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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


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. 
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.


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 and use this as motivation to see what you can do to help poverty in your own town.
"We rise by lifting others"
Saturday, January 20th marked the 2nd annual Women's March. Although it may be coined as the "women's march" this rally is so much more than just that. It is using love, friendship, and unity to stand up for minorities that are pushed down all around us. Wether you support this movement or not I am proud to live in a country where people are able to come together, are not scared to voice their opinions, and are doing so in a peaceful and meaningful way. I attended the Women's March last year and I can honestly say it was one of the best experiences I have had. I felt like I had contributed to a cause that I support and the feeling that what you are doing matters is priceless. I encourage everyone to use their voice and actions to stand up for what they believe in. My fellow classmates and friends, we are not to young, in fact we are the future, so why not start now. One of my favorite quotes from America Ferrara, a speaker at the 2018 March is,"The president is not America. His cabinet is not America. Congress is not America. We are America. And we are here to stay..." It doesn't matter if you like the President or congressmen because at the end of the day it's all of us "normal" people that make up this country. We the People have the power and if you want a change you have to be strong enough to be a part that change.

Individuality & Community

Today, 10 minutes ago :), I submitted an essay for Saint Joe's Deans' Scholarship. The prompt, while easier to write about, was one that really got me thinking. It asked about both the role of someone within their community as well as how you act as an individual and a member of the larger community. I haven't spent much time until I had to write this essay thinking about how it really is a balancing act between staying true to yourself and supporting your community. Here are some excerpts from my essay:

~In today’s society, it is becoming increasingly acceptable to be “different”, to stand out, or to challenge one’s community. These changes are a step in the right direction for our culture, but many people’s actions show that they are focusing only on being an individual and are forgetting about being a part of a community. Being in a community allows individuality and shouldn’t preclude one or the other. Without a community how will anyone be able to discover what they agree and disagree with, the values they stand for, or even who they really are? The community serves as a path to finding out who we, as individuals, are. 

Individuals have a responsibility to serve their community, but a community should also come together to protect and support individuals if they encounter a time of need. Each person in a community has different skills and experiences and together, we as a whole, are more knowledgeable and skilled. As said by Mother Teresa, “I can do things you cannot, you can do things I cannot; together we can do great things.” This quote highlights the fact that alone we may have great ideas, but no one great ever did anything solely by themselves and without the involvement of others those ideas cannot be achieved.

It can be hard to keep one’s individual identity within a community where the majority has very similar beliefs and opinions... I believe a community should never stifle or try to hide a minority or uncommon opinion. Instead, it is a great opportunity to become more knowledgeable about a topic, which may reaffirm or modify opinions or show a different line of thinking that leads to the ability to compromise and find middle ground. As Pope Francis perfectly states, “The future is, most of all, in the hands of those people who recognize the other as a ‘you’ and themselves as part of an ‘us.’ We all need each other.”~


Although I have known since junior year I would be continuing my athletic and academic career at the D1 Saint Joseph's University, I was officially accepted a couple weeks ago! Getting my #redenvelope in the mail made everything seem so much more real. It really sunk in that I am going to college in 6 months! In 6 short months I will be 8 1/2 hours away from my friends, family, and everything familiar to me. This part of my life is going to be full of change and surprises and I know it won't all be easy, but I am ready to accept the challenges as I face them. For all my fellow seniors, this is a time in our lives when we get to try new things, have more responsibility, and work towards the the adult we want to be in the future. 
I also wanted to share that I received the highest academic scholarship Saint Joe's offers, the Presidential scholarship! I am receiving athletic money to play soccer, but the academic money is far greater. So, to all aspiring young athletes that have the dream to play in college, keep in mind that your skill may allow to get the opportunity to achieve that dream, but your performance in school will be the ultimate factor that decides wether you will actually be accepted into or be able to pay for college. Every sport is different, but most college athletes do not get enough money from athletics alone to cover college tuition. Just a friendly reminder that school is still important even if you are banking on athletics to go to college :)

As I am continuously reflecting on my childhood and dreaming about want college will be like, I find this quote helps me focus on the new opportunities rather than all that I may be leaving,
"There are far, far better things ahead than any we leave behind" ~C.S.Lewis

New Year, Better Me

As 2017 is quickly coming to an end I am reminiscing about all the wonderful and fun memories I have had over the past year. I have tried new things, met new people, got a job, taken chances, but there are still things I'd like to improve on! This is why I am a big believer in using that New Year's motivation to not have a "new me" but instead a "better me". Each year our goal should be to keep building on our work from the previous year. Although a year seems like a long time in reality it flies by and it is crazy to think about, but we may spend our whole life working on only a few things to ultimately be a better, happier, more generous and loving person. 
Since the new year is fresh start for many people it typically brings a lot of early motivation. That is why I really think resolutions are awesome! They force you to  self reflect on your actions and what you can improve upon and writing them down as well as sharing them with close friends or family keeps you accountable. Many times we make way too many resolutions or ones that may be to hard to reach. Please check out Emily's latest blog for the best info on how to make and keep your resolutions :) To summarize, the best way to actually follow through with your goals is to pick a small number of things that are import to you and that you truly have a passion for reaching. When making a list I find that writing down why you want to achieve this goal/resolution keeps you motivated when looking back on them throughout the year. Of course, there will be times we feel like we have failed, but remember we are only human so, "don't be afraid to fail, be afraid not to try"
I am going to share my 2018 New Year's resolutions with you and hope to use my blog throughout the coming months to update you on how I'm doing!
  • Be Fit and Exercise Regularly 
    • This is a big goal for me as I want to go into college soccer in the best possible fitness level in order to play to the best of my abilities as an athlete.
  • Consistently Eat Healthy
    • Overall I am a relatively healthy eater, but (I'm sure this is relatable), I eat super well for a week then slowly slide down hill. I don't want to completely cut out desserts and snack foods, but by eating balanced meals regularly and cutting out many processed foods the occasionally treat is okay! Moderations is key :)
  •  Strengthen Relationships
    • For the people that I love and cherish in my life, mostly my family, I want to be better about using kinder words and not fighting or making a big deal about the little things especially since I will be leaving for college soon and want to leave with strong relationships so we will stay in touch even when far apart. 
  • Make New Relationships
    • Although many people think I am a very outgoing person, I never used to be, I am still shy in unfamiliar settings and I want broaden my horizons and make new friends with different interests and passions.
  • Focus/Find the Positives 
    • It is very easy to only think about the negatives when your life goes over a bumpy road, but there are positives, and there will always be positives if you remember to look for them.
  • Be Genuine
    • There are many different ways to be a genuine person. I want to be better at showing that I care about what someone is saying, showing genuine interest for someone's feelings, and being a person that people know they can rely on.
  • Radiate and Spread Happiness
    • One of the greatest compliments I have ever been given was "Your kindness is loud. It shouts in your face and your smile illuminates the room and brightens everyone's day" I truly think a simple smile can change someones day and I love being a person that can improve someone's mood. When the people around you are happy so are you. Happiness is really the purpose of life, so I want to try and spread it wherever I can.
I wish you all a fun, happy, healthy, and safe New Year! 
"Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow" -Albert Einstein

Hey Mohawks! It is crazy to think that we are almost half way done with the school year. Unfortunately, that means we have final exams. Finals don't stress me out like the used too, mainly because I have figured out what works for me. I would really encourage you to do the same. Finding out what helps you study and sticking to that is a great idea. Some of the things that I always make sure to do/don't are:
  • DO: Start looking through material now and refreshing your memory by reading through notes
  • DON'T: Wait until the night before to look over material
  • DO: Set a specific time to study, but make sure to take breaks every 45 minutes or so to keep your mind focused
  • DON'T: let yourself be on your phone, talk to other people, or have other distractions
  • DO: keep all your material organized so you know what to study 
  • DON'T: take home every paper you have every done in a class, this will just stress you out
  • DO: make sure you go to sleep a little early or around your normal bed time
  • DON'T: stay up super late trying to cram information in, you will be tired and probably won't remember the info
Remember, stressing out just makes things worse! Everyone has to go through finals and even though they are 10% of your grade they aren't usually the factor that will make or break your semester grade. Good luck!

The Season of Giving

Hey Mohawks! Can you believe how much snow we got yesterday?! It's beginning to look a lot like Christmas... hopefully this year we will actually have a White Christmas! I don't know about you guys, but Christmas is one of my favorite times of the year. Maybe it's because I love all the lights, trees, decorations, peppermint, and hot chocolate:) but I think it is also because people really do seem more jolly! They say this is the season of giving and while we should be giving and thoughtful all year around, it is nice to see people spreading extra kindness. For me, I like to make sure I give people a gift that is thoughtful and that I believe they would genuinely like or use and sometimes that can be a struggle. When making a list of all the people I need to get gifts for it can become quite stressful, but I heard a tip on the radio the other day that I want to share with all of you:
Most people are happiest when they get a gift of something they actually want or asked for.
Meaning, yeah that really expensive purse is awesome, but if they asked for a pair of shoes chances are they will be way more thankful and excited if you get them shoes. Don't worry about surprising someone or trying to be extra creative, many times, throughout life, the simple solutions are the best! Try either asking loved ones what they want or need, or pay attention to things they say/do that could hint at the perfect gift! I hope you all have a wonderful Christmas and stay on the Nice List !! 


Yesterday I got the opportunity to volunteer with some of my fellow senior classmates and friends at our school's REDO Day. REDO Day is a one day event for Freshman that focuses on getting to know each other better and thinking about how we treat each other. Through sharing in small groups about your life, listening to speakers about their own struggles and battles while growing up, and doing many activities showed that EVERYONE is going through something and everyone has a story. I loved volunteering because it was a great reminder for me that what you say and do can really make an impact on someone. The most eye opening activity for me personally was the "cross the line if..." where the leaders would finish the sentence and if it applied to you, you would walk to the other side of the line. Topics included an illness in the family, a parent's death, bullying, being compared to a sibling, being abused, battling depression, and many more. This was powerful because I know I gained more compassion and empathy for many people when I got the chance to see all the terrible things they are going through. Ultimately, this is the type of thing that you can choose to forget as soon as the day ends or it can be a little reminder that pops into your head every time you may want to make a joke or make a rude comeback. We are all human and do mess up, but I hope REDO Day showed the Freshman that they are not alone and they are worthy and hopefully will use the feelings experienced yesterday to be a kinder person. Remember, even something as simple as a smile could make a positive impact in someone's day:)