My name is Andy Pickard. I graduated from Olentangy Liberty High School in Powell. I live a mile away from the Columbus zoo originally but I am staying at the Annex this year. I played soccer from first grade until sophomore year, and also snowboard on occasion. A few fun facts about me is that I get free Dr Pepper because my dad works for the company. Also I have had four concussions three while snowboarding and one while playing soccer. I was going to header a ball but the keeper decided he wanted it so he kneed me in the face to get it. I still scored so I guess I won the challenge.
The reading that stuck out the most to me was the story about Frederick Douglass. The resilience shown by Frederick Douglass is incredible, how he can manage to become literate despite the struggle of hatred against him and pure racism shown. He really showed that if you set your mind to a goal you can accomplish anything regardless of how hard some people may try to stop you. I saw the determination shown by Fredrick Douglass in Will Allen as well, they both had all odds against them yet managed to be successful. I learned that writing is much more than people think. Writing gives people the power to learn and to become well-spoken, so in this instance reading and writing give Frederick Douglass the capability to be seen more as property and as an actual intelligent person.