Lindsey Rusnov
Blue Ribbon

AwardBlue Ribbon


SchoolPadua Franciscan High School


CityParma, Ohio


TeacherMary Remington


InternDaniel Janini


MediumDigital Illustration

There's nothing like watching a once-active person deteriorate into a shell of what they once were. My grandpa, after escaping Poland during World War II, came to America and worked to start over from the ground up. He's seen more challenges and overcome more obstacles than anyone else I've ever met. His whole life, the living he created, was based almost solely on physical labor. It's sad, therefore, that in his old age he is condemned to spend most of his days seated in the same chair. If only, I've wondered, there was some way that his youthful vigor could have been retained. The research done by Daniel Janini was especially inspiring to me, given these circumstances. The idea that my grandpa could somehow be able to get back the physical strength he had lost was astonishing. In my piece, Grandpa's Dilemma, I wanted to convey the thought that the body's strength lies in the brain. It's as if our muscles and bones are operated by a sort of pulley system, with the brain being the central processing mechanism of all our actions. Therefore, like Janini's research suggests, if the brain is stimulated and reactivated, our physical strength, even in old age, can be retained.