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APSU’s Zone 3 journal recognized in “Best American Essays 2014”

 

Austin Peay State University - APSUClarksville, TN – In the spring of 2013, an essay titled “The Birds of South America” landed on the desk of Dr. Amy Wright, Austin Peay State University associate professor of languages and literature. It was 28 pages long.

“It’s a very long essay,” Wright said. “I took one look at it and I thought, I don’t know if we should devote that much printed space to one piece.”

The Zone 3 Volume 28. (Shekinah Ellis, APSU)

The Zone 3 Volume 28. (Shekinah Ellis, APSU)

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Dollar General Turns Its Focus to Schools as “Every Day Heroes” in September

 

“Write to Win” Promotion Offers Customers the Opportunity to Win Money for Their School

Dollar GeneralGoodlettsville, TN – Throughout September, Dollar General will celebrate schools and honor teachers during its year-long “Every Day Heroes” campaign.

In celebration of  schools everywhere, Dollar General will offer customers the opportunity to win money for their school through the Dollar General “Write to Win” promotion. Customers ages 21 and over may visit dollargeneral.com to submit a brief essay about why their school deserves to win. Three essays will be selected and the winning schools mentioned in those essays will win $10,000 each.

Melanie Flores teaches technology at AAMA-Sanchez Charter School and exemplifies the “Every Day Hero” both inside and outside the school.

Melanie Flores teaches technology at AAMA-Sanchez Charter School and exemplifies the “Every Day Hero” both inside and outside the school.

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LEAP 7 Points Quest Scholarship Essay Contest

 

LEAP 7 Points Quest ScholarshipClarksville, TN – The LEAP Organization is sponsoring the 7 Points Quest Scholarship Essay Contest which is for high school seniors designed to encourage and promote the 7 principles of Leadership, Enlightenment, Academic Achievement, Perseverance, Outreach, Responsibility, and Growth.

The LEAP Organization recognizes the importance of encouraging youth to be productive and responsible citizens, and is honored to provide resources to assist youth their quest to pursue higher learning opportunities. «Read the rest of this article»

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How Leon R. Sitter Served and Sacrificed for Our Nation

 

Essay Written by Seth P. Sitter of Clarksville Academy
As part of the Clarksville Kiwanis Club’s Memories of Service and Sacrifice Project’s “Interview a Veteran Contest”

Today, I interviewed my grandfather Dr. Leon R. Sitter. During the interview we discussed his service in the Army from 1943-1946.

My grandfather was a staff sergeant of the US 86th Infantry division in WWII, and was awarded a bronze star. He fought at the crossing of the Rhine, marched through Nazi occupied France and Germany, and was one of the approximately 16 million men and women that fought for the allied cause in WWII.

He grandfather enlisted in the army at the age of eighteen, in his home town of Cobden IL. At the time of his enlistment, Cobden was a town of only 1000 people, and almost all of the men of enlistment age were either drafted or enlisted. Out of a town of only 1000, 14 men did not return from World War II.

Seth P. Sitter reads a small part of his essay at the “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

Seth P. Sitter reads a small part of his essay at the “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

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How Dave Roever Served and Sacrificed for Our Nation

 

Essay Written by Kayla Clark of Northwest High School
As part of the Clarksville Kiwanis Club’s Memories of Service and Sacrifice Project’s “Interview a Veteran Contest”

Veteran, this word means so much to so many people. The dictionary defines it to mean a man or woman who has served or experienced warfare. But to many others it is a hero, a survivor who gave their all defending our beautiful county, securing for us the freedom that we take for granted.

So many men and women gave their lives in the line of duty to keep us safe, and we should remember them for that. But, how many of you stop when you see a veteran, to shake their hand and thank them for their sacrifice. We set aside a day of honor every November to remember and celebrate these men and women who gave everything for us, but very few people actually spend the day thinking about those who we celebrate.

For example not many people know the remarkable Dave Roever.

Kayla Clark reads a small part of her essay at the “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

Kayla Clark reads a small part of her essay at the “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

 

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How Darin O. Haas Served and Sacrificed for Our Nation

 

Essay Written by Connor Haas of Rossview Middle School
As part of the Clarksville Kiwanis Club’s Memories of Service and Sacrifice Project “Interview a Veteran” Contest

“The Army is a lifestyle filled with duty, honor and sacrifice. I knew that when I signed up back in 1988, and I don’t expect it to change after I retire in 2014″ said Lieutenant Colonel Darin Haas. He is an officer in the United States Army that has missed over four years of time with his wife and children because of his service to our nation. He is a Human Resources Specialist that has traveled all over the world in defense of the United States of America.

Lieutenant Colonel Haas deployed  four times between March of 2003 and the present day in support of the country’s wars on terrorism. The nation has asked Lieutenant Colonel Haas to leave his family on more than four occasions to deploy to Iraq,  Afghanistan, and Korea in support of their freedom between March of 2003 and March of 2011.

Connor Haas reads a portion of his essay at the Kiwanis Club's “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

Connor Haas reads a portion of his essay at the Kiwanis Club's “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

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How James Johnson Served and Sacrificed for our Nation

 

Essay Written by Skyler Johnson of  Mahaffey Middle School
As part of the Clarksville Kiwanis Club’s Memories of Service and Sacrifice Project “Interview a Veteran” Contest

My grandfather, James Harvey Johnson, was just a young man, straight out of a small town high school in southeastern Kentucky, when he voluntarily joined the U.S. Army. James made several sacrifices while he served, which has allowed him to be awarded not only a Bronze Star, but also a Purple Heart and many more medals.

It was Friday, May 28th 1966, the last day of high school, when James knew what he had to do; join the Army. That was his only choice since he and his family didn’t have enough money to send him straight to college. When he informed his parents on the decision he was making, they weren’t very emotional because they knew that was what he had to do. Then on June 1st, he went and enlisted in the Army.

Skyler Johnson reads a small part of her essay at the Kiwanis Club's “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

Skyler Johnson reads a small part of her essay at the Kiwanis Club's “Interview A Veteran” Essay Contest Winners program Tuesday, November 8th 2011.

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Essayist Ashley Butler to give nonfiction reading at APSU on November 7th

 

Clarksville, TN – In her new collection of essays, “Dear Sound of Footstep,” author Ashley Butler tackles such strange subjects as the fastest man on earth and the bizarre, echo-free chamber at Harvard University. But if you were to ask someone who read this compelling work what it was about, they might give simple one-word answers, such as “mortality” or “existence.”

More specifically, the essays in this book use their subjects to explore the death of Butler’s mother from cancer, and the author’s estranged relationship with her father.

Ashley Butler

Ashley Butler

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Great Blue Herons: wild creatures, not pets

 

The Great Blue Heron (andrea herodias)
Length: 36-54 inches; Weight: 4.8-8lbs
Wingspan: as much as 6 feet at times

Wounded Great Blue Heron

The Great Blue Heron is common in North America and can be found along water habitats such as fresh and salt-water marshes, rivers, swamps, flooded meadows, lake edges, and shorelines. Their diet consists of small fish, which they spear with their long sharp beak. They are amazing creatures, able to fly at great speed from the air to the water to spear fish with powerful force.

The first time I saw one of them was beside a small creek. When it flew out in front of me up in the air screeching with its hoarse croaking squawk, I thought I had seen a long lost prehistoric pterodactyl! This bird looks tiny but is very large when in flight.

Walden’s Puddle is a wildlife refuge and rehabilitation center in Joelton,Tennessee, that takes in wildlife creatures that have been injured and helps them heal and be safely re-released into the wild. As interesting as this was to see, it was very sad to see such a magnificent creature slightly askew inside this box. However, even though it was still in the box, Elle-girl and I kept our distance. For this is a wild creature that does not understand the situation that it has been placed in. «Read the rest of this article»

 

“The Naughty Chair” tames the dangerous side of independence

 

naughty
Main Entry: naugh·ty Pronunciation: \?no?-t?, ?nä-\
Function: adjective
Inflected Form(s): naugh·ti·er; naugh·ti·est
Etymology: Middle English noughti, from nought Date: 14th century
1 a: archaic: vicious in moral character. Check
1 b: guilty of disobedience or misbehavior. Check,check
2: lacking in taste or propriety. Sometimes, yes. Check, Check, Check

Being a former Preschool teacher I understood that sooner or later I would have to institute a “Time-Out” area for my toddler. However, I didn’t realize it would be sooner, rather than later.

As I saw the approaching need I began to scout out local antique stores and Malls, yard sales, garage sales, and Ma and Pa, Grandma, and Grandpa’s attics, looking for just the right stool. Requirements were as follows: «Read the rest of this article»

 



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