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VOLUME 15, NUMBER 5 -- October 6, 2008

Red Sox legend Johnny Pesky gets his due

“Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls welcome to Fenway Park,” boomed the loudspeaker.

 It’s September 28th, and I’m at the historic ballpark on the last day of the regular season for the Boston Red Sox.

They’re playing the New York Yankees, but the game doesn’t mean much- the Red Sox have the playoffs in their grasp and the Yankees are out.

However, one thing does matter- the retirement of #6, the number worn by Johnny Pesky for many years. After today, no Red Sox player will don 6 again.

 This has only been done a half-dozen other times in the 107-year history of Boston baseball.

  – By Kiernan Majerus-Collins

When Hurricane Katrina smashed ashore in 2005, Louisiana teen Samantha Perez started writing about the storm that washed away much of her old life. Her journal, chronicled in the pages of The Tattoo, is all online at Hurricane Journal. Read it for an eye-opening and intensely personal look into the eye of the worst storm in recent history.





Move over, Nathan Hale

With the help of a determined group of students, Connecticut state heroine Prudence Crandall took her rightful place in the Capitol last week.

Koren's sculptures gain places of honor

Almost everyone has heard of the great artists of the past, but lots of people are oblivious to the artists of the present. One of these great artists is a sculptor by the name of Gabriel Koren.

Koren, who is from Budapest, Hungary, studied at the Hungarian Academy of Fine Art. She traveled to America 30 years ago because she wanted to live in a big city and meet people from other cultures.

 -- Mary Majerus-Collins


A new statue of Crandall, a white teacher who faced racist attacks after she opened her school for girls to black students in 1832, honors her bravery and dedication.

It was a long time coming.

“I don’t think there’s been a statue put in the Capitol for more than 100 years,” said state Rep. Betty Boukus. “This is a very historic day at the Capitol.”

Until the sculpture of Crandall and a student was placed, Connecticut’s capitol building held just two statues, both of them more than 100 years old, and both of men.

The Crandall statue is in the Capitol today because a group of kids demanded it.

About 10 years ago, elementary school students at Hubbell School in Bristol asked Boukus, who was their state representative, to show them Crandall’s statue when they visited the Capitol.

– Gabi Smith-Rosario and Mary Majerus-Collins

Prudence Crandall's pioneering efforts to integrate schools


Prudence Crandall may not be the first thing that you think of when you hear the words "integrated schools."
But Crandall was one of the first to integrate a school in Connecticut.


 -- By Gabi Smith-Rosario

By Justin Skaradosky/ Youth Journalism International

Sitting in media tycoon Rupert Murdoch's chair

It had started as just another work experience placement, and for all my wistful aspirations, I had begun the week prepared to spend four of my five days making coffees and copies.

It would be best, I reasoned, to have low expectations as I embarked on a week at The Herald Sun. That way, I figured, I could only be pleasantly surprised. When I relayed this contention to Mother Dearest, however, she simply scolded me for being so “cynically optimistic.”

Little did I know that, come Friday, I would have played supermodel at a photo-shoot, waxed lyrical with a librarian about tennis, unearthed an 1852 newspaper – complete with an 1852 advertisement for fly spray – and, come Friday, made the dramatic transition from student to CEO. Sort of.

 -- By Alex Patrikios

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