Category Archives: Summer

July 30, 2012

Olympic Athletes Funny Photos

London2012The Olympics are now underway, and we are eager spectators of every thrilling minute! We’ve saved some of our favorite photos from the first few days in London. View below the athletes battling for Olympic gold, giving their all in practice and competition. I include the official “serious” captions for each photo, but you can have fun creating your own captions in the Comments.

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July 29, 2012

U.S.A. Women’s Olympic Gymnastics Team

Posted by at 3:51 am in Authors, Olympics, Reads, Summer | Permalink

London2012Today’s post is written by Donna Freitas, author of Gold Medal Summer.

 In Gold Medal Summer, Joey Jordan’s best events are Beam and Floor. In order to fulfill her dream of winning gold, Joey has to find routines on both events that play to her strengths, not just what her coach values, and that means valuing artistry over tumbling, at times.

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July 27, 2012

Interview with Olympic Swimmer Lia Neal!

Posted by at 3:34 am in Olympics, Summer | Permalink

London2012Olympic Swimmer Lia Neal

The Olympics are almost upon us, and we here at the STACKS are SO EXCITED!

I’m extra-excited because my friend, Lia Neal, has made the U.S. Olympic swimming team! At the U.S. Olympic Trials she made the women’s team for the 4×100 freestyle relay. After beating out her competition – a number of them past Olympic medalists, like Natalie Coughlin – Lia, at only 17 years old, was 4th to the wall in the event, securing a spot as a member of the 2012 team. It was so incredible! She immediately burst into tears. Called a “source of inspiration for a younger generation” by The New York Times and “Official 2012 Olympic Athlete of The Sports Section” by New York Magazine, the teenage girl from Brooklyn, New York is making a name for herself as an athlete to watch! She’s also one of the nicest people I know. Now training in France with the rest of the U.S. swim team, she was kind enough to take a break from her rigorous training schedule to answer a few questions for the STACKS.  

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July 25, 2012

Olympic Sports Books

Posted by at 9:42 am in Olympics, Reads, Summer | Permalink

Ssc_130The Olympics are almost here! The athletes competing in London are so inspiring they have us all hoping for gold and dreaming of world records. Did you know there is a world record being broken right now that you can be a part of? It’s true! You can still go for the gold . . . with reading!

Readers around the world just blew past the summer reading world record with the Scholastic Summer Challenge. But we don’t want to just beat it, we want to crush it! How many more minutes can we log by the end of the summer? How much can we beat the record by? We can’t wait to see where we end up but we need you to help us get there! How? Exercise your reading muscles with a literary Olympics!

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July 24, 2012

Olympic Games Trivia

Posted by at 1:51 am in Olympics, Summer, Trivia | Permalink

London2012It’s almost time for the Olympics! Ringing in day 2 of our Olympic Games-themed week is this fun trivia quiz on all things interesting, weird, and plain silly about Olympic years past. I like to joke, when people ask me if I play any sports that I do marathons all the time . . . marathons of my favorite TV shows that is! So, in the spirit of good sportsmanship, here’s a little multiple-choice action fun:

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July 23, 2012

Create a Caption: Olympic Games

London2012The Olympic Games are almost upon us!!!!!!!!! Is anyone else as excited as I am? I can barely hold it in!

We thought it would be a great idea to build up our anticipation here at the STACKS by having an Olympics-themed week on Ink Splot 26. The Games begin on Friday, July 27, 2012. We’ve got all sorts of fun stuff planned until then (with a few surprises), so stay tuned!

To kick things off, let’s CREATE A CAPTION! What do you think would be a great caption for the photo of this Olympic Table Tennis player in the heat of a competition?

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July 10, 2012

Summer Fun Would You Rather?

Posted by at 9:33 am in Summer, Would You Rather | Permalink

WouldYouRatherWith all this hot weather we’re having this summer, there’s nothing more fun than spending a day at the beach or the pool! The smell of sunscreen, the cool waves lapping against your feet, and the sounds of laughter all around are what summer is all about. That, and, of course, NO SCHOOL!!! This summer, while you are splashing around and cooling off with your friends at the pool. . .

Would you rather. . . .

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June 12, 2012

Summer Word Scramble Game

Posted by at 4:24 am in Summer, Trivia, Would You Rather | Permalink

Trivia_quiz1Summer Word Scramble Game

It is June, and the school year is done (for most of you in the U.S. anyway). Yay!! Whether you are on summer vacation or still toiling away at school for a few more days,  AmberBlack111 from the STACK Back Message Board created this summer-themed word scramble game for you. Can you unscramble these words? Think summer!

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