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A Trip To Taiwan

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By Vijeth Mudalegundi         

          From the moment I got off the plane, I knew that the months of preparation paid off. For months, I had undergone a rigorous selection process involving interviews, essays, and applications. After being selected into the program even more stress was added by the packing and preparation, but all of that stress washed away after stepping on land in Taiwan. Most people would say it was because I was so tired and just wanted to be on land again, however this felt a little more exciting than just that. Taiwan, from the beginning, offered much to explore and visit. It offered all landscapes one could think of, including: mountains, beaches, hills, valleys, plains, and cities. Everything one could think of in an island that is the size of New Jersey.

Taipei, the city which I stayed for most of the trip, is one of the largest metropolises in the world. Here at a local high school, Xi Song Senior High School, I spent most of my time learning Chinese and the cultural aspects of Taiwan. By the end of my trip, I was able to explore all aspects of Taiwan, from its sights to its culture to its language, all in 6 weeks of adventure.

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10/31/10
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Halloween Art

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By Prince B., Age 9

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10/24/10
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Artwork by Prince B.

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By Prince B., Age 9

A Horse
A Horse

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09/01/10
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India’s Independence Day

By: Aarthi N. Grade 5, Birmingham, AL ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Republished from August 2009

The Independence Day for any country is one of the most important holidays for that country, and India’s is no exception.

India’s Independence Day is on August 15, 1947. India gained its independence from the British. The British had ruled over India for over 200 years. Mahatma Gandhi is one of India’s most famous freedom fighters, if not the most important one.

On August 15, in schools and colleges all over India, no academic work is done. People only go to offices to hoist the Indian Flag. All government offices are closed. Shops are strictly told to pull down their shutters.

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08/07/10
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The Last Sari - A Story

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By Smriti Krishnan
High School Junior, Birmingham, AL

                Lakshmi drew the end of her sari around her shoulders and shivered slightly. The Hyderabad Express had barely left the station, and already she was cold. She remembered, with a wry smile, that her daughter emphasized the importance of staying cool at the height of summer, so she had reserved Lakshmi a seat in the AC compartment. In the seat across sat a young family of three. Lakshmi inspected them casually, and came to the conclusion that they were a family from the U.S. It was mid-June after all; the child looked old enough to go to at least first standard. It was summer vacation there; she knew, from her previous visits.

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07/01/10
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Ramanujan – The Great Indian Mathematician

By Aarthi N. Grade 6, Birmingham, AL Numbers and great mathemagicians have always fascinated me. Srinivasa Ramanujan, perhaps the greatest mathemagician of the 20th century, was born in Erode, a small village, which is around 400 km southwest of Madras, in 1887. By the time he was ten, he was in high school. When his eleventh birthday arrived, he was immersed in advanced trigonometry.

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05/03/10
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Magic Fruit - A Short Story

Written by: Shwetha M. Story with a moral
6th Grade Student, Birmingham, AL

Once upon a time there lived a king who was fond of keeping birds as pets. Among the king’s pet was a parrot named Alex. He helped the king to take decisions.

Now, one day as the king was surrounded by his courtiers, a large flock of parrots flew by and settled on the branches of the tree nearby. Alex was sitting near the king.

Drawing by Prince Banga, Age 9
Drawing by Prince Banga, Age 9

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05/01/10
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Should a foreign language be taught in kindergarten?

By Vijeth Mudalegundi
Grade 9, Alabama School of Fine Arts, Birmingham, AL
 
Countries around the world are advancing as a whole due to diversity. This diversity comes from both population and variety of spoken languages. One country still refuses to let students take a foreign language in elementary school. This country is the U.S.A.
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05/01/10
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My prayers this Spring

By Atreya V.
7th grade, Birmingham, AL

On the occasion of so many religious festivities like Vasant Panchami, Mahashivratri, Holi, Saraswati pooja, in early spring, here are few of my favorite couplets (Dohe) from Kabir.

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03/01/10
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Rahul’s Rave Reviews - “The Hunger Games”

By: Rahul G.

“Hey, my name is Rahul. I am currently an eighth grader and reading is one of my favorite pastimes, as well as sports and video games. I want to help other readers choose books by writing book reviews. I know how hard it can be to find a book if someone doesn’t recommend one to you. I hope you enjoy my book reviews!”

When reading this book, THE HUNGER GAMES by Suzanne Collins, I felt like I was in a state of repose in the real world, and I literally felt like I was the main character, Katniss Everdeen. This book grabs you by the throat and pulls you in. It contains action, love, survival, and a bloody fight to the finish.

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03/01/10
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