Tuesday, December 21, 2010

10 Items You Can Find In Any Cheerleader's Competition Bag

1. Hairspray - with all that jumping and flipping around you have to make sure that hair stays in place
2. Ponytails and Bobby pins - like I said, you have to keep that hair in place
3. Nfinity's - every athlete needs the best shoe for their sport, cheerleading's no exception
4. A Big Bow - the cheer hair accessory; every squad wears them, no exceptions
5. Glittery Eye Make-Up - the newest trend in the cheer world, super sparkly eyes
6. Ankle, Knee, or Wrist Brace - cheerleading's a tough sport and along with it comes injuries
7. Uniform - less and less material is being used to make these but you still need to wear something
8. Spankies/Bloomers - with all the flipping and jumping, you need something under that skirt
9. Make-Up and Fingernail Polish Remover - all that glitter is hard to get off and nail polish is a big "no no" in the world of cheerleading, unless it's clear of course
10. Water/Gatorade - like any other sport, you need to stay hydrated

Monday, December 20, 2010

The Fight Against Alzheimer's

"Congress has voted unanimously to create, for the first time, a national plan to combat Alzheimer’s disease with the same intensity as the attacks on AIDS and cancer. The bill, expected to be signed by President Obama, would establish a National Alzheimer’s Project within the Department of Health and Human Services, to coordinate the country’s approach to research, treatment and caregiving. Its goal, the legislation says, is to “accelerate the development of treatments that would prevent, halt or reverse the course of Alzheimer’s” and “improve the early diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease and coordination of the care and treatment of citizens with Alzheimer’s.” (With Alzheimer’s Patients Growing in Number, Congress Endorses a National Plan)"

I grew up in the house my grandparents built, which was next to one of my grandmother’s friends. Around the age of twelve, after my grandmother had passed away, my neighbor began to show signs of Alzheimer’s. The one day after I had gotten home from school, she came over to our house and told my family how her husband, who had died five years previous, had left her for another woman. Confused we just went along with her story and called her daughter after making sure she made it back into her house. We found out that she had Alzheimer’s. Her daughter put her in a nursing home and we would visit her frequently. She remembered who I was and my stepfather, but she could never quite get my mother's name right, but my mother was one of seven and all four girls look almost identical so I really can't blame her. Also, my freshman and sophomore years of high school I dated a boy who's grandmother had Alzheimer’s. We'd spend Sunday’s at his grandparent’s house. She seemed to never be able to sit still and was always moving things around. She also rarely knew who he was and usually called me by his sisters name, but I was a new person to her so again I can't blame her either. After knowing these women with Alzheimer’s, I'm glad the government is finally trying to find a cure or at least something to slow down the process. This disease is not only horrible for the people experiencing it but for their loved ones.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

"I'm Not Afraid... "

"In the 1930s, researchers discovered that when a certain part of monkeys’ brains were removed, the animals became fearless. They approached snakes, started batting them around like sticks and played with their hissing tongues. This experiment has been repeated in animals numerous times, and the scientific consensus is that when the amygdala is removed, an animal loses any sense of fear. Patient SM, because of a rare condition called lipoid proteinosis, has holes where her amygdala would normally reside. Researchers found that she, like the monkeys, has no fear of creatures like snakes and spiders, which ordinarily alarm most people. But while this behavior is relatively benign, the researchers also found that SM put her life at risk. In one instance, she walked through a park alone at night and was attacked by a man with a knife. “The following day, she again walked through the same park,” Mr. Feinstein said. 
Humans, Like Animals, Are Fearless Without Amygdala"

Can you imagine having absolutely no fear of anything or anyone? Well that's what patient SM's life is like, she is not cautious about anything she does. This is very dangerous and she needs to be watched at all times, because she could jump off a bridge or walk at someone who's pointing a gun. Scientists have been studying patient SM and trying to teach her to become more caution in her everyday life. They hope that if they can make a break through with her and teach her how to be more cautious; they could use similar techniques to help people who are too cautious or afraid. I can not imagine going through life being a shut-in or being unafraid of everything, but there are people out there that do. If scientists could make a break through with patient SM, then there will be hope for the people who suffer with these conditions everyday.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Engineering Organisms

"The president’s bioethics commission has concluded that there is no need to temporarily halt research or to impose new regulations on the controversial new field known as synthetic biology. Synthetic biology uses genetic engineering and other techniques to create novel organisms tailored for particular tasks. The idea is that by synthesizing DNA and by combining standard genetic building blocks, engineers can efficiently design a biological machine much as they might design a bridge or a computer chip. (Synthetic Biology)"

There are three sides to this story. The scientists that are synthetically creating these organisms want all regulations to go away and they want to "let science rip," complaining that regulations are halting their experiments and lessening their findings. Then there are the environmentalists that argue that without regulations these organisms could get out of hand and out of the labs and disrupt our ecosystem. There was a movie that came out this year, "Splice," which dealt with synthetic biology. In the movie the organism became too much for its creators to handle and escaped into the wild; the environmentalists are playing off this fear and are using it as their argument as to why these experiments need regulated. Then the commission proposed a middle ground, which would include ongoing monitoring of the experiments and deciding the potential harm of the experiments as they are done, instead of regulating them along the way. I agree with the middle ground of the other two sides. I feel that these scientists should be able to experiment with what they want and not have to follow regulations that could cause them to miss a huge discovery. However, they do need to be monitored because this technology in the wrong hands would not be a good thing. Scientists have been experimenting with what they want and how they want for millions of years now, without regulations. Putting too many regulations on experimenting could cause today's scientists to miss a major breakthrough and i do not agree with that.

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Get Your Beauty Sleep

sleep-deprived (left) than when well-rested (right)

"A good night's sleep tends to leave you feeling refreshed, alert, and upbeat. According to a new study, it may also make you look healthier and more attractive to others. To test whether there's a grain of truth in the notion of "beauty sleep," researchers in Sweden took photographs of 23 men and women ages 18 to 31 after they'd slept for eight hours. They then repeated the process, except this time the researchers kept the volunteers up for 31 hours straight after allowing them to sleep for just five hours the previous night.(Sleep deprived? Your looks may suffer.)"

I don't know about you, but I know I'll be making sure I get enough sleep. However, this man in the pictures above actually looks better in his sleep-deprived picture than in his well-rested one, in my opinion. He looks like he gained a noticeable amount of weight in his well-rested picture; his face looks puffy. Even though on the left the man looks irritable, I still find him to be more attractive than in his photo on the right. I believe what this article is saying, but I do not think this was the best example as for a photo. However, maybe the caption of the photo was a typo and they accidentally labeled the photographs backwards. Whatever the case may be, I find the picture of the man on the left to be more attractive than the one on the right, sleep-deprived or not.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Songs of the Season

A great choral program is a tradition that our school is extremely proud of and tonight is the Winter Choral Concert. This will be the first performance of the year for the choir. However, the ensemble has already sung twice; at my church and for the retired teachers luncheon. This year, the music ranges from classic Christmas carols, such as Carol of the Bells, to Nigerian Spirituals, such as Betelehemu. Also, not all the music is in English, the majority of the non-English pieces are in Latin and will have a translation in the program for everyone to follow along. One song the Ensemble is very excited about performing is "Sweet Babe Carol" by Michael Eglin. The Ensemble sung "In Judah's Land," another piece by Mr. Eglin, last year and he found it on YouTube and contacted us. We were thrilled to find out that he would be composing a song especially for us. "Sweet Babe Carol" is not this song, but another wonderful piece composed by him. We will be singing the song Mr. Eglin composed for us in our Spring Concert; the song is titled "Ecstasy." Also the Ensemble will be going to the PMEA All-State Choir Conference in April, where we will debut this piece. But back to tonight, the concert starts at 7:30 and unfortunately there will be no reception to follow due to bad weather. However, I am sure the auditorium will still be packed with parents, relative, alumni, and members of the community.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Big 33

Today I found out that i was accepted into the Big 33 program. From June 11-18, I will be in Hershey learning a cheerleading halftime routine to perform on Friday the 18th. The week will be full of bonding with other squad members, spending time with my buddy, lots and lots of practicing, and fun activities planned for us by the staff. Now that I have been accepted, I have to raise $600 to pay for my add in the game program. This is the only money required to participate in the game. They provide uniforms and props, such as pompoms. Also, now I have to decide if I want to commute to Hershey every day that week, stay at a hotel in the area, or stay with a host family. I'm not sure what I am going to do yet, but I think staying with a host family might be an interesting experience. Also, staying in a hotel might be nice too, especially if my family is going to stay with me for the whole week. I'm very excited that I was accepted into this program and now I'm just hoping that my school district doesn't have too many snow days because graduation is scheduled for June 2nd.

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Showering Off After Practice

"Q: Do flip-flops really protect me from catching something in the gym shower? The water pools right onto my feet!

A: The warm, moist environment of shower stalls makes them a dream breeding ground for bacteria and fungi. Flip-flops help a little bit, but you’re right: If there are stagnant pools of water and you step in them, you might as well be stepping in barefoot! The thing you’re most likely to catch is athlete’s foot—a treatable but annoying fungal infection—but there are plenty of other nasty bugs out there. Your gym should be frequently cleaning the showers (and the walls, which are equally gross) in between users. If you don’t notice your health club doing this essential step, wait until you get home to shower off. (What the yuck?! Do flip-flops really protect me in the gym shower?) "

To wear or not to wear flip-flops in the shower, that is the question. I say no, but I'm no germaphobe. Looking at the facts, however, if you're standing in a pool of water at the bottom of the shower, wearing shoes is not going to do you much good; the bacteria can still get to your feet. So instead, why not just squirt some shampoo or body wash at the bottom of the shower and clean it yourself. Yes, the facility should be cleaning the showers, but you never know; doing this will at least make you feel better. And if you get athletes foot or another fungal disease, most likely it is treatable with a simple cream.

Competition #4

For the second time this season, my squad brought home a 1st place trophy. After only having one practice this week to change the dance and tighten things up, I'm very happy with our performance. However, a few stunts did fall but we recovered and kept going. Our sharp motions and keeping our spirits up throughout the whole routine were our most improved areas this week. This week at practice we will not be changing anything; we'll just continue to tighten things up and make sure all the stunts consistently hit.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Eighteen Today!!

Today is my 18th birthday.

In my eighteen years of life;
I have spent 12 years cheerleading (kindergarten-present),
5 years playing basketball (kindergarten-5th grade),
2 years playing field hockey (7th and 8th grade),
and 2 years doing gymnastics (4-5 years old).
I've also spent 7 years singing (6th-12th grade).

This June I will graduate and complete my 13 years of public schooling.
I have gone through many career options through out my school career; I wanted to be a teacher,
and finally now I've decided to do something with biology,
maybe a pediatrician.

I got my first job the summer before junior year,
and will have worked as a lifeguard for 3 years after this summer.
I got my first car, a maroon Hyundai Accent, the summer before junior year.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

Aspirin Linked to Reducing Cancer Deaths

"Many Americans take aspirin to lower their risk of heart disease, but a new study suggests a remarkable added benefit, reporting that patients who took aspirin regularly for a period of several years were 21 percent less likely decades later to die of solid tumor cancers, including cancers of the stomach, esophagus and lung. Participants who had been assigned to the aspirin arms of the studies were 20 percent less likely after 20 years to have died of solid tumor cancers than those who had been in the comparison group taking dummy pills during the clinical trials, and their risk of gastrointestinal cancer death was 35 percent lower. The risk of lung cancer death was 30 percent lower, the risk of colorectal cancer death was 40 percent lower and the risk of esophageal cancer death was 60 percent lower, the study reported. The specific dose of aspirin taken did not seem to matter — most trials gave out low doses of 75 to 100 milligrams — but the participants in the longest lasting trials had the most drastic reductions in cancer death years later. While Dr. Jacobs said the study design was valid, relatively few women were included in the trials, making it difficult to generalize the results to women. Dr. Alan A. Arslan, an assistant professor of obstetrics and gynecology and environmental medicine at New York University School of Medicine, who did an observational study several years ago reporting that women who had taken aspirin regularly had a lower risk of ovarian cancer. (Aspirin Helps in Reducing Cancer Deaths, a Study Finds)"

The thought that a simple over the counter drug, like Tylenol, could decrease your likelihood of developing cancer is amazing. While aspirin’s do have some side affect one of them being stomach ulcers; the study had the patients taking the aspirin in small does, not large enough to do any damage. Also, while a study had been done that gave evidence that suggested women who took aspirin regularly were less likely to develop ovarian cancer; this study that suggests that aspirin may also lower your likelihood of developing cancer of the lung, stomach, or esophagus can not be said to account for women, too, since only a few were used in the study. However, if this study becomes proven fact then Tylenol, Ibuprofen, and Advil can expect some increases in sales.

Cell Phone Usage Linked to Behavioral Problems

"Evidence of harm from cell phones continues to emerge: First there was the possible cancer link, and now there's suggestion that those little hand-held devices may affect children's behavior. Children who had exposure to cell phones both in the womb and after birth, up to age 7 had a higher likelihood of behavioral problems than those who had no exposure, researchers said in a new study in the Journal of Epidemiology & Community Health. The behavioral problems include hyperactivity and attention and social issues. The association between cell phone exposure is not terribly strong, Kheifets said. Also, the authors do not yet know the mechanism behind the connection between cell phones and behavioral problems. One theory is that cell phone use may lead to excess secretion of the hormone melatonin, which can affect the mother's metabolism and may influence the development of the fetus's brain. But this is just a speculation, Kheifets said. There is also no way to know whether the mothers were telling the truth about the amount of cell phone time they had. It's impossible to tell from this research whether cell phone exposure really causes behavioral problems. Still, given how many people use cell phones in the world, it's important to keep an eye on possible harms, Kheifets said. She recommends limiting exposure to radiation through the use of hands-free devices. (Behavioral Problems)"

First off, I'd like to say that the connection between the two things is not very strong and more testing and research needs to be done to prove that cell phones cause behavioral problems in children. Second, if you are sincerely worried about your child developing behavioral problems from cell phones; don't use one as often as you normally would when you are pregnant and don't let your child have a cell phone till middle school. A child doesn't need a cell phone in elementary school anyway. As for this study, I feel it will be really hard for anyone to prove that cell phones have a direct effect on the behavior of a child due to the other variables that also cause behavior problems, like the way the child is brought up (nurture) and the genetic make-up of the child which determines personality (nature). However, like I said earlier if you are sincerely worried for your children take the necessary precautions to keep them safe.

Monday, December 6, 2010

Competition #3

This performance was our best so far this season; every stunt hit and everyone did their tumbling. However, we did get second place. This was mostly due to a deduction because our dance was not "age appropriate." I love our dance and feel that it is not the slightest bit inappropriate for high school aged teenagers; but cheerleading is judged on preference and the judges were middle aged women who apparently did not enjoy our style of dancing. This is the second time we have been warned about the appropriateness of our dance, so this week at practice we are changing it. A big part of cheerleading is putting together a routine to fit the preferences of the judges. The scores are in their hands and if they do not like your routine, they will not score you as high even if your routine was more entertaining to the crowd. This may seem unfair but it's just another thing you have to be conscious of when putting together a cheerleading routine. This week at practice, we'll find out the consequences to not meeting these requirements.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Cheerleading: Sport?

For the past few years, cheerleading and whether it is or is not a sport has been debated over and over again. In my opinion it is a sport. But it all depends on what your definition of a sport is. I define sport as an athletic activity, which requires some sort of skill. Cheerleading fits under this definition, where stunting, jumping, and tumbling would be the skills required. But some argue that the definition of a sport is an athletic activity, requiring a skill and competitors. This is where cheerleading gets debated. Regular high school cheerleading, while it may be athletic and require skills; they do not have competitors. However, competitive cheerleading does meet this requirement. Ok, so you'd think that maybe people could agree that competitive cheerleading is a sport, but no. Then the way sports are refereed or judged comes into play. And cheerleading unlike other sports, such as football or baseball, is a subjectively judged activity. A competitive cheerleading routine is judge by more than one person, and one judge may like your routine better than another, therefore scoring you higher. Where as in football, the ball is either in the end zone or it isn't; taste and preference doesn't matter. This part of cheerleading is what is keeping it from being declared a sport. But whether or not cheerleading is declared a sport, I will still participate and stand-up for the hard work and great athletes that enjoy this activity.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

College Essays

As a senior in high school, this year I have to go through the application process if I expect to get accepted to a college. The actually application is not difficult to fill out; it's the essays that have me stumped. They want you to write something about yourself, which describes who you are and why you would be a good fit at that college. But what if you don't know exactly who you are or why you would be a good fit, because I'll be honest I'm just applying to different schools because they are the top schools for science majors not because I think my personality would add to the college. So what do I write about? I think I've finally come to the conclusion to write about why, when, and who influences me to be a science major.

Monday, November 29, 2010

Eating Disorders

"Eating disorders are on the rise among children and teens, according to a report published in Pediatrics Monday. Disorders such as anorexia and bulimia are increasing in male children and minorities, and also are occurring in countries where such cases have not been seen, according to the report. Lead author, Dr. David Rosen noted that eating disorders also are beginning younger meaning below the age of 12. The report also estimates that 0.5 percent of teenage girls in the United States have anorexia nervosa, and 1 percent to 2 percent met criteria for bulimia nervosa. And males make up about 10 percent of all eating disorder cases, according to the report. This spike in eating disorders paradoxically accompanied another alarming trend - about 17 percent of children and adolescents aged 2 to 19 are estimated to be obese. (Eating Disorders Increase)"

As the percentage of obese Americans rises the pressure put on kids to be active and diet, so they do not become overweight, rises too. This pressure and the image Hollywood has given to kids about what is beautiful has caused some kids to develop eating disorders, like anorexia and bulimia. While the pressure to be thin is targeted to everyone, cheerleaders are especially vulnerable to this pressure. Being a flyer, I am under constant pressure to stay thin and light because girls my size are lifting and throwing me into the air; and the lighter I am, the easier it is for them to do this. Also, with uniforms showing more and more skin, the pressure to have a perfect body keeps increasing. Some college programs even mandate that their cheerleaders have a certain body fat percentage to be on their squad. I understand that obesity is becoming a serious problem for our country, but it needs to be less of a commercialized thing and more of a deal with it at the home issue. I know my school had done a BMI rating before, and I don't think that they should have. First off a child’s height and weight tell you very little; for example I was 5'2" and 120 lbs when my school had done this rating and my BMI concluded that I was at risk for becoming obese; I am now 18 and still at this height and weight and anyone by looking at me would never conclude that I was at risk for being obese. This inaccurate BMI rating, if I would have taken it seriously, could have caused me to have an eating disorder. I believe that all the talk about not eating this or that because it's unhealthy and you need to exercise everyday is giving kids the wrong idea. Where as the media's trying to help instill these habits; kids are taking it to the extreme, instead of just trying to be healthy.

Saturday, November 27, 2010

Thanksgiving Dinner Part 2, Seafood Edition

My family has the tradition of going out to a seafood buffet the day after Thanksgiving. For my big Italian family, one day of stuffing their faces is not enough. So everyone that goes to our family's Thanksgiving dinner, goes out to the seafood buffet on Friday. We have a competition to see which table can fill the most buckets with their shells. This year my table was victorious, filling four buckets with crab legs, shrimp shells, and muscle shells. By next year, my family will probably try to plan the whole week of Thanksgiving around food.

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Controversial Research

"For only the second time in history, the Food and Drug Administration has approved human trial of a therapy developed from embryonic stem cells. The FDA granted approval to start a clinical trial using cells grown from human embryonic stem cells.  The treatment will be for an inherited degenerative eye disease. The company is hoping to find a cure for, Stargardt Macular Dystrophy, the most common form of juvenile macular degeneration, for which there is currently no cure.  It affects about 1 in 10,000 children. People with this disease usually start losing their sight between the ages of 8 to 10 years and can be legally blind by the time they reach their 30s says Caldwell. ACT developed a method in which only one stem cell is removed from an embryo, similar to a method used in some fertility clinics to test an embryo for genetic abnormalities.  That stem cell is then used to grow many more stem cells.  By removing only one stem cell, the embryo is not destroyed. (Embryonic Stem Cells)"

While stem cell research has been in the news for a few years now, it seems that scientists are finally becoming able to use what they have learned to start testing new ways for treatment. Also the fact that they now understand how to take just one cell out of the embryo and culture it so that it produces more stem cells, instead of having to destroy the embryo, should make people of the  "Pro-Life" side a little more supportive of the research. Using stem cells to try to find a cure for Stargardt Macular Dystrophy is just the start of the research. Now that the FDA has approved this clinical trial, I'm sure there will be more on the way.

Monday, November 22, 2010

Cheerleading: Now and Then

My mother was a varsity cheerleader in high school and often tells me about how things were, when she cheered. Even though the basic idea of cheerleading, to lead and pump-up a crowd, has stayed the same; the way it's accomplished has changed.


Then: They were simple, easy to follow cheers. Cheerleaders were just yelling the cheers out; no motions or stunts were incorporated.
Now: Not every cheer is a "call back" cheer or one that the crowd can answer back to. Also, stunts, jumps, tumbling, and motions are incorporated into almost every cheer. Cheers are more of a way to impress the crowd than to get them involved.


Then: Like cheers, these were also simple. Also, they were rarely done. When they were, they were no higher than shoulder level and were stunts like thigh stands and shoulder sits; Simple stunts, which could be used to get the crowds attention.
Now: The extensive use of these now has made cheerleading more of a sport than a club or activity. Instead of the shoulder level stunts, cheerleaders are now throwing girls into the air; flyers are standing on one leg and twisting out of everything; and double level stunts are seen at college events. With these new advances in
difficulty, injuries have also become a big part of the sport.


Then: Cartwheels, round-offs, and we'll put splits in this category even though they aren't really tumbling, were the only form of gymnastics seen. Again, these skills were put into halftime routines to get the crowds attention.
Now: Cartwheels and round-offs are things you can do when you're in elementary school; and if you're serious about cheerleading you have more advanced tumbling skills by the time you're in high school. It's not uncommon for a varsity team to require a tumbling skill, like a back handspring or standing tuck, to make the team. This skill has definitely become more important in the world of cheerleading.

Cheerleading actually started out as an all male sport, but through the years has changed into a mostly female dominated activity. Also, even though it started in American, cheerleading is now a universal sport. Jumps have stayed the same throughout the years, while dancing and uniforms have changed with the times. Competitions are a big part of the cheerleading world today; there are even teams that do only this. Back in the day, competing was very rare. It seems cheerleading is moving away from its original purpose, leading and pumping-up the crowd at a sporting event, to a sport of its own, with its own set of fans.

Sunday, November 21, 2010


With the Thanksgiving holiday coming up, I can't help but think this might be my last Thanksgiving at home with my family. Next year I'll be at college and depending on where I end up deciding to go, I might not be home next year at this time. With my family, Thanksgiving starts at my aunt’s house around dinner time. My aunt's family makes the turkey, mashed potatoes, and stuffing; and everyone else brings another side dish, dessert, or drink. My mom usually makes sweet potato casserole and some sort of dessert; she usually comes up with a new one every year. We sit around and talk, while we wait for everyone to get there. This can take some time because my mom is one of seven kids; all of which come with their family, so my Thanksgiving is spent with my 50 or so relatives. Once the house is packed full, we all stand around the kitchen and hold hands and my aunt gives a blessing. Next comes the best part, we get to start eating. My cousin's and I are always first in line. Then we all sit down and eat. Even though most of my cousins are around the age of 20 now; we still sit at the "kiddy table", this tiny pop-up table that we all hardly fit around. So while we are all bumping elbows, we engulf our food and move right on to dessert. Once all the adults are done eating the games begin. My uncles and some of my older male cousins sit around the "kiddy table" which they move into the living room, and play poker while they watch football. The rest of us always play Scattergories. Now, my family’s very competitive and this game usually turns bad once someone starts making up words or trying to find loop-holes in the rules. My one older cousin, if not in the lead, will start challenging words and arguing about if the word fits under the category or not. After we get sick of playing games, we just all sit in the living room talking and reminiscing. The same stories are always told and I can almost recite them from memory. My one uncle is always the butt of everyone's jokes, but he brought it upon himself. I mean, who rips off their shirt to kill a gardener snake with a baseball bat? After all the stories have been told and the laughs have been had, everyone packs up their leftovers and we go home. My big Italian family rarely leaves that many leftovers but they always leave many memories.

Friday, November 19, 2010

Scan For Skin Cancer

The machine, called MelaFind, is intended to examine lesions that doctors think have one or more characteristics of melanoma. Today, most lesions that look cancerous are biopsied. Many of those lesions turn out to be non-malignant. With a MelaFind, a dermatologist can scan the lesions, relying on the machine to identify early melanoma. If the machine does detect cancer, the doctor can proceed with a biopsy, but if the machine finds the lesion to be noncancerous, the patient does not have to go through unnecessary surgery to the skin. (Detect Melanoma Without Cutting Skin)"

Once again technology amazes me. Just think, they could make it mandatory for everyone once a year at a check up to get scanned for skin cancer. Now, cost could be a big factor here but if they could somehow have this covered under normal health insurance, this could save so many people. Melanoma, if it is caught in its early stages, is almost 100 percent curable. And especially with tanning becoming so popular among female teens, cases of melanoma are starting to pop up more and more. If this machine becomes part of every hospital, melanoma could almost be wiped out. This machine, if it does what its statistics say, could help doctors catch melanoma in its early stages and cut the rate of people actually getting full-blown skin cancer in half, at least. It seems like there is a new machine or medical advance almost everyday; I can only imagine what will come out next.

Thursday, November 18, 2010

Public Banking

"When Leidy Sanchez and her husband, Carlos Reyes, went to the hospital last week to deliver their baby, a nurse got her a gown, hooked her up to a fetal monitor and asked an unexpected question: Would they like to donate cells from their baby's umbilical cord blood to a public bank? "We said, 'For real, people are doing this?' " says Sanchez. "We'd never heard of it." The couple had heard of private banking, where you pay thousands of dollars to store your baby's cord blood cells, but this was different. The stem cells from Christopher's umbilical cord would be stored, free of charge, at a public bank for potentially anyone in need of a stem cell transplant for leukemia, sickle cell anemia or dozens of other diseases. (Public Banking)"

Until I read this article I had no idea this was even something you could have done with umbilical cells. But thinking about it, this is a great idea. You can, free of cost, have your child's umbilical blood cells saved. These cells could later be used to save someone's life, possibly even someone in your own family. However, the cells most likely can't be used to save the child's life they were taken from because if the child is ill then the cells taken from them would be diseased as well. But there is a study going on now to see if the child's own cells could be used to treat cerebral palsy or brain damage caused by low oxygen at birth. Once again medicine is using these things we usually throw out and turning them into ways to cure "incurable" diseases.

To Nfinity And Beyond...

No, this has nothing to do with Buzz Lightyear or Toy Story. Nfinity's are a brand of cheerleading shoes; they also make volleyball and basketball shoes. They're the lightest and most flexible shoe on the market for cheerleaders. Why does the weight and flexibility matter? Well, as a gymnast turned cheerleader, I learned to tumble without shoes so when I first tried to tumble with them on it was a lot different. The weight of normal sneakers weigh you down, where as these shoes feel light as air and the flexibility lets your feet move as if you were barefoot. However, they are a bit pricey; mine cost $70, but you could pay over $100 for a good pair of running sneakers and as a cheerleader these are the only sneakers I own. So in the long run they're not that expensive. Right now, they have three different styles of cheerleading shoes; the evolution (what I own), the passion, and the phoenix. These other two styles run about the same in cost. The only difference between the styles is weight and the materials they're made out of. I've been to many competitions over my 12 years of cheerleading and now, it seems like every cheerleader owns these shoes. I honestly think these are the best shoes you can get for the sport.

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Hollywood Meets Biology

"Dr. Lue is one of the pioneers of molecular animation, a rapidly growing field that seeks to bring the power of cinema to biology. Building on decades of research and mountains of data, scientists and animators are now recreating in vivid detail the complex inner machinery of living cells. “The ability to animate really gives biologists a chance to think about things in a whole new way,” said Janet Iwasa, a cell biologist who now works as a molecular animator at Harvard Medical School. (Molecular Animation)"

Last year in my AP Biology class, we actually watched an animation of the human cell made by Harvard's molecular animation department. The video showed every organelle in the cell moving and functioning the way it was described in our textbooks. As a visual learner this really helped me to understand and get an idea of what is going on inside every cell. These animations will be a great teaching tool for teachers and professors to use to help students who learn through visuals understand more concepts. The video we watched was really neat; they used bright and vibrant colors and had the organelles of the cell slinking and sliding their way around the cytoplasm.

Monday, November 15, 2010

Get The Equipment

Cheerleading uniforms, warm-ups, camp wear, shoes, body liners, briefs, socks, and bows; at the beginning of the season, your coach picks out all these things and you order them. However, what if you want to buy say new shoes on your own; where do they find these items? The most popular cheerleading gear company is Varsity, but they can also be a bit pricey. However, the quality of their merchandise is very good; so if you're looking to get the best of something and don't mind spending a little more for it then I'd order from Varsity. Varsity also stands behind all of their equipment, so if you ever have a problem with something; they'll replace it for free, you may have to pay shipping though. Team Cheer, The Cheerleading Company, and Cheer Zone are also other cheerleading apparel companies. These companies sell the same brands of shoes, but the rest of their equipment is unique to their companies. So if you're looking for something unique and different, you might want to try shopping here.

Sunday, November 14, 2010

Big 33

"2011 PNC Big 33 Football Classic will mark the 54th year of outstanding football. The game is known as the “Super Bowl of High School football. Each year the game is shown on national TV and provides a great opportunity to showcase the best graduating seniors from Pennsylvania and Ohio. (Big 33)"

I was lucky enough to be nominated by my cheerleading coach to tryout for the Big 33. I didn't really know what to expect, but once I arrived I realized there was about 30 other girls just like me there to tryout for a spot on one of the squads. Our day consisted of learning a cheer and dance, tumbling, jumping, and some stunting. We were taught a dance and cheer and then evaluated on it about an hour later; talk about pressure. We also were evaluated on our jumping and tumbling skills. Lastly, they wanted us to do a few one-legged stunts, mainly to see what the flyers could do. Being a flyer, I had to show off my best one-legged stunts, flying on a group of girls who have never lifted me before. I always find it humorous when someone lifts me for the first time because I always get the same reaction, "You're so light!" Now I'm definitely not the smallest 18 year old, and sometimes people in this sport don't always look at me and think flyer; but I've been flying since I was 6 and I've learned to hold my weight so I feel lighter than I am. Needless to say, they were a strong group and very sturdy to fly on; so I hit my heel-stretch and scorpion with confidence. I really hope I make the squad. If I do I will get paired up with a Special Needs child and he or she will cheer along side me at the big game. This year the kids have a big surprise waiting for them; they get to wear cheerleading uniforms, just like ours. We won't find out the results till December but I really hope I get the opportunity to experience an event like this one.

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Tis The Season

The 2010-2011 cheerleading competition has begun. Today my squad competed in our very first competition of the year. We hosted this competition and pulled out a first place in the small varsity division and an award for best dance. We dedicated our performance to Averie. Averie, a sister of one of my teammates, passed away last week at the age of one; she had had a terminal illness since birth. We went out on the floor as a team and gave it our all. We tried our best and the crowd gasped in "awe" when I did a front flip dismount out of our pyramid. We started off on the right foot and now next week we'll travel to our next competition. We'll be fixing up a few things and working on tumbling this week at practice; hoping to make next weeks performance even better than today's.

Friday, November 12, 2010


The opening night of "Masterpiece Theater" was a huge success. The auditorium was nearly filled and the crowd seemed to enjoy our twists on some of the classics. Our skit got many laughs; mostly do to some hilarious costuming but also due to our book being the most familiar to the audience, no matter what age. All the vocalist did great and everything went as planned. Everyone did a great job memorizing their lines and adding themselves into the characters. Hopefully tonight goes just as well and if you attended last night, think about attending again. Many of the skits were going to change things up a bit for tonight's performance so maybe you'll find tonight's show more entertaining.

Thursday, November 11, 2010

Opening Night

Tonight's the opening night for the Class of 2011's senior show, “Masterpiece Theater”. We'll put on a performance tonight and tomorrow, starting at 8 o'clock. The skits featured include: The Great Gatsby, Huckleberry Finn, The Scarlet Letter, Green Eggs and Ham, Benjamin Franklin's Virtues, and The Raven. Each skit has a modern twist to it and most contain modern day music; either being performed by a vocalist or lip-synced.

I unfortunately didn't make it to dress rehearsal due to having cheerleading practice, so the costumes and final performances will be a surprise to me. My group actually had one of our members drop out due to an illness in his family and we've been trying to rework our skit. Hopefully tonight it all comes together. I hope all goes well tonight and everyone performing has a great time. After Friday night, I can check senior show off my list of things to participate in my senior year.

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

The Information Age: Ruining Today's Youth?

"All that texting and social networking by teenagers could come back to byte them. A new study by the Case Western Reserve School of Medicine links poor health behaviors -- including smoking, drinking and sexual activity -- to hyper-texting and hyper-networking. The study defines hyper-texting as sending more than 120 messages a day. Hyper-networking is spending more than three hours per school day on social network sites like Facebook, it said. (Hyper-Texting Teens)"

While I can believe this, I don't think it's entirely these forms of communication's fault. While texting and Facebook does make it easier to communicate to more people privately and therefore, gives teens more of a chance to talk about and plan these kinds of activities, I don't think we can solely blame this behavior on the ways we communicate. Our society and what it values must also be taken into consideration. Our society has put good values on a back burner and what teens today see is Hollywood stars that are their age that are engaging in these activities and they look up to them and want to do these things themselves. I think these bad role models and the easiness of communicating with other teens privately have caused this spike in this kind of behavior.

Tuesday, November 9, 2010

Human Skin to Blood

"Researchers at Canada's McMaster University report that they've figured out how to make blood out of human skin. The breakthrough could eventually mean that patients needing blood for surgery, cancer treatment or treatment of blood conditions like anemia will be able to have blood created from a patch of their own skin to provide transfusions, the university said. (From Skin To Blood)"

This is a huge breakthrough for medical science. The thought of taking your own skin and turning it into blood that could be used in a transfusion for yourself, is astounding. This could help so many people and provide a safer way to get blood. If you're making blood out of your own skin that cuts the risk of getting a disease from a blood transfusion to zero percent. Now as amazing as this discovery is, it'll still be a long time before this process is commercialized and used in hospitals all around the country. However, once this does start to become a part of everyday medical practice, the medical world will never be the same. If this proves to be as great a discovery as it sounds, there might never have to be another blood drive.

"The scientists were able to convert the cells directly without first converting them to pluripotent stem cells - the kind that can grow into any type of organ or tissue - and then converting them again to blood, Bhatia said."

This in itself is remarkable. From my knowledge, this is the first cell they have been able to convert from one type to another without wiping it free of its DNA first and then inserting new.

Monday, November 8, 2010

Half Days of School...

My school adopted this new program this year, where once a month the students get a half day of school; they’re called Act 80 Days. We get to come in at the regular time, classes are shortened, we eat lunch early, and then we get to go home by one o'clock. The teachers, however, have to stay the rest of the school day and have a meeting about how they can improve their teaching style. For us students, these days are the greatest thing our school district could have done for us. I mean what high school student doesn't love to get out of school early. We have one this Thursday and then we have off Friday for a teacher’s in-service day, so this weekend will be a nice long one.

Sunday, November 7, 2010

The Newest Epidemic?

"Whooping cough, or pertussis, is a bacterial disease that spreads through the air and makes it difficult for people to eat, drink and breathe by blocking their airways. The disease tends to yield milder effects among adults and older children than infants, for whom whooping cough may lead to severe seizures, respiratory infections and death. (Whooping Cough)"

On Friday we received a paper from our school informing us that someone in our building had the whooping cough and we were to take necessary precautions to prevent from contracting it ourselves. This seems to be becoming an epidemic; maybe not among adults but among children. This disease seems harmless enough; it's just a cough. However, this cough can lead to many other medical complications which are very dangerous for small children to have. My advice would be to get the vaccine that many hospitals and health providers are providing.

The End Has Come

Friday night ended our 2010 football season. It was freezing outside, with some sleet coming down at the beginning of the game. The boys played hard but the other team had more motivation than we did and in the end that's what won them the game. The final score was 41-14. Unfortunately we went out on a loss but we still ended the season 6-4; which is not too bad of a record. I'm still disappointed that we never lived up to expectations but it is what it is. Now instead of spending my Friday nights under the lights cheering on the football team, I'll spend those nights with friends. As much as I hate to see this season end, I'm ready for some extra free time. And now on to competition, basketball, and wrestling season. It seems like life never slows down for me in the cheerleading department.

Friday, November 5, 2010

The End Is Near...

Tonight at 7 pm., I will cheer in my final high school football game. Our record so far is 6-3, and we hope to make it 7-3 tonight; finishing off our season with a win. This game will be bitter sweet for us seniors. On one hand we'll finally get our Friday nights off and have more time to spend with our friends, but also it will be the last football game of our senior year; for most of the seniors it will be the last time they play this sport on a team. I plan to cheer in college so for me, this is just another end of a season; but for some of the girls this is the last Friday night they'll spend cheering on the sidelines under the lights. I'm sure after the clock runs out in the fourth quarter, no matter what the outcome, there will be some tears. Even though we've had a winning season, we're not going to the play-offs. This is also a huge disappointment to us seniors, who watched the seniors our freshman year make it all the way to the state quarterfinal play-offs. I cheered for varsity my freshman year and actually cheered at that game. We played Strong Vincent in Erie. It was Saturday December 1, 2007 and the snow was falling. We had just come off a game which we won 54-0 and expectations were high. Unfortunately we lost the game, but our team went down in history as the only team from our county to advance that far in the state play-offs. My four years I've been cheering for the school have been four great ones; I've gained friends and watched our team go from an amazing year to two rebuilding seasons to this year, which I thought was going to be a repeat of my freshman year. I won't lie, I'm a little disappointed that we won't have the chance to move on but all good things must come to an end.

Thursday, November 4, 2010

5 Ways Your Cell Phone Can Save Your Life

"1. Program your cell so people can find you
If you're lying unconscious somewhere, how would anyone locate you? Verizon, Sprint and AT&T all have locators where you can find members of your family. In addition, you can do a search on iTunes for applications that use your smartphone's GPS to let you know where you are.

2. Put your "in case of emergency" contact into your cell phone
The trick here is to put your "ICE" information into your cell in as big and obvious a way as possible. Connie Meyer, the incoming president of the National Association of EMTs, suggests putting the "ICE" information into your contact list under "ICE." "Most EMTs know to look for that," says Meyer, a paramedic and registered nurse. "And make sure your ICE contact is someone who really knows your medical history."

3. Put your medical information on your cell
If you have a particular medical condition or are taking certain drugs, emergency workers need to know. You can put that information in the same place as your ICE contact, and you can also get an app that stores it. Choose an app that puts the information (or an icon leading to it) on the front screen of your phone so it's easy to find. Jared makes one for your BlackBerry and Polka makes one that goes on the front screen of your iPhone, which will work even if your phone is locked.

4. Get an app that teaches you first aid and CPR
Several groups, including the American Heart Association, have an app for that.

5. Find help nearby
Several apps, such as iTriage or DocGPS, will direct you to the nearest emergency room."
(5 Ways Your Cell Phone Can Save Your Life)

In today's day and age pretty much everyone, even children, have a cell phone; so this is a great idea. This could help out not just in car wrecks but also in missing person cases. Say a child is kidnapped; if they have their cell phone on them and it's programed with a locator, the police on the case could use this to find the child more quickly and easier. Programing your phone with these easy tips and downloading these apps for your smart phone could maybe one day save your life; so take these tips to heart.

Wednesday, November 3, 2010

Competition Season Is Right Around The Corner...

Typical Cheerleading Gym - pretty much just a
giant building with a large blue mat

Next Saturday my squad will compete in our first competition of the season. Every Wednesday starting last week and ending next week, we travel about half an hour to practice on a full spring floor. At our school we don't have the money or storage for a full size competition floor so we have to travel to practice on one; this is what we have been doing every Wednesday to make sure we have our spacing right and so that we may practice our routine full out. These are the practices that take endurance and perseverance because this is the first time this year we have run this routine with all the tumbling and stunts, so the first few times will seem like a real workout. Also, these are the practice that we really need everyone to attend because like my coach always says, "no one sits the bench in cheerleading."

Tuesday, November 2, 2010

All-Star Competitive Cheerleading

Along with High School Competition squads, there are also All-Star squads. All-Star squads have their own practice building and consist of kids from a surrounding area, not just from one school. They practice only once a week and each All-Star "company" has different levels of teams. Each level has special regulations that tell them what stunts and tumbling they are allowed to perform. (Regulations For Level 1-6 All-Star Cheerleading) They have to have a two minute routine just like high school competition squads. The only difference is they do not have to have a cheer; usually they have a voice over in their music of a short chant. All-Star squads usually have anywhere from 20-40 members on a team; this is the most significant difference from a high school squad. Also their uniforms are noticeably different. While high school squads have more clean cut and simple uniforms; All-Star squads have flashy and usually mid-drift baring uniforms. Another difference from high school squads is the cost. You must not only pay for your uniform but you must pay to just simply be on the squad. The cost can range anywhere from $25-$100 per month. Some also require you to pay for each competition you attend; which usually is around $100 per athlete. Besides the cost, another significant difference from high school squads is they must also provide their own transportation to and from competitions. Also All-Star squads definitely put more emphasis on the tumbling aspect of cheerleading, where in high school it's great if you have it  but it's not required to make the team. Also I feel this should be obvious but it might not be but All-Star squads do not compete again high school squads at competitions; they are in their own division. The divisions in All Star cheerleading are: Mini Level1 (this squad consists of 3-5 year olds), Youth Level1-3 (this squad consists of elementary school aged children and the level varies depending on the experience and talent of the squad; however, they usually do not go higher than a level 3 due to difficulty of stunts for children this age), Junior Level1-5 (this squad consists of middle school aged kids and level also varies depending on ability), and Senior Level 1-6 (this squad consists of high school aged kids, with level again depending on ability). The All-Star competition season is also from November through March. So that means this month starts the season and I personally can't wait.

Monday, November 1, 2010

Teens Are Losing Sleep From Texting

"A new study out of JFK Medical Center in Edison, New Jersey finds that teens and tweens are texting when they should be sleeping and it may be causing mood or learning problems. In the study, 40 kids treated at the medical center's sleep clinic were surveyed. These are kids who came to the clinic complaining of trouble falling asleep and daytime sleepiness. Researchers found those kids sent an average of 34 texts a night and woke up once a night to answer a call or a text.  Dr. Peter Polos of the JFK Medical Center said, "Unless you take the cell phone away from the child, they are really at freedom to do whatever they want, sort of, whenever they want." In addition, kids who reported texting or using the internet at night were more likely to say they suffered from anxiety, depression, a-d-h-d and learning difficulties. However this study did not say texting or surfing the web actually caused those conditions." (Teens Lose Sleep From Texting)

This is very true; I can remember countless times when I myself have been woken up on a school night by a text or call from a friend in the middle of the night. However, I do sleep with my phone on my pillow; teens that keep their phone on a night stand may be less likely to wake up due to not hearing the phone go off. This does seem to be becoming an issue, especially since it's taking away from the hours of sleep a teen needs to function. However, this is an easy fix; turn the phone on silent when you go to bed. You may still use it as an alarm and sleep with it. This easy fix will keep you from being woken up in the middle of the night again.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

10 Uses For Your Body After You Die

"Like many Americans, you probably think you're pretty charitable. Perhaps you donate money to the needy or ill, give away your old clothes, volunteer at your child's school or participate in holiday gift drives in December. But you may be missing something. As you're charitable in life, you could also be charitable in death" (10 Uses For Your Body After You Die)

1. Donate your organs
2. Donate your tissue
3. Will your body to a university
4. Help doctors practice their skills
5. Leave your body to "the body farm"
6. Become a crash test cadaver
7. Give your body to a broker
8. Send your body on tour
9. Become a skeleton
10. Be on display at a museum

This is actually a good idea. While it's tradition to bury your loved ones, all their body is doing underground is rotting; so why not donated their body to science. Donating your body to science can help future generations learn more about the human body through studies and research. Just think your skeleton could be in you grandchild's classroom or you could be a museum exhibit that travels the country. Donating your organs or tissue could save a life. I my self am an organ donor and I look at it this way; if I was in an accident and needed an organ transplant to survive wouldn't I be hoping for someone to have been generous enough to donate their organs so why wouldn't I do the same. So maybe think about this creative new idea on what to do with your body after you die.

Saturday, October 30, 2010

Competitive High School Cheerleading

Most people see the cheerleaders at the football games cheering on the sidelines but there's a whole other world of competitive cheerleading out there. From November to March, competitive cheerleaders spend their weekends traveling all over the state and sometimes out of the state to competitions. I cheer for my school and my school also has a competition team which I also participate in. We go to camp in the summer and put together our routine; this includes choreographing a dance, putting together stunt sequences and a pyramid, coming up with a cheer, and adding tumbling where needed. A routine has to have all these elements and has to be about two minutes long. Two minutes, I know that seems like a lot of work for a two minute performance but in those two minutes you are constantly moving, flipping, dancing, jumping, cheering, and stunting. Once you have this routine down, you start competing.

If you were a competitive cheerleader you would  wake up anywhere from 4-7 in the morning on a weekend, depending on how far away you had to travel to compete. Once you were at the competition, you'd walk into a huge arena and see hundreds of cheerleaders and their parents in the stands; you'd see a 9 or 7 panel mat with girls warming up tumbling on it and a judge’s stand in front of the mat. You’d go put your bags down, put your sneakers on and go warm up your tumbling. Maybe an hour or so after warming up tumbling, you'd go with your team to warm up your full routine. Right after you warm up your full routine, you'd go out on the performance mat and perform for the judges.

You have one shot to hit every stunt, land every tumbling pass, and do the dance choreography correctly. You're standing in your first position just waiting for your music to start and your heart is pounding and your palms are sweating. The music starts and you just go. I've competed in competitions since I was eight and honestly once you're on that mat and that music starts you experience this feeling almost like blacking out; it's like your body knows what to do and just does it. You don't remember seeing anything or anyone out in the crowd. You end your routine and cheer as you exit the floor. You have the rest of the day to watch the other teams perform and awards are usually around 5 or 6 in the evening. They call all the teams down to the mat and they start handing out awards; after you find out how you placed you get to go home and rest after a long exhausting day. This is what a competitive cheerleader’s life is like on weekends in the winter and spring.
Columbus High School Cheerleading 08 STATE CHAMPS!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

The "Liberal Gene"

"Can there really be a liberal gene? They’ve got to be joking. But no here it is, straight from Fox News today: James Fowler, a professor medical genetics and political science says liberals can’t help being – liberal. Of course, what Fowler calls the “liberal gene” he also explains as being the “open minded” gene. " (The Liberal Gene)

This may seem pretty out there but it's believable. Traits, including personality, are inherited from your parents, so why not the ability to be open minded.  However, I don't think you can call this gene the "liberal gene" because your political views, while they may be influenced by your parents, are not directly inherited from them.

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Senior Show

 At my high school we have this tradition called "The Senior Show"; obviously it's something you get the privilege of doing your senior year. Any senior can sign up to be in the performance but no one is forced to perform. Our one English teacher creates a theme and then scripts the entire production. He gives each group of seniors a skit and works with the groups one night a week for about a month. This year our theme is "books we have read through out our school career". My group is rapping the children's story "Green Eggs and Ham" by Dr. Seuss. There's seven of us in our group; two of the guys are rapping the two main characters parts and the other five of us are acting out the parts of the book where Sam-I-Am asks the other main character if he would eat green eggs and ham in different locations. We've been trying to come up with entertaining actions to put into our skit to make it more humorous and so far it seems to be coming along favorably. The performance is in November and I hope everyone enjoys it.

I am Sam, I am Sam, Sam I am

That Sam-I-am, That Sam-I-am!
I do not like that Sam-I-am

Do you like green eggs and ham?

I do not like them, Sam-I-am.
I do not like green eggs and ham.

Would you like them Here or there?

I would not like them here or there.
I would not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am

Would you like them in a house?
Would you like them with a mouse?

I do not like them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you eat them in a box?
Would you eat them with a fox?

Not in a box, Not with a fox.
Not in a house, Not with a mouse.
I would not eat them here or there.
I would not eat them anywhere.
I would not eat green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

Would you? Could you? in a car?
Eat them! Eat them! Here they are.
I would not, could not in a car

You may like them. You will see.
You may like them in a tree?
I would not, could not in a tree.
Not in a car! You let me be.

I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox
I do not like them in a house
I do mot like them with a mouse
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere.
I do not like green eggs and ham.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

A train! A train! A train! A train!
Could you, would you on a train?

Not on a train! Not in a tree!
Not in a car! Sam! Let me be!
I would not, could not, in a box.
I could not, would not, with a fox.
I will not eat them with a mouse
I will not eat them in a house.
I will not eat them here or there.
I will not eat them anywhere.
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

Say! In the dark? Here in the dark!
Would you, could you, in the dark?

I would not, could not, in the dark.

Would you, could you, in the rain?

I would not, could not, in the rain.
Not in the dark. Not on a train,
Not in a car, Not in a tree.
I do not like them, Sam, you see.
Not in a house. Not in a box.
Not with a mouse. Not with a fox.
I will not eat them here or there.
I do not like them anywhere!

You do not like green eggs and ham?

I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

Could you, would you, with a goat?

I would not, could not with a goat!

Would you, could you, on a boat?

I could not, would not, on a boat.
I will not, will not, with a goat.
I will not eat them in the rain.
I will not eat them on a train.
Not in the dark! Not in a tree!
Not in a car! You let me be!
I do not like them in a box.
I do not like them with a fox.
I will not eat them in a house.
I do not like them with a mouse.
I do not like them here or there.
I do not like them ANYWHERE!

I do not like green eggs and ham!
I do not like them, Sam-I-am.

You do not like them. SO you say.
Try them! Try them! And you may.
Try them and you may I say.

Sam! If you will let me be,
I will try them. You will see.

Say! I like green eggs and ham!
I do!! I like them, Sam-I-am!
And I would eat them in a boat!
And I would eat them with a goat...
And I will eat them in the rain.
And in the dark. And on a train.
And in a car. And in a tree.
They are so good so good you see!

So I will eat them in a box.
And I will eat them with a fox.
And I will eat them in a house.
And I will eat them with a mouse.
And I will eat them here and there.
Say! I will eat them ANYWHERE!

I do so like green eggs and ham!
Thank you! Thank you, Sam-I-am