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    I love TED Talks. In the quiet morning before school, I found myself pursuing the Internet looking for a catchy title and a topic of which I wish to learn more. I am often provided with a creative idea, new perspective, or meaningful message for me to reflect upon and apply to my life in some small way. TED Talks are created by passion, intelligent individuals who have amazing messages to share with the world. While some topics have more of a direct correlation to my life than others, these speakers are incredibly knowledgeable and have worked diligently to hone their delivery skills in hopes of empowering others. As the year comes to a close, I am attempting to identify how 2016 has shaped me, enlivened my creativity, and motivated me to continue to grow, learn, and serve others. The TED Talks that have filled the airwaves around me in my early mornings before school have played a significant role in my metacognitive musings. From leadership to gratitude, playtime to kindness - the topics that I have learned from about from these remarkable people have challenged my thinking and reminded me what is most valuable in our lives in encouraging ways. Here's a little sample of what has been shared with me this year because of TED: 1. The Magic of Kindness: Orly Wahba at TED 2013 While this video is a few years old, I stumbled upon it looking for a message to share with my students the last day before winter break. In need a reminder of the greatest gift we can give those around…

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    current college graduates with a reported fifty-three percent unemployment rate. In the opinion of the film’s director Greg Whiteley, the current K-12 education system that has existed since 1893 is ill-suited to preparing students to adapt and thrive in a world that is quickly transitioning from an industrial-based economy to an information economy. High Tech High’s radical notions of student-directed learning and application of knowledge through extensive projects potentially provide a…

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    Larry Bird Research Paper

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    Larry Bird was indisputably the best forward to ever play in the National Basketball Association. Larry Bird is full of drive, continually seeking his inner-goal which was to one day become a star player. Late nights on his small, cracked driveway in a small town plowed the prosperous way of life that he worked so hard to achieve. Shoving his way out of poverty, Bird left a legacy in the high-flying game of basketball. Born in West Baden, Indiana located outside French Lick, Indiana Bird was…

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    "The California Kid" Urijah Faber has shocked the world by announcing he will be retiring following his UFC On FOX 22 fight against Brad "One Punch" Pickett. Urijah Faber was a guest on the MMA Hour with Ariel Helwani where he made the decision to retire. Faber said that he still has a passion for fighting but his emotions toward fighting has changed now then in the past. Faber would also go onto mention that in his previous fights he has not found that emotional rise or fall and that to him…

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    Face Of Power Ellison

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    Abstract Power is, “the ability to influence someone else.” (Nelson & Quick 2015, p. 396) Lawrence (Larry) Ellison has taken this concept of power, and used it to turn Oracle into one of the largest, and most powerful, providers of computer software, hardware, and services. Ellison has used his power and influence to change the tech industry. Through his use of acquisitions, Ellison has taken Oracle from a meager start up enterprise computing company, into a tech giant. Oracle’s Larry Ellison:…

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    Bad Apple - February 21st Match Announcement! This match will see one of the fastest rising stars in the states take on the fastest rising star in Kamikaze Pro. David Starr The current reigning and defending Kamikaze Pro Champion attempts to make history as if he wins this He hails from Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and is nicknamed 'The King of Taunts'. Starr is one of the most charismatic wrestlers in the world. He is the quickest graduate ever of the world famous Wild Samoan Wrestling School…

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    Reigning WBA and IBO middleweight champion Gennady Golovkin appears to be moving on from the name-calling and thrash talking with super middleweight champ Andre Ward as he had chosen to fight current IBF middleweight titlist David Lemieux for a unification bout at the Madison Square Garden in New York on October 17. ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported that the match is official and would put on the line the belts of the two greatest middleweight fighters right now. Lemieux (34-2, 31 KOs), who is also…

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    Rough Draft Muhammad Ali by Tammy Liang 8A Muhammad Ali is important to many of people. He was named The Greatest and Fighter of the Year more than five times in magazines. The real question is How did this one person get to be so important and so recognized by many people? Before he was known as Muhammad Ali;He was known as Cassius Marcellus Clay Junior. Cassius Clay was born on January 17, 1942, in Louisville, Kentucky. It all started one day when Muhammad Ali was 12. His bike was…

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    Julius Winfield Erving III was one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He was one of the very few players that changed the game. When he played he electrified the court giving him sense power making him seem like he can do anything on the court. Dr.j went up against some of the Nba’s greatest players like Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, and Clyde Drexler and embarrassed them by dunking on them because of his ridiculous athleticism. While he was playing there was no one that could guard…

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    Success, power, and money are the three things that make up an iconic entrepreneur. Lawrence Ellison has those and more; an innovative entrepreneur who created a company that helped advanced technology. Ellison is the CEO and founder of Oracle Corporations. He used his experience and knowledge learned from jobs he had done previously to create this software, because he had little education in software development. He dropped out of college twice and moved to California on a whim of finding…

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