my name is Jeanenne McClean, and I am thirteen
years of age. I was born on November 30th 1988.
I live in Brooklyn with my parents Dianne and
Michael McClean. I am five feet five inches tall.
My eyes are dark brown and my hair is light brown.
My skin color is brown. I attend Isaac Bildersee
Junior High School. I am in the eighth grade.
My favorite subjects are reading, writing and
art. I also like to draw human portraits. My goal
is to do well on my tests and earn awards and
also earn a scholarship and become a writer and
an artist. I am a nice person, and I am very helpful.
You would find that out if you got a chance to
Day at the Lake
on, Saudia," Samantha yelled. She was running
toward the lake tossing her shirt and shorts at
the side as she jumped in the lake. I ran behind
her, but I didnt go in because I couldnt
in, Saudia, the water is fine," Samantha
not worried about how cool the water is, Samantha.
I just cant swim."
Saudia, just come in, you big baby. Ill
teach you how to swim. Do you want the others
to come here and see that you are afraid to even
try to learn how to swim?
then I dipped one foot into the water to test
the temperature. It was nice and warm.
are you taking so much time to get in? Just jump
like I did, " Samantha told me.
I tried it. Splash! Uh! Water got into my nose.
I scrambled to get out, but I couldnt. I
had to swim to get out. I felt my body getting
tired from trying so hard to swim. "Samantha,
help me!" She swam toward me laughing. "Stand
do you mean? I said. "Its too deep!"
"Stand up, stand up. Put your feet on the
feet touched the ground, and I relaxed a little.
"Ha, ha, ha, you are so scared of getting
into the lake that you forgot the water level
was up to your chest," Samantha said.
ha," I forced a laugh.
Samantha got serious. "O.K., Saudia, the
first thing you have to know about swimming is
how to paddle your arms and legs."
showed me a paddle that I knew I could do without
moving to another place.
it with me, Saudia, and stop staring at me."
I did it with her. "I did it. I did it!"
you did it," Samantha said.
heard a loud splash, and I saw five heads appear
in the water.
Samantha. Hi Saudia," Tom, Bobby, Cortney,
Alisea and John," all said together.
you all, " Samantha and I replied. "Come
in, you guys."
up for a little swim tag?" John asked.
got in their places. I walked my way down to where
the water level was very low. I still felt I couldnt
just watch," I yelled.
Cortney answered. Then she counted to ten and
started to swim after everyone, trying to tag
someone. "Tag, your it, Samantha."
Samantha chased everyone, she called, "Time
all gathered together. Soon it was quiet. Then
everyone scattered. Tom, Bobby, Cortney, Alisea
and John swam right out of the water.
Where are you going?" I called after them.
"Im going home," Alisea replied.
"Um, we have homework to do together,"
Tom and Bobby said.
we have basketball practice," John and Cortney
all vanished into the tall grass.
are you going to swim?" Samantha said.
way." I said. Im not sure I can."
began to play a swimming game by herself. The
water looked so blue and beautiful. The lake was
shiny and glossy. And the trees were full of colorful
Samantha made a big splash startling me. She was
bobbing up and down trying to reach the surface.
She was screaming. The only thing I could think
about was saving her. I grabbed a log that was
near the lake and went into the water. I got to
her as fast as I could. My eyes were wide open
looking to see where Samantha was sinking. I saw
her head face down in the water. I was so terrified.
I turned her body over on the log and screamed
for help. Then I saw her flinch when I opened
her mouth to breathe air into her lungs. Her eyes
opened and she started to laugh. I turned red
with anger. I pushed her off the log. Then Tom,
Cortney, Alisea, John and Bobby came out of no
where and also were laughing.
"You fools!" I yelled swimming out of
Samantha yelled. "It was just a test."
She laughed some more.
do you mean, it was just a test? You scared me."
thought you couldnt swim," Tom said.
"I cant," I said. Then I thought
to myself. I just did it to save Samantha.
they all gathered around me. "Were
sorry," they said. "But you looked so
bored sitting out here all alone."
guys, dont you ever do something like that
again. You could have given me a heart attack."
time I really laughed along with them. After all
they had gotten me to swim.
us with your comments.