My name is AJ Simpkins. Im 16 years old. On my website, you will see what our Junior Seminar class has done and accomplished throughout the year.
Growing up with my grandparents has been a little different experience than growing up with a “Mom and Dad”. Since I was born in Wyoming, Minnesota I have known nothing but being loved along with my sister Jadie. Growing up we could only be seen outside until the screech of my grandmas voice would ring over our ears for dinner. I see my mom almost everyday depending on when she works and has time to come around. Nothing can beat how my situation has turned out. Grandma has thrown away plans, woke up at the crack of done and bought the equipment I needed to get through this far in hockey. In the outskirts of saint croix falls, grandpa would spend 5 nights in a week making a little pond into a hockey rink. After all of the commodity my grandpa has done, it makes me wanna be the man he is. Working 70+ hours a week and saving lives everyday. “Alcohol is the anesthesia by which we endure the operation of life.” ~George Shaw quote shows that anesthesia helps people almost no matter what. It's pretty much the drug of life because without it, not many people would be able to get out of surgeries and then life is still available My buddies and I would skate almost every night after practice for hours and hours. I have always had some luck on my side with family, friends and sports. Sports have been a big part of my life making me the person I am today, chiefly hockey. From four and up I have always been known as a rink rat, skating every night possible under the lights on the cold blistering nights with my buddies. Tables turned when I played three years in Amery instead of in Somerset where the other kids from Saint Croix would co-op. It was tough with a couple of buddies but all pulled through. Hooking back up during highschool made the situation easier. Failure is a part of success. There is no such thing as a bed of roses all your life. But failure will never stand in the way of success if you learn from it ~ Adam Hank. Hockey players learn that failure is the key of life and have to be resilient which transfers over to real life. After grandma bought me my first gun, hunting became a huge aspect in my life. Somewhere to let me just think about life and allow me to have fun with friends with no stress. Hunting ducks, geese or even tweety birds allowed me to get out and be myself all the time. Waking up before the birds are chirping makes the worst of life become better in an instant.