August 4, 2016
By Rebecca S. Fahrlander Taking a break between high school and university - a gap year - has been trending in recent years. Prince William famously took a gap year to travel and volunteer for worthy causes. More recently, Malia Obama decided to postpone entering university for a year. The gap year offers an opportunity to make a transition between two stages of a young life - taking a break from formal education and substituting the informal learning from travel and work in the so-called real world.
August 3, 2015 |
CLARISSA Sadowniczak doesn't yet understand the hole some anonymous villain tore through her young life Thursday night. Friday night, the 2-year-old sat wide-eyed as her family wept around her, their tears catching in the light of a dozen flickering candles. She glanced at the bouquet of balloons tied to the railing in front of her Port Richmond rowhouse, the one she shared with her parents. She spotted a pink one and reached for it, her tiny hands grasping at its ribbon. A family member untied it, passed it to her. The little girl released it immediately, shouting "Bye, mommy" as it spiraled up into the night sky. The tears flowed more freely after that.
June 30, 2015 |
Like most 12-year-olds, Gianna takes great pride in her appearance and loves putting outfits together and having her hair and nails done. She also likes to sing and dance, and, during a talent show with her peers, was delighted to display her skills in a song from Frozen . Her other favorite pastimes are listening to music, going to the movies, attending church, and playing with her doll collection. She's also interested in animals and would like to learn how to care for a pet. Outgoing and friendly even with adults she meets, Gianna enjoys being asked questions about herself.
April 28, 2015 |
Anthony has two passions: sports (especially football) and music (all types). The 13-year-old's favorite instrument is the drums, which he plays very well. His skills on the dance floor aren't shabby, either. Like any sports fan, Anthony is highly competitive; in the past, he has participated in gymnastics classes. But he also finds pleasure in quieter pursuits, such as reading and volunteering. In school, he benefits from a small class size and individual attention. Having endured much trauma in his young life, Anthony struggles to understand his feelings.
April 10, 2015 |
JUSTIN GIANI had a head for figures. But along with his proficiency with numbers, Justin was a friendly, cheerful colleague with a contagious smile who charmed everyone who came in contact with him. Justin was the chief financial officer of Breaking Glass Pictures, a Philadelphia-based film distribution company. "Justin was more than an employee," the company said in a statement. "He was a master of numbers, a ball of energy, an even-keeled ray of light that brought smiles to all he crossed paths with, no matter the situation.
September 14, 2014 |
SAVANNAH, Ga. - "On my honor I will try, to do my duty" . . . the words bubbled up unbidden from the recesses of my brain. Passing through the Victorian archway and catching a glimpse of the long-forgotten trefoil logo unlocked a door to my childhood. The years melted away and suddenly I was 10 years old and a Girl Scout. Savannah is a city steeped in history, with antebellum mansions, a cobblestoned waterfront, and leafy squares dripping with Spanish moss. It boasts connections with notable names of the past 250 years (both distinctive and dubious)
September 9, 2014 |
Eight years old, with an unquenchable curiosity and a vivid imagination, Adrianna delights in exploring her creative side - by kicking up her feet. She loves to dance and recently had the chance to visit a studio, where she quickly learned the steps and moves the instructor showed her. In Adrianna's dreams, Broadway isn't far off. The people who know her best use such words as friendly, playful, and humorous to describe her. She likes to ask questions. Adrianna adjusts well to change, and looks forward to new challenges.
August 18, 2014 |
It was all too much for Praise Martin-Oguike to maintain his composure as he reached the finish line of the most hellish two-year stretch of his young life. So Martin-Oguike, the quintessential strong-but-silent type, was blubbering. Like a baby. It was Jan. 20, the federal holiday that honors the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and Martin-Oguike was addressing Temple's five-member board of inquiry. Three months earlier, charges that he had wrapped the same powerful hands he used to slam football players to the ground around the neck of his 21-year-old accuser and raped her had been dismissed.
May 27, 2014 |
Tyrek, a soft-spoken 13-year-old, is often described as "very laid-back. " He loves watching sports, but also playing them, especially baseball and football. Indoors, he frequently can be found in front of the TV, testing his skills at video games; he loves the challenge, and is willing to take on anyone. A good student, Tyrek routinely receives above-average grades. His grades in history have shown marked improvement, though it's not his favorite class. That distinction goes to gym. In his foster placement, he cheerfully does chores and helps out whenever he is needed.
December 10, 2013 |
Dahsiyoni, 12, loves to read and visit the library. Imaginative and creative, she writes short stories and poetry. Although most of her stories are fictional, they mirror her life. Writing is an outlet for her feelings. Dahsiyoni hopes to be a teacher some day. For now, she keeps busy with a variety of interests, including drawing, crafts, bowling, and going to movies. She also likes singing in church and participating in youth activities. Although Dahsiyoni can appear to be timid and reserved, she enjoys meeting new people and quickly warms up when she gets to know you. Friendly, loving, and polite, she is respectful toward adults and her peers.