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    The ingestion and entanglement causes by marine debris has adverse affects up the entire food chain through direct and indirect effects. Studies have shown that it is a commonality that animals such as sea

    Garbage Patch Environmental and Human Impacts

    The ingestion and entanglement causes by marine debris has adverse affects up the entire food chain through direct and indirect effects. Studies have shown that it is a commonality that animals such as sea turtles and seabirds will ingest...

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    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of five oceanic gyres, roughly circular current systems. These gyres are created by the influence of air and water temperatures, humidity, air pressure, and the landmasses

    More on the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is one of five oceanic gyres, roughly circular current systems. These gyres are created by the influence of air and water temperatures, humidity, air pressure, and the landmasses in the ocean. The Pacific patch...

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    • Hi William. I agree, the garbage in our oceans is a huge problem and is a stain on our Earth. I wasn’t aware of the patch where this is all accumulating, and I think your description of the gyres make the reality set in. Preventative motions for the future are of course important, but I would be interested to hear about what scientists are envisioning to clean up the mess. You touched on it briefly, but I would really like to know our options. Overall, very good job.

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    With such an alarming problem as a patch of trash twice the size of Texas floating in the middle of the ocean, people are looking for solutions to help slow and eventually stop this problem. An example of this

    Great Pacific Garbage Patch Cleanup Efforts

    With such an alarming problem as a patch of trash twice the size of Texas floating in the middle of the ocean, people are looking for solutions to help slow and eventually stop this problem. An example of this...

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    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of trash released into the ocean that has collected in the North Pacific. The patch is collected due to the movement of warm tropical water meeting cooler waters

    Great Pacific Garbage Patch

    The Great Pacific Garbage Patch is a collection of trash released into the ocean that has collected in the North Pacific. The patch is collected due to the movement of warm tropical water meeting cooler waters coming from the...

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    From the play Othello I chose lines 188-196 from Act I Scene 3. In this section, I played the character of Othello as he explains how he earned D’s love. In recording this passage I saw how important the vocal

    Othello Voice Recording

    From the play Othello I chose lines 188-196 from Act I Scene 3. In this section, I played the character of Othello as he explains how he earned D's love. In recording this passage I saw how important the...

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    The modern world is full of technological innovation that seems to become increasingly more complex by the day. This technology has provided us with easy communication, shopping, security, and simplifying our

    How can we secure privacy in a world full of new technology?

    The modern world is full of technological innovation that seems to become increasingly more complex by the day. This technology has provided us with easy communication, shopping, security, and simplifying our lives. However, with this ease comes the cost...

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    Minimum wage is a heavily debated topic in the United States. Views on the issue range from making the minimum wage a livable salary to abolishing the minimum wage altogether. This issue itself is divided between

    Minimum Wage: To Increase or not to Increase

    Minimum wage is a heavily debated topic in the United States. Views on the issue range from making the minimum wage a livable salary to abolishing the minimum wage altogether. This issue itself is divided between the two main...

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    Standardized testing is used in the US system in order to gauge what a student has learned and college readiness. Standardized tests such as the ACT and the SAT are important steps in the path toward college.

    Standardized Mess

    Standardized testing is used in the US system in order to gauge what a student has learned and college readiness. Standardized tests such as the ACT and the SAT are important steps in the path toward college. These tests...

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    • I liked your title it was very clever. I also liked how you brought to my attention that standardized tests sometimes don’t do what they were created to do, in the terms of testing students evenly.

    • Interesting topic, William. This topic stood out to me because I think the ACT standardized test is a very unfair way to learn about how intelligent someone is. For example I have a higher than average GPA and I take rigorous courses; I would consider myself an outgoing student. However, my ACT score is much lower than a lot of other people’s which might be misleading to colleges if they rely solely on my test scores for admission. They do have other portions for admission which includes an essay, letters of recommendation from teachers, your grades from high school, along with everything else included in your application. This is a very interesting topic to be further discussed!

    • I think your topic was very interesting because as seniors in high school we have all experienced and had to study for standardized testing. You made some very interesting points that I have personally experienced, and I think that bringing awareness to this issue is very important. Do you have any ideas on how to possibly fix this?

    • William,
      This topic seems to be coming up a lot lately. I agree with you on the fact that standardized testing is unfair to students. Many people get test anxiety and the thought of being timed to finish a test makes matters worse. Also, many students do not do well under pressure and don’t like the generic, one sided questions and answers of the SAT and ACT. Along with the thought of essays being biased while graded, I completely agree. The person grading essays may have certain opinions or may not like the style of writing the student used. Have you heard that some colleges don’t look at SAT scores and essays? I find that interesting and think it is a good idea. Since standardized tests are asking students to answer meaningless questions and not think creatively I believe colleges should avoid looking at scores to accept students into their school. I think your argument is thorough and thought out very well!

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