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NPR is running a poll allowing readers to vote for their favorite YA books – you can vote for up to 10!  Of course Harry Potter and Twilight are on the list, but so are some classics like a Wrinkle in Time and the Lord of the Rings…So vote now…and tell us who you picked….

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Meet GirlMogul Daisy

 

NAME:  XXXXXXX

 

Code Name: Daisy

 

Address: XX Weston Plaza Tower

 

Age: 12

 

Collected Data:

Family: Father is a computer scientist and researcher who consults for various companies.  Daisy’s mother is deceased.   No other siblings.  Daisy and her father live in the newest high rise in the center of downtown Weston.  Daisy goes to Weston City Academy.

 

 

Favorite Books: Manga comic books.  And online blogs and gaming sites.  Prefers the internet and her computer to reading.

 

Favorite Subject: Math.

 

Hobbies: Gaming.  Taking apart things and putting them back together. Writing compuer

In her words:

Describe yourself:  LEFT INTENTIONALLY BLANK

 

Your Hero: No one.

 

Someone from History you admire: Grace Murray Hopper – she wrote the first computer compiler.

 

If you could have lunch with anyone: No one.

 

Your favorite place: My room.

 

A place you would like to visit: NASA

What do you want to be when you grow up:   LEFT BLANK

 

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee? My dad is making me.  Along with the school counselor.

 

Dr. Smith’s Comments: Obviously some issues with authority.  Unresolved feelings over her mother’s recent death.  Her test scores were extremely high, with a very strong mathematical and mechanical aptitude.  Her skill with computer programs and technology is needed on the team, but…

Abby’ Comments: She needs our help. I promise to work with her.  Let’s give her a trial period.

Meet GirlMogul Poppy

 

 

 

 

 

 

NAME:XXXXXXX

Code Name:Poppy

Address: XX State Street

Age:12

Collected Data:

Family: Family owns a chain of successful restaurants.First one started by her grandmother in downtown Weston. Has since grown to several locations throughout Weston, serving Latin America influenced food.Her grandmother is mostly retired and leaves the day to day management of the restaurants to Poppy’s Father and Mother.Poppy has two older brothers and one younger sister.

Favorite Books: Non fiction books, especially ones about animals, scientists and the ocean.

Favorite Subject: Science.

Hobbies: Mixing formulas with her chemistry kit, collecting specimens and cataloging them, trying to invent the perfect face cream.And hanging out with her grandmother.

In her words:

Describe yourself: I love learning about things.Reading books is ok, but I would rather learn about things by actually looking at, observing them.I take notes in my field journal all the time, about things I observe. I am always taking pictures too.I also like working with my chemistry set. It’s the deluxe one, I just got it for my birthday this year.I have been through like 5 other beginner ones, but this one is more like the real thing – my mom made me promise to be very careful using it. I am already working on my project for this year’s science fair, but its top secret.

My mom and dad set up a real lab for me in the basement.I have my computer, my microscope and all my chemicals down there.It’s totally cool. I can listen to my music and work on my formula for face cream.

Your Hero: My grandmother.She emigrated to America with just about nothing and started a small tacqueira and now she has 4 restaurants and is on all of these committees and she still has time to spend with me and work in her garden.

Someone from History you admire: Dr. Myrna Lodge.She was the first female surgeon to perform open heart surgery.How cool is that?

If you could have lunch with anyone:Stephanie Kwolek – the inventor of Kevlar – it’s used in everything from boats to space ships.

Your favorite place: My Lab.

A place you would like to visit: New York City – I would like to see the Museum of Natural History for myself.

What do you want to be when you grow up:A doctor, or a scientist, or maybe a veterinarian.I can’t decide if I would rather help people or animals.

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee?My grandmother said it would be good for me to meet other girls my own age and work together on something, instead of spending so much time in her lab.I think she was also responsible for volunteering someone.Also, I think it will be the basis for a great experiment, how the pre-adolescent child performs in small group settings. Perhaps I can write a research paper on it.

Approved

Dr. Smith’s Comments: A bright inquisitive mind. She reminds me of me when I was younger.Her rational, observational approach will be an asset to the team.

Abby’ Comments: Poppy sounds totally smart – perhaps not much of a people person though.We’ll see if we can get her to see people as more than study subjects!


NAME:XXXXXXX

Code Name:Poppy

Address: XX State Street

Age:12

Collected Data:

Family: Family owns a chain of successful restaurants.First one started by her grandmother in downtown Weston. Has since grown to several locations throughout Weston, serving Latin America influenced food.Her grandmother is mostly retired and leaves the day to day management of the restaurants to Poppy’s Father and Mother.Poppy has two older brothers and one younger sister.

Favorite Books: Non fiction books, especially ones about animals, scientists and the ocean.

Favorite Subject: Science.

Hobbies: Mixing formulas with her chemistry kit, collecting specimens and cataloging them, trying to invent the perfect face cream.And hanging out with her grandmother.

In her words:

Describe yourself: I love learning about things.Reading books is ok, but I would rather learn about things by actually looking at, observing them.I take notes in my field journal all the time, about things I observe. I am always taking pictures too.I also like working with my chemistry set. It’s the deluxe one, I just got it for my birthday this year.I have been through like 5 other beginner ones, but this one is more like the real thing – my mom made me promise to be very careful using it. I am already working on my project for this year’s science fair, but its top secret.

My mom and dad set up a real lab for me in the basement.I have my computer, my microscope and all my chemicals down there.It’s totally cool. I can listen to my music and work on my formula for face cream.

Your Hero: My grandmother.She emigrated to America with just about nothing and started a small tacqueira and now she has 4 restaurants and is on all of these committees and she still has time to spend with me and work in her garden.

Someone from History you admire: Dr. Myrna Lodge.She was the first female surgeon to perform open heart surgery.How cool is that?

If you could have lunch with anyone:Stephanie Kwolek – the inventor of Kevlar – it’s used in everything from boats to space ships.

Your favorite place: My Lab.

A place you would like to visit: New York City – I would like to see the Museum of Natural History for myself.

What do you want to be when you grow up:A doctor, or a scientist, or maybe a veterinarian.I can’t decide if I would rather help people or animals.

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee?My grandmother said it would be good for me to meet other girls my own age and work together on something, instead of spending so much time in her lab.I think she was also responsible for volunteering someone.Also, I think it will be the basis for a great experiment, how the pre-adolescent child performs in small group settings. Perhaps I can write a research paper on it.

Approved

Dr. Smith’s Comments: A bright inquisitive mind. She reminds me of me when I was younger.Her rational, observational approach will be an asset to the team.

Abby’ Comments: Poppy sounds totally smart – perhaps not much of a people person though.We’ll see if we can get her to see people as more than study subjects!


Meet GirlMogul Lily

 

NAME:XXXXXXX

Code Name:Lily

Address: 683 Quailtree Lane, Weston.

Age:12

Collected Data:

Family: Father is a law school professor.Mother is a banker, commercial lending.Older brother in high school.Lily attends the local middle school.Live in suburban development, colonial style new house.Parents moved to Weston based on jobs after graduating from Law School and Business School. Mother volunteers on local community service boards and father coaches the field hockey team.

Favorite Books: Lily prefers magazines.GirlMoon, Inc Magazine, and National Geographic Kids, though wouldn’t be caught reading it in public.Also likes Teen.

Favorite Subject: Doesn’t have one. Does moderately well in all subjects.Slightly better at math than English.Excels in leadership positions for after school activities.Dance Organization Committee, Community Service Club, Environmental Club.

Hobbies: Talking to people, helping others through various programs, field hockey team, watching movies with her mom.Having discussions with her dad.

In her words:

Describe yourself: Lots of people describe me as outgoing.My mother says I can talk to anyone about anything and it’s true I guess, I always just like talking to people and making new friends, even if it’s just for a little while, like in the line in the grocery store.My mom says I get it from dad, since he’s a lawyer, he’s always talking, while arguing kind of, that’s what lawyers , and law professors do, they talk a lot.But mom is also pretty friendly.She always has a smile; she’s pretty tall and walks like a queen.You notice her when she walks down the street and people kind of what to be around her.

I live in Bird section of Weston. I call it that because all the streets are named after birds.It’s a pretty new house.We moved there after my mom got the promotion at the bank.It’s closer to the work for both my mom and dad, which is nice because now they’re both home for dinner most of the time – if we’re not out doing something, like practice or at a meeting.My parents take me lots of places with them – they say this is how I will get a taste of the real world and how to act around adults.Sometimes my mom will take me to visit her clients on the weekend – local businesses and stores – just to check up on things.I love learning about all the different things people make and sell, really it’s just fascinating.

I like to hang with my dad too, sometimes I go to his office and hang out while he meets with students.Or I get to read or play on the computer while he’s writing an article or lecturing. I like the university – most everyone is young and cool and you get to see some pretty interesting outfits and hair dos.And everyone is always excited about something.

I am usually excited about something – I love working with after school clubs, like the environmental club and the helping seniors club.We plan projects – a lot of times, I get to plan the projects and we all work together to make them happen.And I was thinking of starting a young entrepreneur’s club at school.An entrepreneur is someone who starts a business and kids can do it to.Actually I did take over the school store and I increased sales by 100% in just a month (it was my smart marketing – I made new flyers and ran great sales).I really like running the store, taking the money and figuring out what we’re going to sell. I totally think we need to update all of the notebooks and pens we sell – who wants boring black when you could have flowers and patterns?

Anyway, I am also trying to make things better, I mean better, how I see it.But I listen to other people to. But usually I am right.

Your Hero: My parents. And the whole Obama family

Someone from History you admire: Madam CJ Walker – she was the first female millionaire in America.

If you could have lunch with anyone: Malia and Sasha Obama- at the White House of course.

Your favorite place: The family room.I hang out there and do my homework while my mom or dad cooks dinner and we talk.We also play games there on game night – every Thursday.

A place you would like to visit: New York City.And Washington, DC.So much seems to be happening there.

What do you want to be when you grow up:An entrepreneur. Or a lawyer. Or the president. I am open to any of those.

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee?: I think it’s a great way to get involved in celebrating our founder and the history of Weston.I feel like I could really help organize things too.

Approved

Dr. Smith’s Comments: An excellent leader.Very intelligent (if not book smart, certainly street smart).Has a good way with people.Seems like true leadership material.

Abby’ Comments: Sounds like Lily totally rocks – love all the things she’s involved with.Super friendly and has a way of making people feel at ease.


NAME:XXXXXXX

Code Name:Lily

Address: 4683 Quailwood Trail, Weston.

Age:12

Collected Data:

Family: Father is a law school professor.Mother is a banker, commercial lending.Older brother in high school.Lily attends the local middle school.Live in suburban development, colonial style new house.Parents moved to Weston based on jobs after graduating from Law School and Business School. Mother volunteers on local community service boards and father coaches the field hockey team.

Favorite Books: Lily prefers magazines.GirlMoon, Inc Magazine, and National Geographic Kids, though wouldn’t be caught reading it in public.Also likes Teen.

Favorite Subject: Doesn’t have one. Does moderately well in all subjects.Slightly better at math than English.Excels in leadership positions for after school activities.Dance Organization Committee, Community Service Club, Environmental Club.

Hobbies: Talking to people, helping others through various programs, field hockey team, watching movies with her mom.Having discussions with her dad.

In her words:

Describe yourself: Lots of people describe me as outgoing.My mother says I can talk to anyone about anything and it’s true I guess, I always just like talking to people and making new friends, even if it’s just for a little while, like in the line in the grocery store.My mom says I get it from dad, since he’s a lawyer, he’s always talking, while arguing kind of, that’s what lawyers , and law professors do, they talk a lot.But mom is also pretty friendly.She always has a smile; she’s pretty tall and walks like a queen.You notice her when she walks down the street and people kind of what to be around her.

I live in Bird section of Weston. I call it that because all the streets are named after birds.It’s a pretty new house.We moved there after my mom got the promotion at the bank.It’s closer to the work for both my mom and dad, which is nice because now they’re both home for dinner most of the time – if we’re not out doing something, like practice or at a meeting.My parents take me lots of places with them – they say this is how I will get a taste of the real world and how to act around adults.Sometimes my mom will take me to visit her clients on the weekend – local businesses and stores – just to check up on things.I love learning about all the different things people make and sell, really it’s just fascinating.

I like to hang with my dad too, sometimes I go to his office and hang out while he meets with students.Or I get to read or play on the computer while he’s writing an article or lecturing. I like the university – most everyone is young and cool and you get to see some pretty interesting outfits and hair dos.And everyone is always excited about something.

I am usually excited about something – I love working with after school clubs, like the environmental club and the helping seniors club.We plan projects – a lot of times, I get to plan the projects and we all work together to make them happen.And I was thinking of starting a young entrepreneur’s club at school.An entrepreneur is someone who starts a business and kids can do it to.Actually I did take over the school store and I increased sales by 100% in just a month (it was my smart marketing – I made new flyers and ran great sales).I really like running the store, taking the money and figuring out what we’re going to sell. I totally think we need to update all of the notebooks and pens we sell – who wants boring black when you could have flowers and patterns?

Anyway, I am also trying to make things better, I mean better, how I see it.But I listen to other people to. But usually I am right.

Your Hero: My parents. And the whole Obama family

Someone from History you admire: Madam CJ Walker – she was the first female millionaire in America.

If you could have lunch with anyone: Malia and Sasha Obama- at the White House of course.

Your favorite place: The family room.I hang out there and do my homework while my mom or dad cooks dinner and we talk.We also play games there on game night – every Thursday.

A place you would like to visit: New York City.And Washington, DC.So much seems to be happening there.

What do you want to be when you grow up:An entrepreneur. Or a lawyer. Or the president. I am open to any of those.

Why do you want to help out with Weston’s Jr. Civic Pride Committee?: I think it’s a great way to get involved in celebrating our founder and the history of Weston.I feel like I could really help organize things too.

Approved

Dr. Smith’s Comments: An excellent leader.Very intelligent (if not book smart, certainly street smart).Has a good way with people.Seems like true leadership material.

Abby’ Comments: Sounds like Lily totally rocks – love all the things she’s involved with.Super friendly and has a way of making people feel at ease.