Greetings everyone! It's day 11 of our STN trip and sadly the last day as well *tear*. I have to admit that I'm going to miss the mainland, but boy am I excited to get back home! So we started off our last day with some shopping and ice skating. This was my first time ice skating and I was very clumsy at first. I had to cling to the wall for most of the time. There was literally never a time I didn't feel like I was going to fall, which I did 5 times. But ice skating was super fun! I did end up FINALLY skating in the middle of the rink without the support of the wall. After ice skating, we continued on with our shopping and I spent some money on stuff (Maybe stuff that I shouldn't have bought because they were expensive, but hey, no regrets) We ate lunch at the mall, dinner at Apple bee's, and packed up all our things for when we leave for Kauai first thing the next day. *sigh* STN was an amazing experience, traveling without my parents was new and different, and the memories made will always be unforgettable. Okay, that's the end of my final STN Blog. Goodbye!
Hello there readers! It's my 10th STN blog today and it's getting very close to the end of our trip :'( Mind as well make the most of it! Today was very special, I saw snow fall out of the sky for the first time! So what happened was early this morning I woke up and got ready. After eating breakfast, me and my roomies headed to back to the room and noticed something out the window. We all gathered around the window and watched as snow fell right in front of us. IT WAS SO GRACEFUL! We all rushed outside (In proper attire, of course) and played in the snow. The snow fell all over our hair, clothes, in our eyes. I even got to catch a snowflake on my tongue. After all that chaos, we went back inside. Originally, we had different plans for the day but since it was snowing it had to all be canceled. Instead, the class took a train to Downtown Boston. Downtown Boston is very rich in history. We saw the house of Paul Revere, who warned patriots that the British were coming to attack. It happened right here in Boston, Massachusetts. There was cobblestone roads and old brick-built churches, everything was so historical. Afterwards, we all went back to our rooms. Now that was our day, hope you enjoyed this blog! See ya tomorrow!
Hey guys! It's me, back with another STN blog. To start off the day, we woke up VERY early so that we can get to Norwood High School, which is the high school we will be running morning announcements for and presenting to. I was amazed when I got there, the school was new but looked so old fashioned (in a good way). The school was huge and was surrounded by ice and snow. It looked like a mansion from the outside and when we went inside we were greeted by Mr. Brunt who teaches the high school’s media class. He showed us around their morning announcements studio and in practically 30 minutes we went live. After that, we toured around the school and by period 3 half of us presented to Mr. Brunt's sophomore students. The students were a great audience and asked a lot of questions about our school, our program, and our beautiful island of Kauai. When the students all left and our work was done we got to play in the snow! YAY! We put on snowshoes so that we were able to walk on top of the snow and gloves to keep our shivering hands from freezing off our arms. The snow wasn't really soft so it was hard to actually play in it but we did run around and smash the snow. We didn't do it for long, though, it was only for a little while until we left the school to do some shopping. We went to eat lunch and buy things from Trader Joe's and other things like that. I bought a few things and ate dinner. That's about it. Bye and see you tomorrow!
Hi, I'm here in Boston and it's very, very cold. But I have gotten used to it, after Nashville it was like Boston was just a little bump down the temperature scale. We woke up and ate breakfast in the inn we are staying at and got in our rental cars to drive off to the train station. MY FIRST TIME RIDING A TRAIN. I enjoyed it :) There was snow all over the tracks and it reminded me of the movie “Polar Express”, especially when that conductor came and punched holes in our train tickets. We were living a movie. But the new experiences of transportation didn’t stop there, we rode the subway. The subway was really shaky but I was lucky to sit down instead of standing up and hanging on to those poles (I have terrible balance) When we arrived to our destination, Harvard Square, we were given a tour by a student at the college. Her name was Kahanui (Forgive me if I spelled her name wrong), and she was a student from Hawaii, just like us, so it was inspiring to see that she is now attending an ivy league college despite her hometown. Harvard is such a cool college! Very colonial, all red bricks and snow. I like it. On the way back to our inn we threw snowballs at each other and ran threw the ice. We got back to the inn and ate dinner at a nearby restaurant where we met with a few media students from a Boston High School. They were nice and seemed like very cool people. We will be running their school morning announcements tomorrow, wish us good luck! >_< Okay! Bye little ducklings!
It’s day 7 of our trip and the day that we leave for Boston! So first, we all met in the hotel lobby and got on a shuttle to the airport. It was really sad leaving Nashville, it was almost like a second home. I had so much wonderful experiences and I hope I can visit the city again. We got to the airport and boarded a plane to New York where we got to have a look at the Statue of Liberty. I didn’t actually get to see it but I did get a picture of it from other people so…I mean…eh. It was cool, though. We boarded another plane to Boston, where I could see snow from the window seat of the plane! When we finally arrived in Boston I got my first closeup look of snow. It was so pretty! I stomped all over it. There was snow all over the inn we were staying, too (YAY) and a washing machine for our dirty clothes. We ate dinner at an Italian restaurant, then we got back to the inn to wash some of our dirty clothes, and we slept. Tomorrow we will visit Harvard Square! Can't wait!
Today was the 6th day in Nashville and... THE STN CLOSING CEREMONY! (Where we would find out if we won anything) So we placed first in Crazy 8's news, third in PSA, second in Spot Feature, and received an honorable mention for Anchoring! WHAT!?!? That's crazy! (haha, get it?) It was awesome getting to go up the stage and holding the awards in our hands. I'm thankful that we even placed in anything. Of course, I have to thank my teammates because they played a huge role in our competition! All the Hawaii schools posed for a picture, ya know, rEpReSenT! A lot of the Hawaii schools did well in the competition so congratulations to them! After, we all went back to our hotel rooms and did some cleaning and packing since this is our last day in Nashville (packing our things for Boston!) and headed to the mall for what we've all been waiting for...SHOPPING! I spent my money on Starbucks and Bath & Body Works. I even rode a unicorn and bungee jumped! (hehe...don't ask) When the day was done we went back to our hotel rooms and ordered pizza. Okay, that's the end of this STN blog! See you tomorrow! (IN BOSTON!)
Well hello there readers! It's day 5 of our STN trip in Nashville, Tennessee. Pretty soon we will be in Boston but let's save that for another blog. Now today was a very relaxing day for me. I have completed all my competitions so all I had to do was attend breakout sessions. After those breakout sessions, the whole class watched a documentary inspired by the school shooting in Florida. I think that the documentary was very well done and the people responsible for the documentary was really thoughtful to take their time to create it. We even saw clips of Mr. M and Shayne because they sent in their interview to be shown in the documentary, which is pretty cool. I think that they both did a good job so, claps for them. We ate dinner at Cracker Barrel, partied at a St. Patricks Day dance, showered, and slept. Yup. That's it for today folks! BYE!
It's competition day! Lemme here a little "Yay" and a little "Oh god..." because I know that I heard a lot of that today. So, the agenda was to participate in our competition from 10:30 to 12:30. I'm an anchor so I competed in anchoring, of course. I think that it went pretty well! No mistakes, no missed deadlines. It was all good! However, I do think we could have done better. Anyway, we handed in the flash drive our anchor segment was on. I was so relieved we made it in on time. So since our competition was short, we attended breakout sessions after. I attended one where he talks about some important components in being a good interviewer. Then the whole class watched this keynote speaker that talked about his news stories and ways we can make news stories compelling to audiences. Those were very helpful and I am thinking of taking a lot of their advice. So we then ate at the mall and went back to the hotel to watch the STN excellence awards, where we find out if our class' submission won. It turns out that we didn't...Valley Middle School beat us. *sigh* Oh well, that's okay, because even though our school didn't win a lot of Hawaii schools did. We were all cheering for them going "Hawaii! Hawaii" because we are all a family and we support each other. We watched a lot more submissions that won, a lot of them were amazing! Okay, that's all for today, bye!
Today is the third day in Nashville. But more importantly, it's the first day at STN! Yes, the day we have all been waiting for. We woke up early in the morning to get ready for Crazy 8's. I'm in news, which mean me and 7 others in my team has to create a whole new broadcast in 8 hours. My job was to make a PSA and film stand ups (Me being the anchor). It was a very different experience. We had a few bumps but we at least made the deadline and the overall broadcast was great. We ended the long competition at 4:30 pm. After that we met with our California pen pals for gift exchanging and dinner! I finally found the CKTV shirt I was supposed to give her (It was in the back of my suitcase, wrapped up with tissue paper. I thought it was just extra tissue paper for the gift \^-^/) She got me a Stranger Things necklace from Hot Topic! I was so happy when I received all the gifts! I'm just glad that she likes chocolate because I got her a lot of those. We ate dinner and went straight to the STN Opening Ceremony. It was absolutely amazing. I think now that I am a bit more hyped up for the contest I can REALLY get my head in the game tomorrow. Well, wish me good luck, I am definitely going to need it!
Welcome back to another blog! But not just any blog, it's an STN blog! Today was the 2nd day in Nashville and to start it off we ate breakfast in our room so that we have enough energy to head to Studio B. At first, the studio isn't really much, but I learned that it was the same recording studio that produced songs belonging to the one and only Elvis Presley. Knowing that I stood in the same room where country music pioneers stood was just amazing! The tour guides taught us a lot about sound and music, from historical and technical aspects. I left the studio wanting to listen to some Dolly Parton, but we all know that we didn't have time for that because the day was going to be busy. We explored Downtown Nashville, going through shops and restaurants, until we got to tour the Tennessee Titans Stadium. We saw the field, the conference rooms, even the team's locker room! It was so cool! After that, we ate and danced at the Wild Horse Saloon. While we were there, we met up with our pen pals from Castaic, California for the first time in person! (Well, at least for me since I'm a newbie), it was nice meeting them. That concludes today's blog. I hope you guys stay tuned for tomorrow! BYE!