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What achievements did you receive recognition for when you were younger?

Asked at Massachusetts Street on November 5, 2007

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Photo of Erin Falter

“I won a first-place trophy for the children’s tractor pull at the State Fair in Hutchinson.”

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“I got two trophies for having undefeated soccer seasons and a second-place trophy for Little League.”

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“I won the spelling bee in fifth grade and lettered in cheerleading.”

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“When I was in fourth grade, I got a trophy for playing baseball even though we lost every game.”

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

Hukt on foneks wirkt fore yew!

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badger 6 years, 5 months ago

Thats coz deskboy is hukt on foneks!

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

deskboy04 (Anonymous) says:

Spelling bea in graid skool.

Wow, a well deserved award indeed! :o/

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GretchenJP 6 years, 5 months ago

Shouldn't it be "for what achievments did you receive recognition when you were younger?" Maybe I'm wrong. I achieved very little as a youngster except maybe the ability to give my mother migraines.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 5 months ago

badger, There is always room for jello... trust me...

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sigerson 6 years, 5 months ago

"Hands on a Hard Body" is indeed a fine film. One of my favorite documentaries.

I've won "Employee of the Month" every month for the past sixteen years. Of course, being self-employed...

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badger 6 years, 5 months ago

R_I:

I have no response to that. I sit stunned in horrified silence.

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Gootsie 6 years, 5 months ago

way too many to list here, but I'm proudest of my Hog Calling Contest Championship when I was a Junior.

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Pywacket 6 years, 5 months ago

Awwwwwwww, Summan...... sigh... I am particularly fond of poppyseed bread but I understand how you wouldn't want your prize-winning recipe to get into the wrong hands.

And a dance-a-thon contest!? Does that require massive infusions of caffeine?

That reminds me--if anyone wants to see an unusual and very cool documentary about someone winning something, rent (or buy--you can probably get it used, cheap, on Amazon) "Hands on a Hard Body." It's about a contest to win a pickup truck, wherein the last person to keep one hand (gloved to keep the truck pristine) on the vehicle wins it. They get (I believe) 10 minutes' break every hour, then a longer break periodically. As fatigue sets in, people will just space off, take both hands off, and drop out of the competition. At least one makes a conscious decision not to return after a break...

As the days (yes--plural!) progress, the lack of sleep has predictable, but still fascinating, effects on people. All those competing have very different approaches & philosophies. They think out what to wear, what to eat, how to spend their break time, how to stay alert. Lots of extremely funny moments, a little heartbreak (as those you're pulling for drop out), some satisfaction (as those you don't like drop out)....just a quirky, fun, slice-of-life little film. The narrator is great.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 5 months ago

badger, Does your dry rub include cherry jello by any chance?

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Windlass 6 years, 5 months ago

Drank my daddy's whiskey when I was nine or ten.

I'm a loser, baby, so why don't you kill me......?

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DotsLines 6 years, 5 months ago

When I was in 8th grade I won an essay contest sponsored by the Daughters of the American Revolution. The reason I remember it so well was the amusing part of the story - the previous day I had been sent home and suspended indefinitely for swearing at a teacher.

(It's not like I told him to F' off - he had confiscated something we weren't allowed to have in school, probably something so awful as a bag of marbles, and when I handed it to him, I said "Damn." Times were somewhat different then.)

Anyway, in light of the fact that it was the first year our school had been allowed to compete in the contest and we swept all three places, the principal decided my indefinite suspension had been served long enough by the next morning, rather than showing up at the DAR and explaining why the first place winner wasn't there.

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badger 6 years, 5 months ago

prospector:

Brisket should be made of cow, not of pig. It should be coated with dry rub and smoked for a minimum of six hours, more preferably 12. It is to be eaten with a moderately spicy sauce served to the side for optional dipping, jalapenos, sliced raw onion, and white bread. Pickles are allowed by special dispensation only.

Pig brisket is an affront before god and man. I'm sure pork belly is a fine food, but 'brisket' it is not.

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Summan 6 years, 5 months ago

Pywacket (Anonymous) says: Several cooking awards amongst this illustrious crew. Care to divulge any recipes?

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I would, but I really would have to kill you. My poppy seed bread (winning loaf) recipe stays with me. :)

Oh yeah, I once won a dance-a-thon contest, decades ago, while raising money for Jerry's kids. It was amazing how none of us got too tired shaking our groove thing for 24 hours!

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gogoplata 6 years, 5 months ago

I drove trucks, broke arms, and arm wrestled.

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Pywacket 6 years, 5 months ago

I nominate Bladerunner for Most Mortifying Award Ever Won! ;-)

Several cooking awards amongst this illustrious crew. Care to divulge any recipes?

Sgt~ Thanks for sharing--those shots were every bit deserving of their winnalicious achievement.

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 5 months ago

"And leave it to R_T with his rectally asphyxiating self to give the partisan reach around."- AA

I was merely responding to another valued LJW On-Line (award-winning) neighbors urgent query as to the status of the reporting of the Pakistan situation.

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prospector 6 years, 5 months ago

Corn husking champion back in 08',1908. The team bested my record for sure on Saturday;

Everybody sing:

I've got a bill that's big enough to twist a tiger's tail, husk some corn and listen to the corn husker's wail, oh I'm a Jay,...

Badger, yeah, that part would by pork belly or bacon which I think of as the "Candy of Meats".

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Azure_Attitude 6 years, 5 months ago

Urban Chicago schools didn't seems too encouraging to me so my achievements have been in college (honor roll) and as an adult.

When I was 12 I saved a kid from drowning in Lake Michigan and was so honored with a b*tching out by the life guard who failed to notice what was happening

Jonas, are you kidding? That Pakistan business has been all over CCN this weekend and today. And leave it to R_T with his rectally asphyxiating self to give the partisan reach around.

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badger 6 years, 5 months ago

dajudge said:

"And a pig on a pedestal trophy for brisket."

Please tell me the trophy had a pig on it as a 'generic farm animal made of meat' representation, not that you made brisket out of pig.

My own awards list highlights the secret shame of my total geekery:

Lots of little spelling trophies over the years First-place softball team in the league three years running Got to the regional finals for the National Spelling Bee National Honor Society achievement awards National Merit Scholar First place, NW Missouri State Science Olympiad - Advanced Biology (it came with a scholarship, but who wants to go to NW Missouri State University? I'd been aiming for second place, which got a really cool graphing calculator) Employee of the Month and Employee of the Year at various jobs in college Annual and semi-annual raises and performance bonuses since college

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dajudge 6 years, 5 months ago

I won $100 at a casino once. And a pig on a pedestal trophy for brisket. And a trophy for high scratch game in the bowling league. And won the 3rd grade spelling bee. And the Ambrosia Chocolate Award. And I won a wastebasket in the church basement playing bingo. I'm still winning affection from my friends.

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 5 months ago

Py, I won an award for some of my sports photography that has appeared in my local paper.

http://burrillstrong.com/wordpress/?p=351

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Summan 6 years, 5 months ago

My proudest recognition was a top blue ribbon (in 4-H) for my now "famous" poppy seed bread. To this day I don't serve it without letting folks now it is a WINNER!!

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Pywacket 6 years, 5 months ago

Sgt~ Woo hoo! Don't be shy--what did you win for?

I was more of an achiever as a kid than I am now, more's the pity. Spelling bees, art contests, skipped a grade, used as testing guinea pig for "high end" scores on achievement tests they were developing (that was fun & got me out of regular class time), lettered in swimming & bball... I was one of those weird kids who loved taking tests--all the way up through college. Math equations are as fun as crossword puzzles or Scrabble games. But if I were actually smart, I would've chosen a more lucrative field. I'd go back to school in a heartbeat if I could afford to. Some day....

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 5 months ago

I've been crowned the biggest idiot of the LJW On-Line (award-winning) neighborhood numerous times. This has been a tremendous honor. Thank you.

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preebo 6 years, 5 months ago

I was voted Valedictorian of my high school graduating class in 1997.

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pace 6 years, 5 months ago

I read all the books in the 3rd and 4th. grade library, and my favorite teacher Miss Loughmiller gave me a letter with a star for every book. I was so surprised. There was about 300 stars.

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sgtwolverine 6 years, 5 months ago

I don't really remember anything particularly notable when I was younger. I did, however, win an award just a few weeks ago!

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JJE007 6 years, 5 months ago

I won a spelling bee in fourth grade. I kept it in my ear and it corrected my mistakes. It helped with grammar, too. Clever be that spelling bee. I've been looking for that particular hive of spelling bees ever since. Me and my running boards have covered a lot of miles to no avail.

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H_Lecter 6 years, 5 months ago

Best dish made with unknown recipe & contents

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Flap Doodle 6 years, 5 months ago

I had the Blue Ribbon brontosaurus at the county fair.

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mom_of_three 6 years, 5 months ago

I received a few of the Physical Fitness awards, and a honorable mention for an essay about the bicentennial. (Yes, I just dated myself) I also had trophies for winning in horseshows. My buckskin mare was the best!!

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sunflower_sue 6 years, 5 months ago

Lets just say I was a bit of an over-achiever.

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RETICENT_IRREVERENT 6 years, 5 months ago

Younger? Many... Some school based, some community based. Most good, a few bad...

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jonas, Did you hear Musharraf quoting Abraham Lincoln who,he said, broke laws and usurped the rights of the people to preserve the Constitution? Now I hear he is taking a page from Henry VI by Shakespeare, "The first thing we do, let's kill all the lawyers" http://graphics8.nytimes.com/images/2007/11/05/world/05cnd-pakistan.ms.650.jpg

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jonas 6 years, 5 months ago

Silly right-thinker, Conspiracy theories are for libs.

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jonas 6 years, 5 months ago

Das: I guess you could be technically considered as younger then. . . .

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Tom Shewmon 6 years, 5 months ago

Jonas, the lefts' beloved CNN/ABC/CBC/MSNBC/NBC havn't figured out how to spin this as bad as possible, heavily peppering their stories with Bush and Bush administration names. They'll have their orgy of anti-war, "it's GWB's fault" by the 5:30 nat'l news---don't you worry your pretty little head.

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Das_Ubermime 6 years, 5 months ago

About an hour ago my puppy recognized me for letting him out of his kennel... That count?

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cms 6 years, 5 months ago

Do schools still hand out Presidential Physical Fitness awards? I received many of those awards. Along with being a hula-hoop champ.

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trinity 6 years, 5 months ago

oh and jonas it just struck me; there is a WRITER'S STRIKE in hollyweird, for god's sake, man! priorities! ;) no wonder world news isn't being urgently reported!

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trinity 6 years, 5 months ago

notable to me also, jonas-the seeming burial of developing news out of pakistan. and sad to say, that does not surprise me. :-/

heh, achievement recognition when i was younger? nada, really. i was pretty much a slacker. but once my children were born? :) that's when my star shone the brightest.

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jonas 6 years, 5 months ago

As a curiosity, does it seem to anyone else that the news that our (cough) ally, Pakistan, has declared a questionable marshal law is being a bit buried by our media system? Because it sure seems that way to me.

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jonas 6 years, 5 months ago

Some baseball stuff, mostly. Oh yeah, and I got the highest score in my 6th grade DARE to say no to drugs test. Another proof that DARE doesn't work in the slightest.

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Kat Christian 6 years, 5 months ago

I have about 10 trophies I won marching in various parades (back East). 2- 1st place, 7 - 2nd place & 1 - 3rd place. Plus several certificates of recognition for my clown work.

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