Age 12, New Jersey
Favorite Subject: Humanities
Book: Heat, by Mike Lupica
Music: Bruce Springsteen
Extracurricular Activities: soccer, football, tennis and golf
Hobbies: reading, skiing, avid New York Jets fan
Jacob would love to be general manager of a professional football team one day. He is also very interested in travel and transportation.
In his free time, he likes to hang out with his friends, listen to music, attend football games and cook. He also likes traveling with his family and loves skiing.
Jacob is in sixth grade at Newark Academy in Livingston, New Jersey. He has one younger brother, Brahm.
Check out Jacob's articles:
Katie Couric has become the first solo female anchor of the evening news for a major network.
Jets linebacker talks to Jacob about life on and off the field.
Jacob visits the historical home of Thomas Edison.
Jacob pays a visit to the Times office.
Kristina Smigun takes home the gold.
Norway leads the pack at the start of the men's cross-country skiing event.
Passion and wheels of fire begin Winter Olympic Games.
• Mom Wins Gold
Russian mother of 2-year-old takes women' 500 m speed skating event.
Where America Turned On Its Lights
By Jacob Wieseneck
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
Imagine your home without electric lightbulbs, without music to listen to, and without the ability to watch movies. Life would be dark and boring! The most famous resident of my town, West Orange, New Jersey, helped changed the world from a dull place into a world full of light and sound. His name was Thomas Alva Edison and in 1887, he moved his invention laboratory to West Orange.
Edison's factory buildings are less than two miles from my house. In fact, my grandfather's store is inside an old Edison battery factory. Today, many of these buildings, including the first motion-picture studio, are a museum full of Edison's work.
Not only did Edison make some of his greatest discoveries near my house, he also lived in my neighborhood, a gated community called Llewellyn Park. Llewellyn Park alone is an important part of American history. It was the first planned residential community in this country. The architect that designed Llewellyn Park also designed Central Park in New York.
In 1886, Thomas Edison purchased a 23-room mansion in Llewellyn Park, called Glenmont, which is now a museum and part of the National Parks System. Thomas Edison was not the only famous person that lived in Llewellyn Park. Other well-known residents include the Merck and Colgate families. Many Presidents and Governors have also visited residents of Llewellyn Park throughout history.
There are many other reasons why New Jersey is a special place to live. The state has a variety of geographic regions with different climates and landscapes; it is close to major cities like New York and Philadelphia; and it is rich in history. But West Orange, New Jersey, is most special to me because the legacy of Thomas Edison and his inventions are just outside my door.