The IIHF U18 World Championship 2017 – interview with Adam Žiak

As you probably noticed, our town in cooperation with Poprad hosted this years‘ U18 World ice hockey Championship. A part of the Slovak team was also Adam Žiak, a student of our school, whom we decided to make a short interview with.

 

Tell us something about yourself..

My name is Adam, I am 17 and I live in Spišská Nová Ves. These days I am in the third grade of our school.

 

How did you get into hockey?

When I was at elementary school , one of my classmates started to play hockey and I wanted to try it too. So I went on to attend my first training. I have never regretted it, because even now, after nine years I still play and enjoy it.

 

For which clubs have you played in your career? Which one do you like the most?

My first club was HK SNV, where I started and played for 5 years and then I went to play for HK Poprad, where I am now.
I like playing for Poprad more, because I have already won four important tournaments there, one of them being the Slovak National Championship in 2016.

 

What are your biggest goals that you want to achieve in your career?

One of my biggest goals is to play in a foreign country, but I still don´t know where. Until now, I have played against clubs from Switzerland, Ukraine and many others, but one time I would love to play for such a club myself.

 

Do you have any “dream” clubs, where you would love to see yourself playing in the future?

That would be surely Chicago Blackhawks, or from Europe probably Örebro in Sweden.

 

What do you plan for summer?

I don’t know, but I am probably going to spend it in Spišská, because of school, obviously, and even my personal coach is from here, so I will have to adjust.

 

Did I hear school? How is it between you and school?

Somehow, I manage to cope up. (laughs)

 

What about the latest World Championship, where you played? 

So firstly, I was very glad that I was chosen, because I had to attend qualifying games in Piešťany and in Poprad, where our coach chose 4 lines of 5 players to play at the championship. Luckily, I was in one of them. During the championship itself, we played 4 games baseline and we qualified for the quarter-finals, where we lost to Russia.
Would you like to earn a living by playing hockey in the future?

I would be very glad if I could.

 

Thanks for your time and we’ll keep our fingers crossed for your next games!

Thank you as well

Adam in action

 

 

 

-Interview by Lenka Plichtová & Alexandra Čupáková

 

 

 

 

 

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World Vegetarian Day

For the celebrations of the World Vegetarian Day, we decided to prepare a talk about vegetarianism, closely related to why we, personally, became vegetarians.

Meat. For most of us the main part of our menu. But at some point in our history it has totally lost its necessity in our diet. So, is vegetarianism good or not? Let us have a look.

People love their food. And when it comes to their eating habits they think of the taste of the portion and the nutrition but they  forget to  think about the consequences. They are simply selfish and the only life they care about is the one they live. Just because we are on the top of the food chain (we could also argue about that), it does not mean we are the ones to decide whose life is more valuable. That is why we have decided to live our lives cruelty-free. But the animals suffering is not the only reason, let us show you some other reasons why we became vegetarian:

  • The meat on the market is full of antibiotics, so by avoiding it you can lower the possibility of getting food poisoning.

  • The conditions that animals are born and raised in are terrible. Animals live in hundreds in small and dirty cages. During their lives, they have to travel long distances without access to food and fresh water.

  • Meat consumption is rapidly increasing every year, which leads to massive increase of carbon dioxide and methane in the atmosphere.

  • Cattle needs large fields to be raised on and their consumption leads to deforestation. Therefore, eating meat is not the truly ecological thing to do.

  • 1/3 of meat bought by an average family is wasted and thrown away.

 

As vegetarians, we know we can‘t (and don’t) force people to vegetarianism, but we are still often the victims of mean comments….

,, Without meat you don´t have enough protein to grow and you have lack of vitamins“ Actually, we are perfectly healthy because there are many alternative ways to get healthy nutrients. By eating plenty of fiber and protein from legumes you can make your diet as nutritious as any meatlover´s.

 

,,It´s not a lifestyle, you are just picky and spoiled“ We have our own brains and we have right to make our own decisions. We don´t judge you for eating corpses.

 

,,If you love animals so much, why do you eat their food? You are not a rabbit“ The energy needed to grow vegetables is much lower than the energy used to raise a whole cow. Anyway, you shouldn’t worry about the rabbits. Their lives are not dependent on human-grown crops.

 

To sum it all up, we can all live our lives the way we want to, but as modern and intelligent beings we should know that we are responsible for our actions. Your body is a temple, not a tomb. With meat or without it, we all should try to live according to that.

 

Thanks for reading.

Picture from: https://mznr.montgomery-group.com/

Article by: Stanislava Šimková, Lenka Lormanová, 2.C

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ART and ME

by Andrea Kanóczová, 3.A

 

My favourite kind of art has always been drawing.

I enjoy almost everything about it. The colour, the smell, the sound of the top of the pencil sliding on the surface of paper… I don´t practice this hobby very often, but when I do it always makes me feel relaxed and happy.

I was introduced to drawing when I was very young. My grandmother found me decorating my crib with my cousin´s crayons and it inspired her to buy me a set of colourful pencils. Since then my mom would often draw silhouettes of things I liked for me to colour them.

As I was growing older I started attending dance classes, but this was not my cup of coffee. I soon realised that what I like about dancing is not the dance itsself, however, the way it looks from the perspective of the viewer.

I never tried to play any musical instruments, bacause I was unable to decide which one´s sound I like the most. Nevertheless, I listen to music daily. I have no favourite genre. I like everything that sounds good to me or has an interesting message. One day I would also like to see a musical or an opera. The only reason I haven´t done it so yet is that I hugely dislike wearing formal clothes which are expected to be worn  on such occassons.

To summarize, I can say that I do like art. I have always beeen an admirer of skilled people who work hard and put their hearts into the creation of something beautiful. No matter if they are musicians, filmmakers, poets or painters.

 

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