Springfield High School

This I Believe 2015
7:45 am
Mon February 23, 2015

Travel And Learning Cultures Bring Us Closer

Tess Peterson - Springfield H.S.
Credit Rachel Lattimore / WUIS / Illinois Issues

I love to travel.  At 17, I have visited more than 40 states. I have been to Canada and Mexico, and this past summer I visited China.  One of the most exciting days of my life was the day I received my passport.

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This I Believe 2015
7:45 am
Wed February 18, 2015

I Believe In Deadlines

Jillian Cole - Springfield H.S.
Credit Rachel Lattimore / WUIS / Illinois Issues

Imagine everyone could live forever - never aging, never worrying about having time to do the things we envision because we have limitless years. However, such a life is impossible. Humans are not made to last. Though it seems terrible to be confined to only one hundred years, It’s a blessing. Having a deadline for life, and for many things in life, is beneficial to mankind, and to the individuals who live or have lived. If humans could live forever, I’m inclined to believe it wouldn’t be a good thing.

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This I Believe 2015
7:45 am
Mon February 16, 2015

The Power Of Trying

Aron Suszko - Springfield H.S.
Credit Rachel Lattimore / WUIS / Illinois Issues

I have always believed in something that few seem to grasp. Something that you wouldn’t expect. I believe in trying. Not success, not failure but simply trying. The power of trying does not make itself very apparent because there are too many people (myself included) that aren’t brave enough to step up to the challenge. When I was diagnosed with attention deficit disorder, I felt the world had dealt me a losing hand, and there was nothing that I could do. I slogged through life for the longest time, content that my fate of failure was sealed.

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This I Believe 2014
7:35 am
Mon February 24, 2014

Great Sacrifices Give Great Rewards

Pauline Kersjes - Springfield HS
Credit Dan LoGrasso / WUIS

    It is July 31st. I am standing in an airport far away from here. I turn around for the last time and see my parents and three sisters waving goodbye with tears running down their faces. I have not cried a single tear today. I think the tears are all gone. I cried enough yesterday. I am way too excited to cry anyway. Today it is finally going to happen. I have been waiting for this moment for almost two years. I believe that this year is going to be worth it.

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This I Believe - 2013
7:45 am
Tue February 26, 2013

Sharing Meals

Elaina Conley-Keck - Springfield High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

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This I Believe - 2013
7:45 am
Fri February 22, 2013

Hallmarks

Vlada Gudzenko
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

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This I Believe - 2012
7:45 am
Sat February 25, 2012

Create Your Future

Mariah Pattie - Springfield High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

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This I Believe - 2012
7:45 am
Fri February 24, 2012

Always an American

Amena Tayyab - Springfield High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

I was born and raised in Springfield, IL and categorize myself as an American Muslim; always have, always will. Some, however, forget I have the same basic rights, memories and needs as every American. We have all experienced the aftermath of 9/11, but as an American Muslim living in a post 9/11 world, my experiences have differed greatly.

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This I Believe - 2012
7:45 am
Tue February 21, 2012

The Trouble with "Troubled"

Olivia Rosen - Springfield High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

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This I Believe - 2012
7:45 am
Mon February 20, 2012

"Wakaru" - To Understand

Maggie Cornelius - Springfield High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

“We’re going to drive to the football game at nine tonight,” I said to Ayumi, explaining our plans for the evening.

She cocked her head and gave me a quizzical look.

I tried again. “At nine o’clock, we will drive to the football game.”

She shook her head. Wakarimasen. I don’t understand.

I paused, rephrasing the sentence in my mind. “Tonight, at nine o’clock, we will go to the football game.”

Wakarimasu! She understood. “Oh! Okay,” Ayumi said. “I am happy!”

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This I Believe - 2012
7:45 am
Sun February 19, 2012

Anything Boys Can Do

Mackenzie McDermott - Springfield High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

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This I Believe - 2012
7:45 am
Fri February 17, 2012

On the Death of My Father

Ally M Perko - Springfield High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

 

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This I Believe - 2011
7:45 am
Fri February 25, 2011

"Breaking Barriers"

Molly Ducker - Springfield High School
Credit Randy Eccles / WUIS/Illinois Issues

There are walls among us. Walls can protect us by surrounding or discourage us by dividing. There is a wall among us that not only discourages but also destroys human beings with the sole intention of division. This infamous wall runs through Texas, California, and Arizona along the Mexican border. I do not believe in this sort of division. I have been in the midst of discrimination at its worst and witnessed firsthand how beautiful it is when people come together. Therefore, I believe in walls to encompass people of every ethnicity, heritage, and culture; walls to bring outsiders in. 

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This I Believe - 2011
7:45 am
Wed February 23, 2011

More Moores

Virginia Moore - Springfield High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

For the longest time we were known to everyone as the Brady Bunch. That all changed when John Paul came along. He threw the whole thing off! Ever since I can remember, my family has been growing, and yes, I’m talking about my immediate family: the Moore family. My earliest memories of a small, normal-sized family are when it was only me, Mom, Dad, Cordelia and Jimmy, moving to Springfield from Virginia and the five of us waiting on Joey to enter our lives. It has been fourteen years since then, with Joey being followed by Josh, Maria and, lastly John Paul.

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This I Believe - 2011
7:45 am
Mon February 21, 2011

Question Everything

Hannah Kolkmeier - Springfield High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

 My 17 years of life have taught me that the world is a complicated place. The cultures that exist across the globe are vastly diverse and it seems people are quicker to disagree than agree with each other. In a world littered with conflict, I believe in the power of debate as a tool to bring about change. I believe that the world cannot advance without constant questioning of our actions.  And isn’t that what we all want? To leave the world in a better state than when we entered it? I know I do. I desire a better world, one without genocide and poverty, corruption and war.

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This I Believe - 2011
7:45 am
Fri February 18, 2011

I Believe in Beatlemania

Callie Smith - Springfield High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

It all started innocently enough when I spotted in the newspaper that Paul McCartney was seen at a local Circle K gas station. It was then that my mom first showed me her old Beatles’ albums in honor of Paul’s bathroom stop in little Nowheresville, Illinois. I was really wondering what the big deal was with some old washed up rock star, but I tried to act interested anyways. My mom gave me an Abbey Road CD shortly afterward. It sat in my room for about two months before I bothered to even give it a listen. When I did, it changed my life.

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This I Believe - 2011
7:45 am
Wed February 16, 2011

Making Waves

Farah Tamizuddin - Springfield High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

I never text and drive. I assiduously abstain from all Chapstick-checking, hair-fixing, last-minute primping as soon as I get behind the wheel. Friends and family have informed me that I am the slowest driver in Springfield; the slowpoke crawling down Lawrence at 28 mph. 

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This I Believe - 2011
7:45 am
Mon February 14, 2011

Normalcy

Bennett Stephens - Springfield High School
Credit WUIS/Illinois Issues

Many teenagers strive to be normal.  The question is what does it mean to live a normal life?  Is it being on a sports team? Doing well in your classes? Having a big group of friends?  Whether it is any of these, as long as you are happy and enjoy yourself, I consider it a normal life.  Life has a tendency of making this goal difficult; for me life threw Type 1 Diabetes my way.  Every individual deals with problems differently, but I believe they can be dealt with accordingly to lead a normal life.

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