By Sylvia Franco Shirley just got the role of the main character in her school play. When she got home she couldn’t wait to tell her mom. Everyone was so happy for her. She practiced memorizing her lines every day and night before the play. Two days before the play, Shirley decided she would perform for her family to practice in front of an audience. As she was about to say her lines, she froze and blanked out. She didn’t know where to begin or what to say. She ran out of the room crying. “What do I do now?” She thought. Then an idea struck her, she had to face her fear. So she decided she would say her lines with her eyes closed. This way if she ever froze on stage she would just close her eyes and say her lines. On the night of her performance, she froze a couple of times but she just closed her eyes and said her lines. She was amazing. Because of this, a producer saw her performing and she became a professional actor. Have she not performed at that play because of her fear, she wouldn’t have been a professional actor.
By Jack Jemal People choose friends that take advantage of them because they want money, toys, to be in a big house, be popular and try to be cool. The sign of a good friend is if you get in a fight with someone and he is on your side. Also, if he includes you in everything and tells people to include you as well. A bad friend is someone who is nice to you and mean to everyone else.
This story was published in the Bar Mitzvah Magazine