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Almost Done!

TWO DAYS LEFT! I cannot believe I am really writing about how I am only in school for two more days, but it's happening. High school has been full of so many fun experiences and memories and it is crazy to think it is almost over. I am not really sad about this because I am ready to move on, but it is bittersweet to think about all the things we did for the last time. I came to Madison Freshman year as a little scared girl who didn't know anyone and now I am leaving as a confident woman with a second family. Not all of high school has been fun or happy, but I have learned who I am as a person and what I stand for and I can't wait to see what my future holds. Thank you to everyone who made an impact on me !

Friday was the annual Frank Chew Invitational, Madison track team's home meet. It was a special meet because not only was it our only home meet of the season, but it was our last meet before league this week and it was senior night. I have loved being on this team not only because we have fun together, but because we are all determined to do well and give our all. Compared to most schools, we have a very small track team and on Friday we didn't even have athletes participate in all the events, but we still got 2nd place overall!!!! That just means we had to absolutely kick butt in our other events, and we did. Personally, I had my best meet of the season and got two PRs! I ran the mile for the second time and ran a 6:15 and got 3rd place (my previous time was a 6:34)! The last event of any track meets is the 4x4. It may not be my best distance, but it is one of my favorite events because of the amount of energy that goes into it. Everyone is watching since it is last, and sometimes, like on Friday, it can determine what place your team gets overall. It is also a special race because my sister Fiona is first leg and I am anchor, the Sulentic Sandwich as we call it ;) Fiona had already broke her 400 PR in the open by running a 65 and then broke it AGAIN in the 4x4 with a 64! I was, and still am, a proud big sis! When I got the baton we were in 2nd, but the Twin Valley South anchor was closing the gap on me. At the 200 mark I picked it up like I always do, but as I got to the 100 straight all I could hear were my teammates yelling at me that she was right on my back. I didn't think I could do it, but in that moment I knew how disappointed I would be in myself if I gave up 2nd place and there was no way I was going to let that girl pass me. I sprinted as hard as I could and truthfully I didn't think I was going to make it to the finish line. When I crossed, in 2nd place, Coach Nance ran up to me and said "Don't let anyone tell you you aren't tough because you just ran a 67" This whole season I have been unable to break a 69, so skipping right to a 67 was crazy for me and showed that when you put your mind to something your body can do it. Track is so different than every other sport I have played because it has everything to do with your mentality. No matter how fast you are going or how fit you are it should hurt because if it doesn't than you could've gone faster. Like my dad says to me, "make it hurt." Slowly, I am starting to love that feeling and can feel myself getting tougher each day. 
I have played soccer all my life and been a part of many teams over the years, but this years track team has been one of the best. It truly feels like a family and even though we all have a love-hate relationship with running, it is so much fun. Bus rides are filled with jamming to music and laughter, meets are filled with encouragement and hacky sack games, and I can't forget about the hot tub/pizza/kareoke night we had this past Friday. I really encourage everyone to be a part of a team, wether it be sports, band, or the musical. Join something new because becoming friends with people you would have never talked to is one of the best feelings! Plus, the girls track team is killing' it this year!! We have gotten a first place trophy, two second place trophies, and third twice in our past five meets! Be sure to come support the boys and girls track team at our home Frank Chew Invitational! It is our last meet before league and the support would mean a lot:)
Hey Mohawks! Well, as you can imagine, I am writing about PROM!! Saturday was my senior prom and it was bittersweet to say the least. It is crazy that this was my sixth and last high school dance, but it was definitely a night to remember. We had Lauren Day Photography take our pictures at Lake Lyndsay and they turned out amazing!!! The weather was warm and sunny and everyone looked beautiful. Next, we had dinner at Bonefish grill in West Chester. Madi and I shared the bang bang shrimp and a chicken teriyaki bowl, I definitely recommend both. The dance itself was "Out of this World" ;) After prom at Main Event was a blast too and I even won an alex and ani bracelet and three gift cards! Even though I went to bed at 6:30 am it was definitely a 10/10 night.
Hey Mohawks! Yesterday was an awesome day for me! First, I got to sleep in until 9 because Juniors and Seniors get to go in two hours late due to testing. Then, the track team went to the Franklin Relays and absolutely killed it! The girls team won FIRST PLACE overall!! Specific events were very good as well:
  • 4x1, 4x1 shuttle hurdles, high jump, discus received 1st
  • 4x2, 4x4, 800m sprint medley, 1600m sprint medley received 2nd
We also had a few of the boys baseball players run yesterday and it was really fun to watch them do well! Our next meet is this Friday at Twin Valley South! 
 
Hey Mohawks! I hope you all had a fun and relaxing Spring break! Although all my friends were soaking up the sun in Florida I still had a great time with my family. We stayed at McCormick State Park in Indiana and did lots of hiking and exploring! It might not have been the best weather or the most glamorous spring break trip, but I am reminded of how much my mom, dad, and sister mean to me. Our trip was full of laughter and memories. I can't say I am super excited to go back to school tomorrow, but there is so much to look forward to in the coming weeks. Seniors get to come in late because of testing, Prom is two weeks away, my last day is May 17, and graduation is less than 7 weeks away! There are so many things happening for the last time, but also so many things are about to happen that mark the beginning of a new chapter and I am so excited!

Firsts and Lasts

Hey Mohawks! This week has been super busy for me, but it has also been lots of fun! Tuesday was the 2018 National Honor Society Induction Ceremony. I have been a member of NHS for two years and am currently the President, which meant I had to give a speech. I was nervous to speak in front of everyone, but all the speeches went really well! I even got to tap my sister Fiona as she was being inducted! In my speech I made the point that it is easy to let success be the end point for working hard, but in order to make a meaningful impact we need all our members to be dedicated to bettering our school and community. This organization and this world need young adults who are willing to put others above themselves and work towards a greater goal.The quote, “It is not the honor you take with you, but the heritage you leave behind,” is something we should all strive toward and can think about in our daily life. 
 
Yesterday was the first track meet of the season! It was super wet and muddy, but we got through it and both the boys and girls did well for early in the season. I ran the 400 in the sprint medley, the 4x8, and the 4x4. I am definitely not in my best shape right now, but I am using track as a tool to get fit and ready for college and I am getting better! The 400 is my favorite event, but I definitely have a love-hate relationship with it haha! Track truly is one of hardest sports because even though it doesn't have as much skill as other sports, you have to push yourself to your absolute max or you know you could've run faster. Today we have the Edgewood meet so wish us luck! I hope everyone has a great Easter and Spring Break!
 

#Enough

To those of you who may not have supported the national walkout that myself and 42 other people participated in last Wednesday, I wanted to share what it meant to me. As part of our punishment, we each wrote a letter to a send to a representative or government official explaining why we participated. I have included mine below:
 

To whom it may concern,


My name is Ana Sulentic, a senior at Madison High School in Middletown, Ohio. I am writing to you today in regards to the recent National School Walkout that took place last Wednesday, March 14th. This was a very controversial topic and even though many of the walkouts were being done in support of gun control, many were also being held simply to honor the victims of the Florida school shooting one month earlier. As vice president of student council I asked to have a meeting to discuss a potential walkout at my school. Immediately I could tell our school administrators would not be supportive and at our second meeting we were told there will be consequences for any student who participates in a walkout because it is  “divisive and an act of disobedience.” Along with an hour of community service/detention this letter is part of my punishment because I decided to still participate in a walkout.

Upon much consideration, and as survivors of our own school shooting, I along with many others from Madison High School, decided that a walkout was imperative in showing that we support Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland Florida. The walkout was not to politicize or divide, but merely to advocate for, and support those who are willing to bring about change, whatever way that may be.

As high school students, we will soon be a part of the real world and it is our responsibility now to support a change that won’t just affect ourselves, but our children and grandchildren. We believe no other student should have to be scared to go to school and no parent should ever have to fear that their child may not come home. This movement isn’t about dividing people based on political views, it is instead inviting people from both sides to share ideas for change. By participating in the National school walk out we acted along with students from all across our nation to show that school shootings must end. It doesn’t matter what political views you have, we can all agree that no more innocent people should have to lose their lives. With that being said, a walkout was not meant to be divisive at all, but rather to unite students and schools with the end goal of stopping school shootings.

We, as students, have been given the opportunity to use our voices and power to stand up for our rights. Since Columbine, 208 shooting incidents in schools across America have occured. And yet, we are almost numb to this statistic. It is our job to ensure that another school does not get added to this list. Because, it is not just a list. It is the loss of life, it is fear, and it is unacceptable.

While we understood the concerns of our own school administration, Madison Local Schools, it is disappointing not to gain their support. We tried to, and have made our reasons and message for having a walkout extremely clear. The goal was not to divide our community nor to be disobedient or to make a political stand. It was strictly about showing support for the victims and families from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School and that no other school should have to feel this pain and loss that we and far too many others know.

I have no regrets that I willinging organized and participated in a walkout knowing there may be consequences, because it is something that I feel very strongly and passionate about. Throughout history, as shown by Gandhi and MLK, the right thing is not always accepted at first and it takes a few people who won’t let their voice be stifled to make the first steps for change. I am extremely disappointed that Madison did not support a student walkout. It saddens me that the decision was made in fear of how the school would look in the hands of the media, instead of the positives of having students who are willing to be leaders and have an active role in our community. The comments of community members that “children are to be seen and not heard. Their opinion don’t mean nothing,” shows that unfortunately, members of this community are stuck in the past. I may be in high school, but I am an adult, will be graduating in three months at the top of my class, and am legally allowed to vote, so yes I do think my opinion matters. We are the future and the fact that we were not supported just reaffirms why it was so necessary.

We decided that our voices were going to heard, regardless of whether our school supported it or not. For these reasons, 43 students from Madison Local Schools chose to rally together in support of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, and ensuring the safety of students in schools.

As a member of the United States government I hope you will do your job to initiate changes that make our schools safer. I am a survivor of a school shooting that occurred two years ago and since then nothing has been done to make sure others don’t go through the same thing. There are many solutions to this problem, but the bottom line is that something needs to change. I truly hope you take the time to listen to the amazing kids around you that are finally standing up for our rights.


“Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter” -MLK


Sincerely,

Ana Sulentic 

3/4 Done!

Hey Mohawks! It is crazy to think that Friday marked the end of third quarter. Myself and my fellow seniors are just nine weeks away from graduating! High school has been an experience full of ups and downs and mixed emotions, but most importantly it has been full of many, many memories. I have loved spending the last four years as a Mohawk and although I am ready for college and new opportunities I know I won't forget my time at Madison. It truly goes by way too fast, but I guess that's why they say to make the most of every day :)

Last week I spent Friday and Saturday in Philadelphia at Saint Joseph's University. My mom and I made the 8 1/2 hour trip for Scholars weekend, which I was invited to as one of 20 students chosen to interview for the full tuition  Dean's Scholarship. The interviews took place on Saturday, but on Friday we spent the day talking to current students, attending classes, touring the dorms and campus, and learning more about Saint Joseph's. Although I have known I am attending SJU since junior year, every time I am back on campus I am reminded of why I chose it. This university values service and being "men and women with and for others" more than any other school I have visited. One example of this is the Service Learning courses offered. I actually got to be in an English class that was part of the service learning program. Essentially, this class covers a typical English syllabus, but every student volunteers three hours per week with an organization through out the course of the year. Students are not required to participate in service learning, but I could tell the ones that do truly enjoy giving back to their community. Over and over again students and professors told me of how Saint Joe's doesn't just want to develop good students, but good people as well. I know I have found the right college for me because my values align with those that the university stands for and encourages. For my fellow classmates who are trying to pick between schools or who are just starting the college search, make sure you pay attention to not just how strong the academics are, but what the school's goals, values, and expectations are. 
 
THE HAWK WILL NEVER DIE!
Many of you may not know this about me, but I LOVE to read. During summer break you can find me chilling on a pool float with some shades and a good book. Unfortunately, I don't get many opportunities to read during the school year since homework, sports, and my job seem to take up all my time. I think many people face the same problem as me when it comes to finding time to read. I really believe reading is such an amazing thing. It truly can transport you into another world and I find myself becoming attached to characters even getting a little sad when I finish a good book. One of the best feelings in the world is when you find that book that you absolutely cannot put down, you are almost forced to keep turning the pages. While I know you all lead very important and busy lives, sometimes we need a break from reality and the best way to do that is to get lost in a good book. I want to share some of my all time favorites with you, enjoy!
  1. Gone Girl by Gillian Flynn
  2. The Gallagher Girl's Academy Series by Ally Carter
  3. Confessions of a Murder Suspect by James Patterson
  4. Those Girls by Chevy Stevens
  5. All Fall Down: Embassy Row Series by Ally Carter
  6. Looking for Alaska by John Green
  7. Rules of Summer by Joanna Philbin
  8. The Heist Society by Ally Carter
  9. The Selection by Kiera Cass

Preparing for Interviews

This week I wanted to write about interviews since I myself have two scholarship interviews coming up next week. Interviews will always be a little stressful no matter how much you prepare or how many times you have done one. The fact is being nervous means you care about the job, scholarship, or opportunity you are interviewing for. So nerves aren't all bad, but there are some things you can do to make you feel more comfortable and confident during your interview. 

  1. Read about the organization or business so you have some background on what they do/what their mission is. This will make you knowledgable in case you are asked a specific question and can help you gear your answers to fit that mission.
  2. Write down possible questions then answer them out loud. Practicing what you will say will make it easier during the actual interview and answers will flow more naturally.
  3. Be aware of your first impression! I know this is a basic rule, but making sure you are dressed professionally, shake hands, introduce yourself, and make eye contact are extremely important. Today I spoke with a hiring manager from Pilot Chemical who said he generally makes assumptions about an interviewee in the first 15 seconds of meeting them.
  4. Show your enthusiasm! If two people have the same qualifications, businesses and organizations will pick the person who is more excited and passionate.
  5. It is okay to pause after a question to collect your thoughts. You may be asked tough questions and it is better to take a second then start rambling.
  6. Lastly, be sure to thank the people in your interview and send a follow up email within two days. This shows a genuine interest in the position or scholarship.
Goodluck!

GO TEAM USA

I don't know about you guys, but I absolutely LOVE the Olympics! One of the many reasons is that I get to watch sports that I usually don't, and get to root on team USA! One of my favorite events is the snowboarding half pipe. Shaun White and Chloe Kim absolutely killed it! If you are a big fan of the Olympics make sure to get the olympic app which has the schedule of events as well as medal count. Currently the USA has 5 gold medals, and I'm sure there are many more to come. Today be sure to check out:
  • Men and Women's alpine skiing
  • Women's snowboarding
  • Ice hockey
  • The skeleton
  • Figure skating
  • Curling
Go Team USA and GO Mohawks as both basketball teams take on their first round of the tournament this Saturday! I hope everyone has a great four day weekend!

It is crazy to say that I signed this last week to officially play division 1 soccer in college! This has been a crazy journey and so many people have helped me along the way. I am hugely thankful for my family who has never stopped supporting and encouraging me to follow my dreams. I can’t wait to be at Saint Joseph’s next year and be a hawk!! Part of me will always be a Mohawk though:) thanks again to everyone who came to watch Aj, hannah, and I sign !!
Even though living in Middletown has given me glimpses of the homelessness and poverty people are dealing with I still feel as though most of us who are middle class forget or don't really know what poverty looks like. I was recently on NPR's website and came across an article about a man named Matt Black. He is a photojournalist who has spent the past four years capturing poverty in our own country. His project, The Geography of Poverty, is powerful, eye-opening, and quite frankly, sad. We hear all the time about poverty and see images of poverty around the world, but I think the poverty that is all around us gets hidden. This projects takes off the covers and shows the vulnerability of these people living in poverty. Poverty is an epidemic and I believe the only way it can be ended is by people like you and me stepping up to be active members in our community to give back to those less fortunate than us. I would really encourage you to visit http://www.geographyofpoverty.com and use this as motivation to see what you can do to help poverty in your own town.
 
"We rise by lifting others"
 
~Ana