Austin Schrader's Life, So Far

  • My First Day

    My First Day
    Possible the worst day of weather the whole year, and this was the day I was born. Huge snow storms rolled into the Mason City area as I, Austin Schrader, came into the world. Not a day to soon either, since I was two weeks late. Picture: Paul Sapiano
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    My Life

  • Cedar Rapids Flood

    Cedar Rapids Flood
    In the summer of 2008 we experienced a lot of rain in the area. Due to this and not enough draining areas we had flooding. We even had five-hundred year flood plains get water. The Cedar Rapids area, among others, suffered a lot of damage. Picture: Elspeth and Evan
  • Getting Celtic

    Getting Celtic
    Ever since I was little I had wanted a dog. My parents always said we couldn't get one because they were to much for. After years of asking we finally got a little baby schnoodle(schnauzer and poodle put together). Picture:
    Gregg O'Connell
  • Celtic Dying

    Celtic Dying
    After only a week of having our new dog, it stopped eating. We took it to the vet but they couldn't do anything. He died a few days later.
  • Broken Hand

    Broken Hand
    It was our second to last game in the 7th grade basketball season. After going 8-0 to start the season, we were getting dominated this game. Towards the end of the game I went up for a rebound and when I came down my fingers hurt. After the game my hand swelled up really bad, so I went to the doctor and it was broken.
  • State Champions

    State Champions
    It was the best season we'd ever had, so we decided to go to state. State took place in Des Moines at East High School, since it's in the middle of the state. We started off strong dominating three of our first four games. Then in our fourth game we had to come back to win. We finished off winning by ten in the championship.
  • Swimmer's Ear

    Swimmer's Ear
    When my family went down to the Lake of the Ozarks towards the end of the summer we were in the water all day, every day. Around the third day my ears started to hurt. When we got home I went to the doctor and it turned out I had swimmer's ear in both ears.
  • Bond Issue Passes

    Bond Issue Passes
    In February people voted for wether or not to keep the Prairie bonds. The Prairie bonds help our school to get money, thus improving the quality of our school system. These voters chose yes, to keep the bonds.
  • Unstable Middle East

    Unstable Middle East
    Since the economy, along with the everything else, of the Middle East is in termoil, it raises prices here. A lot of oil fields are located in their. When they are struggling their it raises our gas prices. This makes us pay more, leaving less money for parents to spend on us kids, and bills.
  • Driving!

    I had turned fourteen two months before and wasn't really worried about getting my permit. Then on the Thursday of Spring Break my dad was home and I wasn't doing anything. He asked if I wanted to get my permit and I said sure. I passed on my first try.
  • The End of The Hardest Game of Hide And Go Seek, Ever

    The End of The Hardest Game of Hide And Go Seek, Ever
    After the horrific event of 9/11 in 2001 the United States government had been chasing down Osama Bin Laden, the Al Queda leader and organizee of 9/11. Just about everyone in the world was trying to bring down the terrorist leader. He was shot in his hideout when it was stormed by US Special Forces. Picture: Seth Anderson
  • 1 Cent Sales Tax

    1 Cent Sales Tax
    The city of Cedar Rapids wanted to continue the one cent sales tax for the next twenty years. They thought that doing so would provide for coverage in the case of a future flood. However over half the city's voters disgreed since the vote came out as no. Picture: Matthias Shapiro