Young Voices of New York

Fun Snowy Day

Sean Michalek, 11, Clifton Park

February 14, 2017


Filed under Blogs, Capital District

I LOVE SNOW DAYS!!!!!!!!!!!!! When my mom came into my room and told me it was a snow day. the first thing I asked is "can I go sledding today! " and then I went back to sleep for 1 hour and played video games.  When I went sledding I took some videos and I'm going to upload them some time. Go check...

Star Wars graphic stories collected

Star Wars graphic stories collected

Sean Michalek, 11, Clifton Park

February 14, 2017


Filed under Books, Capital District

I just finished reading "Star Wars Vol .1 by Jason Aaron Illustrated by John Cassaday, Simone Bianchi, and Stuart Immonen," a great graphic novel about Star Wars. It is collection of 12 issues put out by Marvel comics monthly during 2015. Written by Jason Aaron a popular author who has written for Marv...

I Even Funnier by James Patterson

I Even Funnier by James Patterson

Sean Michalek, 10, Clifton Park

December 13, 2016


Filed under Books, Capital District

Have you read the book I Funny?  I Even Funnier is the 2nd book in the series. I thought it was written really well  and is very funny.  I have two reasons why I liked it: It's funny  because of the jokes like this one  " I think Godzilla would be a great garbage collector because he can just ea...

Big Nate Flips Out

Big Nate Flips Out

Sean Michalek, 10, Capital District

October 18, 2016


Filed under Books, Capital District

Big Nate Flips Out By Lincoln Peirce is a very funny book.  Nate is very sloppy and when it comes to losing a very expensive camera. Nate gets in some hot water with his friendship with Francis. In order to save his friendship, Nate has to go neat. Five things I did like:  Nate makes funny drawings...

Court Case

Court Case

Bill Gannon, 13, Albany

March 8, 2016


Filed under Articles, Capital District

I attended a criminal trial at NYS Supreme Court in Albany, and boy, was it awesome. The defendant was charged with seven crimes, including Identity Theft and Grand Larceny. In criminal court there are two sides - the prosecutor, who represents the government, and the defendant, the person accused of wrongd...

The Quebec Aquarium

The Quebec Aquarium

Bill Gannon, Albany, 13

February 29, 2016


Filed under Articles, Capital District

The Quebec Aquarium is an entirely different from the ones I've seen here in New York. It is entirely more arctic, more boreal. About 40% of all the exhibit space was outside. However, even though the name is clearly “Aquarium,” and you wouldn't expect to find a land animal there, there was an e...

WARNING: Do Not Recycle Rocket Launchers!

WARNING: Do Not Recycle Rocket Launchers!

Bill Gannon, 13, Albany

February 29, 2016


Filed under Articles, Capital District

 I took a tour of the County Waste and Recycling plant in Albany, and it was really interesting. About 90% of what people normally put in the trash can be recycled. Only 54.3% of all that humans throw away actually goes into the landfill, 34% is recycled, and 11.7% of it is burned to create ener...

Winter Carnival in Quebec

Winter Carnival in Quebec

Beth Gannon, 12, Albany

February 23, 2016


Filed under Articles, Capital District, Showcase

Carnival de Québec (in Québec City, Canada) is a winter festival where there is fun everywhere. They have everything from a super long slide made entirely out of ice to giant inflatable gerbil balls you get into and try and run down a hill and knock over a giant bowling pin. The Winter Carnival has got...

Author of the American Chiller Series

Author of the American Chiller Series

Bill Gannon, 12, Albany

December 1, 2015


Filed under Books, Capital District

In November, I attended the NYS Reading Association Conference in Saratoga, and thought I had the opportunity to interview children’s book author Jonathan Rand. But in fact, I was really interviewing Christopher Wright! He writes both children’s and adult’s books, using the pseudonym Jonathan...

Meeting Eric Luper

Meeting Eric Luper

Beth Gannon, 11, Albany

November 30, 2015


Filed under Books, Capital District

  Eric Luper, an author of books for children, was at the NYS Reading Association Conference on November 10, 2015. The conference was held in Saratoga, New York. Luper has written 20 books that have been or will be published soon. He said that his favorite book is always the one that is about to be submitted because he...

Head of the Charles

Head of the Charles

Bill Gannon, 12, Albany

November 16, 2015


Filed under Articles, Capital District

You know those long skinny boats that you see on the Hudson occasionally? Well those are what were racing at the Head of the Charles. This kind of racing is called crew. There are boats that can fit one rower, called a single, boats that can fit two (a pair or a double), four (a four or a quad) or eight (called an eight). The boats are carried to the ...

The Franklin Institute

The Franklin Institute

Bill Gannon, Albany, 12

November 6, 2015


Filed under Articles, Capital District

The Franklin Institute is a hands on Science Museum. It was broken up into different sections. It is located in Philadelphia, PA, about a 4 hour drive from Albany. There were lots of exhibits that were new to me. In the electricity section there was a Tesla coil. A Tesla coil consists of two parts: a...

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