The new school year Is moving fast!

Audrey Ray, second from right, and her Aqua Girls teammates reunite for another Destination Imagination challenge.

Do you remember my last article when I wrote about how nervous I was for middle school? Well, it ended up being not as bad as I thought. I never got lost, and I managed to open my locker without any help.

We have done some fun experiments in Mrs. Mitchell’s science class. She did one that really fooled all of us! I wish I could tell you about it, but it would spoil it for her future students. Let’s just say Mrs. Mitchell is a great scientist and a great storyteller. I feel very lucky because I have enjoyed all my classes and really like all my teachers.

The Aqua Girls are all back together, and we had our first meeting last Friday. We looked at the Destination Imagination challenges for this year, and we are deciding between two. One is called "In Disguise" and the other is called "Wind Visible."

We are not doing the community service challenge this year because it requires a documentary film. We don’t want to do a documentary film because last year at the regional competition we knocked over our very expensive projector during our show, and we are all afraid that might happen again. 

In Disguise is a fine arts challenge. Part of the requirements is that we would have to build a morphing mask. Wind Visible is a scientific type challenge where an invisible visitor arrives in our story and puts things in motion using wind energy. We would have to research wind energy and kinetic art. I think either challenge sounds like fun. 

It was so much fun to be with the Aqua Girls again. Almost all of us are in different classes this year, and we don’t get to see each other a lot anymore. It was fun talking about school and hearing how everyone is doing. I feel fortunate to be a part of the Aqua Girls.

Finally, I have started something new this fall. I joined a group called Girls on the Run. It’s a group of girls who are learning about appreciating everyone for whom they are and are learning about making healthy choices. We are also going to do a community service project toward the end of our session.

I’m looking forward to that because I think it is good to give back to the community. But the best part of the group is we get to run together. My friend, Ava, and I ran a lot at our last meeting! I think I am really going to like being a part of Girls on the Run.

Audrey Ray

Audrey Ray is a fifth-grader at Bay Middle School

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Volume 4, Issue 19, Posted 10:02 AM, 09.18.2012