“A Place at The Table”, Question Responses

Sean Hruswicki
Foods 12
8 November 2017
Mr. Brett

“A Place at The Table” Questions responses

One example of food insecurity in this film is of an unemployed single mother of two named Barbie. Like so many other unfortunate Americans they had to live off of junk food like chips and ramen noodles because they are cheaper than actual fresh foods like fruits and vegetables. After one whole year of looking for a job Barbie finally found a full time job, this should make her fine now right? Since she now has an income that exceeds the one required in order to receive food stamps. She wasn’t even given time to get on her feet, she just lost her assistance from the government right away even though she has been employed for barely any time at all, and probably, hasn’t even received her first paycheck yet. Another example of a person with food insecurity in the movie was a girl who’s father worked on a ranch, but also had to work as a janitor at a school because he wasn’t getting enough money from his ranching career. To cope with food insecurity the girl had lunch made by the school and went to a food kitchen hosted by the church that took place every Wednesday evening. Like so many other unfortunate Americans she and her family has to resort to buying junk food which is much more affordable that fresh fruits and vegetables that actually have a good nutritional value. I think people who are uneducated are more at risk of being food insecure. Mainly because they have a lower chance of getting a great job to supply themselves with adequate nutrition, but also because if they are in a struggle for money they may not know how to acquire resources and help from the government and other food assistance programs such as food banks. Young single parents are also at high risk because they can’t just leave their children and go to school in order to seek a better future for his or her family. My personal reaction to the move is I felt bad for a lot of the people but I was not surprised that so many people are food insecure in America. I am well aware there is a huge amount of people that don’t have enough to eat even though America has more than enough food to feed its people. I was not really surprised by any of the information presented. If I was in a position to directly influence food insecurity I would do a few things, first I would find a way to cut down on food waste, in 2014 a study by the USDA revealed that 31 percent or 133 BILLION pounds of the 430 billion pounds of food went to waste. If we cut down the food waste by only 25 percent we could still be saving billions of pounds of food. The second thing I would do is make fresh fruits and vegetables more affordable. I understand it kind of makes sense that fresh fruits and vegetables are more expensive because they actually have a good amount of nutrients but the prices are ridiculous. Fresh fruits and vegetables need to be more affordable of people who are not fortunate enough to afford them will just keep eating junk food and going down the road of diabetes, obesity, and early death

October Foods Lab Reflection

Sean Hruswicki

2nd October 2017

Foods 12

Mr. Brett


I chose to reflect on our buttermilk biscuits lab because although simple, they were the second most enjoyable thing we made this October. The process of making these was no challenge but they still tasted like it took a couple of hours to make. I enjoyed this lab because it was very straight forward and or simple, it was just satisfying to overall. The final product turned out better than i had hoped, I honestly wasn’t expecting much because of the simplicity but they were very delicious. My partner for this lab worked relatively well, there was a little but of a language barrier but we were fine. I in fact already recreated this recipe at home and they turned out just as fluffy, golden brown and flavorful.


I chose to reflect on the chocolate almond Biscotti because in my opinion they were the most delightful food we have made all month. some may disagree and say the waffles were the best but im not much of a waffle guy. I enjoyed this lab very much, like the buttermilk biscuits it didn’t take a rocket scientist to make the ideal Biscottis. My group worked very well during this lab, we just put in all the required work as a team and executed all of our tasks with no problems. I would maybe make this lab again during the winter to go with a nice cup of hot chocolate, i don’t know for sure but I think you can keep them in a container in your cupboard for an alright amount of time which is a major plus for me.


Newton’s Laws

Sean Hruswicki

30 October 2017

Physics 11

Ms. Jackson

Newton’s Laws


I’m sure we have all heard of the brilliant scientist Isaac Newton who is famous for his law of gravitation, which was a one of the many brilliant discoveries in the scientific revolution in the 17th century. His law of gravitation was everything in the universe is in some way attracted to each other. We will be looking at Newton’s three laws, videos demonstrating them, explaining why the specific law is demonstrated in the video, and maybe why the law may not exactly apply to the example if it does not.


Newton’s Third Law

Newton’s Third Law put in brief terms is: every action has a reaction. In this video a tennis ball falls off of a table and bounces back up into the air. The ball falling off of the table is the action, the ball bouncing back up is the reaction.


Newton’s Second Law

Newton’s Second Law summed up is the acceleration on an object correlates to the magnitude of force put behind it to put it in motion and mass of the object. In the video there is a softball and a tennis ball both with around the same mass. The softball is flicked and it goes forwards some distance, The tennis ball is then thrown across the ground with more force and it also goes forward some distance. the Tennis ball had more acceleration because it had more force even though it had the same mass therefore the magnitude of force is proportional to the acceleration of the object. However if we were to change the type of material to maybe a 1 lbs rock ball and a 1 lbs paper ball, the acceleration may not be the same due to paper being effected more in an environment with air resistance.


Newton’s First Law

Newton’s first Law, or the Law of Inertia, is when an object that is at rest stays at rest, and an object that is being moved by a force stays moving unless there is an opposing force to stop it. In this video you can see that at first there is a tennis ball that is not moving, it is not moving because an object that is at rest must stay at rest unless a force acts on it. When the ball is pushed it rolls until eventually stopping. But Newton’s first Law states that an object in motion must stay in motion, why does the ball stop if Newton is right? The ball would only have kept moving constantly if there were no opposing forced acting on it. Since the ball was rolling on the floor, the wood caused a force of friction that made the ball come to a stop.

“Lord of the Flies” – island description

(a brief description of what the island in “Lord of the Flies”, may look like.)

1) Scar

“between the scar and the sea. There, too, jutting into the lagoon, was the platform, with insect-like figures moving near it.” (39)

2) Lagoon

“A great platform of pink granite thrust up uncompromisingly through forest and terrace and sand and lagoon to make a raised jetty four feet high.” (13)

3) Mountain

“his eyes and followed the jagged outline of the crags up toward the moun- tain. This part of the beach was nearer the mountain than any other that they had seen.” (33)

4) site were Ralph and Piggy find the conch

“Ralph had stopped smiling and was pointing into the lagoon. Some-
thing creamy lay among the ferny weeds.
“A stone.”
“No. A shell.” (18)

5) Forest Where Fire Happened

“The pile was so rotten, and now so tinder-dry, that whole limbs yielded passionately to the yellow flames that poured upwards and shook a great beard of flame twenty feet in the air. For yards round the fire the heat was like a blow, and the breeze was a river of sparks. Trunks crumbled to white dust.” (56)

6) The Conch Location

“The shore was fledged with palm trees. These stood or leaned or reclined against the light and their green feathers were a hundred feet up in the air.” (10)

7) fruit tree

He picked his way up the scar, passed the great rock where Ralph had climbed on the first morning, then turned off to his right among the trees. He walked with an accustomed tread through the acres of fruit trees, where the least energetic could find an easy if unsatisfying meal.

8) coral reef

”The reef enclosed more than one side of the island, lying perhaps a mile out and parallel to what they now thought of as their beach. The coral was scribbled in the sea as though a giant had bent down to reproduce the shape of the island in a flowing chalk line but tired before he had f inished. Inside was peacock water, rocks and weeds showing as in an aquarium; outside was the dark blue of the sea. The tide was running so that long streaks of foam tailed away from the reef and for a moment they felt that the boat was moving steadily astern (Golding 38).

9) Mountain

“Where the pink cliffs rose out of the ground there were often narrow tracks winding upwards. They could edge along them, deep in the plant world, their faces to the rock“(Golding 34).

10) Scar

”Jack pointed down. “That’s where we landed.” Beyond falls and cliffs there was a gash visible in the trees; there were the splintered trunks and then the drag, leaving only a fringe of palm between the scar and the sea“ (Golding 39).

11) Shape of the island

“It was roughly boat-shaped: humped near this end with behind them the jumbled descent to the shore.”

12) Jungle

“Trees, forced by the damp heat, found too little soil for full growth, fell early and decayed: creepers cra- dled them, and new saplings searched a way up.”

13) Ocean

“faced by the brute obtuseness of the ocean, the miles of
division, one was clamped down, one was helpless, one was condemned” (Golding 158).

14) is an island

“This an island. At least I think it’s an island. That’s a reef out in the sea” (Golding 7).





Does Caffeine Stunt Your Growth?

Sean Hruswicki
Foods and Nutrition 12
19 October 2017
Mr. Brett

Does Caffeine Stunt Your Growth?

A lot of us in our early years have wanted to try coffee but we’re told no by our parents

because if you drink coffee at a young age it will stand your growth and make you short. The

myth that caffeine stunts your growth is a misconception and is not true at all but is still a common

belief. There is absolutely no concrete evidence that caffeine does so, and I will give you a few

reasons why it does not. First off, where did this myth originate from? Why do or did some of our

parents think this myth was true? The misconception that caffeine stunts your growth is from a time

where people thought coffee caused osteoporosis and osteoporosis was thought to stunt your growth.

There are some problems with this theory: caffeine does not cause osteoporosis, and osteoporosis

usually does not stunt your growth. Maybe our parents told us this as children because they wanted to

keep us away from caffeine in general. I think this because coffee is one of the most heavily

researched foods and you would think people would be more informed about it. A study that involved

81 adolescence for 6 years was conducted to compare the bone density of people that take in more

caffeine to people who take in less. Those with high caffeine intake had the same bone density in the

end as those with lower caffeine intake so this should pretty much debunks the myth completely. A

reason why coffee drinkers may have low bone density is because coffee drinkers tend to take in less

milk and other calcium containing beverages. In conclusion caffeine in fact does not make your bone

density lesser and will not make you short.


September Lab Reflections

Sean Hruswicki
Foods 12
2 October 2017
Mr. Brett

September Lab Reflection

I chose to reflect of the sunflower crepe lab because it was the best tasting thing we

made this month. One thing that went well was the final product, it was more delicious than I

was expecting it to be. The only thing that went wrong was that we went a little bit over the

time provided because we were having some difficulties understanding the recipe. The thing

that confused the group was which ingredient do we take double of because we were making

the sunflower crepes in groups of 2 in our table of 4 definitely make this again because it is not

that hard to make and it tasted really good. I also chose to reflect on the croissant recipe I was

not present at school the day they were baked unfortunately. I heard they were delicious. What

went well was despite having a major setback we still were not that late for the next block. Our

mistake was we added where we were not supposed to and had to redo the entire recipe

which took around 15 minutes. Another setback was a custard cup made of glass slipped out

of my hand and shattered onto the floor. I had to leave my group to clean up my mess. I would

definitely give the croissants another shot just for the sake of doing it right and actually getting

to actually taste them which I could not originally do because I was absent.




“Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Narrative

Sean Hruswicki

English 11

4 October 2017

Mr. Barazzuol


“The Secret Life of Walter Mitty” Alternate Ending


As Walter faces the firing squad he has a mysterious smile on his face, almost as if he was insinuating his escape, the soldiers are confused and look back viciously, and are eager to shoot him. “Hey! Our guns don’t work!”

“they’ve been tampered with!” Said one of the soldiers.

Walter laughs, and pulls the grenade that he was hiding in his pants the entire time, Walter throws the grenade at the confused soldiers. The soldiers in distraught dive for cover and Walter escapes with a huge explosion behind him into the mysterious war torn city that he would have been executed in…

“Walter why did you throw your wallet into the middle of the parking lot?” Asked Walter’s wife.

“Oh my bad, it must have slipped out of my hands,’ said Walter.

“Whatever, we can go home now we’ve done everything we need to do” said Walter’s wife.

on the way back to the car Walter sees a store with some very nice watches. He notices one specific watch that completely stands out from all the others… Walter finds himself standing over a bomb big enough to blow up the entire building and the criminal he detained who planted the bomb near him.

“Tell me the code!” Yelled Walter, trying to sound as intimidating as possible.

“Why would I tell you anything! Either way i’m dead!”, said the insolent criminal.

Walter knew the criminal had a great point, so he knocked out the criminal with a pipe knowing that he would be no use to him if he wanted to defuse the bomb, he would only be false hope, a distraction. Walter had to figure it out himself. Walter with very little knowledge of bomb defusing aside from some action movies, started inspecting the bomb looking for anything that could help him. All he could find were three wires that were all the same color, “hmm, one and three chance? Those are the best odds I’ve had in years,” Walter cut one wire with little to no hesitation and the confidence of a mad man…

“you’ve been looking at that watch pretty intensely” said one of the watch store employees “if you are looking to buy it today there is a 15% discount,” said another employee.

“oh, ummm, no thanks, just looking around” said Walter.

“Are we finally done here?” Said Walter’s wife as he walked out of the watch store.

“oh course honey,” said Walter.

“whew thank god we’re going, nothing interesting has happened today, I need a nap,” said Walter’s wife in a whiny tone.

“of course,” said Walter as he was blankly staring at a very uninteresting puddle.

“Walter you’re making that funny look again, what is going on in your head today?”




Plot Point Photo Compilation

Sean Hruswicki

English 11

24 September 2017

Mr. Barazzuol

This “Plot Point Photo Compilation” will be analyzing the quotes in the short story “Father and Son” by Bernard MacLaverty. The Story is about a troubled teen who has a dysfunctional relationship and communication issues with his widower father. The story takes place somewhere in Belfast, United Kingdom in a troubled neighborhood filled with crime and ambulances at night. The timeline of the story is around the 70s to 80s. To analyze the story plot points in this story one quote for exposition, 5 for rising action, 1 for climax, 1 for falling action and 1 for the denouement were chosen. Each quote explains what happens and why it represents that specific point in the story. A photo that represents both the quote and plot point is also provided.

1.) Exposition


“This is my on who let me down. I love him so much but he wont talk to me” (165)

The father walks into his sons room when he is sleeping and thinks this to himself. This is the exposition because the father introduces us to the main conflict. Which is the dysfunctional relationship between him and him son. The son barely pays attention to or talk to his dad. When they do talk they are fighting or it is never about anything positive.


2.) Rising Action


“I want you to talk to me the way I hear you talk to the people at the door, I want to hear you laugh with me like you used to” (166)

The father tells his son about how he feels about the current state of their relationship. The action rises as feelings are expressed by the father. We know that the relationship between them was good before probably before the mom died.



3.) Rising Action

“I have not seen my son for two days… I hear on the radio he is dead… They give out his description… But he comes in for his tea” (167)

The story hints that the son has died after being missing for two days. The father and the reader are both convinced that the son has died some how. Then the son comes back home alive for some tea. The reader and father both wonder where the son was all this time.

4.) Rising Action

“I have not touched the stuff since I came back right?” (168)

Shortly after the son comes back from mysteriously disappearing for two days, the son mentions he has not touched “the stuff” since he came back from somewhere. The father and son argue some more. The reader learns that the son has a history of drug use. It could be suspected that for the two days he was missing he could have been doing drugs.



5.)Rising Action

“The door swing open and he pushes a hand gun under his pillow” (169)

The father walks into the sons room and catches him hiding a hand gun under his pillow. One would wonder weather he uses it for protection or maybe he wants to kill somebody. When he was gone for two days before somebody may have tried to kill him because the description of the victim was the same as the son. Or maybe it was the other way around and he was the one who killed somebody and somebody may want revenge eventually.

6.) Climax

“There is a bang… my son is lying on the floor… blood is dripping form his nose”

The father hears a bang from the kitchen, he drops a plate and run over. The reader is pretty sure it was a gunshot but the father does not. He sees his son lying on the floor with blood dripping from his nose suspecting that he was punched. This is the climax because it is the highest point of action in the whole story.

7.) Falling Action

“See a hole that should not be there, at the base of his nostril” (169)

It is explicitly implied to the reader that the son in fact got shot and died. The action falls and the father is starting to think that his son has died.

8.) Denouement

“my son, let me put my arms around you”

The story concludes as the father puts his arms around his dead son. Knowing inside that his son is dead and he has lost the last thing he has.




“Two Fishermen” Character Sketch

Sean Hruswicki
English 11
18 September 2017
Mr. Barazzuol


The character of Smitty from the short story “Two Fishermen” by Morley Callaghan, is a

middle aged, straight, white male, who is the “hangman” or executioner for a living. Smitty is

likely educated because he is employed. His profession is executioner or hang man. I infer that

Smitty is slightly wealthy because his job Includes lots of traveling, and killing people which

both or one thing most people don’t Like to do; undesired jobs usually pay a lot. Smitty has a

wife and five children. A lot of people in the towns that he travels to to execute people hate him

because of his work. The reader is not sure exactly where Smitty lives but we know he is

constantly traveling from prison to prison fulfilling the duty of the executioner. The only

friendship we know that Smitty has (or thinks he has) is with Micheal Foster, a small town

Reporter. The truth was that Micheal was only using Smitty for a story for the towns

paper,Which would make him look good and bring him closer to his ultimate goal, becoming a

Big city reporter. Smitty is definitely an interesting character if you analyze him closely.