I am a 12th Grade High School Student. This year, I am taking Multivariable Calculus BC, Advanced Placement English Literature and Composition, Advanced Placement Macroeconomics and Advanced Placement Microeconomics, Middle Eastern Studies, Advanced Placement Physics C: Mechanics and Advanced Placement Physics C: Electricity and Magnetism, along with Advanced Placement French Language, Advanced Journalism, Music Theory, and Child Study: Play School.
In 11th Grade, I took Advanced Placement Calculus BC, Advanced Placement Statistics, Advanced Placement English Language and Composition, Advanced Placement United States Government and Politics, and Physics, along with French 4 and Advanced Journalism.
In 10th Grade, I took Pre-Calculus, Advanced Placement United States History, English 2, and Chemistry, along with French 3, Drawing 2, Drawing 3, Intro to Journalism, and Oil Painting.
In 9th Grade, I took Western Humanities, Algebra 2, Biology, and English 1, along with French 2, Intro to Programming, Child Development 1, and Drawing 1. In Child Development 1, I was certified in CPR for adults, including hands-only CPR, children, and infants, and use of the Automated External Defibrillator.
In Middle School, I took Algebra 1, Geometry, and basic US History, along with French 1, Language Arts, and a basic Biology and Earth Sciences.
I like Creative Writing, Drawing, Art, Reading, and Skiing.
- 1 Past Experience
- 1.1 Math
- 1.2 Social Studies
- 1.3 Science
- 1.4 English
- 2 Current Studies
- 3 My Contributions
- 4 Philosophy
- 5 Arts And Entertainment
The units were Absolute Value, Quadratic polynomials and other Polynomials, Conic sections, Exponents, Inverse functions, andRational functions. Recurring themes were function notation, domain and range, piecewise functions, real life applications,calculator skills, and transformations.
We have learned about inverse functions, transformations, absolute value, periodic functions, rational functions, exponential functions, logarithms, logarithmic functions, logistic functions, Trigonometry, including Radians,Sine, Cosine, Tangent, Cosecant, Secant, and Cotangent, Trigonometric functions, polar equations, parametric functions, and a few other odds and ends. We use either the TI-83 series or the TI-84 Plus series of graphing calculators.
US History was on the following units: European Exploration, Colonisation of the New World, American Revolution, US Constitution, US Expansion, American Civil War, American Reconstruction Era, US Immigration, Industrialism, Imperialism of the 1800s and early 1900s, World War I, First Red Scare, Women's Movement of the early 20th Century in the US, the Roaring 20's in the US, the Great Depression, World War II (Pacific and European theatre, along with the homefront of the US), Holocaust, dropping of the Atomic Bomb, and the Cold War, which included the Iron Curtain, Berlin Blockade and Berlin Airlift, Korean War, the 50's Popular Culture and Counterculture, Second Red Scare and McCarthyism, Cuban Missile Crisis, Kennedy Years and Assassination, the Rise of Counterculture, Vietnam War, Arms Race, Reagan Revolution, the Fall of the Soviet Union. We also learned about the 1950s-1960s Civil Rights' Movement in the US, decolonization around the globe, and Human Rights in the world.
We watched excerpts of the Movies Gandhi, 2001: A Space Odyssey, Forrest Gump, Star Wars Episodes I, II, and III, Roots, and Nuremberg. We also saw theatrical productions of the Rev. Martin Luther King Jr.'s life and of letters from Veterans of Iraq and Afghanistan. Veterans from the Korean War, Vietnam War, and Gulf War came in to school to speak of their experiences and to answer questions.
The units were Ancient Greece, Ancient Rome, the Middle Ages, the Renaissance, the Reformation, the Scientific Revolution, theEnlightenment, the French Revolution, the Age of Revolutions, the Rise of nationalism in Europe, the Industrial Revolution, theRevolution in the Arts (in particular, Romanticism, Realism, and Impressionism), theAge of Imperialism, in particular the Scramble for Africa, World War I, including art of the time (Cubism and Surrealism), the rise of dictators, World War II, and the Rwandan Genocide, as a case study for the Legacy of European Dominance and European Imperialism around the world.
We have read a number of primary sources, including excerpts of The Republic by Plato, The Politics by Aristotle,Pericles' Funeral Oration, Oeconomicus by Xenophon, the Sermon on the Mount, Life of Cato the Elder by Plutarch, Oration on the Dignity of Man by Pico della Mirandola, Luther's 95 Theses, Erasmus's In Praise of Folly, Public Law by Jean Domat, Speech to Parliament byJames I, Memoirs of Duc de Saint-Simon, The Spirit of the Laws by Montesquieu, Locke's Second Treatise on Government, Hobbes's Leviathan, Rousseau's A Treatise on the Social Compact, Voltaire's Philosophical Dictionary, Constitution of 1791, Constitution of 1793, Constitution of the Year III, Declaration of the Rights of Man and of the Citizen, Declaration of the Rights of Woman and the Female Citizen, Justification of the Use of Terror, the Oath of the Tennis Court, TheCode Napoleon, the Trial and Execution of Louis XVI, Smith's The Wealth of Nations, Marx and Engel's The Communist Manifesto, The Berlin Conference (1884) and Act, the Treaty of Versailles, Wilson's 14 Points, Keynes'sThe Economic Consequences of the Peace, Hitler's Mein Kampf, Treaty of Locarno Between France and Poland, the Munich Agreement, United Nations Declaration Against Colonialism, The Mask of Anarchy by Percy Bysshe Shelley, and the Hutu Ten Commandments. The majority of these sources were only excerpts and some of them were quite short. I have not read the all of these sources in their entirety.
Student Ambassador to Australia
During the Summer of 2011, I traveled to Australia in a People to People Student Ambassador Program. The places we explored were Sydney,Canberra, Darwin, Kakadu National Park, Jabiru, Katherine, Cairns, and Kuranda. We learned much about Australian history, government, politics, culture, nature, and Aboriginal history. Some of the sights we saw were the Sydney Opera House, the Hyde Park Barracks, theAustralian Institute of Sport, the Australian War Memorial, the New Parliament House, the Great Barrier Reef, the Wet Tropics of Queensland, Nourlangie Rock, and Ubirr.
The summer of 2012, I attended the JSA Summer School at Georgetown University and took a class on the American Presidency. I learned about the different roles that the President performs identified by Clinton Rossiter:
2. Protector of the Peace
3. Voice of the People
4. Manager of Prosperity
5. World Leader
Additionally, I learned about the historical context in which the Presidency developed, including the philosophers of John Locke, Montesquieu, and William Blackstone, the British system of government during the era of the Thirteen Colonies, and the American Government under the Articles of Confederation. I learned about the evolution of Presidential power, as well as relevant Supreme Court cases that dealt with presidential power. I learned about the changing relationship between the President and Congress, in addition to some important presidents who greatly increased presidential power (especially, Abraham Lincoln, Woodrow Wilson, and Franklin Roosevelt) and the backlash that came as a result of Richard Nixon's conduct in the Watergate Scandal. I learned about the four theories of Presidential power: the magistrate theory, the stewardship theory, the prerogative theory, and the imperial theory. I learned how different intellectual groups of people view the presidency in reading the book Contending Approaches to the American Presidency, which contained sections on the viewpoints of Conservatives, Moderates, Liberals, Constitutionalists, Presidentialists, and Libertarians. The main textbook was The Politics of the Presidency, 8th edition. I also had the opportunity to write an essay about the changes I would make to Article Two of the United States Constitution.
We learned about the Congress, the Presidency and the Bureaucracy, Judiciary, the United States Constitution and sources of its inspiration, political socialization, the media, elections, interest groups, civil rights and civil liberties, and public policy.
The smaller units in ecology were atomic structure, biogeochemical cycle, food webs, stability, Population growth, energy resources, human population growth, pollution, and biodiversity and natural selection.
The smaller units in cells were cell structures and functions, cell types and specialization, basic chemistry, protein structure and function,lipids, water, and plasma membrane, metabolism, respiration and photosynthesis, DNA, Protein Synthesis, and the Cell cycle.
We also had a small unit on body systems.
In Chemistry, we have learned the elements and their symbols up to element 92, excepting the Lanthanide Series, chemical and physical properties and chemical and physical changes, how to balance Combination reactions, Decomposition reactions, Single-replacement reactions, Double-replacement reactions, and Redox reactions, Gases, Gas laws, water, solutions Atomic theory, Periodic Table of Elements, Stoichiometry, some Chemical nomenclature, Acids, Bases, Salts, pH, Thermodynamics, Equilibrium, Kinetics, Electrochemistry, Nuclear chemistry, and Organic chemistry.
The summer of 2012, I attended the National Youth Leadership Forum on Medicine in Los Angeles, at UCLA. I learned about Medical Ethics,Triage, Public Health, Medical School, taking Blood Pressure, and Suturing. I also wrote and delivered a Commencement Speech at the end of the program.
We learned about one-dimensional and two-dimensional Dynamics and Kinematics, Momentum and Collisions, Work and Energy, Circular motion, Electricity, Circuits, Magnetism, Waves and Sound, Optics, and relativity.
In Language Arts, I have read To Kill A Mockingbird, Much Ado About Nothing, various Shakespeare's Sonnets, A Long Way Gone, Night, Fever 1793, The River Between Us, The Secret Life of Bees, Dave at Night, Wringer, The Real Revolution: The Global Story of American Independence, Phineas Gage: A Gruesome But True Story About Brain Science, A Long Way from Chicago, The Book Thief, In My Hands, and various short stories, including All Summer in a Day, The Most Dangerous Game, The Scarlet Ibis, The Birds, and Harrison Bergeron.
In English 1, we read the books Homer's Odyssey translated by Robert Fagles, Beowulf translated by Seamus Heany, Austen's Pride and Prejudice, Yen Mah's Chinese Cinderella, Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451, Shelley's Frankenstein, London's The Call of the Wild and White Fang, Orwell's Animal Farm, Shakespeare's Macbeth, King's Lady Macbeth, and Art Spiegelman's Maus I and II.
We also read Odour of Chrysanthemums, The Rime of the Ancient Mariner, Book of Genesis 1-4, a summary of each book of Paradise Lost, and an excerpt of Ishmael by Daniel Quinn, and documents about Hobbes and Locke.
We learned grammar rules and new vocabulary words.
We wrote papers that are analytical, creative, and exploratory.
In English 2, we have so far read a number of short stories. These include The Rocking-Horse Winner, Good Country People, Where Are You Going, Where Have You Been?, Once More to the Lake, The Stone Boy by Gina Berriault, The Liar by Tobias Wolff, and an excerpt of Dreaming in Cuban.
We have also read Salinger's The Catcher in the Rye, between a choice of Kingsolver's The Bean Trees and Sedaris's Me Talk Pretty One Day, I chose the latter, Wharton's Ethan Frome, Guterson's Snow Falling on Cedars, Shakespeare's Romeo and Juliet, Dickens's A Tale of Two Cities, Silko's Ceremony, and Albom's Tuesdays with Morrie. Additionally, for a book project, I read The Replacement by Brenna Yovanoff.
We have learned rules about grammar as well as new vocabulary words.
We have written papers that are personal, analytical, and creative.
We read Douglass's Narrative of the Life of Frederick Douglass, an American Slave, Hemingway's The Sun Also Rises, Shakespeare's Othello, Fitzgerald's The Great Gatsby, and Twain's Adventures of Huckleberry Finn.
We wrote essays analyzing the rhetorical devices used by writers and speakers to persuade, and we wrote persuasive essays of our own. In addition, we wrote one large research paper. My research paper was on economic solutions to world hunger.
Multivariable Calculus BC
So far this year, we've read Conrad's Heart of Darkness, Charlotte Bronte's Jane Eyre, Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea, Kafka's The Metamorphosis, Sophocles' Oedipus the King, and Shakespeare's Hamlet. In addition, I read Shakespeare's The Tempest and wrote an exploratory essay whose central thesis was that Shakespeare's use of supernatural elements is meant to qualify Renaissance conceptions of human potential, especially those of Marsilio Ficino and Pico della Mirandola.
"If by a 'Liberal' they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people — their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights, and their civil liberties — someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a 'Liberal,' then I'm proud to say I'm a 'Liberal.'" --John F Kennedy
"Treat the earth well: it was not given to you by your parents, it was loaned to you by your children. We do not inherit the Earth from our Ancestors, we borrow it from our Children." --Native American Proverb, Tribe Unknown
"The ultimate measure of a man is not where he stands in moments of comfort and convenience, but where he stands at times of challenge and controversy." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
"It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." --J.K.Rowling
"Let anyone who comes to you go away feeling better and happier. Every one should see goodness in your face, in your eyes, in your smile. Joy shows from the eyes, it appears when we speak and walk. It cannot be kept closed inside us. It reacts outside. Joy is very infectious." --Mother Teresa
"Wit beyond measure is man's greatest treasure." --J.K.Rowling
"A good deed is never lost; he who shows courtesy reaps friendship, and he who plants kindness gathers love." --St. Basil
"People don't understand that not only can they make a difference, it's their responsibility to do so." --Florence Robinson
"Seven Blunders of the World: Wealth without work, pleasure without conscience, knowledge without character, commerce without morality, science without humanity, worship without sacrifice, politics without principle, and rights without responsibilities." --Mohandas Gandhi and Arun Gandhi
"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere. We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly." --Martin Luther King, Jr.
"The welfare of each of us is dependent fundamentally upon the welfare of all of us." --Theodore Roosevelt
"There is no error so monstrous that it fails to find defenders among the ablest men." --Lord Acton
"Every post is honorable in which a man can serve his country." --George Washington
"Some men look at constitutions with sanctimonious reverence, and deem them like the arc of the covenant, too sacred to be touched. They ascribe to the men of the preceding age a wisdom more than human, and suppose what they did to be beyond amendment....Laws and institutions must go hand in hand with the progress of the human mind. As that becomes more developed, more enlightened, as new discoveries are made, new truths disclosed, and manners and opinions change with the change of circumstances, institutions must advance also, and keep pace with the times....Let us [not] weakly believe that one generation is not as capable as another of taking care of itself, and of ordering its own affairs." --Thomas Jefferson
"Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty" --John F Kennedy
"Ask not what your country can do for you -- ask what you can do for your country." --John F Kennedy
"The problems of the world cannot possibly be solved by skeptics or cynics whose horizons are limited by the obvious realities. We need men who can dream of things that never were and ask 'why not?'" --John F Kennedy
"Talent hits a target no one else can hit; Genius hits a target no one else can see. With people with only modest ability, modesty is mere honesty; but with those who possess great talent, it is hypocrisy." --Arthur Schopenhauer
"There is not a more perilous or immoral habit of mind than the sanctifying of success." --Lord Acton
"The danger is not that a particular class is unfit to govern. Every class is unfit to govern." --Lord Acton
"Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted.
"Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the earth.
"Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.
"Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
"Blessed are the pure in heart, for they will see God.
"Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called sons of God.
"Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
"Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me.
"Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you." --Jesus of Nazareth
"If we accept and acquiesce in the face of discrimination, we accept the responsibility ourselves and allow those responsible to salve their conscience by believing that they have our acceptance and concurrence. We should, therefore, protest openly everything... that smacks of discrimination or slander." --Mary McLeod Bethune
"Proper morals, and not force, are the bases of law; and that to practice justice is to practice liberty." --Simón Bolívar
"It would be difficult to dispel ignorance unless there is freedom to pursue the truth unfettered by fear." --Aung San Suu Kyi
"How difficult the task to quench the fire and the pride of private ambition, and to sacrifice ourselves and all our hopes and expectations to the public weal! How few have souls capable of so noble an undertaking!" --Abigail Adams
"Whilst you are proclaiming peace and good will to men, emancipating all nations, you insist upon retaining an absolute power over wives. But you must remember that arbitrary power is like most other things which are very hard, very liable to be broken — and notwithstanding all your wise laws and maxims we have it in our power not only to free ourselves but to subdue our masters, and without violence throw both your natural and legal authority at our feet." --Abigail Adams
"No one is born hating another person because of the colour of his skin, or his background, or his religion. People must learn to hate, and if they can learn to hate, they can be taught to love, for love comes more naturally to the human heart than its opposite." --Nelson Mandela
"A free society is a society where it is safe to be unpopular." --Adlai Stevenson II
"If men were angels, no government would be necessary. If angels were to govern men, neither external nor internal controls on government would be necessary." --James Madison