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Page 4 CLINCH VALLEY TIMES St. Paul, Va. Thursday, November 13, 2014 ESL as coil (This is part two of an article that was written by Gladys Ingram, a student in the PluggedlnVA Crime Scene Technician program. Read more of Gladys's story and find out about her success as an ESL, English as second lan, guage, college student.) ...I had the stamina to acquire knowledge and the intention of obtaining a college degree, but, being a foreigner, I learned that education was going to cost me an amount I was not able to afford. So I went to work, hoping to save enough money. Things did not work out the way I hoped they would. But here I am, thirty one years after putting my goals and my dreams on hold to raise four beautiful children as a single parent, and I have come to realize it was time for me to start my own new life. Albeit m); goal of becoming a journalist has changed, my desire and ambition in obtaining a degree has never dwindled. When PluggedlnVA offered the Crime Scene Technician program, I was one of the f'irst people to jump on board. It is a pro- gram that will take you where you want to go and puts you there in a short period of time. The instruc- tors are amazing. Their patience and guidance are invaluable. Not only are they preparing us for the career world, but they are going beyond to show us how to deal with life itself and show us the tools we need to be a success. I do admit, English is not an easy class for me, but I can say I am improv- ing. When we were asked to write an essay, my heart sank. I panicked. I may be able to speak. English, but how do you express your- self in a literary form? How can you use those big words you've heard of but never really bothered to find out their meaning? I am ashamed to say that the thought of quitting the pro- gram has crossed my mind, but I am not a quitter. Gladys Ingrain We were taught that the first person to believe in you is you and that altering your attitude can change your life. Grasping that positive attitude, along with hard work, will get you where you want to go and will help you achieve your goals. So with that in mind, I started writing. I spent hours researching words that w.ill fit correctly in a sentence, but from that, I learned the meaning of several others. College has allowed me to see the other side of the English language and its proper use. I still have a long way to go to learn how to express what I need to say in short sentences, but I am never giving up. The best way to describe my attitude on life is in the words of Stephen Covey from his book, which is a part of the PluggedInVA curriculum, The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People: "Between stimulus and response is our greatest power- the freedom to choose .... Being proactive means more than merely taking initiative. It means that as human beings, we are resPonsible for our own lives. Our behavior is a function of our decisions, not our conditions. We can subordinate feelings to val- ues. We have the initiative and the responsibility to make things happen." Deep within each of us lies the ambition to be suc- cessful and to make our lives better than we are at the moment, but we, as human beings can make things happen. My desire to achieve my goal will not be deterred by my weak- ness in the English lan- guage. I am very grateful for the patience and dedi- cation of two of our instructors, Karen Gent . and Tammy Brown. They have been very instrumen- tal in their teachings and graceful with their guid- ance. For information about PluggedlnVA programs being offered in January 2015, contact Southwest Regional Adult Education at 866-581-9935. Compliments Pastor Jessie M. Jones 762-7963 Army of the Lord Well, I'm proud to be a soldier in the Army of the Lord. And being a soldier in God's Army is typical to being a soldi6r for our country. I guess you could refer to me as a whole lifer for I'm in this for the long haul. In the United States Army, you can be drafted. In God's army, you've got to be a volunteer. In the United States Army, in about 16 weeks, you com- plete boot camp. Well, in God's Army, I believe 'you'll forever stay in boot camp. In the Armed Forces, you can retire. But in God's Army, you've got to stay there til death do you part. In our Armed Forces, you can't join until you are at least 17. In God's Army, you can enlist at any age after you have reached the age of account- ability. Until then, you're in His Army always. Our Army teaches hate and God's Army teaches love. In our Armed Forces, if you get out and decide that you would like to re-enlist, they will accept you back. I believe God works the same way if you should get out and fred that you have made a mistake and need to come back. God said, "Whosoever will let him take the water of life freely." But of you among these folks that's in and out like a bird building a nest. I don't think that you are a true soldier in the Army of the Lord. You're only a make believe. If you're in any branch of service, you will carry a rifle. If you're a soldier in God's Army, you will carry the Holy Bible. In the natural Armed Forces, there will be times when you Will be afraid. But in God's Army, He said, "Let not your heart be troubled; neither let it be afraid." In our Armed Forces, there may be a time when you f'md yourself out there alone. But in Jesus' Armed Forces, He said, "I will never leave thee, nor for- sake thee." Don't you think it's time that you enlist in God's Army. If so, He's standing with outstretched hands, saying, "Whosoever will, let him come." Your health problems will not be any reason that you'll ever be turned down. But your sins can cause you to be blotted out. Thanksgiving Feast ay concert at Novem 23 & Pa's Ma & Pa's Restaurant and Gospel Pavilion, 18928 US Highway 58, Castlewood will be pre- sent'rag a very,special holi- day concert with Gaither Homecoming artist & America's favorite soloist, Ivan Parker on November 23. The restaurant will be featuring a special Thanksgiving buffet start- ing at noon, with the con- cert starting at 2 pm. Doors will open at 1 pm and only 200 seats will be available in the pavilion for the con- cert, once tickets are gone the event will be sold out. Tickets for the concert are only $10 each, 6 and under will be free. Ivan Parker fans and church groups, don't wait and miss out on this very special aftemoon with one of America's favorite artist. This event will sell out and sell out quickly. Tickets can be picked up any Sunday at the restaurant or for more information or to reserve your tickets over the phone, you may contact Jimmy Hobbs at (276) 806- 2478. Recip by MiUr Habit ORANGE CREAMSICLE CAKE 1 box white cake mix 1 (12 oz.) orange soda Mix together until smooth. Pour into a greased 9x13 inch pan. Bake 350 degrees for 40 minutes" or until done. Cool and frost with vanilla icing. SAUSAGE BALLS 1 lb. sausage 1 cup sour cream 10 oz. grated sharp cheddar cheese 3 cups baking mix Combine all ingredients. Form into balls and place on baking sheet. Bake 350 degees for 15 minutes or until brown. BAKED CHICKEN 5 chicken breasts 1 can whole cranberry sauce 1 pkg. onion soup mix 8 oz. fresh dressing Place chicken in 6aking dish. Mix the remaining ingredients and pour over chicken. Bake 350 degrees for 1 hour. ORANGE JELLO SALAD 2 small boxes orange jello cups hot water 1 (6 oz.) can frozen undi- luted orange juice 1 (15 1/4 oz.) can crushed pineapple, drain 2 (11 oz.) cans mandarin orange slices, drain Mix jello and hot water; dissolve. Add orange juice, pineapple and oranges. Add to jello. Chill until set. After set'; cover with top- ping. Topping: 1 small box instant lemon pudding mix 1 cup milk 1 (8 oz.) Cool Whip Mix topping ingredients together and cover chilled dessert with topping. High school essay contest explores freedom of speech and assembly Do students and their school-sponsored interest groups have a right to protest controversial grad- uation speakers? Should these speakers be permitted to sue those student groups for defamation? Those are the questions the Virginia State Bar (VSB) is asking students to address in its annual Law in Society essay competi- tion. Virginia high school students age 19 or younger and enrolled in grades 9-12 or a home-school equivalent are eligible to submit an essay for a chance to Win the competi- tion and cash prizes. The contest is co-sponsored by the VSB Litigation Section and Communications Committee. The deadline for submissions is Thursday, February 12, 2015. This year's competition examines a hypothetical situation in fictional Rocktown, Virginia, where Angel Bradford, a Rocktown High School alumna and now head of a large dairy conglomerate, is invited by a public school principal to speak at 'commencement. Twelfth- grader Susan Statler, presi- dent of the school's Animal Rights Club, begins an online petition to prevent Bradford from speaking not only at RHS, but also at a local private school, cit- ing claims of animal abuse within the CEO's company. Adding to the chaos, Bradford contemplates suing Susan and the Animal Rights Club for defamation. The school's principals and students appeal to a retired judge to resolve the issue in a way that conforms with the law and calm the community. Essays are-limited to 750-1,000 words, and are judged on how well' they demonstrate the student's understanding of the role and value of the legal sys- tem in everyday life. Entries will be judged by attorneys, judges, and edu- cators. The purpose of the contest is to awaken an interest in law and appreci- ation of the U.S. Constitution. The first place winner will receive $2,300 and the winning essay will be pub- lished on the VSB website. Other awards include $1,850 (second place), $1,350 (third place), and honorable mentions of $250 each. All winners receive a plaque and copy of Strunk and White's Elements of Style. Awards will be presented in the spring at the winners' schools. More information, including contest rules and last year's winning essay, is posted at blic/law-in-society. eeleeef*Q/)etl ooeelltoeee ! Cinema City ! Check Si~wtime$ Online : CENTRAL : : DRIVE- IN BlaekwooO, VA - 276-~79-.3761 : ^ouurs: sa cnn.omm: 84 : Deadlines: Editorial copy 3 p.m. Monday Advertising 12 noon Monday Thursday, Nov. 13 Do you dread cooking, cleaning and washing dishes for your Thanksgiving meal? 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