Sunday: Our Youth

My favorite video games from the 1980s

Michael Mankee, 12 I like old video games better than new games. I still like the new games, but I think the old ones are better because they don’t have a story that gets confusing, they don’t make you deaf, and they don’t make you scared from midnight to 6 a.m. Here are some of my ...

Child’s play: Lego master builders show work at White House

By MICHAEL MELIA Associated Press ENFIELD, Conn.— The assignment for this year’s White House holiday display came with a tight deadline. A team of Lego master builders, within 2 1/2 weeks, had to create 56 unique gingerbread houses out of the toy bricks, one for each state and U.S. ...

TOTS on ice

NEGAUNEE — When 3-year-olds are learning ice skating, you’re going to get falls, and Wednesday at the Negaunee Ice Arena was no exception. However, tears or embarrassed looks weren’t the norm for the tykes doing all the falling. Perhaps they were too young to be overly ...

No one should be defined by a label

Why do we use the word gay to define a person? No one should have a label. People should be able to live their day-to-day life and not be treated differently just because they are gay, bisexual or transgender. The United States has made progress to accept people for who they classify as. In the ...

Polar Expressing their creativity

MARQUETTE — The kids who visited the Upper Peninsula Children’s Museum Thursday evening didn’t take a magical train to the North Pole, but they could have easily imagined it. The tale “The Polar Express,” written by Chris Van Allsburg in 1985 and made into a 2004 movie with the ...

Review: ‘The Last Guardian’ likely to confound the impatient

By LOU KESTEN Associated Press I once knew a border collie who liked to mess with my head. She would grab a stick, run circles around me, then drop the stick at my feet. Then, when I threw the stick, she would sit down and stare at me as if to say, “No, YOU fetch.” Trico, the co-star ...

If you talk, they will hear

NEGAUNEE — Most people will taste a glass of wine or pop open a car of beer at some point in their lives. However, many will agree it’s best to wait until they’re of legal age when they are apt to handle alcohol better. How can parents keep their teens from drinking? A ...

The magic of Harry Potter continues

I am a Muggle (non-magic folk). Harry Potter is pure magic, which is why I read the series, along with 20 other different reasons involving other crazy things like Quidditch (a competitive magical sport in the books). I was 8 years old when I started reading Harry Potter — well, my dad ...

ROBO LEARNERS

MARQUETTE — Robogators, Calumet Cyborgs, Robotic Narwhals, SnowBots and Blackrock Bots have made their presence known downstate. At the Nov. 12 FIRST Tech Challenge state-qualifying tournament in Petoskey, the nine middle school robotics teams from the Upper Peninsula made good showings in a ...

More than a book nook

MARQUETTE — It might not be like a malt shop from the 1950s or a video game arcade from the 1980s, but the Peter White Public Library now has a special place especially for teens. The new Teen Zone opened Wednesday for the 13-19 age group. Located on the main floor on the north side ...

Spending Second Thursday with Disney

MARQUETTE - The Upper Peninsula Children's Museum got a little "Brave" Thursday night.The museum's monthly Second Thursday Creativity Series event was "Brave! Disney Night," which focused on the Disney movie that had an empowering theme about Princess Merida.According to the Internet Movie ...

Tedx was an inspirational experience

The Fox theater stage lit up with lights and the audience was ready to listen. Recently, I went to Tedx with my mom, and aunt. My mom works with Tedx so she invited me to go with her to the one-day conference that inspires people and gets out ideas worth spreading.A few of the speakers inspired ...

Learning the cyber way

By CHRISTIE BLECKJournal Staff WriterMARQUETTE - Brick and mortar doesn't work for every student, at least in an academic sense.Margo Fortin, 16, of Marquette, attends high school, but in the comfort of her Woodland Avenue home.That scenario might not work for everyone, but it seems to be ...

LITTLE ART LAB

MARQUETTE - The game musical chairs got a new spin - an artistic one - Thursday at the Marquette Arts and Culture Center.The activity was part of the weekly "Little Art Lab" series, which takes place from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. Thursdays at the MACC, located in the lower level of the Peter White ...

Marching band memories will never fade away

One of my most memorable high school memories took place during my Sophomore year, the Friday of homecoming, or, as marching band kids would call it, game day. The sky was raining down an unfortunate mixture of rain and snow, casting a gloomy outlook on the day. Despite the bad weather and cold ...

A Challenge Seeker

SKANDIA - Leadership doesn't always come with a microphone or podium, and it doesn't have to take place in an urban setting.It can be developed through seminars, student councils - and raising sheep.Taking care of farm animals was the route Aria Frost took in her quest to become a better ...

Some thrilling details about my new book

Guess what? I wrote a book! It's not five pages long either. I have actually been working on a book for about a year, and I just finished it a few weeks ago. I was extremely excited to complete it (jumping off the chair and running around like crazy wanting to tell the first person I met that I ...

Why I love Pokemon and how it helped me

My family and I never really knew how I got into Pokmon, but we think I was just watching Saturday cartoons, and probably eating a bowl of my favorite cereal Cocoa Pebbles, and "BAM!" I've instantly liked it from that day forward.For those of you who don't know what Pokmon are, they're mythical ...