Want to go on a dream vacation loaded with LEGOs or have tea with your American Girl doll? My family and I went to California in August. We visited Legoland in Carlsbad and the American Girl Store in Los Angeles. I had the time of my life and it was the best summer “vacay” to date.

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Do you know the difference between an asteroid and a meteorite?  According to Livescience.com, an asteroid is a rocky object in space that’s smaller than a planet.

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“Ada Twist, Scientist,” written by Andrea Beatty, is a very clever story. Ada lives with her parents, and everyone is very concerned about Ada because she doesn’t talk. But one day, when she turned 3, she started talking. Mostly she started to ask questions like: Why? Where? Why not? When? How?

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Dr. Hank Hurrass visited Ridgeline Academy to teach summer school students about the Hellcat coil that just became a part of the Guinness Book of World Records. We learned that it took him a year to build the Hellcat coil, and he didn't know whether it would even work. The coil is not a new invention, in fact, it has been around for over a century, one of the many novel creations of inventor and electrical engineer Nikola Tesla, who also developed radio and radar waves, fluorescent lights and the AC distribution system used in our homes today. 

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I went to the Royal Observatory in Greenwich, England. It took 20 minutes by train to get there from London. The Royal Observatory is the location of the prime meridian. The prime meridian separates the eastern and western hemispheres of the earth. It is 0 degrees longitude. At the museum, there was a long gold line that separates the world in half and that’s the prime meridian. You can stand on the west side and east side of the world at the same time. It is an awesome feeling!!! 

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In April, the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (ASPCA) held a celebration to raise awareness—Help a Horse Day. Rescues and sanctuaries across the nation hosted events to showcase the work they do and show the community how they can help.

Help a Horse Day exceeded expectations with 187 participating organizations, 107 applications, and over 40 states holding events between April 22–26. Over $1 million was donated by over 33,000 generous people.

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Some of you might not know who Alex Naddour is, but our troop from Queen Creek does. Naddour lives in Queen Creek just like us.

     We were in the middle of earning our "Staying Fit" badge when we heard that Naddour was going to be at the Queen Creek Library before he left for the Olympic Games in Rio. We followed him through the Olympics. He just happened to win a bronze medal on the pommel horse!

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The Apennine Mountains northeast of Rome were rocked by a 6.2-magnitude earthquake in the early hours of Aug. 24. Hillside towns crumbled, many medieval structures were leveled, and even buildings that were supposed to be RETROFITTED to withstand an earthquake were destroyed.... Read more

Sean Miller, UofA men’s head basketball coach, gave a presentation about the upcoming 2016-2017 team on Aug. 27. It was during a private reception and lunch for valued partners of Hughes Federal Credit Union. Miller spoke about his new recruits and the upcoming schedule.

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This summer I was selected to participate in a three-day summer program at West Point in New York. The campus is beautiful because of the architecture and how it was designed to look like a castle.

The program gives you a taste of what it is like to be a soldier at West Point because you stay the night in the barracks during the whole program. When you are at West Point you really feel like you are a solider by marching in formation and eating lunch in the mess hall.

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