, “What do you plan on doing when you’re older?”