The Best and the Worst  of the Year By: Rashi Sadhwani Period 3
First African American U.S. President   Most Memorable <ul><li>Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44 th  President of th...
Bernie Madoff – Biggest Ponzi Scheme   Most Outrageous <ul><li>Bernie Madoff was arrested on Thursday, December 11 th , 20...
Sully Crash-Lands into Hudson River  Most Heroic <ul><li>On Thursday, January 15 th , 2009, a US Airways plane that was ca...
Mayor Bloomberg Seeks Third Term  Most Controversial <ul><li>Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Thursday, October 2 n...
Mumbai Terrorist Attacks Most Unfortunate <ul><li>The Mumbai terrorist attacks, began on November 26 th , 2008 and lasted ...
Phelps Wins 8 Gold Medals – Olympic Record   Most Inspiring <ul><li>On Sunday August 17 th , 2008, Michael Phelps helped h...
In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars    Most Ironic <ul><li>Residents of Vauban, Germany have give up their cars. T...
What I Liked and Disliked about the Current Events Project <ul><li>I enjoyed this project because it gave me the chance to...
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  1. 1. The Best and the Worst of the Year By: Rashi Sadhwani Period 3
  2. 2. First African American U.S. President Most Memorable <ul><li>Barack Hussein Obama was elected the 44 th President of the United States of America on Tuesday November 5 th , 2008. This election marked a historic moment in racial history. Our country chose its first African American chief executive. President Obama said, “It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, because of what we did on this date in this election at this defining movement, change has come to the America.” </li></ul><ul><li>I chose this article as most memorable because Obama’s presidency marks a defining step in US history. Never before has an African American won the US presidency. This presidency will be written about in future history books. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Bernie Madoff – Biggest Ponzi Scheme Most Outrageous <ul><li>Bernie Madoff was arrested on Thursday, December 11 th , 2008 for running a multibillion – dollar fraud scheme. Madoff stole about 50 million dollars from his investors. The Madoff scheme can be considered as one of the greatest financial shocks of the world. </li></ul><ul><li>The Madoff scandal can be considered the largest investor fraud ever committed by one individual. I chose this article because the fact that Madoff single-handily was the master mind of this fraud and that he was able to carry it over so many years is shocking. </li></ul>
  4. 4. Sully Crash-Lands into Hudson River Most Heroic <ul><li>On Thursday, January 15 th , 2009, a US Airways plane that was carrying 155 passengers crash-landed into the Hudson River. Everyone on board was accounted for and alive. The pilot, Chesley B. “Sully” Sullenberger, was declared as a hero. After striking at least one bird, Sully successfully landed in the water, the plane stayed afloat, and all the passengers safely got on rafts. </li></ul><ul><li>I chose this article for most heroic because this event was not something that Sully was prepared for. In addition before leaving the plane, Sully checked to make sure all the passengers had evacuated. </li></ul>
  5. 5. Mayor Bloomberg Seeks Third Term Most Controversial <ul><li>Mayor Michael R. Bloomberg announced on Thursday, October 2 nd , 2008, that he’s hoping for changes that will allow him to seek a third term. He stated that he wants to handle unfinished business including the &quot;unprecedented challenges&quot; brought on by the recent financial crisis. He will ask the City Council to change New York's term limits law so he can run next year for another four years in office. The current law limits the mayor to two terms. Bloomberg, will probably face opposition and legal challenges. </li></ul><ul><li>The reason for choosing this article is because there are two sides to it – either you’re in support of Mayor Bloomberg running for a third term and changing the rules or you’re not because legally he’s not allowed to. It must be decided based on the public’s interest. </li></ul>
  6. 6. Mumbai Terrorist Attacks Most Unfortunate <ul><li>The Mumbai terrorist attacks, began on November 26 th , 2008 and lasted until November 29 th , 2009, killing more than 150 people. The attacks were directed by Lashkar-e-Taiba militants inside Pakistan. The shooting and bombings occurred in South Mumbai in the Taj Mahal Palace & Tower, Oberoi Hotel, a Jewish Center at Nariman Point, and several other locations. Among the hostages, dead, and wounded were Indian citizens as well as foreigners. </li></ul><ul><li>These terrorist attacks are distressing and sad and so I chose it for this category. It was horrible to watch and read about the innocent people who were killed as well as the hostages. In addition, their families went through a horrific experience. It was upsetting that these events happened. </li></ul>
  7. 7. Phelps Wins 8 Gold Medals – Olympic Record Most Inspiring <ul><li>On Sunday August 17 th , 2008, Michael Phelps helped his team win the 400 – meter medley relay. Not only did the break a world record, but it was Phelp’s historical eight gold medal. Phelps broke the record set by Mark Spitz and his seven-gold wins in the 1972 Olympic games. Phelps also set seven personal world records in China. “Nothing is impossible,” Phelps said. “With so many people saying it couldn’t be done, all it takes is an imagination, and that’s something I learned and something that helped me.” </li></ul><ul><li>Phelp’s broke several world records as well as set a historical record during the Olympics. His story is inspiring because it gives hope to people that they can achieve whatever they put their heart and soul to. It’s inspirational to others. </li></ul>
  8. 8. In German Suburb, Life Goes On Without Cars Most Ironic <ul><li>Residents of Vauban, Germany have give up their cars. This upscale suburban community has participated in an experiment. The goal of the experiment is to separate suburban life from auto use. This will then help to reduce gas emissions and therefore reduce global warming. In addition, future city planners are looking to make suburbs more compact and more accessible to public transportation. </li></ul><ul><li>I chose this article for the ironic category because when you think of suburbs you automatically think of a city that needs cars. When you live in a suburb it’s essential to have a car in order to get around. This suburb is unique in that it’s volunteering to be less dependent on cars. </li></ul>
  9. 9. What I Liked and Disliked about the Current Events Project <ul><li>I enjoyed this project because it gave me the chance to learn about the current events happening in the world. It’s important to be knowledgeable about what’s going on. The world is rapidly changing and it’s our responsibility to keep up with current events. We live in this world and so we should know what’s happening. I really liked using powerpoint to present this project as well. It was something different than typing up a report in word which is what I usually do. </li></ul><ul><li>I did not enjoy looking up newspaper articles for this project in my free time. Going on-line and visiting newspaper websites was dull. It took a lot of time to research and find the appropriate articles for each category. Also it was hard for me to summarize each newspaper article in a few, short sentences. I wanted to make sure I didn’t forget any important details. </li></ul>

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