Hi, my name is Christian Poncsak and I graduated from Olentangy Orange high school this past school year. I was very big into my high school's DECA business program where I won a total of 15 awards and even competed internationally in competitions for entrepreneurship.
I am very big into my faith which is Christianity. I am a born again Christian and am active member of Rock City church down at the Lennox Center off of Ohio State University's main campus. I have a younger sister who is actively competitive in soccer. She is a goal keeper and is committed to playing soccer at UNC Chapel Hill in college.
There are two bible verses that I live on which are:
Jeremiah 29:11, "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the , “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
Joshua 9:1, "Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the your God will be with you wherever you go.”
Something interesting about myself is that I use to be very involved in acting. I auditioned for Disney shows and played parts in a couple Indie short films. The biggest part I've ever gotten was being an extra in the movie Avengers. I'm one who always try's to stick with my faith and I knew temptation would set in if I continued down this path so I stopped acting immediately.
I had gained the interest of real estate after my dad started to flip houses. My senior year of high school this past year I had an internship set up with a local custom home builder where I developed a great relationship with one of the owner's where he hired me to work under him. This inspired me to take real estate classes to receive a license to sell real estate. My end goal is to own my own real estate development firm along with becoming a stock broker and owning my own financial company or becoming an executive of a corporation. My major is business finance and once I switch to main campus I plan to possibly double major in accounting and finance.
When I first started the book, A Long Way Gone I immediately had flashbacks of my grandpa telling his story to me and my cousins of when he was a teenager escaping World War II in Hungary. The theme that stood out to me in Chapter 1 was the theme of realism. When the main character Ishmael Beah and her older brother, Junior had to deal with the reality was happening in the moment as attacks had been coming in from the enemy. The part that stuck out to me the most out of the first chapter was when Ishmael was back in her grandmother Mamie Knapa's town, Kabati after learning about the attacks going on in her hometown, Mogbwemo. On pages 12 and 13 the passage had talked about how a Volkswagen came roaring out of nowhere sending people to run and hide thinking it was a terrorist planning to attack. In reality it turned out to be an injured man who came out of the car crying and collapsed vomiting blood. His arm was bleeding bad. There happened to be other people in the van with the man but they were all dead. The other people turned out to be his family that had all been killed when they were in the process of escaping.
This part stuck out to me the most because it brought back memories of when my grandpa escaped Hungary during World War II. He was 19 years old at the time when Nazi Germany came into his hometown Ajak, Hungary. My great grandfather was the mayor of Ajak and the Nazi's wanted to hold my great grandfather and his family captive. My grandpa had escaped the Nazi's but as he escaped he saw the Nazi's blow up people that he loved right in front of him. One time he was standing six feet away talking to his neighbors about where to escape when all of a sudden a grenade was thrown and blew his neighbors up right in front of his eyes.
The theme of realism is important to this story because it shows how the characters react to situations in a way of being survival of the fittest. It shows through events that are life devastating. It shows as a society in another country that people aren't creatures to just freeze and fail when disaster strikes. We act accordingly while staying calm.