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Carmela Verderame

Current Age: 16
School: Sycamore School
Grade: 7
My name is Carmela Verderame. I currently go to Sycamore School. My faveorite game would have to be Boggle and my two faveotite songs are "If I Die You" by The Band Perry and "Lights" by Ellie Goulding.

Interests: I like to read, play Boggle ,and sit on my bed and think about things.

Hobbies: Reading
Favorite Color: Teal
Favorite Book(s): Percy Jackson Series
Favorite Movie(s): The Last Song
Favorite Food: My dad's pizza.
Favorite YPress Story: I like all of them!

Stories by Carmela

Marcus Demery documents Occupy protest
By Priya Mirmira, 16, Carmela Verderame, 12
Occupy changed the face of activism and how groups use technology to recruit and organize its activists. Its trademark sit-ins have been emulated for a variety of purposes, and its organizing slogan, “We are the 99%!” has shaped conversations and attitudes across the country.
Fresh from the national conventions
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 17, Greta Herbertz, 14, Hannah Zimet, 18, Sigal Tavel, 16, Isaiah Treadwell, 17, Shanze Tahir, 15, Ali Tahir, 17, Carmela Verderame, 12, Naomi Farahan, 15, Priya Mirmira, 15, Izabella Robinson, 14, Alaina Bradds, 17
Lots of excitement and pomp at the conventions.
Pendleton Juvenile Correctional Facility, Pendleton, Indiana
audiophoto galleries
Teens and Guns
By Priya Mirmira, 15, Carmela Verderame, 12, Pete Shirley, 18, Elizabeth Papandria, 13, Andy Yang, 18
How easy is it for teens to get access to guns?
Keep language ties, educators agree
By Priya Mirmira, 15, Carmela Verderame, 12, Isaiah Treadwell, 16, Daezare Fifer, 15, Sierra Buntin, 16
“Developing both of those languages well is very important for immigrants and for any kids of color," said Cynthia Garcia Coll, Brown University professor and developmental psychologist.
photo galleries
2011 City Stories
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 16, Darius Jordan, 14, Kuren Sikand, 17, Hannah Zimet, 16, Sigal Tavel, 14, Matthew Stubbs, 18, Brianna Starks, 15, Carmela Verderame, 11, Naomi Farahan, 14, Priya Mirmira, 14, Max Gabovitch, 18, Rachel Gardner, 16, Claire Christoff, 11
Bribery in schools
By Carmela Verderame, 11, Brianna Starks, 15
For years, parents and educators have debated whether it is effective to pay students to improve their grades or behavior. Recently, Harvard economist Roland Fryer set out to test the practice.
City Stories 2010
By Hrishikesh Deshpande, 15, Madison DaBreo, 13, Brianna Starks, 15, Carmela Verderame, 10, Shayan Ahmad, 16, Min Qiao, 18, Danielle Hensley, 14, Warren Stokes, 19, Victoria Kreyden, 15, Keenen Brannon, 16, Pete Shirley, 16
Everybody Dance Now!
By Rachel Gardner, 15, Carmela Verderame, 10, Ali Tahir, 14
Dancing has swept American popular culture, from TV shows such as “Glee” and “So You Think You Can Dance” to “High School Musical” productions on the stage and screen.
By Rachel Gardner, 15, Carmela Verderame, 10, Brianna Starks, 14
As adolescents walk into YouthVille Detroit, they enter a place where staff members not only know their names, but their backgrounds and life goals as well.
Percy Jackson: Good movie, bad adaptation
By Carmela Verderame, 10
“Percy Jackson & the Olympians: The Lightning Thief” is based on the book (2005) by Rick Riordan. This is the first book of the series. The movie and the book, however, have quite a few differences. Whole sections of the book are omitted from the movie. While some aren’t that important, one major plot point — how Percy learns he is a demigod — makes the story make a lot less sense. If you are a fan of the book, you will notice a lot of other differences, too.
Second Helpings
By Mihir Kumar, 16, Millie Cripe, 16, Desiree Anderson, 14, Carmela Verderame, 10, Haley Mayer, 14
Second Helpings is an Indianapolis service organization has been providing food and job training for the last 12 years.