New years resolutions

December 31, 2002|by KATE COLEMAN

"Happy New Year!" people will scream as the clock strikes 12 tonight.

The ball on top of One Times Square in New York City - a 6 feet in diameter, approximately 1,070-pound sphere - will drop 77 feet in 60 seconds, according to information on, the Web site of the Times Square Business Improvement District, which organizes the annual Times Square New Year's Eve celebration.

Whether or not you'll be among the billions watching the ball's descent to the future (it has taken the plunge since 1907), 2003 will begin.

What are you going to do about it?

Are you making any New Year's resolutions?

Lifestyle Reporter Kate Coleman recently talked to several Northern Middle School students about their resolve.

Caroline Kreiger says she usually makes New Year's resolutions, but didn't last year.

Will she make one this year?

"Definitely," says the 11-year-old sixth-grader.

  • Caroline is setting some pretty lofty goals:

  • To be a better person

  • To work harder in school

  • To be nice to my brother

That would be Freddie, 14, a student at North Hagerstown High School. "I try my hardest," she says.

Does Maria Bergan, 12, make New Year's resolutions?

"Yes. Always," she says.

One of the sixth-grader's 2001 resolutions was to be nicer to her 17-year-old brother, Billy.

"We're really close," she says, but "Sometimes we yell."

For 2003, Maria wants to reduce stress by not leaving things till the last minute as she sometimes tends to do.

"I'm not going to procrastinate," she says. "I'm going to do things earlier rather than late."

Eighth-grader Laura Farnen says she didn't really make any resolutions last year, but thinks she will for 2003.

"I need to practice my violin," she says. Playing the instrument since sixth grade, Laura, 13, sits in the school orchestra's second chair.

She wants to move up to first chair.

This will be one of the first times 11-year-old Nathan Ober will make a New Year's resolution.

Why this year?

"It's something that came to my attention," he says.

Nathan says his resolutions will help him "sort of line up the fundamentals of citizenship."

He's talking about responsibility - getting prepared for class, getting his school assignments done on time.

Serious stuff, yes?

But Nathan also plans something else.

"I do want to eat more chocolate - especially milk-chocolate covered almonds," the sixth-grader says.

Will Abeles, 14, says he usually makes New Year's resolutions, but sometimes forgets about them. "And I have to make up a different one."

Last year's resolve to not eat a lot of candy was pretty good up until Easter.

For 2003, Will wants to try to help his younger brother, Charlie, when he asks for help in math.

The eighth-grader also wants to try and save his money.

Travis Tracy says he usually doesn't make New Year's resolutions, but this year is different for the 13-year-old eighth-grader.

"I want to keep succeeding in life," he says.

Travis, who says school usually is on his mind, has dreams of one day becoming a helicopter pilot.

Sarah Louderback doesn't remember whether or not she made a resolution last year.

But for 2003, "I want to be nice to my brother."

She's talking about Tom, 15, and wants to show her appreciation for how hard he works academically.

For herself, Sarah, 12, a seventh-grader, wants to be a well-rounded student. She works hard in school and plays tennis.

"I think it's important to stay well-rounded friend-wise," she adds.

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