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Honoring A Hidden Treasure: The Career & Impact of Sally Bushey
By Cookie Steponaitis
    We all know who these people are. We depend on them everyday. They are fixtures in our lives and anchor points in the community. We rely on their devotion, knowledge and presence to hold the line against change. We trust their judgment and we often go through our busy lives without taking time to recognize them or letting them know how valued they truly are. They are our hidden treasures.
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Bill Of Rights Institute Challenges Students To Identify American Values And Their Importance

   This school year, many students from VUHS were presented with an interesting essay prompt that led to some intense research, discussion and written reflection. Encouraged by a history teacher to enter the Being an American essay contest, sponsored by the Bill of Rights Institute, they joined the over 50,000 students nationally that entered their written pieces in the competition. With an essay prompt of What civic value do you believe is most essential to being an American? trace the enduring importance of this value throughout the American story by discussing a founding document that reflects this value; a figure from American history who embodies this value; and examples of how you have and/or could put this value into practice. Students could choose from an endless list of possibilities.  [ more ]

From Where I Lie
By Larry Johnson
    Camping is the modern equivalent of a lifestyle that took our ancestors thousands of years to escape from.  Perverse as human nature is, once we have overcome an obstacle to our happiness and well-being, we miss it and try to recapture it by spending thousands of dollars on camping equipment that could be better used for going to Disneyland, Las Vegas or even Club Med; places where nature has very little chance to make inroads, except for the occasional potted palm in the hotel lobby or the potted tourist in the hotel bar.    [ more ]

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