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“Welcome to the 31st Olympic Summer Games in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, 2016! My name is Dilma Rousseff and I am honored to be giving this speech on behalf of the country of Brazil. I am very pleased to announce that this is the most number of Olympians ever reported participating in the Summer Olympics, and here is Miranda Delphine of Ireland to light the Olympic torch!”

Miranda starts to process on stage with a pearly white smile against her velvet soft red lips. Her perfectly painted fingers wrap around the torch like serpents. She reaches the top of the spiral staircase and with a flick of her wrist, like the wave of a wand, the silver case of the enormous torch comes back to life, as if it was hibernating. Everyone cheers and claps, for the torch is awakened and all the athletes stand tall and proud as the National Anthem of Brazil begins to be sung by a choir of small angelic children, bringing tears to all who listen to the melodious tune. When we proceed back through the tunnel, everyone takes a last glimpse of the crowd and wishing this would never end, go back through the tunnel which we all enter and kiss the stadium goodbye.

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When Napoléon was 35 years old, the Senate declared him emperor of France. The weird thing was that his father was an anti-French lawyer. In school, Napoléon was very focused on his studies, which was part of the fact why he was chosen to be emperor. From being studious, he thought of more intricate and complex battle strategies and he could read the battlefield like an open book. Napoléon’s reform was called the Napoleonic Code. The Napoleonic Code was one of the few documents that have influenced the whole world, according to historian Robert Holtman. This code forbade special privileges given to one, based on who you were born to, and the code embraced freedom of religion and made it possible for the more qualified to land a better job, not just because they were blood-related. This code also replaced feudal law, which had allowed lords to protect the people that worked on the land, who basically had to work for free. This code was spread throughout Europe, making a great impact on civil laws. Napoléon led his country to many victories around Europe for nine years as emperor.

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Underage Swimming Competitor “Wake up sweetheart. It’s time to eat and get ready,” my dad said while shaking me awake. I looked at my alarm clock and the time read 5:00 A.M. “But it’s only 5 o’clock. That’s way too early for an eight-year-old,” I complained. “Not if you are supposed to be at Cheshire Read more…

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PRESENT DAY   On a breezy summer morning in Poland, everything was silent. The sky was a dark shade of black and everything was still sound asleep. All that changed when Olivia woke up to the sound of a fury of roosters crowing. She jolted to a sitting position when she realized it was her Read more…