LGG Travel - Savannah
By: Leka G.
Travel Savannah is the second in our 2010-2011 series on exciting travel destinations.
Savannah is a great place to visit with a lot of history, especially for Girl Scouts. Juliette Gordon Low, the founder of Girl Scouts, was born and raised in Savannah. You can visit her house on East Oglethorpe Avenue and learn all about her.
Savannah also has many tours of the city, by walking, bike, or even trolley. Since the city is so close to the shoreline, be sure to visit Tybee Island if you love the beach. They even have an aquarium.
In each of these places, you can also earn a patch for your Girl Scout vest. At the end of the day, be sure not to miss out on Savannah’s famous ghost tours. Walk around Savannah during the night and hear all about their ghosts… if you’re up to it.
Savannah is a great place to visit for the whole family, especially for Girl Scouts!
"Mascotting" Step out of the norm
By: Stephanie G.
"Some people look at things and say why but I say why not?" That's what I said the day I became mascot for my high school. In 2009, my brother Michael and his best friend Garrett were the mascots for our school. It was amazing to me how much fun they had. I wanted to join in but I had to wait for a new football season to start. Since the 2010 football season began, I'm proud to say I am one of the mascots for my school, Buster! Just like my brother, my best friend, Megan joined in on the school spirit as well.
I have such an awesome time being mascot and also running my school flag at the games! It's all a good workout. Although it's not always fun getting in the suit after someone's already been sweating in it but once you're in the suit, all you problems of the day are gone. Being in the suit makes you look at things in a different way. People may make comments about being a mascot but don't allow what people say and do change you. Be yourself. It really takes you far because if you are true to yourself then others can see it too.
Before each game we have to find a place to change in and out of the suit. Sometimes it can be a challenge. Our goal is always to try to not reveal our identities. Unfortunately, it does not always work out.
The next step is to warm up so we can get ready to run the flag for all of the nonstop touchdowns we are going to get that night! Once you are in the suit, you can't really see anything and you can't see your feet so you run into things at least in the beginning. Since there are four of us that work the suit and the flag we all get one quarter on the flag and one quarter “mascotting.”
Now, some interesting things have happened to me while I have been in the suit.Once, when I came through the Cheer section of the track, one of the girl’s megaphones was laying long ways on the ground blocking my path and there were pom-poms scattered everywhere. So, I had no choice but to hurdle the megaphone. It was quite interesting.
Every time I am in the suit children always say such memorable things. At one game, as I always do, I was giving kids high-fives and they were so excited. One of the boys loved the mascot a lot and said, "Buster why are you so famous, you just a horse but you're just so famous!" He was just so happy that the mascot was in his presence. I will never forget what he said and his excitement.
Then, another time a young boy was in the stands and I was giving a high-five from the field and he really wanted to take my gloves off. We had run out of tape earlier and let just say that no tape on gloves plus a little boy that wants the gloves, equals hanging there for about five-minutes.
"Mascotting" is an awesome experience. I challenge you now. Take a step out of the norm, be different and join a club you never thought you would join or try a new clothing style or even hairstyle. In the process stay true to yourself and don't change. At this age we are all just trying to find out who we really are and for me “mascotting” is just one way of doing it. So, what are you going to do next?
An interview with my pen pal: Gabrielė
By: Rachel B.
I had the wonderful opportunity to interview my pen pal from Lithuania, Gabrielė. We chatted via IM on SKYPE.
Rachel for the Lime Green Giraffe: “Where is Lithuania on the map?”
Gabrielė: “:D It is in central - East Europe, near Poland, Belarus and Latvia. There were some calculations and it is certified that the centre of Europe is in Lithuania!”
R: “What is school like in Lithuania?”
G: “Um. Our classes start at 8 am and we have from 5 to 8 classes everyday which last 45 minutes. After each class we have 10 minutes break. Unfortunately, our school system tends to be more theoretical, if you understand me? We don't have a lot of practical works. In my school every year students are directing a big musical! This year it will be ‘Grease’. I'm very excited about it.”
R: “What do you mean by you “don’t have practical works?”
G: “It's just that we learn from the books and not from the practice.”
R: “Ah, okay. What is your favorite Lithuanian food?”
G: “It has no translation to English but it is a cold beetroot soup. It is in such a lovely pink colour! We call it "šaltibarščiai". It is eaten with hot potatoes. In fact, all our traditional dishes are from potatoes.”
R: “What are some of your favorite sports/hobbies?”
G: “That's a tough one! I'm really a huge fan of everything. I love watching basketball! I love playing ping-pong! This year I started to attend photography and guitar classes. I also love music, movies and hanging out. There is no thing [sic] I wouldn't love! :D”
R “Many countries have some sort of ‘coming of age ceremony.’ Is there anything like that in Lithuania?”
G: “It would be a nice story. But we don't have it.”
R “Is there any kind of traditional clothing attire worn in Lithuania?”
G: “No. We are simple European people!”
R: “What would you like to say to the readers of Lime Green Giraffe?”
R: “Thank you very much, Gabrielė!”
G: “So! I wish you all a good and fruitful school year, enjoyable flashes of adolescence...and visit the Lithuania one day! :D”
A profile: Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley
By: Rachel B.
Who was Mary Ludwig Hays McCauley?
Mary was born in New Jersey, to a German family. When she was 15, she accepted a job as a servant in the Irvine household. In the city where the Irvines lived, Carlisle, Pennsylvania, Mary met William Hays. The two married, and in 1777, William enlisted in the Continental Army. William was trained as an artilleryman and Mary did her duty as a water girl, carrying water used to cool down the hot cannon barrels.
During the Battle of Monmouth 1778, William Hays collapsed at his cannon. The reason is unknown but William was carried off the battlefield. Instead of rushing off to tend to her husband or cry Mary did a remarkable thing for a woman in those days. She took up her husband’s cannon. For the rest of the day, Mary worked the cannon, braving the heat and threat of British gunfire.
After the American Revolution, Mary and William returned home, were Molly gave birth to their son, John. Sadly, William died in 1786, and Molly remarried a friend of his, John McCauley. This is unfortunate, since John McCauley was said to have a violent temper and their marriage did not seem to be a happy one.
Between 1807 and 1810, John McCauley mysteriously vanished. Mary continued to live in Pennsylvania without a husband and carried on her days perfectly happy as a servant-for-hire. She died in 1932.
Mary was known by many names in her time but her most common nickname was “Molly Pitcher” from that courageous day at the Battle of Monmouth. Today a statue of “Molly Pitcher” stands near her grave in Carlisle.
A look into the past: Georgia Tech
By: Lizzie W.
Sometimes, history is used to predict the future. Other times, it is used to learn about a culture or society. Scientists, anthropologists, professors and archeologists are all people that are commonly thought of when the word history is mentioned. You do not have to be a fancy professional to learn about the past. Many cools facts about your community can be learned when you research the history of a particular site, building or town in your area. History can be entertaining, especially when you are looking into the past of something that interests you.
Georgia Institute of Technology, or Georgia Tech, was founded 125 years ago, in 1885. The university in Atlanta, Georgia was created due to the lack of technological advances in the South at the time. Its first president was Isaac Hopkins. The school first opened its doors on October 8, 1888. There were only two buildings, both equal in size. One was the Tech Tower, although it was not nicknamed so until later. It had classrooms to teach students, and a total of five professors. The other building was a workshop where students produced goods to sell, creating revenue for the school. Five shop supervisors worked there, teaching vocational skills in a “hands-on” manner.
The first year, Georgia Tech’s enrollment consisted of 129 males. Females couldn’t attend the school until 1952, although they could attend Georgia Tech’s Evening School of Commerce starting in 1917.
In 1888, the only degree available was Bachelor of Science in Mechanical Engineering. The program was so demanding that nearly two thirds of the first class failed to complete it. Captain Lyman Hall, Georgia Tech’s second president, sought to attract more students to the school. He did so by expanding the offerings and adding electrical and civil engineering in 1896, textile engineering in 1899 and engineering chemistry in 1901.
During the university’s lifetime, six major wars have taken place: the Spanish-American War, World War I, World War II, the Korean War, the Vietnam War, and the Gulf War. As a result of World War I, Georgia Tech started a Reserve Officer Training Corps unit, which remains today, as well as hosted a school for cadet aviators, supply officers and army technicians. During WWI, wages were low, fundraising efforts were put on hold and it was difficult finding engineers willing to teach. However, Tech’s football season was able to continue.
Georgia Tech’s rivalry with the University of Georgia has been around since 1893, when Georgia Tech’s football team, known then as the Blacksmiths, defeated Georgia 28-6. Ever since, the two universities have vigorously competed against each other in everything and anything. The Ramblin’ Wreck from Georgia Tech, the well-known Georgia Tech fight song, is said to have originated at an early baseball game against UGA. It was declared the official fight song in 1905, although it had been an unofficial fight song for years.
Georgia Tech’s sports teams have been called the Yellow Jackets as early as the 1890s. The nickname came from Georgia Tech supporters wearing yellow jackets to games because of the team’s yellow jerseys. In October 1905, John Heisman declared that he wanted his teams to be known as the Yellow Jackets.
Let’s not forget about Buzz! The school’s faithful mascot has been around since the 1970s, when Judi McNair first donned the homemade costume. The yellow jacket was given the name Buzz Bee by 1980 when it became Georgia Tech’s official mascot.
A time capsule was planted in the wall of the student center in the year 1985, when the institute was celebrating their centennial. Inside are reminders of students’ life, activities and research endeavors that took place in 1985. The capsule will be opened in the year 2035.
The ANAK society is Tech’s oldest know honor society and a secret society. It was started in 1908 to honor juniors and seniors who have shown leadership and love for Georgia Tech. It was not originally a secret society. Its members and activities became a secret starting in 1961. ANAK helped establish Georgia Tech’s yearbook,newspaper and Georgia Tech’s Student Government Association. Members include at least 11-thousand graduates, faculty, and honorary members. A person’s membership in ANAK is not publicly known until they graduate or retire. Former President Jimmy Carter, football coach Bobby Dodd, former Atlanta mayor Ivan Allen Jr., and most of Georgia Tech’s presidents are all members.
Now, 125 years since it first opened, Georgia Tech has educated many famous people, including football coach William Alexander, Dean of Students George Griffin, golfer Bobby Jones, Jimmy Carter, astronaut John Young and pro-golfer David Duval…and George P. Burdell. George P. Burdell has attended the school every year since 1927, when Ed Smith created and enrolled him, took his tests, and saw to it that he earn his bachelor’s degree. Other students helped George to earn his master’s degree and a tour of duty in the military. He was a member of the ANAK society and as rumor has it, even married equally fictitious Ramona Cartwright from Agnes Scott College. They celebrated their 50th anniversary in 2006. Today, there is an on campus store named after him.
Since 1885, enrollment has gone from 129 males to 20,487 students, with women making-up 30% of the population. In Fall 2010, 50 states and 111 countries were represented at the university. Georgia Tech has come a long way since 1885. Who knows what the future will bring?