Basketball game St Francis De Sales/Bishop Watterson February 15th

Basketball in the U.S is very popular. That’s why every school has a team. One of the most important struggles is Bishop Watterson H.S vs De Sales H.S.

During the game Watterson led all the time, but De Sales scored a few goals. At the end Watterson won 58-33. Now these two teams play in the same championship and since 1962 they played against each other and the results are tights because on 107 games De Sales won 53 times and Watterson won 55 times. So between these two schools there is a big rivalry.

During the game, supporters were very enthusiastic : there were singing and dancing. By the way De Sales did a very funny harlem shake (http://youtu.be/OuklU8S616o) on the field.

That was a great game and all St Jo’s students had fun. We watched to good fields goals and dunks.

 

P. Lambert, M. Browang, E. Gemptel, & M. Juette

Amish Country

The Amish are a group of traditionalist Christian church. The Amish are known for simple living, plain dress, and reluctance to adopt many conveniences of modern technology. The history of the Amish church began with a schism in Switzerland within a group of Swiss and Alsatian Anabaptists in 1693 led by Jakob Ammann. Those who followed Ammann became known as Amish.

In the early 18th century, many Amish emigrated to Pennsylvania for a variety of reasons. Today, the most traditional descendants of the Amish continue to speak Pennsylvania German, also known as Pennsylvania Dutch.

The rules of the church : prohibitions or limitations on the use of power-line electricity, telephones, and automobiles, as well as regulations on clothing.

There were about 250 000 Amish in 2010.

There is four main order in Amish :

- The Old Order Amish, who live in rural communities in North America and are famous for their plain dress and limited use of technology.

- Amish Mennonites, a broad term used for churches which split from the Old Order Amish, mostly in the 1880s. Some have a lifestyle similar to the Old Order Amish, while others do not.

- The Beachy Amish (formed in 1927), who have fewer limits on the use of technology and do not shun those who join Mennonite churches.

-The New Order Amish (formed in 1966), the least restrictive Amish group. They permit the use of electricity in the home and do not practice shunning.

Hearty cuisine with food from the farm: vegetables, chicken, or beef … The cuisine is simple and balanced .

 

F. Maigret & J. Percheron.

Daily Life

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"It’s too small, isn’t it ?"

- USA is the Kingdom of Eating-Too-Much. Big fridges, big cupboards… Big hamburgers, big sizes of beakers. Everything here is too BIG. Even if the sizes are huge, it doesn’t prevent the American to eat several meals in the same lunch. Why ? Because it’s really cheap !

- Here, water is not considerate as something to sell, that’s why most of the time it’s free. Why drinking water when you can drink unlimited soda ?

 

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(A corridor at Bishop Watterson)

"Yes you can"

- In France, you learn very early that the world won’t be easy. Here, everything encourages you to make all your craziest dreams come true.

- The timetable is really different compared to the French school. Lessons begin at 8 in the homeroom were students pray and recite the pledge. Next, there are lessons of 45 minutes from 8.15 to 12. There is no break. After the lunch, lessons are from 12.30 to 3.30 pm. Even the way to teach and the students’ behavior are different than in France.

 

P. Desfrançois & E. Couture.

 

 

 

 

 

Civil War

The Civil War tore the USA in two during 4 years, from 1861 to 1865. The North, or the Union, fought against the South, called Confederation.

Here are their flags:

Image The Confederation

Image The Union

The leader of the North was Abraham Lincoln, president elected of the USA, and he was opposed to Jefferson Davis.

The reason of this war was the slavery which the North wanted to abolish in all the country (in the south, it was still allowed). The most famous commandant of the North was an Ohioan, Ulysses S. Grant. He won capital battles for the control of the Mississippi, like Fort Donelson, the siege of Vicksburg or the battle of Appamatox, the last, the victory battle. But other generals won this war: Sherman, Stanton, Farragut and Porter.

His most famous enemy was Robert E. Lee, helped by Benjamin, Johnston, Tatnall and Semmes

The war ended on the 9th April 1865, on the defeat of the south. The slavery was abolished but Lincoln has been murdered by a South’s partisan.

 

C. Ferchaud, C. Feldman, & T. Grèlety.

Romeo & Juliet

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On Tuesday, it was Valentine’s Day. So we went to Ballet-Met in Columbus to see Romeo and Juliet’s ballet. 

The Ohio Theatre is a performing arts center located at 39 E. State Street in Columbus, Ohio. Known as the "Official Theatre of the State of Ohio", the historic 1928 movie palace was saved from demolition in 1969 and completely restored. It was declared a National Historic Landmark in 1977. The executive director is Bill Connor.

 

 

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Romeo and Juliet is a tragedy written by the famous English writer, William Shakespeare (1564-1616). The story is about two young lovers during the middle age. The scene took place in Verona, in Italy. The two families, Capulet, the Juliet’s family and Montague, the Romeo’s family were enemies for a long time.

But one day, during the Capulet’s ball, Romeo met Juliet and the two teenagers fell in love.  Romeo stayed after the party under Juliet‘s balcony, and the two used this romantic meeting to plan their marriage. But her parents wanted her to get married with another man.

Later Romeo also got run out of Verona because he killed Juliet’s cousin Tybalt because Tybalt killed Romeo’s friend Mercutio. Juliet wanted to take poison to appear dead to her parents. And she sent a message to Romeo to tell him that she won’t be dead.  Unfortunately Romeo didn’t get the message, went to the vault, thought Juliet was dead, killed himself, shortly after Juliet woke up and she killed herself too because she couldn’t live without Romeo.

It was amazing to see how the dancers could reprensent a play just with dance and without any speech. 

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The casting :

JULIET: Adrienne Benz

ROMEO: David Ward
NURCE: Emily Gotschall

MERCUTIO: Roberto Cisneros

BENVOLIO: Ty Parmenter

TYBOLT: Jimmy Orrante

 

NURSE: Emily Gotschall

LADY CAPULET: Olivia Clark

LORD CAPULET: Jackson Sarver

PARIS: Andres Estevez

LADY MONTAGUE: Ashley Wegmann

LORD MONTAGUE: Randall M. Walters

CAPULET MEN: Deonte Hansel

Choreography: David Nixon

Music: Sergei Prokofiev

Costume Design: David Nixon

Scenic Design: Carla Risch Chaffin

Lighting Design: Alexander V. Nichols re-created by John Bohuskawsky

 

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J. Heuzé, M. Morel, H. Colombel, & C. Lecluse.

Kelton House

The Kelton House was built in 1852 by Fernando Cortez Kelton and his wife, Sofia Stane  Kelton. Fernando became the first businessman in Columbus to supply dry goods and pharmaceuticals on a wholesale basis. His family maintained the home through three generations preserving both the building and some object trace of the nineteenth century life. The house had a secret, it participate at the Underground Railroad.

The Kelton House gives us a good example of the nineteenth century rich family life style. The house own precious object such as a sofa in mane of horses and as French and Chinese porcelain cup…

 We can see some Kelton member’s portrait.

We also know that the Kelton could stay 2 hours on the table which was a sign of wealth.

However we can see that he occupant left in a salvage society because of the roundabout of some house object.

The Kelton House took part in the Underground Railroad.

The Underground Railroad is actually not an underground railroad but a name given, underground has several meanings. In this case, it means that the state dosen’t know about a certain activity , which means that what they do is illegal.

The railroad part comes from the fact that the slaves who escape to Canada, stayed at peoples house at day, and that those houses was used like train stations. 

The Underground Railroad was an illegal activity where Americans helped slaves to escape to Canada.1

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P. Darsonville, T. Lechevalier, & M. Rimbert.

What is Presidents’ Day ?

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Presidents’ Day is intended (for some) to honor all the American presidents, but most significantly George Washington and Abraham Lincoln. According to the Gregorian or "New Style" calendar that is most commonly used today, George Washington was born on February 22, 1732. But according to the Julian or "Old Style" calendar that was used in England until 1752, his birth date was February 11th. Back in the 1790s, Americans were split – some celebrated his birthday on February 11th and some on February 22nd.

When Abraham Lincoln became president and helped reshape our country, it was believed he, too, should have a special day of recognition. Tricky thing was that Lincoln’s birthday fell on February 12th. Prior to 1968, having two presidential birthdays so close together didn’t seem to bother anyone. February 22nd was observed as a federal public holiday to honor the birthday of George Washington and February 12th was observed as a public holiday to honor Abraham Lincoln’s birthday.

In 1968, things changed when the 90th Congress was determined to create a uniform system of federal Monday holidays. They voted to shift three existing holidays (including Washington‘s Birthday) to Mondays. The law took effect in 1971, and as a result, Washington‘s Birthday holiday was changed to the third Monday in February. But not all Americans were happy with the new law. There was some concern that Washington‘s identity would be lost since the third Monday in February would never fall on his actual birthday. There was also an attempt to rename the public holiday "Presidents’ Day", but the idea didn’t go anywhere since some believed not all presidents deserved a special recognition.

Even though Congress had created a uniform federal holiday law, there was not a uniform holiday title agreement among the individual states. Some states, like California, Idaho, Tennessee and Texas chose not to retain the federal holiday title and renamed their state holiday "President’s Day." From that point forward, the term “Presidents’ Day” became a marketing phenomenon, as advertisers sought to capitalize on the opportunity for three-day or week-long sales.

In 1999, bills were introduced in both the U.S. House (HR-1363) and Senate (S-978) to specify that the legal public holiday once referred to as Washington‘s Birthday be "officially" called by that name once again. Both bills died in committees.

Today, President’s Day is well accepted and celebrated. Some communities still observe the original holidays of Washington and Lincoln, and many parks actually stage reenactments and pageants in their honor. The National Park Service also features a number of historic sites and memorials to honor the lives of these two presidents, as well as other important leaders.

 Washington‘s Birthday is a United States federal holiday celebrated on the third Monday of February in honor of George Washington, the first President of the United States, and concurrent with Presidents’ Day. Washington‘s Birthday is commonly referred to as Presidents’ Day (sometimes spelled President’s Day).[1] Both Lincolns and Washington‘s birthdays are in February. The day commemorates past presidents of the USA.

What we do for Presidents’ day?

Today, the February holiday has become well known for being a day in which many stores, especially car dealers, hold sales. Until the late 1980s, corporate businesses generally closed on this day, similar to present corporate practices on Memorial Day or Christmas Day. With the late 1980s advertising push to rename the holiday, more and more businesses are staying open on the holiday each year, and, as on Veterans Day and Columbus Day, most delivery services outside of the U.S.

 

K. Le Moal, C. Maerten, & M. d’Aleman.