Seventh Grade: What We’ve Learned

With our seventh grade year drawing to an end, we’ve learned quite a few things that have helped us stay on track. Keep reading as we share with you some of our secrets to success.


1) Stay Organized: Your life will be easier if you spend a few extra seconds making sure everything in your binder is in the right spot; you won’t constantly be scrummaging around for the right papers.

2) Don’t be late to classes: Not only will you fall behind, but you could possibly create a habit of being tardy, which will build up into a referral. Thus, it is best to stay on top of your schedule.

3) Do your homework: In most classes, homework is a daily grade, and could be up to 40% of your final grade. Just because homework doesn’t count as much as exams, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t do it.

4) Prepare for your tests: Studying is essential to do well in each subject, and not reviewing your work or notes could result in a terrible test grade. To avoid doing poorly on a test, make sure to study!

5) Don’t overcrowd your schedule: Although there may be things that you can’t wait to do in seventh grade, you have to remember to limit yourself and make sure you have some time to breathe.

6) Don’t procrastinate: Doing assignments at the last minute is never a practical thing to do, especially as your courses get more grueling and require more time.

7) Don’t skip breakfast: In order to keep your brain functioning properly, a good and hearty breakfast every morning should be there to help you make it through your day.

8) Try your best: Put 100% of your effort into what you do, no matter the obstacles that may come your way; eventually, your work will pay off.

9) Don’t be afraid to show your true self: Always remember that you don’t need to please anybody but yourself. Follow your own heart, not everybody elses.

10) Never give up: Although times may seem hard now, they’re bound to get better if you persevere and give everything that you do  your all.

Best of luck to you in your seventh grade year! 🙂
~ Alita and Kristen

The Good Girl’s Bad Boys: The Good, The Bad, And The Bullied

 Naomi Lorraine, more commonly known as Nerdy Naomi, is entering her senior year at Dartwell High School, but it won’t be easy. With the laughs, insults, and bruises high school gives her, she can’t help but survive each day life throws at her.

Naomi is the most unpopular, bullied, misunderstood girl in her school. But all that is about to change when she meets “The Three Musketeers”: Bennet Frazier, Jordan Wallace, and Declan Lynch. After meeting the girl’s caustic attitude, but innocent look, the boys can’t help but want to be friends with her and help her overcome her bullies.

After Naomi meets the boys, they go on a rollercoaster of adventures (maybe there will even be some romance, hint hint). But because Naomi has so much fun while with Bennet, Jordan, and Declan, this book ends up being quite long. It is 69 chapters long, and has 1605 WattPad pages. Since the WattPad pages are relatively short, I doubled them up for my reading log and said that I read 803 wordy pages rather than 1605 brief pages. So I definitely recommend this book, but if you want to read it, and finish it, you may have to be willing to commitment.

But when it comes to good books, length doesn’t matter. What matters is the story, and what we learn from it. From this story, I learned that it is never right to bully someone, and that in the most difficult times, sometimes the only thing we need is our friends to help and support us.

“It’s quite simple really.

She’ll be their good girl.

And they’ll be her bad boys.”

– @RubixCube89201 on WattPad (The author of this book)

image credit: The Good Girl’s Bad Boys: The Good, The Bad, And The Bullied by RubixCube89201;

The 22nd Annual GT Exhibition

Mark your calendars! Next Wednesday, April 20, is the twenty-second annual GT exhibition! This event lasts from 6:30pm to 8:00pm and will have more than a hundred different topics being showcased by the amazingly talented students here at West Ridge Middle School.

Ms. Reese, the wonderful GT teacher at our school, gives us a project to do every year during our second semester. She calls it a “passion project” because we get to pick our own topic and present our project however we would like to.

Last year, I wasn’t really sure what to research for my project because I couldn’t think of anything that interested me. I ended up researching something called “mad cow disease” and I wasted my time doing something that I didn’t enjoy. My audience didn’t find much interest in the topic either, and most people were disgusted by the project rather than impressed (which was not my intention).

But this year, I hope to turn everything around with a topic that actually interests me  — origami! I like origami because it is such a simple art, but it can create something so complex and beautiful. For my project, I will be making a two foot tall origami sculpture of a dinosaur, and I will be using a tri-fold board to present my research.

If you want to know more about my project (or other peoples’ projects), you can come to the 22nd Annual GT Passion Project Exhibition! I hope to see you there!

New Friends and Old Friends

Make new friends, but keep the old;

Those are silver, these are gold.

New-made friendships, like new wine,

Age with mellow and refine.

Friendships that have stood the test–

Time and change are surely best;

Brow may wrinkle, hair grow gray;

Friendship never knows decay.

For ‘mid old friends, tried and true,

Once more we our youth renew.

But old friends, alas! may die;

New friends must their place supply.

Cherish friendship in your breast–

New is good, but old is best;

Make new friends, but keep the old;

Those are silver, these are gold.

-Joseph Parry

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Pixabay CC0

This beautiful poem by Joseph Parry is probably one of my most favorite poems that I have ever read. It is called “New Friends and Old Friends” and tells us that it is important to make new friends, but it is much more important to keep our old friends as close to us as we can. The time may come when you are forced to say goodbye to your old friends, but that’s what new friends are for! If you decide that you want to make new friends, don’t forget about your old friends, even if they’ve already forgotten about you.

Three Ravishing Places to Visit in America

The United States holds some of the most spectacular tourist attractions in the world. Whether you want to take beautiful photographs, spend time with your family, or go on an adventure, here are three ravishing places to visit in America.


The Grand Canyon


No matter how many photos you see of the Grand Canyon, nothing will prepare you for the stunning sight of it. The layer of rock at the bottom of the canyon is about two billion years old — about half the life span of the entire planet! The course of which the rock was exposed was by the mighty Colorado River, which continues to carve its way through the mighty canyon to this day.

The Grand Canyon


Walt Disney World


 No matter how old you are, you will never be too mature to go to Walt Disney World in Orlando, Florida. The fun and family-friendly environment will leave you with the feeling of never wanting to leave. You can spend your day exploring the theme park, riding the roller-coasters, or both!

Walt Disney World

Times Square


There’s no better place to experience the enthusiasm of New York than Times Square. Surrounded by neon lights, giant billboards, and Broadway theaters, Times Square is the heart of New York City.

Times Square

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The Oscars

“And the Oscar goes to…”

Sunday, February 28, was the 88th annual Academy Awards hosted by famous actor and comedian, Chris Rock. You may recognize Rock from the film Madagascar, in which he voiced Marty the Zebra.

In the first five minutes of the program, Rock jumped right in on the controversy of the Oscars; racial inequality in Hollywood was the topic of the night. For the second year in a row, no actors of color received nominations, despite strong performances by Michael B. Jordan in Creed, Jason Mitchell in Straight Outta Compton, and Samuel L. Jackson in The Hateful Eight. These omissions resulted in boycotts from many people in the film industry, such as Spike Lee, Will Smith, and Will’s wife, Jada Pinkett Smith.

As soon as the nominations were out, all eyes were on Rock; people worried that he may even back out in the middle of the show. In the end, Rock chose not to boycott and he finished the show on a happy, positive note.

In other news, Leonardo DiCaprio finally won an Oscar, after waiting 25 long years. Although DiCaprio tried really hard to hide his emotions, I could tell he bursting with excitement. Leo won this Oscar for The Revenant… technically, but I think this award also represents his outstanding performances in Titanic, The Wolf of Wall Street, The Aviator, and many other movies. I am really happy for Leo, and hopefully this won’t be his last Oscar.

Overall, the 88th Academy Awards were extremely successful, and I can’t wait till next year.

Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland Book Review

“We’re all mad here.” – Lewis Carroll

Alice, a curious young child, is the main character of the prominent 1865 novel written by Lewis Carroll called Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland. In the beginning of this book, Alice falls down a deep rabbit hole and finds herself in a world full of strange and marvelous creatures. Although this is a children’s book, it is also popular with some adults. Personally, since I’m only thirteen, I adored the wonderful fantasy that Carroll created. However, if I were older, I could see how this story could be aberrant and tiresome.

Nonetheless, I would have never expected some of the events to happen; they were so bizarre and unpredictable! I loved the Cheshire Cat’s wit, the Hatter’s eccentric personality, and the Caterpillar’s equivocal charisma.

However, some events didn’t always connect and were random. I also disliked the number of characters in this novel; this is because it crowds the book up with unnecessary individuals that the story would be just fine, if not better, without.

I do believe that this is a clever book with a unique world I have never seen before. I rate it 4 out of 5 stars and recommend you to read it soon, for you may not enjoy the magic it has to offer if you read it when you’re too mature.

Funding NASA

Every day in 1997, about 365,000 adolescents were born, and about 140,000 people died, giving a natural increase of about 225,000 people a day. The world is hurriedly becoming overpopulated, but there is a logical way to solve this problem: we need to fund NASA.

Our best hope for expanding the boundaries of human life is with the intelligent people at NASA. We can grow our society on other planes in our solar system, with NASA, and perhaps farther.

For now, we are trying to focus on getting people to Mars. Machines, such as Curiosity, have already been exploring the surface of this enigmatic planet to find out how well it can support life.

Hopefully in the future, I’ll be looking at a TV watching the first man/woman walk on Mars, all because the government finally decided to give NASA the funding they deserve.

Breaking Dawn Book Review


Breaking Dawn is the fourth and final installment of The Twilight Series by Stephanie Meyer. For a full summary of what happens in this book, Click Here.

Although I have fallen in love with The Twilight Series, this book is probably my least favorite in it. Meyer’s writing is stunning, of course, but the plot of this book is very confusing.

In my opinion, I think the first two parts of this book are great. I love how Meyer gave us an insight of Jacob’s mind, but still made Bella the primary focus of this novel. What I did NOT like, however, was the fact that Jacob was the only mind Meyer went inside of. If she had also given us a section for Edward’s thoughts, I think this book would have already been ten times better!

Another thing I didn’t like about this book was the way Meyer ended it, and it seems I’m not the only one. There has been a lot of controversy on how Meyer finished off the series, and some fans started to write their own endings. Frankly, some of these endings are much better than the real one. The reason I don’t like the ending is because it has NO action. This results in the whole book to have minimal action, since Meyer saves all the big stuff for the end. To me, no action equals a boring book.

Overall, I rate this book 1 out of 5 stars and do not recommend it. But if you have already started the series, there’s no reason you shouldn’t be able to finish it. So keep on reading, for you may have a different opinion than me about this final novel.

What It’s Like To Be A Perfectionist

You may think you aren’t a perfectionist because nothing in your life is perfect. But being a perfectionist isn’t about things being perfect; it’s about thinking things need to be perfect and constantly trying to pursue it.

Emotionally, instead of living in a place of self-acceptance, we are continually setting very high goals for ourselves. Even when we meet these goals, sometimes we still aren’t satisfied with our final product. It’s as if you’re climbing a rope to ring a bell, but you can never make it to the top (without all of the physical exertion, of course).

Personally, I like being a perfectionist. I’ve learned how to handle my anxiety and stress, I rarely procrastinate, and I really appreciate it when I get a compliment for something I’ve worked really hard on.

But there are some downsides to being a perfectionist. The biggest struggle for me is the fact that I never have enough time to do something (such as a test) in class! So instead of my work being very neat, like on most of my homework papers, it is usually very untidy and I find myself making careless errors more often because of this.

So being a perfectionist has its ups and downs, but I’m just glad I was raised to be the person I am today. I wouldn’t trade my life for the world.