Name: Christina Marie McCracken Age: 17 City/ Country: Cincinnati, USA Name: Mariemont High School Star sign: Gemini I live in a small town in Ohio called Cincinnati. There's always something going on even though it's not a busy place. It's a close-knit community. My high school only has about 520 students, which means you know almost everyone and have a lot of friends. My school is spirited when it comes to sports and extra-curricular activities. We recently put on a musical - Grease - and I had a great time playing Nikki. I also play tennis. People can still enjoy tennis when they're older so it's advantageous to learn when you're young. I'd play golf but it's not active enough for me. As in all schools, good grades are important. I'll be going into my senior year (last year of high school) in the coming semester. I'm studying American government, chemistry, English, Spanish, pre-calculus, digital video, photography and choir. I spend about two hours a day doing my homework. It sounds like a lot, but I still have time to hang out with my family and friends. I'm fun, outgoing, and relaxed. I'm the kind of person who can make anything fun. My friends are the same. So although going to the park or the mall sounds boring, it never is. My friends and I also like to play laser tag and go bowling. Sometimes, we go to Paramount's Kings Island, an amusement park here in Cincinnati. My mum works from home. She's a lawyer. My dad works for Procter & Gamble. I have two sisters. My elder sister Ashley is a sophomore (second year) in college and my younger sister Elizabeth is a seventh grader. We have our little disagreements once in a while, of course, but generally we all get along and love each other. I also have a cat named Tigger, but he's mostly an outdoor cat. I don't have any special chores at home, but I do have to keep my room tidy and clean the bathroom that my sisters and I share. I also have to cook sometimes. For dinner, we eat anything from corn to pizza, tacos to giant salads. I love going on holiday with my family. Normally, my family and I go to Florida (Siesta Key), Norris Lake, Martha's Vineyard (an island off of Massachusetts) and New Jersey. America is a huge country, so there are plenty of places to go on vacation. If you want to experience fast-paced city life, go to New York City or Chicago. If you prefer to relax in the countryside, choose Wyoming or, of course, Ohio. If you like sunshine, then head to California or Florida. An important festival here is July 4, which is the date we gained independence from Great Britain. We wear patriotic colours and set off fireworks. Thanksgiving is another significant festival. It marks the first winter the pilgrims went through when they landed in America. Families usually get together for a huge dinner of turkey with mashed potatoes. The US is a diverse nation that offers many opportunities and encourages individuality. Teenagers try to make our own mould rather than fit in with what others create for us. Sometimes I think that teenagers deserve more credit than we are given. If you want to make friends with teens from other countries, send an e-mail to email@example.com . Sunday Young Post will forward all e-mails to Christina.