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This Week's events
Hi Mohawks!! Here comes another late blog after busy week!! 
 
Last Tuesday, I went to a convention for prospective admitted Ohio State students in the Cincinnati area. It was brief, but very helpful. They had food, a table fair, panels, and lots of free goodies!! Although I am still not sure where I'll be going, this meeting gave me a little more insight. I came out feeling more well-informed and comfortable with making an educated decision. When the time comes, if you are ever invited to something like this at one of your top choices, I recommend you go! It was also very nice to meet with some different high school seniors and see that I'm not the only one without a grip!! :)
 
Thursday was my eighteenth birthday!! I was surprised at dinner when about 15 of my friends joined my family for Italian (my favorite)!! It was so unexpected and fun. My extended family came over on Sunday where we ate lasagna once again!!
 
I hope you all have a great week!!  

Winter Tips

Good morning Mohawks! With my scary drive home last night and my less than pleasant commute to school this morning, I decided to make today's blog about safe driving. Particularly, safe driving in the snow! If you absolutely HAVE to get somewhere while there is snow on the road, the best advice I can give is to drive slowly. Of course, some snowfalls are worse than others, but there is really no way to gauge the road until you are in a ditch on the side of it. If you're a new driver, I'm sure you've been told to slow down before, but it really is better to be safe than sorry. There's not much else you can do. I also suggest keeping a scraper in your car at all times through the winter months. You never know when you're going to need it. Unfortunately, upon leaving work at 8:30 last night, I walked outside to a snow covered, ice covered, frozen-doored car. 
 
I hope you guys enjoy these tips, have a great week, and STAY WARM! :)

Buckeye Country Superfest 2017
Hi Mohawks! As I sit here in my aiding period, I listen to my Kenny Chesney playlist and dream about summer. It's quite cold in this classroom and looking outside at the overcast sky is kind of upsetting! These photos are from last summer when I saw Kenny Chesney at Buckeye Country Superfest. It was definitely MUCH warmer that weekend. I'm usually one for winter and snowboarding, but sometimes these months seem a little too long! Right now, I'm dreaming of June when I'll get to see Kenny Again. But until then, I'll bundle up and go sledding every chance I get. Have a great week Mohawks! <3
Turtles All The Way Down
Hey Mohawks!! With all of these snow days, there's a perfect opportunity for some free reading time! Right now, I'm reading Turtles All the Way Down. I've read other John Green books before, and I'm not sure that anything can beat Looking For Alaska. However, this book has been pretty good so far. It's about a high school student named Aza and her journey to find a missing billionaire. Aza has social anxiety struggles and gets by with alot of help from her friend, Daisy. Attached below is the official summary from johngreenbooks.com. I hope you all look into it! Have a great week! 

 

"Sixteen-year-old Aza never intended to pursue the mystery of fugitive billionaire Russell Pickett, but there’s a hundred-thousand-dollar reward at stake and her Best and Most Fearless Friend, Daisy, is eager to investigate. So together, they navigate the short distance and broad divides that separate them from Russell Pickett’s son, Davis."

 
Winter festivities
Good morning Mohawks!!!! and welcome to our wonderful new website!!!! Being back to school with new classes and a new year is a nice feeling. I find it refreshing and exciting. This is so wonderful to me because the months to come are going to be a little crazy with all of the decisions to make. It’s been awhile since I have blogged so I wanted to list a few of the cool things I’ve been up to these past couple of weeks.

College Options
Over break, I received all of the information that I had been stressing about for months. Thankfully, I am very blessed and have been accepted into all of the universities I applied to. I am only mentioning this because I had myself fully convinced that there were at least two schools I was not going to get into. Their average ACT scores were higher than mine and my GPA was not exactly up to par with them either, but I got in! My point is that you should always believe in yourself. Even if you aren’t too sure of your abilities, this just proves that it never hurts to try.

Christmas
As you may have noticed from my previous blogs, I am definitely one that celebrates Christmas. This year as always, it was pretty awesome because having such a large family, means more time to celebrate. It all started for me on Thursday the 21st when I went to a “Friendsmas” with a few good friends of mine from Franklin. This was super fun and if I were label a New Year’s resolution, it would be to make more time for my friends. After that Thursday, I had four more dinners to celebrate with my family. It was a great time and we did our traditional Christmas day as well. It’s crazy to think that next year I may have to travel here to upkeep these traditions.

Shopping
To me, another great part of Christmas is the sales that follow. Somehow, I’ve made it an unspoken tradition to go shopping the day after Christmas. There are always great deals on sweets, clothes, and even things you wouldn’t expect. I’m proud of myself because although I splurged, I didn’t spend much more than I told myself I would. Hopefully this trend repeats itself throughout 2018. ;)

Fort Wayne
Over break, I also traveled to Fort Wayne, Indiana to celebrate New Year’s. I got to try new food, shop new places, catch up with friends, and even meet some new ones. On Saturday night, I got to watch a magician live. His name was The Amazing Bilini. I was skeptical at first by thinking he would be filled with cheesy tricks, but he left me confused. I entered 2018 still thinking about how he did his tricks and I am still confused. All I can say is, magic is real. It was such a great experience and I’m so happy that I got to go. Believe it or not, it was even colder and snowier up there!!

I hope that your winter breaks were as fun-filled and as “magical” as mine. ;) Good luck this semester!!!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.” -Nelson Mandela

Why You Should Apply for CCP ASAP

Hey Mohawks! Looking through my past blogs I noticed it's been awhile since I've made a listicle so I decided to do one a little different. Sophomore year I decided to start taking College Credit Plus classes after being encouraged by some of my friends. It can be difficult at times but it is one of the best decisions I've made and I want to highlight a few of the reasons why,
 
1. FREE college of course!
So obviously the entire point is to earn both college and high school credit. But in doing so, this means that if you decide to go to school after high school, you will more than likely have credits that you need out of your way. With the crazy costs of college these days, it's nice to know that I have a few credits under my belt. 
 
2. A chance to spend time with friends
I have taken many of my classes at MUM with friends from my class. This made the whole experience a little more comfortable. It was nice to have friends to meet up and work with when we were all a little stuck. It also allowed us to make time for lunches together that we might not have had otherwise. 
 
3. Making new friends
 Although I took a lot of classes with friends from Madison, I also took a few by myself. I liked doing this because it was a very easy transition and forced me to put myself out there a little bit more. I've made friends with many people from MUM and its nice knowing that they're there to help me next semester and maybe even in the future. 
 
4. Free(ish) Time
I'm not sure about the schedules at Cincinnati State or the other CCP options but there is no MUM class in which you have to be on campus every day. Right now I am taking one class online and one on campus that meets twice a week. The days that I don't have class, I get to go home. It's nice to have this time to work online or catch up on my Madison homework. And days when my workload is lighter, its nice to have a little nap (or even shopping spree) before practice. ;)
 
5. Skills for the future
Don't get me wrong, CCP is rewarding but it is also a challenge. There are many papers to be written, topics to be researched, and projects to be completed all in small time frames. Sometimes its hard to keep up with with sports and everything else, but I think that it's worth it. It has taught me how to use my time more wisely. I have also learned that professors will not always treat you the way you want to be treated. However, their deadlines and comments often are not without purpose. As a whole, I am very glad that I have a better understanding of what to expect going into school next year. 

Amy's Birthday at Soho
    Good morning Mohawks! It's hard to wrap my mind around the fact that this weekend was our one of the school year without a Friday night football game! It felt a little weird, but I got the chance to do some pretty awesome things instead. The picture above is from Friday night. In celebration of her eighteenth birthday, our friend Amy invited a few of us to eat at Soho in West Chester. The food was amazing and our chef was very entertaining. I love getting to do things like this with my friends, but it's so crazy to think that we're legally becoming adults.
     
    On Saturday, I worked my usual 9:00-4:00 shift. It was hectic as always but somehow, went by just a little bit faster. Afterward, I went to dinner at Bourbon's Kitchen where it seemed as if everybody and their brother was there! It's an awesome atmosphere with great food. My only complaint is the space that its in. Its too great to be able to host so few people! Hopefully they will expand with time. After dinner, we went home to watch Star Wars and play cards with my parents' friends. We ended up playing until almost 1:00 am and I was worn out. Up until last Wednesday, I had never seen any of the Star Wars movies. Now, my goal is to watch them all in order to go see the new one by the end of the year. A bunch of my family members are huge fans so I'm a little surprised I have made it this far without seeing them. Right now however, I'm really enjoying learning about the characters and situations. 
 
     Sunday was a lazy day. As a result of Saturday, I didn't even wake up until 11:00! It was nice to sleep in for a change. The rest of my day was composed of watching Friends, work, and boring online tests. It was nice to have a low key weekend knowing this week's schedule. With it being the last full week of Miami classes, things are about to get a little crazy for me. I hope you all had an awesome weekend as well and a prepared for the week ahead. Only two more until Christmas break!! :) 
 

Hi all!!
 
     Over Thanksgiving break I had a lot going on. I picked up some extra hours at work in my free time, but I was fortunate enough to be off on Thanksgiving day. My Grandpa and my uncle always host at different times soooooooo as a result, I ate a little too much once again this year. :) It was really nice to keep these traditions going and catch up with some family that I don't always get to see. Change is good but sometimes its nice to sit at your same spot at the same table, and enjoy your aunt's same, DELICIOUS cheesy potatoes. :) Not knowing what next year will bring is a little unsettling, but I hope wherever I end up I'm able to make it home for the holidays. 
 
     As you all know, our record-breaking season of Mohawk football has come to an end. It's upsetting knowing we were one game shy of a championship, but just amazing thinking about how far we've come. For the first time in Madison history our boys made it to the playoffs. People said it couldn't be done and when we did it, they said we wouldn't make it past week eleven. But we did. Our boys all played their hearts out and blessed us with a whole extra MONTH of Mohawk football. I am so glad that I got to cheer such an incredible team this far. Our boys made making history look easy and it was so incredibly awesome to witness. 
 
     Now that Thanksgiving is over, it's officially Christmastime! I spent a large portion of my break decorating, listening to Christmas music, and of course starting my Christmas shopping. I find myself saying his more and more often, but I can't believe that the year is coming to an end already! It seems as if soon as I start to believe time can't go by any faster, it does! However, I am not complaining. I love everything about the Christmas season. The general feeling that arises this time of year is just indescribable and it makes me happy knowing that it's approaching so quickly. Going to light displays and listening to the music are a few of my favorite things that come with the time. I even took my first visit of the year to Light Up Middletown on Saturday! I'm super excited to do more things like this with my friends and family. 
 
Have a great week Mohawks!! :)
 
 
 
 

going... going... going... STILL GOING!!!!

Hey Mohawks! For last week's blog I decided to give you a break from the football updates. But on Friday night, we beat West Jefferson 42-7!!!!! This means that our boys are regional champions and will be advancing to the State semi-finals at Chilicothe.
 
This been an absolutely crazy ride and I'm having so much fun cheering on our Mohawks. Us girls have actually had a hard time in the playoffs because anytime we start to cheer, we are drowned out by our crowd. If you ask me, this is an excellent problem to have. There is seriously nothing like the energy that I have seen these past few games. Not to mention, this is the first year that I did not try out for basketball cheerleading so I am soaking up every second that I can get!! Mohawks from all classes are coming together like never before and its an amazing thing to witness. With scrimmages in the first week of school, what a way to kick off senior year!!!
 
I hope that you all enjoy your Thanksgiving break and rest up in time to make the trip on Friday. It may be a little longer than we're used to, but I have the feeling that it will definitely be worth it!! Eat until you can eat no more!!! And as always... it's REALLY #goodtobeamohawk
 
#breakingtraditons ;)

Hi Mohawks! Below are two articles that I completely agree with, but almost contradict each other. I wanted to share them with you because I believe they both have very valuable information for living a happier life. Remember, help others as often as possible, but never forget about your own wants and needs!
 
 
I hope you enjoy these readings and have had a wonderful week! I'm looking forward to seeing you all at 7:30 on Friday ONCE AGAIN!! ;) Spread love and happiness.
 
XO, Jenna :)

The "Home Field Advantage"

Hey Mohawks! I know you all may be sick of hearing about our football team but unfortunately, you’re about to again! Friday night was one of the craziest things I have ever experienced. At any given moment during the game, you were able to look around and see hundreds of Mohawks standing and cheering for our team. The stadium was absolutely filled with students, parents, teachers, mini-Mohawks, alumni, and even neighboring schools. The game itself was also extremely intense. When Anna scored for the second time, silence fell over the crowd, but not everyone gave up hope. They watched attentively. With only 56 seconds left, the Mohawks scored the winning touchdown and got the extra point making the final score 14-10. The boys knew they were making history on Friday but decided to take it one step further. I’m so proud of our Mohawks and am looking forward to watching them take on CHCA Friday at Lakota East. I hope to see lots of familiar faces! Now more than ever… it’s #goodtobeamohawk (Video Credit: Kim Joseph)
Football Season
Hi Mohawks!!! In case you haven't heard... THE FOOTBALL TEAM IS GOING TO PLAYOFFS!!!!! ;) This is the very first time in history and a huge step for our school. On Friday, we will host the Anna Rockets. Things may get a little crazy considering its the first Playoff game to ever be played at Brandenburg Field, but we are all very prepared and excited to take this on. If you'd like to buy tickets here are the times and prices:
 
General Admission: $8.00
Wednesday 11/1 8:00-2:30 (Athletic Office)
Wednesday 11/1 5:00-7:00 (Field House)
Thursday 11/1 8:00-2:30 (Athletic Office)
Thursday 11/2 5:00-7:00 (Field House)
 
*$9.00 at the gate, kids 6 and under: free
 
I hope to see you all there! Go Mohawks!! :)

Senior Struggles

      Hey Mohawks! I've had a lot on my mind these past few days so tonight I will be putting you through yet another wordy blog! ;) You can imagine that as a senior, stress about the future is at an all time high. For me right now, this is truer than ever. Two huge things happened for me this weekend as far as my future is concerned. On Friday, I got accepted into The University of The Cumberlands!! This is a school that I've had my eye on for a while and got the opportunity to visit over the summer. The campus is gorgeous and everyone there was so welcoming. The only problem is that it's three and a half hours away from our beautiful Township. :( I have a while to think about it, but I will say that I'm very thankful to be accepted. It makes this whole process a little more comfortable. On Saturday, I paid a visit to The Ohio State University. Another campus that I found stunning. I went with my mom, aunt, and cousin and we all had a wonderful time eating Buckeyes and exploring. I also visited Miami Oxford over the summer and just adored it. Falling in love with three schools has sent me on a roller coaster of emotions. And  I'm applying to others I haven't even got to visit! There are so many factors that go into my acceptances and decisions that make it all seem very overwhelming.
       What I'm getting at may sound like an exaggeration but here goes: this next week determines my future. I have until Saturday to make my last preparations for my third and final ACT and I'm really hoping that the "third time's a charm" rule kicks in. This will determine a lot. Just following that, Wednesday November 1st marks the early action deadline of a few colleges I'm applying to. This means I have just over a week to write and finalize my Common Application Essay. Although this may not be the date for every college I'm applying to, this is the date that I plan to be DONE with college apps. Sooooooo, I have a busy week ahead to say the least!
       I hope you all enjoyed readying about my planning (if you made it this far HAHA!). I want you to keep in mind that I wrote this to inform-not annoy-you. As crazy and obnoxious as this process is, it is sad and exciting as well. The thought of no longer being a Mohawk next year still blows my mind. I hope you all have a great week! Thank you for reading! :) #HITTHATAPPLE #GOMOHAWKS!!! #GOPATS!? #MAYBE! ;)