Age 11, Pennsylvania
Favorite Subject: Math and Science
Book: Shoeless Joe and Me by Dan Gutman
Music: Oldies and Ally and AJ
Extracurricular Activities: WES Press, Community Service Club, School Safety, and school band
Hobbies: collecting baseball cards, video games, reading, and writing
John loves to collect baseball cards and hopes to one day be a professional baseball player. If that doesn't work out, he plans to be a businessman.
John also likes to write. He told Scholastic News Online that he enjoys learning about different things and writing about them.
John's grandfather was also a writer. As a Kid Reporter, John hopes to follow in his footsteps.
"My grandfather, John N. Foran, was a journalist too. He died before I was born, but he was an editor for TV Guide Magazine and I know he would be proud of me for this honor," he said.
John is in the fifth grade in Wayne, Pennsylvania. He is an only child.
Pennsylvania: Home to History and Chocolate
By John Foran
Scholastic Kids Press Corps
I am about to tell you why Wayne and Pennsylvania are so special. I will start with Pennsylvania.
We have two big cities: Philadelphia and Pittsburgh. We also have two baseball teams, two football teams, and two hockey teams. You might not know this, but Pennsylvania was the second state in the nation to have electricity.
The Liberty Bell is also here in Philadelphia. Most people know our city for the Declaration of Independence and the Constitution. The first public zoo and the first public library are here, too.
We also have the biggest chocolate factory in the world. A Pennsylvanian named Milton Hershey began the Hershey’s candy company here.
Pennsylvania, settled in 1643, is also known for the very first hospital, cable TV programming, and banana split. We have 116 state parks and 67 counties. Did you know that our largest county, Lycoming County, is bigger than Rhode Island?
My hometown of Wayne, Pennsylvania, is really special. It is named after General ‘Mad’ Anthony Wayne. We have a movie theater named after him right in the center of town. Wayne was a famous general in the Revolutionary War.
Wayne is only about one mile from Valley Forge, home of a big Military Academy. When they cadets have free time, they like to walk in Wayne.
Wayne is closest to the Eastern Side of Pennsylvania. It is a suburb of Philadelphia. Our population is small, but did you know that Lancaster County’s population is bigger than all of Wyoming?
Wayne is home to lots of wildlife like deer, frogs, foxes, rabbits, and more. Most live near the trees.
So why is Wayne and Pennsylvania so special? I think because of the sports, wildlife, history, and more. I enjoyed writing about why we are special and I hope you enjoyed reading about it.