We are the Norton Middle School Computer Club. This year, we have two ThinkQuest teams. Our team has chosen the Westward Expansion as our ThinkQuest Topic. We have six team members: Jose, Joe, Gabbi, Kayla, Bryan, and Mason. Our first meeting date was on September 23, 2008. On 11/07/08, we started researching our topics. Jose had The Gold Rush and The Lewis And Clark Trail. Joe researched Law Enforcement, Train Robberies, Cowboys, and Texas Rangers. Gabbi undertook the study of People. Kayla worked on Culture and Tall Tales. Bryan studied The Oregon Trail and The Santa Fe Trail. Mason worked on The Butterfield Express, Leavenworth's and Pike's Peak Express, The Pony Express, and Railroads.
Once we completed our independent research, we learned how to develop a website. While we quickly were able to decide on the design and colors of our site, we were challenged by how much information to include. There were so many things about the Westward expansion that we wanted to cover and not enough time to include them. We ran into our first challenge as a team deciding which aspects of the old West we would have to eliminate from our Thinkquest. For the most part, we functioned well as a team, but we had moments of disagreement that we had to work through. When it came down to the final days of working on our Thinkquest, we came together as a team and produced what we feel is a website that will give other kids our age a good understanding and feel for the Westward Expansion. We hope you agree!!
Jose is very eccentric, and is not particularly normal. His nickname is Lip-gloss. He is emo, and his favorite bands are My Chemical Romance, Bullet For My Valentine, Slipknot, Tokio Hotel, Marilyn Manson, Buckcherry, Seether, Disturbed, The Vitamin String Quartet, Bowling For Soup, The Number Twelve Looks Like You, Eighteen Visions, Psyclon Nine, Dawn Of Ashes, Frodus, Rites Of Springs, Motley Crue, His Infernal Majesty, Avenged Sevenfold, Yellowcard, Rush, Insane Clown Posse, Baumer, Black Sabbath, New Atlantic, Ozzy Osbourne, Skid Row, Evanescence, Crooked-X, Flyleaf, Eagles Of Death Metal, Behemoth, Simple Plan, Dead Confederate, The Cab, Deicide, Blink 182, System Of A Down, Rise Against, Rob Zombie, The Polyphonic Spree, KoRn, Rise Against, Gorillaz, Guns N' Roses, Iron Maiden, Paramore, Simple Plan, and Green Day. His favorite book series are The Twilight Saga and The Chronicles Of Vladimir Todd. Jose could not live without his friends.
Joe is a very happy, jumpy, hyper person. He loves coffee, and gets sad and depressed when it is gone. Joe's favorite bands are everything except the ones from the 70's, 80's, and 90's. He does not have a favorite book, he loves them all. Joe always has a fashion statement.
Gabbi is so weird that there are no words that can describe her. Her favorite bands are Britney Spears, Breaking Benjamin, the Medic Droid, Bambee, Jonas Brothers, Cascada, Pat Benatar, Disturbed, My Chemical Romance, Slipknot, the Veronicas, David Cook, Daughtry, Green Day, Cherry S/T, Chris Crocker, Coldplay, Dixie Chicks, Elliott Yamin, Evanescence, Goo Goo Dolls, Gorillaz, Good Charlotte, Guns N' Roses, Areosmith, Killswitch Engage, Tokio Hotel, Hellogoodbye, Hoobastank, Jesse McCartney, Jason Mraz, John Cougar Mellencamp, Journey, Katy Perry, Kill Paradise, The Killers, Lifehouse, Limp Bizkit, Linkin Park, Liz Phair, Madina Lake, Madonna, Metallica, Metro Station, Michelle Branch, Nickelback, Nirvana, O-Zone, the Offspring, Papa Roach, Paramore, Pearl Jam, Paula Abdul, Pillar, Pink, Rihanna, Rogue Traders, Sara Evans, Saving Abel, Scissor Sisters, Simple Plan, Sin With Sebastian, Skillet, Three Days Grace, Sweert, Taylor Hicks, Thousand Foot Crutch, the Ting Tings, Trapt, Tracy Chapman, Vengaaboys, Weird Al Yankovic, 3 Doors Down, and many more. She loves reading, and she likes The Twilight saga, The Chronicles of Vladimir Todd, A Series Of Unfortunate Events, and books written by Anthony Horowitz. Gabbi loves her friends and doesn't know what she would do without them.
Kayla's nickname is Helium. Her favorite bands are Linkin Park, Greenday, Bowling For Soup, Paramore, Medic Droid, Sublime, Weird Al Yankovic, Aqua, Simple Plan, Madonna, and many more. Kayla's favorite books are The Gatekeeper series and Alex Rider. Her friends are crazy, and make her feel normal.
Bryan is tall for his age and has hair that stands up on end. He is funny, quiet, and does not like eating barbeque sauce on his side orders. He also likes science fiction and Family Guy.
Mason is a funny person. He likes to eat anything, and has never had food he hasn't liked. He has been playing basketball for years, and loves to use computers. He plays videogames, and likes to hang out with his friends. He listens to old rock classics, and likes Family Guy.