Captain, Oh Captain Being on the Varsity Drill Team in high school as a freshman was more then I could have ever fathomed. From day 1, I saw the officers and the Captain and wanted nothing less than to be in their position by the time I became a senior. At that very young age, I had absolutely no idea about how much effort and persistence it took to become that figure, nonetheless how to even begin to start that journey. In the drill team world, the rank of Captain is the highest honor one could ever receive; which in my terms, meant it wasn’t going to be easy and there was going to be lots of blood, sweat and tears shed along the way. All I wanted was to be one of the girls announced at every football game and finally get the chance to be in the spotlight for once. Becoming the Captain of a high school Varsity Drill Team required an extensive amount of responsibility and dedication, along with helping mentor the girls through their rough walk in high school and an enormous love for dancing and leadership. The joy that dancing brought me did nothing but help push me to be that leader I had always aspired to be. In the world of high school drill team it is a must to be able to learn quickly and remember numerous dances at once. During football season I was obligated to know an officer’s strut, a field routine and a pep rally dance each week! And during competition season they have three officer’s dances along with four team dances they need to know and perfect. It gets rather overwhelming at certain times. A Captain’s dancing technique is required to be at a much higher level than the other girls on the team. If I was going to be in the spotlight it had to look good. In order to be able to correct the team on their dancing performances, I needed to keep in mind that it was to help them improve. It took me studying the past officers and only leaning from their mistakes. Also, my personal problems with some of the girls outside of drill team needed to be left at the door. It would not have benefitted either me, them, or the team if I were to have pointed them out every five minutes in practice. I was there to merely assist them to reach their personal goals. Although being the leader of a very decorated drill team is cool and all, there is an massive amount of responsibility that is expected from somebody of that rank. There are, on average, twenty five to thirty girls on a team; that’s quite a bit of people to be in charge of at that age. Not to mention, there is a different practice uniform for each day and then other sets of uniforms for performances. It was mandatory for me to make sure they were squared away along with having to take care of myself. How could I expect my girls to come in on time, with the right wear and accessories if I couldn’t even achieve that simple task on my part? I had to treat the previous three years leading up to my reign as training for the major leagues. It was full of disappoints, laughs, hard times and joyous occasions that allowed me to be the outstanding leader I became. Leadership has to be earned; it’s not just handed over on a silver platter. Every once in a while there were times where it was better for me to sympathize then to be the big bad wolf breathing down their neck constantly. I had the opportunity to be someone that others looked up to. I wasn’t going to show them that irresponsibility was a part of it. The other aspect of being a leader that is greatly forgotten sometimes is not only would I have to lead the team in dancing, but I would also be mentoring the girls through the struggles of the time as a teenager in high school. A lot of the time they just need…
Period 2 2-19-13
In the poem “Oh Captain My Captain” by Walt Whitman is about the assassination of Abraham Lincoln and many people are shocked to see their hero be assassinated, and reveals that Lincoln has earned respect, leadership, and gratitude.
Lincoln earned respect by going out to the war and fighting to preserve the Union. Whitman uses metaphors to show the respect Lincoln has earned. “For you the flag is flung”, this metaphor shows that Lincoln was an important person…
candid displays were considered immoral. Despite declining health, he continued to travel, lecture on Abraham Lincoln, add, revise, rearrange and republish Leaves of Grass. Whitman has 8 revised versions, The Deathbed Edition being his final.
Oh Captain! My Captain was known as one of the greatest poems written at the time of the Civil War. It’s a mourning poem that was written in the memory of Abraham Lincoln, the 16th president of the United States. Whitman admired Lincoln immensely because of his…
claim, | |
Because it was grassy and wanted wear; | |
Though as for that the passing there | |
Had worn them really about the same, | 10 |
And both that morning equally lay | |
In leaves no step had trodden black. | |
Oh, I kept the first for another day! | |
Yet knowing how way leads on to way, | |
I doubted if I should ever come back. | 15 |
I shall be telling this with a sigh | |
Somewhere ages and ages hence: | |
Two roads diverged…
movies suggested and that I thought sounded interesting. I chose a movie and made plans for a date! Hooray! Guess when you have been married 15 years, little things like this excite you! Oh yes, and don’t forget made plans for a babysitter so we could make it a real date!
I chose to see the movie, “Captain Phillips”, starring Tom Hanks and Barkhad Abdi. Due to our busy schedules, my husband and I chose to go to a matinee on a Tuesday afternoon. We walked in, got our tickets and of course our…
on it, he asked his sea captain, ”Of all the palaces you have seen, on all your travels over the seas, which was the most magnificent?”
And the sea captain replied, “Your Majesty, the palace of Aegeus, King of Athens, surpasses all others for its beauty and grace. It was designed by Deadalus and the Athenians boast that he is the most brilliant architect who has ever lived.”
When he heard this, King Minos ordered the sea captain to fetch Deadalus to Crete. The sea captain sailed to Athens and told…
In his play Henry V, William Shakespeare wrote the character of Captain Gower as a man, an officer in the English army. In his version of the play at the Folger Theatre in Washington, D.C., director Robert Richmond makes Gower a lusty tavern wench crushing on Captain MacMorris. He also turns the soldier Bates into a nun, but still gives her the line, "Be friends, you English fools, be friends. We have French quarrels enough." Go get 'em, sister.
But, hey, the argument goes, Shakespeare did not write…
Letter of Introduction
Hello my name is Alex Chavez, I’m 17 soon to be 18 in May and currently a senior at Carle High School and I plan to graduate this year. I’ve played baseball for 8 years and I am currently one of the captains of the Free running team The Elements. I’d have to say one of my favorite subjects would have to be science because it’s what caught my attention in my early years and it just kind of stuck with me. I’ve never been in a fight or in trouble at school…
and bring you the moon
I will be your hero your strength
Anything you need
I will be the sun in your sky
I will light your way for all time
For you I will.
I will shield your heart from the rain
I will let no harm come your way
Oh these arms will be your shelter
No these arms won't let you down,
If there is a mountain to move
I will move that mountain for you
I'm here for you, I'm here forever
I will be your fortress, tall and strong
I'll keep you safe,
I'll stand beside…
what everyone else was doing or already has; Mr. Keating wanted them to break out of the cycle and do whatever they pleased over what the crowd was doing. Mr. Keating forced change on the students right away, to take the option to call him ‘my captain oh captain’ instead of the normal average last name. Neil stood up again and listened to the words of Mr. Keating, and went against the school rules and brought back the dead poet’s society with other boys from Whelton Academy.
“What I must do is all that…
Its finally time, I was ready for war, at least I thought I was, not knowing what lies before me on the battle field. Having done all I can to prepare and leaving with no regrets. Equipments check, rations check, the mother of all weapons check, my captain screaming loudly 5 minutes to departure that I heard it all the way from my barracks. Now that its crunch time my heart beet is starting to accelerate slowly, I’m filled with excitement but at the same time the nerves are kicking in, did I do all…