Wednesday, November 10, 2010

100 Most Influential People of 2010 - Enrichment Assignment


Time Magazine recently released its 100 World's Most Influential People of 2010.  These people are people who have affected our nation and our world their ability to inspire, lead, entertain, and create in the fields of politics, sports, technology, the arts, and more.  Each article is written by one of their peers, another influential person in their same field.  My question to you is this:  whom would you choose as the most influential person of 2010?

The assignment:

2.  Leave a Comment on this blog entry at mrippolito.com and answer, in 150-200 words this prompt:  Whom would you choose as the world's most influential person of 2010?  Explain your answer.

3.  You may NOT choose someone that another student has already chosen.  You must look through the other comments to make sure your chosen person hasn't already been taken.  If he/she has been taken, you must choose someone else.

4.  The enrichment part:  you don't HAVE to do this assignment.  It's enrichment.  If you choose to do it, I will assign a grade out of 15 points.  If you choose not to, you will be listed as excused.  This is not extra credit.  Do a good job, and this will positively influence your grade.  Don't follow the instructions, though, and it could have a negative effect on your grade.  Only submit your entry if you feel you can do a good job on this assignment.

Post your assignment as a Comment to this blog entry on mrippolito.com by Wednesday, November 17, by 5:00 p.m.

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24 comments:

  1. To me, the most influencial person of 2010 would be Lea Michele. She is a great singer, dancer, and actress and she is a role model to many people around the world. Lea Michele is talented in so many ways and she stars in her own popular tv series wich many people across the country wait for to come on every Tuesday night. She has an amazing voice, and is inspirational to many young people because she has dreamed of everything she is becoming now since she was only eight years old! She is so popular and she will continue to have a great and successful future because of all her fans and even her inspirations in life. Lea Michele is so talented, and she is very lucky that her dreams came true and she is now in the spotlight. This is why I think Lea Michele is the most influencial person in 2010.

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  2. I think the most influenced of 2010 is this artist named Lady Gaga. She is different from other artist. Though at times she can be very odd for example she wears dresses made out of paint chips and feathers. I think her music is cool because it is different. She has started a new trend of wearing big eye lashes and big cube diamonds on her dresses. Why she should be the best artist of 2010 is because she has great music, #1 hits all the time, she doesn’t really care what people think of her, and wears funky outfits to entertain the crowd. Usually when you see Lady Gaga she is always wearing makeup I know that I have never seen a photo of her without makeup. She wears lightning bolts around her eyes with make-up and bright red lipstick. Lady Gaga is barley 24 and she is very talented in my point of view. Lady Gaga only has 2 albums out and I think that she will have much more and become much more. She has tried so hard this year and I think it would be hard in her position and that is why I choose Lady Gaga.

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  3. I think the most influenced of 2010 is this artist named Lady Gaga. She is different from other artist. Though at times she can be very odd for example she wears dresses made out of paint chips and feathers. I think her music is cool because it is different. She has started a new trend of wearing big eye lashes and big cube diamonds on her dresses. Why she should be the best artist of 2010 is because she has great music, #1 hits all the time, she doesn’t really care what people think of her, and wears funky outfits to entertain the crowd. Usually when you see Lady Gaga she is always wearing makeup I know that I have never seen a photo of her without makeup. She wears lightning bolts around her eyes with make-up and bright red lipstick. Lady Gaga is barley 24 and she is very talented in my point of view. Lady Gaga only has 2 albums out and I think that she will have much more and become much more. She has tried so hard this year and I think it would be hard in her position and that is why I choose Lady Gaga.

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  4. I think Dr. Oz is the most influential person of 2010. This doctor has saved lives and has given out brilliant advice and ideas! He went from being an unknown doctor to being a health expert through his appearances on the Oprah Winfrey Show. He has made us all aware of our health and what we should do to maintain it. He has helped us with proper diet and exercise, and shown us all the ways to achieve good health. I think he is a life saver and a great influence to the people of America. Through his television show and his early appearances on Oprah, he has brought us all a great interest in our own bodies health and changed our way of life. Mehmet Oz is a magnificent influence to children too! He talks about healthy food, exercise, fun and active games, and more. This amazing doctor was very popular this year in 2010 and he should stick around! Giving as much information we need to be happy and healthy, he has come very far. Knowing that doctor Oz has helped so many people, he is an influence to many, and always will be. That is why I think Dr. Oz is the most influential person of 2010!

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  5. to me the most influenced person to me is Taylor swift because she started from nothing and became someone that is why i think she is one of the most influential person she had an opportunity for all these grate things and she went for it so i am vary influenced from her and i hope that she never stops and go's for her dreams and keeps doing what she is doing.

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  6. i think Taylor swift is the most influential person of 2010.she has gave us her thoughts just like in songs and has inspired people to do there best in every thing and never give up. she is only 20 years old and has the best selling albums they sold 2 million copies and it earned her a Grammy for album of the year. she has been on tour for her fans and just expresses her feelings into her songs. And when kanye west took the microphone from her she was upset but then she wrote a song about it and that made her stronger and told people don’t let people tell you that your not good enough when you are and don’t be afraid to take a chance on some thing. That’s why i think Taylor swift is the most influential person of 2010.

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  7. I think Taylor Swift is the most influential person of 2010. She is a young female actress that has made lots of albums that are about her and her life and maybe what she is going through at times. I think she in influential because people look up to her and she does not do bad things and she is young and took the right path she did not take the wrong path. I also think that she makes all kinds of songs she could go to country to love songs she explains the songs beautifully and gracefully she is also beautiful! She has changed the world she could help someone get through a had time or make someone people cry of joy (Justin bieber) she makes people want to her voice over and over again because it makes them happy and she loves all of her fans and knows every ones type of story and she just knows what everyone is going through at times! she does not go fully with makeup and dressing she is calm and she is not a crazzy dresser she knows what she is and knows what she is about and she is about love passion and music and that’s why I think Taylor Swift is the most influential person of 2010.

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  8. Aaren haggins period 4:I think ben stiiler is the most influential person of 2010.this famous actor has made been in many comedy movies and entertained millions.I think he is one of the most funniest commedians ever.he is also very succsesful.I think every one has seen atleast one ben stiller movie.Ben Stiller is like a heroe 2 me.He has also been in many tv shows also.He deserved 2 be on people magazine.Ben stiller has also been in many other magazines.Ben stiller is very popular in other countrys to.I think its pretty crazy you can make millions by being funny.He dosent make millions just by entertaing.He is a har working busniese man.Ben stiller still has more time to entertain.That is why i think ben stiller is one of the most influential people of 2010.

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  9. I think that Ashton Kutcher is the most influential peron of 2010. He is not only a funny actor but he is also very down to earth. He does not let fame get to his head. My mom told me that one of her students was playing on a soccer team and the coach to the other team was Ashton. His team did not consider him an actor at the moment. He was just simply a coach. He was very involved and did not pay attention to those who were stairing at him. In fact after the game started people forgot who he was and he was able to coach just like a real dad would. He and his wife Demi show the world just how down to earth they are on their twitter account. I think that seeing just how real they are reminds me that you could be someone important but at the same time you could be a cool and nice person. I know that if I was as famous as him I would hope to be respected and well liked around the world like him.

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  10. I choose Temple Grandin as the most influential person of 2010 because she's done a lot to help awareness of Asperger's Syndrome.
    Temple was born with this form autism which made her understand cattle in unique ways. As an adult, she wanted to learn more, but she wasn't accepted in the male cattle world. Temple never gave up until one day her work was was accepted. She even graduated from college with a doctorate in Animal Science!
    Today Temple speaks for people with autism and says, "If I could snap my fingers and become nonautistic I would not do so. Autism is part of who I am." Temple helps people with her books, speeches, and movies.
    This year the HBO film, "Temple Grandin," starring Claire Danes was nominated in 15 Emmy categories, received five awards, including Outstanding Made for Television Movie and Best Actress in a Drama.
    My mom met Temple Grandin in St. Louis during a USAAA conference and I admire her a lot. Like Temple, I have Asperger's and I know with Temple's influence and example, I can become anything I want to be because Autism is only a part of me, not who I am!

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  11. christina karooiannisNovember 15, 2010 at 4:58 PM

    I think that robert pattinson, is the most influential person of 2010. only beacause, as he is currently playing in the twilight series, he has his own mysterious way of acting.I think he is very into his own acting and takes it very seriously , he has influenced people to act more
    mysterious and take acting really sereiously. he is also some sort scarey in his films , robert is barely 23 years old and he is already a legend to me and to many people. he is a very talented person at my point of view.I HOPE HE MAKES MORE MYSTERIOUS MOVIES... THATS WHY HE IS THE BEST INFLUENCED PERSON OF 2010!

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  12. I think that President Barak Obama is the most influential person of 2010. He was the first african-american president, and a wise and thoughtful leader. He went to Harvard Law School, and, early on, showed promise as a leader when he was elected as the president of the Harvard Law Review. He taught us all that if we work hard, we will reach change. Not only has he influenced many, but he is also very respected and respectful. He stays cool under pressure andand makes the right choices. He never points fingers at his rival political parties, and never blames a mishap or setback on someone else. He is also a role model for children: He was a good student, and even at a young age, showed characteristics he shows now, such as respect, trustworthiness, fairness, and others. Barack Obama has certainly influenced me! I try to think things through and make wise choices as he does, and I strive to be fair, caring, and respectful towards others. This is why I think that President Barack Obama is the most influencial person of 2010!

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  13. I think Taylor Swift is the most influential person in 2010. A reason why I think that is because she’s always releasing music that sells frequently. Whenever she releases a new song it becomes a new fad and everyone’s eager to buy it. Taylor Swift’s song Love Story was number eight on ITunes top most frequently bought songs ever. She won 4 Grammys, 6 CMA’s, all of the Billboard (7 awards) and BMI awards (10 awards) she was nominated for, and more. In addition to being a singer, Taylor Swift is an American songwriter and actress. Another reason Taylor Swift should be the most influential person of 2010 is because she’s a good role model. Unlike most other celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Brittney Spears, etc. she doesn’t act like a bad role model. Taylor Swift also has a campaign that protects children from online predators and donates money to the Red Cross.

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  14. Melissa Rainbird said …………

    I think Simon Cowell is the most influential person in 2010. I think that because he work on the show America Idol, America's Got Talent and the coming new show X-Factor he helps people by improving what they do so they can get better, the way he saws his comments are not gentle but the way he saws is in a mean way to make people understand but not so mean to hurt there feelings but in a good way to help them learn and to fixes there mistakes and tire again. Another reason Simon is one of the most influential people because he brings good dram to the shows he works on. Simon helps other T.V shows by giving them ideas that they can use on the show. Some contestants may fear Simon, but those who know him know he is humble, generous and compassionate but when it comes to jugging he is mean and tough. Simon Cowell is a 50 year old man his biggest dream is for people to follow in his footsteps and wear a tight-fitting V-neck T-shirt that why I think Simon Cowell is one of the most influential people of 2010.

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  15. Melissa Rainbird said …………

    I think Simon Cowell is the most influential person in 2010. I think that because he work on the show America Idol, America's Got Talent and the coming new show X-Factor he helps people by improving what they do so they can get better, the way he saws his comments are not gentle but the way he saws is in a mean way to make people understand but not so mean to hurt there feelings but in a good way to help them learn and to fixes there mistakes and tire again. Another reason Simon is one of the most influential people because he brings good dram to the shows he works on. Simon helps other T.V shows by giving them ideas that they can use on the show. Some contestants may fear Simon, but those who know him know he is humble, generous and compassionate but when it comes to jugging he is mean and tough. Simon Cowell is a 50 year old man his biggest dream is for people to follow in his footsteps and wear a tight-fitting V-neck T-shirt that why I think Simon Cowell is one of the most influential people of 2010.

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  16. kobe figueroa said
    I think that Ashton Kutcher is the most influential peron of 2010.Hes not only funny actor but he is actually one of those actors that all that stuff like the money and fame didnt go to his head.He and his wife arent all like blah blah there just calm and cool.I think that seeing just how real they are reminds me that you could be someone important but at the same time you could be a cool and nice person.if i were someone like ashton kutcher i think that would be amazing. i read that he was a coach for somthing.Also he is the main producer of the tv show punk'd. he is in my favorite movie "Dude wheres my car?" In the first four episodes of "That 70's show" he was a special guest. so i guess if i were ashton kutcher i wouldnt change 1 thing keep doin what your doin you rock ashton!!!
    -kobe out!

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  17. brenna keogh said...
    I think the most influencial person of 2010 would be Serena Williums. I think that her passion for tennis has got to us all. Also her dedication for being the best she can be has insipired many americans and others around the world to do their best. Becuase she works so hard, she recently picked up her 12th Grand Slam. she hasn't just cought the minds of people with her great tennis skills she also touched the hearts of many with her volenteer service work in Kenya and here in the U.S. She really stresses the importantance of education to these kids. To my perspective I think it's impotant that someone who is famous should really try to get somesort of message out there to the world and I think she does that perfectly. You keep going Serena!! You are a great role model! Keep it up.

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  18. I think Oprah Windfre is the most influencial person of 2010 because she has done so many stories about accompishments and tradgities of real people that went through real life situations. She has also won award and made improtant accompishments herself, which has inspired other people to go after thier dreams too. In her shows she has an admired mix of seriousness and humor which has lead to so many viewers and popularity. She has also starred on Brodway and has had many apperrances for multiple different talk shows. She has many celeberty friends and is praticaly a known icon for a lot of different things. In my opinon I dont think she let all the fame get to her, i thinks she recognizes her fame and she just stayed honset not vain or mean to other people.She has been famous for a really long time and she feels very greatful for that and she could never ask for anything more from her fans, staff, faimly, and freinds.

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  19. In my opinion, the most influential person of 2010 is President Barak Obama. He is the first African American president in the United States, and is very influential leader on other African Americans. As some may have seen on the news for the final votes, when
    Barak was claimed 44th President of the United States, all the African American people were crying. Mostly because in history we have all learned that other people had treated the African American people unfairly and now we have an African American president. What an honor!!! Being the first African American person to become president, of course there were people who disagreed. They ridiculed and made fun and said, "I don't think Barak deserves to be president."- Anonymous, but despite the ridicule he is a very good president in my opinion, and I look forward to seeing what he will do for America.
    Thanks ;)
    Camryn Permann
    Period:5
    P.S. Sweet Video about the news.

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  20. I think that Jet Li is the most infuencial person in 2010. He is an amazing movie star with a lot of talent. He also cares for others like his One Foundation where he helps places like China and beyond. I believe that hes a cool guy. He doesnt let his fame and fortune go to his head but he uses it to help people in need. Jet Li is 46, but he is very wise and smart. He may be some kung fu karate master but he is a great role model for kids to follow. i read that he is much more delicate then some of his characters in movies like "Hero and Romeo Must Die". i think Jet Li is about helping and changing the world with his foundation. i will try to follow in his foot steps as i grow older. In my opinion i think he is a great guy. Thats why i think he is the most influencial person of 2010.

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  21. I think Kathryn Bigelow is the most influencial person of 2010 for me. this is because she became a Hollywood darling with the neo-vampiric Near Dark.( i don't really know what neo-vampiric means i have tried searching up )Kathryn is a director and a writer, she has a open mind. she has directed lot of movies. from what i have read she never gives up and i really think that a person that never gives up and follows there dream well always be influencial to me.She enrolled at San Francisco Art Institute,and received her Bachelor of Fine Arts.Bigelow entered the graduate film program at Columbia University, where she studied theory and criticism and earned her master's degree.Kathryn Bigelow has won the Oscar for best director, becoming the first woman ever to achieve the top honor at the Academy Awards.She also won the best director prize at the 2010 British Academy Film Awards.

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  22. Nick Ramirez says,

    I think the MOST influencial person of 2010 is James Cameron. I think this way because James is an amzing director and he is also an inspiration to many people across the world. James Cameron also has had made many great movies. His most recent movie, Avatar, has changed the way people think and react to films. James Cameron's movies are inspirational and at the same time keep you at the edge of your seat. When you see James Cameron's work you will be at the edge of your seat wanting more and more. If you pay close attenion to the movie Avatar, you will see that the movie is based on mother nature and life's challenges. For example, the U.S. military try to weaken and take-over control over a small, green, unique plant called Pandora because Earth is dying. This shows that we need to take care of what have AKA-Earth. He shows all of us that we NEED to take of Earth one step at a time. James Cameron made this movie in a different way then other directors usally do. James actors would wear black outfits with little white balls. Next, the actors would move and play the part of their character. Finally, the actors movements and their bodies would turn into animations, projecting the final product. If James Cameron where at the front of my door right now, I WOULD FAINT!! Just Kidding!! I would tell him how amzing him and his movies are. Like I said before, James is an inpiration to many people and one of those people is ME!!!!!!!!! James Cameron is my HERO!!!!!!!! This is why I think James Cameron is the most influencial person of 2010!!!!!!!!!!1 OH YEAH!!!!!

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  23. Jennifer Katz says,

    I think that the most influential person of 2010 is Steve Jobs. Steve Jobs did an incredible thing. He started this amazing device that is a tapeless digital walkman which led him into developing personal computers that we all known to be called The Apple Computer and Notebooks. Steve Jobs has no college education, and became a multi-millionaire in just a few years. I love the devices that he created that we all love today, such as the iPod, iTouch, iPhone and iPad. He also created iTunes. Also, I love that he teaches us how to learn the technologies with his videos. It is fun to watch him present on-line what his new gadgets will be next. Steve Jobs made it easy for kids like me to learn technology and be excited to play different apps or games on his iPads and iPods. I think Steve Jobs is a big influential person for technology today that we use in our everyday life.

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  24. Kaylee FitzGerald period 5. To be 1 of the 100 Most Influential People of 2010 you would have to help shape up the world. Alicia Keys called a musical prodigy who, as a teen, had to choose between Columbia University and Columbia Records is perfect to be 1 of the 100 people. I think she is very Influential with everything she does like singing and dancing, she makes about 15 million a year. I also think she is very Influential because people of all ages are inspired by her and want to be on stage one day just like her. When Alicia Keys was in her teens she had a teaching class for piano. She has also won awards and has been to many different city’s and states and has sang with other famous people like Beyonce and Jay-Z. That's why I was so happy when I found out Alicia Keys was 1 of the 100 Most Influential People of 2010.

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