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,PAGE 22 STONE COUNTY ENTERPRISE EDUCATION November 12, 2014 P EDUCATIONAL _ ENTERPRISI SPAPER IN EDUCATION A Newspaper and Activity Page for Young People. The Nutty Neighborhood Blook Party Story by Stacy Tornio. Illustrations by .oel Wielmga 1. How did Robyn identify the winner of the seed-spitting con- test? 2. Why does Roxanne say that Robyn must come to the base- ball field? 3. What went wrong at the baseball game? 4. Why does Robyn let J.P. be in charge of the baseball story? The story so far" Robyn has figured out who won the seed-spit- ting contest. qhe's about to announce the winner I know the winner of the seed-spitting con- test. I can tell by looking at the seeds. One is a perfectly shaped water- melon seed. The other has teeth marks all along the edges. The perfect one went farther. "Sarah is the winner," I proclaim. "How do you know?" Mrs. Rogers asks. "Henry chews on his i. seeds, but Sarah does- n't," I say. "This seed has clearly been chewed," I explain while pointing to the seed that didn't fly as far. Henry knows that I am right. After all, the whole neighborhood is my wit- ness. We all saw him chew the seed before he spat. "We have a seed-spit- ting champion," Mrs. Rogers says. "For the fourth year in a row ... Sarah!" The crowd cheers. I cheer, too. Mrs. Rogers gives Sarah her prize, a giant watermelon and a trophy. Sarah asks Mrs. i Rogers to cut it open. She wants to share it i with the whole neighbor- hood. My mouth starts to water. 1 could use a nack. Just as I reach for a piece ... "ROBYN!" I don't even need to turn around to know who it is. "What do you want, Roxanne?" "You have to come with me," she says. "Again ." "1 can't," I say. 'Tm going to eat some watermelon. Then I have to interview Sarah." "Come on," she says. '.q'here's a big emer- gency at the baseball field." Roxanne doesn't even wait for me to respond. She takes off running. She means business. I guess my interview with Sarah will have to wait. I take off after Roxanne. She is run- ning so fast that I can't even catch up to her. I just see her brown ponytail swishing back and forth. When we both get to the baseball field, she stops to fix her hair and then points toward the field. "What is it?" I ask. "Look!" Roxanne says. "See for yourself." I look out across the field and see what she"Yeah," I say. "What is talking about. There's are we looking for?" no baseball game going "Everything," J,P. says. on. Something is defi- I don't know what nitely wrong, that's supposed to J.P. and Corinna walk mean, but I did put J.P. up to me. I look at them in charge. questioningly. "You got it," I say. "OK, here's the deal," "Let's go." J.P. says. We all scatter in differ- "Give her the short- ent directions. I go to ened version," Corinna the bleachers and start says. "We have to keep looking around. Before I looking." see anything, the home "Right," he says. "The plate umpire stands up. baseball game kicked in front of the crowd. off. It was going well "The guilty party needs until the second inning." to step forward or this "What happened in the game will be canceled," second inning?" I ask. the umpire says. 'TII get there," J.P. The crowd does not says. "In the second seem happy. The ump inning, a practical joker holds his hands up to started mocking the quiet the audience. 'Tm umpire. He started sorry," he says. "But this yelling out calls - has been going on for 'Strike,' 'Ball,' even three innings. We can't 'You're outV" continue the game "Wait a minute," I say. under these conditions." "How do you know it He says he will wait 10 was a he?" minutes. If someone J.P. shrugs. "That's doesn't confess by then, beside the point," he the game will be over. says. "What I'm trying to We have to work fast. say is it ruined the The crowd is starting to game. Everyone was get really loud. As I sur- confused - the players, vey the crowd, I try to the coaches, the crowd, figure out who the joke- even the ump!" ster is. There are too "Who was it?" I-ask. many people and too Corinna butts in. many noises. I can't "That's what we're trying concentrate. I close my to figure out," she says. eyes and try to block out "No one knows, and if all the other noises. we can't figure out who "Strike!" it is, we can't stop it." My eyes fly open. Did I This is a big Story. No, hear what I think I did? not just big. Huge. "Strike!" Someone is trying to This time rm sure of ruin the neighborhood what I heard. Someone baseball game. This is calling a strike. And might be the biggest it's not the ump. I look story of the block party, around the crowd, but "OK, J.P.," I say. no one else seems to "You're in charge. What have noticed. It's not do you want us to do?" hard to see why. This My mom says that the baseball game has best reporters don't turned into another zoo. always have to be in I know I heard some- charge. I know J.P. will one say "Strike," but do a good job, so I give there's no way to tell him the assignment, where it came from. "We have to spread This place is nutst It's out," J.P. says. "Corinna, just too loud. you take the outfield. Wait a minute, I think Roxanne, you take the to myself. I know how to concession stand, solve this mystery. Robyn, you and I will split the bleachers." A Hot Topics Hot Sezia/s Story "What are we looking Copyright 2006 Stacy Tomio for?" Corinna asks. "The whole neighborhood has been looking, and no one has found any- thing." Find each word or phrase in the chapter and define it in context. proclaim champion emergency Here is a paragraph from this stow that is not punctuated or 7 punctuated E j, incorrectly. There may also be spelling errors. Copy it and correct it as needed. The crowd does not seem happy. The ump holds his hands up to quiat the audience. rm sorry," he says "But this has been going on for three innings. We can't contin- ue the game under these condisions. Robyn spotted the teeth marks on the seed when no one else did. That may be because she is a reporter and reporters must be very obser- vant.* What other attributes might a good reporter have? Find a news story in your newspaper that was written by a local reporter whom you think is a good writer. See if you can figure out what questions he or she might have asked in researching the story. What is a compound word? Write a journal entry about ime you played a sport or watched a sport. Explain what about that sport you enjoyed. Deadline: Nov. 19, 2014 Published: Nov. 26, 2014 Send your story to: Stone County Entcl"pris P.O. Box 157 Wig.s, MS 39577 Please include your school and grade. A very special thank you goes to the staff and management at ngineering for supporting Educa t/ona/ Enterprise No wspaper in Education and enabling students in Stone High School GED and SPED Classes to receive the Stone County Enterprise each week.