• Imagine you’ve just woken up. You know that today is an important day but you can’t remember why. You ask your spouse if today is and they give you a concerned look. It’s your anniversary, how could you have for

    • Tyler, I really enjoyed reading this post. This is very relevant today in football and other many sports. There are so many people who have suffered from concussions and have been impaired for the rest of their life. This is a great way to spread awareness. The photos were also a great touch. Here is this paper that has some great information on the long term consequences: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3208826/

    • Tyler,
      I really enjoyed your discussion about concussions. This post hit close to home and is a very important topic to me. When I was in third grade, my dad fell off his bike and hit his head. From that, he got a traumatic brain injury. He was in the ICU for 2 weeks and when I went to visit him, he didn’t know who I was. Like me, there are so many people that TBI’s have affected. There were a couple of things that I thought were really interesting. I loved all the stats that were stated in the 5th paragraph. I never knew “21% of high school only players were reported to have been diagnosed with CTE, and 91% of college players were also diagnosed with CTE.” Learning that was quite terrifying. I also loved that you took into account the family of those who have had concussions and brain injury’s. I think you had all the information needed to really shed light on this scary topic. Here is an article about TBI’s and what they entail. http://www.traumaticbraininjury.com/understanding-tbi/what-is-traumatic-brain-injury/ I thought that you might think that it was interesting! I loved your discussion!!

    • Hi Tyler, I was really fascinated with your post. It was very informative and highlighted a lot of important details involving concussions and the impact it has on ones brain and overall life. I think it is a very relevant topic to discuss considering how large and influential football and other contact sports are. I think your essay was really informative and I hope you are able to spread more awareness about this growing issue. Here is a link to more information that think you would find compelling. I hope it helps and I can’t wait to read more things that you post. https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/256518.php


    • Tyler, this is a very interesting topic which is very important in sports today, especially football. My cousin plays competitive soccer and has had three concussions, so I am familiar with how they affect athletes. The problem is that a lot of times, when athletes get concussions, they won’t report them because they don’t want to be restricted from playing. You might find this helpful: https://www.thedailybeast.com/whats-really-killing-athletes-with-concussions . I’m looking forward to reading more from you in the future.

  • In the beginning I had a simple question. How dangerous are concussions? Although it may sound like a common question with an easy answer, my motivation for using it says otherwise. I chose this after recalling a

  • Concussions are a real threat that not all people understand. Friends of mine have had multiple concussions that have had negative effects on their learning abilities. I want to help young adults understand the

    • Greetings Tyler! I have read through your inquiry and I agree with what you have written down. I’m also eager to see what your research paper looks like when you’re done 🙂 If you don’t mind, I wanted to help out with a couple of articles that I have found. Article one talks about the academic effects of concussions on children and adolescents (There is a PDF on the site as well that contains the research of the article’s topic) http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/early/2015/05/06/peds.2014-3434

      Article 2 Is from the NIH Library and talks about the various diseases that can come about through concussions and how it has an effect on the social, emotional, and physical aspects of a person.

      I hope the articles that I have provided to you will help you in the research, if you have used either of these two articles before, let me know and I’ll try to find a better article. Have a Good Day!

      -Epic J. Julian
      Rangeview High School Junior

    • I believe that concussions and CTE are a huge problem in sports that involve contact. After multiple concussions, the victim might look completely fine while having serious brain trauma which could affect their focus and concentration towards something. I think that we need to have a goal towards finding a way of diagnosing victims of CTE before death and we need a way to possibly reduce the chance of concussions in sports and everyday life.

      An article that I have found talks about the effects of multiple concussions on athletes who were diagnosed with three or more concussions. It’s written by multiple psychologists and neurosurgeons who should be great help towards your research. https://academic.oup.com/neurosurgery/article-abstract/51/5/1175/2744207

  • I personally find his a very interesting topic, and I’d be lying if I said I’ve never looked it. If you haven’t already, I suggest taking a look at the Kardashev Scale. There a ton of websites and YouTube videos that can help explain it. The scale basically shows levels of advance civilizations and their technological capabilities.

  • This is a very interesting topic. I’ve heard people fight about this in school and in public, so it’s obviously a heated topic. I’d love to see your opinion on the topic and what you find out in your research.

  • I disagree with your stance on gun control. As tragic as mass shootings are it is important to know that gun control laws only effect law abiding citizens. Those who obtain illegal guns with the intent to do harm, such as the Texas church shooter, will not be stopped by gun control laws. Gun control does nothing to stop criminals from causing…[Read more]

  • There’s been an accident. You’re stuck in a burning car on the side of the road, and it takes first responders’ two minutes to get you out. This leaves you with 3rd and 4th degree burns and a less than stellar cha

    • Hi Tyler,

      I respect your choice to analyze such an in-depth and controversial topic and think you do an excellent job of evaluating both sides of the dilemma. I agree with you, that people should have the right to determine their own course of life and how to proceed in cases such as being faced with a terminal, often painful, illness. As referenced by the complex legal process for these laws in your paper, it seems that the moral issue is perhaps not the more complex of the two. The main point seems to be that there is no absolute case in which PAS is applicable, and with so many different scenarios and hypothetical situations, it is extremely complicated to draft legislation that is applicable to a broad base. I agree, the system in California seems to be the most desirable, with a multi-step process that prevents impulsive decisions. Overall, I think you do a nice job of objectively evaluating an extremely complicated topic.



  • Explore; to look for the still unknown, to always be curious and looking for answers. I like most humans want knowledge. I want to know what lies in the great unknown, like those before me I want to lies beyond

    • Tyler, I would like to start off by saying your word choice was very unique and that is what enticed me to read your post. I agree that without curiosity, exploration would be impossible. You mainly talked about exploring through knowledge and I think this could be a stronger piece if you talked about the act of physically exploring. So, my question to you, where is your favorite place to explore and why? Interested in hearing back from you and hopefully I hear from you again soon.

    • Tyler, I feel exactly the same way. I too am driven to learn more about the world, even if the knowledge has no relevance at all in my life. One of my favorite things to do is to explore the outdoors. I pick a trail, and then just follow it to find wherever it goes. It’s a literal portrayal of the quest for knowledge. No matter how far you go there is always so much more to discover. I loved how you said if you’re the smartest person in the room then you’re in the wrong room. This is fantastic advice, as we should always surround ourselves with people who can make us greater. I’ll check back later for more great posts.

    • Tyler, I really like what you’ve said about the word, “explore.” Human beings have a natural instinct to explore the world and have an inherent curiosity for the place around them. If we never explored, we would never make progress. We could never advance. I also agree with what you said about if you are the smartest person in the room, you’re in the wrong room. We need to push ourselves to become greater beings.

    • Dear Tyler,
      I am happy your favorite word is explore as it can be a very creative and thought provoking activity. While the word may be an enigma with its multiple definitions and uses. Your idea of relating curiosity and exploration is very clever, as curiosity can be a cause or an effect for exploration. Thank you Tyler I very much appreciated your favorite word,even though I wish you did more with your description and use of your word. Very good work I look forward to more writing from you.

  • I believe that the world as a whole should put a focus on technological and scientific advancement to help further the Human race, I propose that we do this through the use of space. NASA and other space programs

  • NASA Memes’ to go with my topic of increasing funding for the exploration of space and technological research.


  • There have not been any major advancements in space travel in over a decade, there has not been a person on the moon since 1972, and new technology has been beginning to come at slower rates. During the Apollo

  • I enjoyed your info graphic and completely agree about the use of stem cells

  • This is an important topic that needs to be talked about, I appreciate all the facts that help push your argument.

  • I think that this is a great topic to shed some light on. I love that you have a proposed solution to the problem as well.

    • It surprises me how little, compared to everything else, NASA is funded, yet it contributes so much to society and knowledge.

    • What NASA does is really important, and it is really interesting how NASA is one of the most important programs, and it lacks funding.

  • Assignment: Find several sources and save citation information. Annotate at least one article using hypothes.is. Complete the XP by following instructions and sharing on Youth Voices.

    Here is a Link to an article

  • In the Novel, The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, the quest to find freedom is a predominant theme. This is shown through the use of two characters; Huck Finn, and Jim. Although both seek freedom, they seek it for

  • Growing up my parents always told me to do what makes me happy, that no amount of money will ever make up for doing something that you don’t enjoy. I didn’t really understand that at a younger age, being the kid t

    • I agree that you have to do what you love. As someone who wants to have a career as an artist I really relate to this topic because art is something I love and enjoy. I would rather have an enjoyable life making art than be rich but unhappy. I also really like how you used a picture you took in New York because it really adds to your message and makes your essay even more personal. Great job!

    • Great essay! I also agree that if you love what you do you will do good work, it’s almost common sense. It is just like that saying, “if you love what you do you will never work a day in your life”. I really like this philosophy and think that more people should carry the same mindset.

    • Dear Tyler, I totally agree with you that you cannot be truly happy if you don’t do something that you love. It can’t always work out to be a career but I like how you said that it can be a hobby of some sort. A kid always doesn’t see the world as other people but when they do, reality hits most of them hard. I believe it is always good to follow your dreams, even if it doesn’t work out I believe that there are good alternatives. Anyways you did a great job with this article and I hope it caught others attention like it caught mine.

    • Dear Tyler, This is a really great article. I agree with you that you have to fine and do something that you love. There is so many people out there in the world that think money is the most important thing. This is most of the time not true. People tend to be in situations where they get so much money but they are not happy with what they are doing with their life. These people can choose to do something about it or not change anything at all. Overall, we do need to do something that we actually love.

  • “His foot swelled up pretty big, and so did his leg; but by and by the drunk begun to come, and so I judged he was all right; but I’d druther been bit with a snake than pap’s whisky.” (48)


    This purpose of

  • I do agree that there have been many lives lost to firearms, and that we do need stricter laws contriving them; but I also believe that American citizens have a right to bare arms. This being said I think we as a country must find a middle ground that will help prevent gun deaths but also allow American citizens to own and use firearms.

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