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>> "teen kids news" is just ahead, and here's what we've got. >> we'll bring you some fashion tips for that first day at the internship or new job. >> travel back into history with re-enactors at fort putnam. >> stressed out? don't be. our expert has a hot tip on keeping cool under pressure. >> when is a pumpkin more than a pumpkin? when it's part of this amazing event. i'll tell you all about it. >> so get ready, "teen kids news" starts right now.
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>> welcome to "teen kids news." i'm mwanzaa. >> and i'm siena. here's this week's top story. >> finding a job or internship can be a challenge, so if you get your foot in the door, you want to dress for success from head to toe. as erika reports, that doesn't mean spending a lot of money, but it does mean spending some time thinking about what you wear. >> having the right look can make a big impact when it comes to first impressions. unfortunately, so can having the wrong look. for some tips, we visited mary kate steinmiller, a fashion editor at teen vogue. what aspects of a person's
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physical appearance do others notice first? >> i think that having general cleanliness and having well-groomed hair and nails is always really important. >> what are some of the wardrobe basics a person should start off with? a>> it's always good to have a white, button-down blouse. it's crisp and fresh. a simple blazer that's fitted and not too boxy is great to have, and some floral dresses that you can lay your cardigans over are perfect, too. >> with the help of three intern volunteers, mary kate gave us an informal fashion show. and don't worry, guys -- she included some tips for you, as well. this is lizzy, and lizzy is dressed a little bit too conservatively, a little too serious, old for her age. you know, it's a full suit. it doesn't really seem like it's young and fresh and doesn't show any of her personality. so now lizzy is dressed with a blazer, but she's doing it as a "do." this is actually a blazer from the kids' department, which is a great way to get a cute fit that
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looks young and fresh, but it's still professional, so we thought it looked great over this bright-colored dress. lizzy's dress is actually strapless, which isn't appropriate for the office, but when she leaves work, and maybe she's meeting friends, she can take off the jacket, and she still looks really great. altogether, i think she looks appropriate for her first day at an internship. this is lauren, and lauren's "don't" is a too-short skirt. she almost looks inappropriate for the beach. she has flip-flops on, a tank top, and it's a bit too casual. it doesn't look professional. she doesn't look like she's serious about doing any work. and now she's in a skirt that's still short and it's still youthful, but it's a little bit more appropriate for the working environment. it's a great floral print. she's wearing it with a perfect white blouse, which everyone should have in their wardrobe for starting out in the workplace. she has great flats on that'll be comfortable for if she's running errands for her job, but they're still bright, a fun
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color. it's still young. she has this great, bright-colored messenger bag that's perfect for carrying around everything she may need for the workday, whether it's snacks, a pen and paper, or a camera. this is sean, and although he looks great in this outfit, it's really not appropriate for the workplace. the ripped jeans that are bleached and torn, they look pretty sloppy, with the sneaker, and there's holes in his t-shirt, and an oversized sweatshirt. he really looks like he's ready for the weekend. so, before, sean was in denim. that was inappropriate for the office, and now he's in a pair that works for the workday. it's a dark denim. they're very clean. and they fit him well. the zippers add a little bit of personality without being too much. he has a basic white, button-down shirt, which is important to have in everyone's work wardrobe. and the shoes -- they're metallic, which is a little bit different than most people would wear to the office, but they're fun and i think they're still appropriate, and they show a bit of his personality.
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>> of course, these styles are just examples. you'll still need to do a little homework to find what works best for you. with the right look in place, you can make that first day a lot less stressful and a lot more fun. for "teen kids news," i'm erika. >> we'll be right back with more "teen kids news"... >> so don't go away.
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>> it's a place most of us never heard of, yet it helped us win the revolutionary war. tyler tells us more. >> ten-shun! show your firearms! aim! fire! [ gunshots ] >> the american revolution had been raging for almost two years when fort putnam was completed. it was garrisoned with continental soldiers dressed and armed like these re-enactors.
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>> we just try to teach the public what it actually felt, what it tasted like, what it smelt like back then -- a little more than just names and dates in a history book. >> show us your bayonets! >> together: huzzah! >> fort putnam sits high above the hudson river at west point. its purpose was to help keep this vital area from falling into the hands of the british. the fort retains many of its historical features, starting with the ramparts. the word "ramparts" should sound familiar. it's in our national anthem -- "o'er the ramparts we watched..." but that was written about a different war. >> well, the ramparts are the walls of the fort. those are the defensive walls which we think of when we see a fort. well, not only do the ramparts of the fort still stand but we also have the casemates, which are down below us. >> a casemate was an 18th-century bomb shelter. this one was used to house up to 50 men in case of attack.
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>> we have the barracks building, which houses a very nice museum inside. and around the fort, you'll see many replica cannon, which are faithful replicas of what were here during the american revolution. >> the fort is open to visitors, but because it's located at west point, which is a military installation, certain restrictions apply to enter. you can check those out online. [ fife plays ] the surrounding scenery has changed very little over the past 200-plus years. fort putnam today is so peaceful, it's hard to imagine just how desperately our forefathers fought for their and our freedom. for "teen kids news," i'm tyler. >> don't look now but your bones are growing, and a lot of teens
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don't give them enough of what they need. nutritionist jax hubbard has advice on protecting yourself from injuries now and later. well, calcium is a mineral that's stored in our bones, and during your teenage years, you want to make sure that you're getting enough calcium to protect you later in life. now some obvious food sources that you may know about are milk and cheese and yogurt. dairy foods have a lot of calcium in them. but there are also not-so-obvious foods that are good sources of calcium, such as green leafy vegetables, beans, tofu, and some nuts. a good after-school snack could be a stick of mozzarella cheese or a handful of almonds. either of these snacks can keep you going till dinner and make sure your bones are going for a lifetime. and don't forget to get enough exercise. your bones will thank you later. >> thanks, jax. we'll see you next time. >> thank you.
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>> you might not be able to make stressful situations go away, but you can learn strategies for getting through. here's scott. >> school can be full of stressful situations -- tests, drama performances, sports, and they can all have anxiety-packed moment -- and that can make you choke under pressure. dr. sian beilock is a psychology professor at the university of chicago. she has some tips for keeping stress from getting the better of us. >> that's right. here's a common scenario -- it's the final seconds of a big soccer game. you've got the ball, and can score the winning point. it's a pretty easy kick, but you actually miss. the blame may actually be due to your brain. i call it paralysis by analysis. instead of just letting your body react naturally, stress causes you to overthink the situation, and this can throw you off your stride at a critical moment. >> so what can we do to overcome an attack of the nerves? >> well, here's how to fight the
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stress. simple things, like singing a song as you step up to the ball or focusing on the spot at the back of the net where want the ball to land, can prevent you from overthinking every step of the performance. >> i'll certainly have to give that a try. thanks, dr. beilock. >> you're welcome! >> hey, let's play "word," the game where you try to pick the right definition. here we go. "intermittent" means "stopping and starting." "the intermittent snow made the roads slippery..." [ tires screech ] "...but not enough to cancel school." [ students cheering ] do you know this one? "mediate --" it means either...
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[ bell dings ] to "mediate" means "to try to settle a disagreement." "mom, will you mediate between my sister and me over which channel to watch?" >> in the red corner, to my left... >> now this word -- "avid." is it a noun -- a tiny insect found in fruit -- or an adjective that means "lighthearted" or "very eager"? [ bell dings ] "avid" means "very eager." "even though she's an avid 'word' player, she didn't get all the definitions right. did you? >> [ sniffles, sobs ] >> let's review. and that's "word" for this week. >> this report is brought to you by prudential. they came from all over the united states to be honored in washington, d.c. -- teens who have already made a difference in their communities and the
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world. >> please join me in officially saluting the 2012 prudential spirit of community state honorees. >> for 17 years, prudential, along with the national association of secondary school principals, has been saluting teens who lead volunteer efforts. middle and high school students are chosen from each state and the district of columbia. state honorees were awarded silver medallions and $1,000. the 10 students named national honorees received gold medallions and a $5,000 grant for the charity of their choice. and all the honorees received praise from a winning super bowl quarterback. >> what i know is if "elite" means "best in class," this year's winners of the prudential spirit of community award clearly fit the definition. >> national honoree gracie schram is from kansas. the 13-year-old performer sold cds to help communities in africa and haiti. another top honoree is
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17-year-old candonino agusen of hawaii. he raised money for japanese tsunami victims. other projects range from remembering war veterans to providing toys for children after natural disasters. what they all share is the drive to do something to help others. >> we hope that by shining a spotlight on your terrific achievements we can send a loud message to young people everywhere that volunteer service is rewarding and valuable and hopefully inspire them to think about how they may contribute to their communities. >> check the link on our website to find out more about the prudential spirit of community awards. you might get some ideas for how you can make a difference, too. for "teen kids news," i'm lauren. >> all: we are somers girl scout troop 2971. >> and we are at the... >> all: blaze!
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>> if every halloween you carve the same old face on your jack-o'-lantern, listen up. carly's about to shed some light on a whole world of creative pumpkin-carving options for when october rolls around again. >> welcome to the great jack-o'-lantern blaze. it's held every fall at van cortlandt manor. this historic location is not far from where washington irving's legendary headless horseman chased ichabod crane. [ horse neighs ] >> aah! >> we are in the midst of "sleepy hollow" country. this is the home of the american heritage of halloween, and we've always had fantastic halloween events in this area, and this is probably one of the best. >> more than 4,000 pumpkins are used to create all sorts of clever and spooky scenes. for some displays, artificial
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pumpkins are needed, but most are real. we are in front of our jurassic park installation, where we have giant, life-size dinosaurs that are constructed of, in some cases, more than a hundred pumpkins. we sketch them from anatomy books and create them so that they're accurate. each pumpkin represents a specific bone on the dinosaur. >> everywhere you walk, you see imagination at work. >> i think this is definitely one of our most impressive exhibits. this is a huge spider web -- 50 foot around -- and you've got a mother spider on the web, you've got little baby spiders along the ground, and it's just a really fantastic arachnoid exhibit. >> [ chuckles ] i don't like spiders, but this is really cool. >> these are kind of fun spiders, you know? i think people even who don't like spiders will enjoy this exhibit just 'cause it's so impressive. >> and if you're wondering how all these jack-'o-lanterns get lit, help arrives just before sundown. girl scouts from local troops are among the many volunteers
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who take on the task. >> me and my partner maggie lit 60 pumpkins. >> i did 67 with my partner sofia. >> usually, as girls scouts, we do a lot of trips together, and last year we did this, and we loved it so much that we decided to do it again this year. >> your partner holds the pumpkin back just a little bit so then the wind does not blow the candle out, and then you flick the lighter on, and then you light the candle, and you put it back down. >> the man behind these scenes spends months coming up with new ideas. then he works with local artists to bring them to life. >> i draw inspiration from the landscape. i get a lot of ideas from the actual history that took place here. >> but not all the inspiration is local. you may have heard of stonehenge in england -- you know, the place with all those ancient stones? well, here they have pumpkinhenge. by the way, those things floating outside pumpkinhenge aren't dementors. they're druid ghosts.
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could you carve a pumpkin as well as these people did? >> no way. that's, like, impossible. >> and also while you're walking around, take a look above and look and see if you can find king kong perched on a building. >> i think it's really cool how, like, there's so many different designs. there's sunflowers and caterpillars and spider webs. i think it's just really cool how they carved them. >> could you tell me a little bit about this exhibit? >> sure. this is perhaps my favorite exhibit here. this is a buzzing beehive, and you can see all the little bees that are buzzing around the hive, and this is something that was created first time last year, and i just think it's fantastic, and i'm glad we have brought it back. >> i think it's very cool. this is our first time here, so we're really enjoying it. >> i think it's pretty impressive because to carve all those pumpkins, it must take a lot of time. >> it's so creative with all the pumpkins everywhere. it's so much fun. >> i think it was fantastic! it was pretty cool seeing all the faces on the jack-o'-lanterns. >> the blaze includes a display featuring celtic designs from ireland.
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it's a way of paying tribute to the people who brought us their craving for carving. >> jack-o'-lanterns actually came to america as part of an irish tradition, where the irish used to carve faces out of turnips. and when they emigrated to america, pumpkins are native to north america, and we began to carve pumpkins, and that's where jack-o'-lanterns came from. >> i got to tell you, this is really cool. the blaze is different every year. to find out more, check out the link on our website. for "teen kids news," i'm carly.
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[ mission: impossible theme plays ] target acquired. check. check. check. check. target in the pool. [ squeaks ] no!
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there's my angel. make unsupervised pool access an impossible mission. hi, i'm ben affleck, and many actors have played the part of u.s. servicemen in the movies, but for veterans like james crosby their service and their sacrifice are real. and too often when they come home, their struggle continues. for over sixty years, paralyzed veterans of america has been fighting to help our injured veterans get the benefits they need, and have earned. paralyzed veterans of america was there for me when i came home. join me in supporting our paralyzed veterans. visit p-v-a dot org. >> natalie has tips to help you make the grade. >> community service -- some high schools require it for graduation and most colleges look for it on your application. well, let's remember the reason service is valued in our society -- it's good for others, and it's good for you.
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and don't tell me you can't think of anything to do. from packaging supplies for a homeless shelter to regularly visiting an elderly neighbor who lives alone, if you look around your community, you can find hundreds of ways to be of service. if you need suggestions, ask at school or your place of worship or even at city hall. and if you're a faithful viewer of "teen kids news," you'll know that we're always doing stories about teens who've come up with clever things to do for community service. that's another way to get lots of ideas. you see, watching tv can be good for you. i'm natalie, and that's this week's advice on how to make the grade. >> this report is brought to you by "drive to the auto shows" on discovery velocity. >> well, if you've ever been to an auto show, say with mom or dad, you probably got to touch the car, maybe even sit in the back seat. but here in long beach, california, you get to test-drive them -- more than a hundred cars available to drive right inside the long beach
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convention center. and i know a lot of families are gonna want to drive this car. it's from ford. it's the new ford escape. this is already the best-selling crossover utility vehicle in the united states. four cylinders. it gets really good gas mileage. mom and dad are gonna be happy about that. 33 miles to the gallon. and it costs just $22,400. and check this out. if mom's got her hands full, she can just put her foot under the bumper, and that tailgate -- woop! -- lifts right up, just like that. how cool. it's on sale now. well, subaru -- yeah, subaru -- has this car. and i got to be honest with you, a lot of families are gonna love it. it's called the impreza. it's super safe on the inside and super efficient under the hood -- 36 miles to the gallon and with a driver's side knee air bag. very safe for mom and dad. just $18,200 is the starting price point. well, you may have heard of the toyota camry or the honda accord, but hyundai has a car that's already number three in sales, the hyundai sonata. it is growing in popularity and for good reason -- 35 miles to
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the gallon, 40 miles to the gallon if you want it hybrid. under the hood, it's built right here in america, and the starting price point just $21,700. volkswagen has a sport wagon that's out. you'll fit the whole family in this, as well. it has a diesel, however. it's the jetta sportwagen tdi, and it will give mom and dad 42 miles to the gallon. it'll give the kids a lot of space in the back seat. starting price point on the jetta sportwagen tdi just $20,000. and, of course, this is a test-drive auto show, which means i'm gonna hop in the ram 1500 here, a pickup truck that gets great gas mileage, by the way -- about 24 miles to the gallon. i'm gonna go on a ride, put my seat belt on. i'm doug brauner in long beach, california, for "teen kids news." >> that's it for this edition of "teen kids news." >> thanks for watching. see you next week.
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