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FALLing into Fun!

      Cold mornings, the color of leaves will start to change soon! Hoodies come out of storage and football season starts up! One of the best seasons in my opinion. So many different activities, trends and changes.

      Valas, Scary Acres, and fall crafts are here! Valas pumpkin patch opened September 15th. The number of fun things that you can do at Valas. Corn Maze, The Great Pumpkin Jump, Pumpkin Eating Dragon, and many, many more things to do. It may be very expensive but it’s a fun all day activity to do, you get your money worth. All the haunted houses in the metro are also opened now. My personal favorite is Scary Acres, it’s a three in one! The Master’s Castle, House on the Hill, and the Haunted Woods. The characters there really give a good scary environment.

      Pinterest is probably one of my favorite social media applications. Many different ideas for crafts and projects. Many ways to spread the fall spirit through your home and school. You can find anything from hand turkey paintings to how to decorate your yard for Halloween.

      Halloween is at the end of October. The weather gets colder, mornings are foggy and leaves soon to change colors. Fall has many kinds of food that get popular during the season. Thanksgiving is probably everyone’s favorite holiday. Turkey, sweet potatoes, and many other fantastic foods. Fall is beautiful; enjoy it.

American Spirit Summit

      Students fill the west side of the gym waiting to listen to outstanding speakers from Nebraska. The 5th annual American Spirit Summit was held at Northwest High school at 8am on Friday September 1st. Three speakers known from all around Nebraska showed up to give the students an overview of life. Many explained how no matter what your going through if you life integrity and motivation can take you far.
      Senior, Tony Lee, 2018 Student Body President started off the morning with an introduction. The Northwest color guard presented during the Pledge of Allegiance. The first speaker was Tom Osborne. Osborne was the head coach of the University of Nebraska from 1973-1997.
“Character is the most important thing about you, yet it’s a choice. Money, friends, and popularity will come and go, but you will always have character.” Explained Osborne.
      Osborne talked about his team from 1994 and 1995, when Nebraska won the national championship. Each player had great character and motivation which helped build the team to success. Tom Osborne announced that life is short for some people and that to make the most of it. He told the students about how great Tommy Frazier and Brook Berrings was. Frazier and Berrings had to compete to see who was better to earn the starting spot in the 1995 season.
Osborne explained how Brook Berrings tragic death made an impact on so many peoples life. Berrings passed in a airplane accident a week before he was going to be drafted to the NFL.
      “What do you want someone to say about you at your funeral one day, be that person” said Osborne.
      The second speaker was Nebraska’s Attorney General, Doug Peterson. Peterson talked about his childhood. His father passed away when he was a child and his mother worked a lot. Peterson never had any encouragement growing up. He started to go down the wrong pass.
      Peterson told his story to the students and explained how one saying from a family friend changed everything. Later in high school, multiple teachers has told him he needs to start applying himself. One of his teachers even told him they believe in him, which then gave him a push of motivation. Now, Peterson is an Attorney General for Nebraska! With a little encouragement, support and motivation you can do anything.
      Last speaker was Mark Leflore from the Douglas County Youth Center. Leflore explained his job at the center and what goes on inside. The Youth Center, also known as (DCYC), has a school, library, and a gym. Workers encourage students to better themselves as individuals.
      Volunteers come in and bring ‘junk food’ like pizza or burgers for the students who earned a reward. Volunteers shows support to the students who don’t have regular visitors. The Youth Center encourages visitors to show support to the student, family and friends 18 years old and older can visit. Leflore showed the students a PowerPoint that he shows the families who come to the youth center and gave them a virtual tour.

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What's Up Huskies! I'm Casey! I enjoy the outdoors, music, photography and sports. I am a very outgoing and adventurous person. Check out my blog and make comments about my topics. I would love to get your input on my work!