VOLUME 1: Fall 2016
Welcome to the first issue of Girls Empowered! Our purpose and goal of writing these articles is to empower girls who face challenges to be successful through hard work, persistence, and putting a lot of effort into whatever they do!
Table of Contents
- Worrying Vs. Prep by Juliana Pulci
- Embarrassed? Get Over It! by Nevin Makohon
- Don't Tell Me I Can't by Joan Reichert
- Girls in Sports: Shannon Miller by Rylee Billings
- Ladies First by Emily Carpenter
- Pretty or Smart by Jakob Babitch
- Herstory: Helen Keller by Emma Bouwens
- Mean Boys by Tegan Hetzler
- Girl Power by Riley Strussenberg
- Annabelle's Shopping Spree by Lizzy Hassett
- The Choice: Makeup or No? by Jordyn Arena
Reaching for the stars! Shannon Miller was an American gymnast born in Oklahoma. She went to the Olympics. She won 7 medals from the Olympics. She was the smallest athlete in any sport. She had more medals than any other American in 1992. Shannon was also a straight A student who won service awards and scholarships. She is a two-time world champion. Her focus was beam.
Shannon was named after a baseball player named Mike Shannon. Her birthday is March 10, 1977. She has a brother and a sister. She was born in Oklahoma. Shannon was the youngest person to be on the senior team in 1990 at age 13. When she went to the Olympics she was part of the magnificent seven!
Shannon had lots of struggles, but a lot of comebacks, too. When she was younger they found out her leg was not growing properly. She also had elbow surgery. She also had a rare type of cancer! After she was cured she worked hard to get back up to the top. After her elbow surgery she went to a meet and scored a 9.912. She had to practice a lot to make the Olympic team!
As an adult
Shannon Miller married John Falconetti in 2008 and had a son named Rocco. Shannon was diagnosed with a cancer in 2011. Then in 2011 she was healthy again. A few years later they had a daughter named Sterling. In 2015 Shannon joined a new business and also is fighting to help childhood obesity.
Now we all know that Shannon Miller ( the most decorated gymnast in U.S history) was a huge inspiration to many people, especially girls! A message to girls: Never give up and try hard, even if someone tells you that you can't do it!!
Rylee is a 11 year old 5th grader and plays soccer and runs. She enjoys doing Girl Scouts and tuba!!
Ladies First by Emily Carpenter
Helen Keller was a blind and deaf girl, but that did not stop her. Helen was born in Tuscumbia, Alabama on June 27, 1880. She was a pretty baby. She was happy and smart. When Helen was 6 months old, She had a high fever. The parents and doctors were afraid she would die. Soon are later the sickness was gone. But because she got sick she turned blind and deaf. She would run over chairs and break things.
The Kellers went to Washington D.C to see Dr. Alexander Graham Bell, also know as Dr.Bell. He was a famous inventor of the telephone. He had spent many years working to help deaf people. Dr. Bell told the Kellers to go to this school for blind children. He said, ”You must write to Dr. Anagnos at the Perkins School.” When she was 8, her mom said, “She needed to be taught.”
That teacher’s name was Anne Sullivan. Helen couldn’t hear or see at all when she was in school. But Anne made it work. She could not hear, so it was a struggle. Anne was with her for the rest of her life it seem. Anna taught her some words. They would go over her house and learn.Helen didn’t know words, but when she learned one word, “water,” she wanted to learn more. Helen wanted to be a part of a conversation. She focus more on learning and continued to learn all of her life.
Helen got into college and in 1904 and received her diploma.
On eightieth birthday, in 1960, the American Foundation for Overseas Blind announce the Helen Keller International Award. Helen Keller was now a huge writer and hero to all girls around the world. At 75 she traveled thousands of miles around the world. She made many speeches and met many friends.
“Teacher and that was all.
It will be my answer
In the dark
When death calls.”
Emma Bouwens loves to sing,dance,and playing sports. She hates when boys say she can’t do something. She loves pets and has 2 dogs, 3 cats, 2 fish, and 1 turtle.
Confused Boys by Tegan Hetzler
So many boys say girls can’t do sports just because we’re girls. Well don’t listen to them. My friend Riley’s brothers told her she couldn’t do basketball because she was a girl. But after practicing she was better than both of them combined. She went to basketball practice and basketball games. Just to prove that they were wrong. Her brothers were amazed. Her brothers never made fun of her again about basketball,
My brother told me I couldn’t do horseback riding just because I’m a girl. I said in my head, “Nonsense!” After years of sweat and hard work training I finally was able to prove him wrong. When he went to my horseback riding private lesson, he was so amazed his jaw dropped down to the floor. I kept on doing horseback riding for the next two years. He was too busy at his dad’s to come to any more of my lessons. Teresa the owner told me “Tegan… Would you like to be in a horse show?” “Of course!!!” was my response. I told my brother about it. He ignored me. I told the rest of my family and they were amazed. I told my friends they said “that’s really cool’’.
Has something like this ever happened to you ? If it did what did you do about it? I just ignored them and walk away. Keep on working hard and prove them wrong. And try your hardest, That’s your best revenge.
Tegan is a fourth grader who likes to horseback ride and likes to take long walks with her dogs.
Girl Power by Riley Strussenberg
OK, LISTEN GUYS. STOP TELLING GIRLS WE CAN’T DO SOMETHING BECAUSE YOU THINK THAT WE ARE THINKING ONLY OF OUR LOOKS!!!!.
Girls and women have the right to be a cop, or a doctor, or a professional athlete because we are strong. When my cousin was in 4th grade she wanted to play football, but the football coach said “No.” So when she was in 6th grade she asked again and he said “I’ll give you one shot. If you mess up, you’re out. Off the team.” She said ok. So to this day she is still playing football with the boys and she has 0 mess ups and only 5 games that they lost, since she has been on the team.
Now let me tell you a story about me. Okay, so when I was 6, I wanted to play b-ball and my brothers said no, you can’t play b-ball. You are just a girl. Well, months went on and when I was about 7½, I was as good as Dylan, my older brother. Then I was better than Zach, my middle brother, and now I’m better than my dad.
For all you girls out there, tell those boys that they need to buzz off! You are better than what they say and you can do whatever you want to do. A girl in my class, (I’m not saying who), but a girl in my class had some trouble with boys telling her that she can’t do something because she is a girl and she was in a lot of pain for a long time. Not like breaking bones kind of pain, but hurting her feeling, because she thought the boys were right. But I told her that she can do whatever she wants to do. Don’t let a guy define who you can be or what you should look like or even act like.
So yeah, I’m just saying boys should not tell girls we can’t do something because they think we do not like to get our hands dirty or fix a car, okay? So just let a girl be who she wants to be and do what she wants to do. So don't let anybody tell you what you can and cannot be. Only you can set those limits -- and who says there has to be limits?
Riley Strussenberg is a 5th grader. She has 34 snakes, 23 chickens, 1 cat, 3 dogs, and 10 lizards. She also loves proving people wrong about girls. She also loves lemons.
The Valentine by Lizzy Hassett
(a work of fiction)
In my class today we are passing out valentines to all of our class. This year I decided to make them all by myself. They were very special that everyone got one, I made exactly 19 for everyone in our class. It’s 2:00, and our party is at 2:05. Valentine’s Day is my favorite holiday of the year. It’s time, it’s exactly 2:05. Mrs. Estle is getting out the food and drinks. Everything looks scrumptious. She told us to all go get our valentines to pass out to the class. Oh, no! I just realized since Emma, (the new girl), came to our class, there are 20 people in our class! “Who will I not give one to?” I thought. I know, I won’t give one to Sally because we just got in a big fight. No, she is still my best friend. I have to talk to Mrs. Estle.
I talked to her and she reminded me that we shouldn’t exclude anyone and she also told me that she knew it was an honest mistake. So, I talked to Gina because I know she would’ve understood, you know we have been best friends since kindergarten. I really wanted to give her one, but she reminded me that our friendship is enough, friendship is a good enough Valentine’s day gift for her. After I talked to her I learned that in a true friendship you don’t have to give each other gifts all the time. What matters is the fact that you’re friends. I know that I will always remember this Valentine’s day.
Lizzy Hassett is an 11 year old fifth grader that loves to sing. She also plays the piano and the french horn.
The Choice: Makeup or No? by Jordyn Arena
I don’t know why girls wear makeup. I see them wearing it and it is really big and bold, and I think that it is just too much. Even when they have to go to the grocery store, some women have to put on makeup.