Category Archives: 5th Grade


Olympic day.  I was running as fast as I could and flew over a hurdle.  Then I fell on my shoulder and felt a sharp pain.  The pain got worse and worse.  I went to the hospital and saw an x ray of my shoulder.  It was broken in two.  Then I heard these awful words from the doctor: no sports for around 3-6 weeks.  I was devastated.  I was in pain.  It was one of the worst days of my life.

From my injury, I have learned something very important that I want to share with you: never give up.  Don’t lose heart.  Don’t let your disappointment get you down.  Don’t let your hardship stop you from being all you can be.

All of us will experience great disappointment and failure. You will experience disappointment at school.  You will experience disappointment with pursuing your goals and dreams, with playing sports.  You will have disappointment over friends and parents letting you down. How you respond to it can make you rise above the rest. It can make you stronger and more determined.

I am learning this right now with a disappointment over my injury.  Many of you know how much I love soccer.  This is a time that I cannot play because of a broken collarbone.  It is really rough at times.  I can’t play with my friends at school.  I can’t go to practice and play with my team.  But I am learning to wait and be patient.  I am learning to not lose heart, to not give up.  I am determined to come back stronger than before.

Mia Hamm, a famous soccer player said this:

Failure happens all the time.  It happens everyday in practice.  What makes you better is how you react to it. 

That quote is really challenging and inspires me a lot.

My second example of not giving up:  I have Tourette Syndrome.   Sometimes my body does things I don’t want it to do.  Sometimes I say things I don’t want to say.  Sometimes I am so frustrated because I can’t control these things.  It is challenging to focus at times.  But because of this I am learning to not give up.  I am learning to fight harder.  I am not going to let it define who I am.  And I hope that my story will inspire and give courage to those who feel like giving up.

My mom told me a story that I want to share with you.  A boy discovered the cocoon of a Monarch Butterfly and brought it home with him.  After a few days, he watched as the butterfly began to push and struggle to free itself from the cocoon. Out of a desire to rescue the caterpillar from its struggle, the boy took a pair of scissors and carefully cut the cocoon in order to free the butterfly. What he discovered, to his horror, was that the butterfly came out unhealthy with short wings, unable to fly.

You see, the struggle of coming out of the cocoon is part of the process in becoming a butterfly. The energy put into breaking free forces the fluid into the wings, stretching them to their full size. By taking that away from the butterfly, the boy doomed the butterfly to a life with stunted wings, never to fly.

What does this story teach us?  Through the struggle and difficult parts of life, we learn to grow and gain the strength needed to fly.

So the next time you experience disappointment, how will you respond?  The next time you want to feel sorry for yourself, what will you do?  I hope you will not give up and lose heart.  Instead, may those disappointments push you to become more determined and stronger.  May those disappointments also humble you to become a better person.  I think that’s what it means to be Tomorrow’s Champions.  Thank you for listening.


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VALENTINES JOKE by Micah K., age 11

What do pigs say on Valentine’s Day?

“Hogs and kisses!”


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HOW THE LION GOT HIS ROAR by Micah K., age 11

Long ago in the woods….. “Ha! Ha Ha!” all the animals laughed. “Look how silly Lion looks!” Lion stomped off angrily. “If only I had a roar, everybody would obey and respect me like a king.”
Things never got better for Lion, as more, and more the animals made fun of him. One day, Lion went up to talk to King Leopard. King Leopard told Lion that his chance to show off was at the talent show in 2 days. Lion thanked the king for the information, and left. Lion quickly decided that he would practice roaring for the talent show. The next few days didn’t go well. “RROOO…cough!…AAA…cough!” Lion went to see his one and only friend Alligator, for advice on how to strengthen the time for holding the breath.

“Why don’t you go to the lake, and practice breathing underwater?” Alligator suggested.

“That’s a great idea! Thanks Alligator!” Lion replied happily. At the lake, Lion jumped into the water. He held his breath for 5 seconds. “HHHHHHHHHHHHhhhhhh!” Lion gasped for breath. He kept practicing, and made his way to 6 seconds. Before Lion knew it, it was show time.“Oh Crud! I need at least 10 seconds! Not 6!” Lion thought.

“Welcome to the talent show!” King Leopard shouted. “I need to practice!” Lion thought. Lion told King Leopard, and he took him to a room underground below. In the underground room, Lion tried to practice. “ROOO!…..ROOOOAAAAArrrrrr…..” Lion coughed. Before Lion could take another deep breath, King Leopard came in the room and told him it was his turn to perform. “No pressure. You can do this.” Lion thought. When Lion came in front of the audience, he saw tons of animal eyes peering at him. Over half of the audience was whispering to each other.

“Ladies and gentlemen, I’d like to introduce you to Lion!” yelled King Leopard.


Lion took a deep breath and…..”ROOOOOOOOaaaaa…cough!” “Oh no!!” Lion thought.

Everbody started to laugh their heads off. “HA! Ha! Ha!” Lion ran away embarrassed.

The next day, King Leopard came to see Lion. “It’s okay Lion, you did your best.”

“No I didn’t! I flunked badly!” sobbed Lion. “Maybe I should just give up!”

“No. You shouldn’t. Keep on trying.” replied King leopard.

“O…O…kay.” muttered Lion.

“The next show will be in 4 days. I’ll see you later.” King Leopard said walking to Lion’s door.

And so it was Lion kept on trying ….Lion jumped into the lake. SPLASH!…1…2…3…4…5…6…7… Lion hopped up gasping for breath. “Still 3 more seconds!” groaned Lion. Lion kept on trying…SPLASH!…1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9…BOOM! Lion gasped for breath. “Darn it! Just 1 more second!” And finally…SPLASH…
1…2…3…4…5…6…7…8…9…10…KABOOM! Lion hopped up. “Yes! Finally! I did it!” Lion tried roaring. “ROOOOOOOOAAAAAAAAARRR! I’ve done it!” Lion yelled in triumph.

4 days later….”Next we have Lion performing his Roar!” yelled King Leopard.

“BOOOOOOOOOO!” the audience roared. Lion walked on stage.
“Never give up.” King Leopard’s words echoed in Lion’s head.


“WOW! Impressive!” “Yeah,that’s right!” The audience                                                                                       clapped louder than ever in approval. For the first time in his life, Lion felt good. Not just an ordinary feeling, a great one.

“Thank you! Thank you!” Lion bowed to the audience in the sounds of the huge crowd cheering.

“We’re….We’re sorry for bullying you.” All the animals whimpered. “We misjudged you. You’re very talented. Will you forgive us?”

“Of course.” Lion replied smiling.

“Hey, will you play with us every day?” one of the animals asked.

“I’d love to! Thanks!” replied Lion.

“Can I have your autograph?” one of the animals asked.

“Yeah me too!”

“Me three!”

“You can all have one!” answered Lion. All the animals took a piece of wood nearby. Lion took his paw, and scratched his name, “Lion” in the pieces of wood.

From there on, Lion was a role model for demonstrating that you should never give up. He’s a great animal that many look up to.


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