I hope your final exams are going well. Make sure you stay hydrated and sleep at night. Then again, a high school student shouldn’t be giving you this advice. You should know all of this by now since you’re in your third year.
It’s too bad you couldn’t attend my swimming tournament last week. I know studying comes first, but I missed having you sit in the stands with Mom and Dad. I kept looking for you, even though I knew you weren’t coming. There were people scouting for swimmers for the Olympic team this year! They made me extra nervous, but my teammates were able to calm me down. I swam in the butterfly portions of the tournament. Remember when we first learned how to do it? I sunk like a rock! You should see me now. I actually look like a butterfly! I made it all the way to the finals and I won the individual round! I was crying during the entire awards ceremony.
The team relay was in the afternoon. All of us were twelfth graders and there was a lot of pressure on us to win. Our school has a winning streak and we promised to add one more year to the total. This led to a lot of nasty comments though, and things were pretty heated at the poolside. Ashleigh almost got into a fistfight with one of the girls from Francis High! We broke it up before any of the coaches noticed. I was ready to push them both into the pool if it got worse. That way, they could pretend that they fell in instead of telling the truth. I wasn’t willing to let anyone get disqualified because we had to settle this in the pool.
My heart was pounding so hard leading up to the relay. Do you remember the order? It’s backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly, and then front crawl. I was cheering for my teammates the entire time. We had a lead until halfway through the breaststroke leg, when Francis High pulled ahead. I stepped onto the pedestal and realized the girl who was taunting us was in the same leg as me. I put my goggles on and waited for my teammate to reach the wall. It took forever. I was so nervous! I calmed down when I remembered I won the individual round. I was confident in my speed. The moment she touched the wall, I dove straight in! I passed that girl instantly and on my way back, she started to catch up. I pulled ahead in the last second and slapped my hands against the wall. Ashleigh jumped over me, like she was jumping over the moon. I was so out of breath and exhilarated that I didn’t realize we won.
I’m going to miss swimming competitively. I’ll still swim after high school, but it isn’t the same. Does the university have a swim team? I should look it up. Or, you can tell me about it when you come home for the summer.
Can’t wait to see you soon,
A. Kinder Surprise contains toys within plastic shells and they are encrusted with milk chocolate. This concept was created by Ferrero SpA, an Italian manufacturer of chocolates and other candy. It was conceived by Michele Ferrero and William Salice, who wanted to copy a popular Easter tradition in Italian culture. Children were to receive large chocolate eggs with toys inside them from adults, so the two men created Kinder Surprise with children in mind. Nowadays, adults also enjoy collecting the toys found in the chocolates. Since its creation in 1974, over 30 billion eggs have been sold worldwide.
B. A sweet milk-flavoured cream layers the inside of the milk chocolate shell and the small plastic shell is yellow, as if to resemble an egg’s yolk. The foil packaging around the egg warns children not to consume the toy and advises for adult supervision. The toys often have themes and collectors will often try to acquire all of the ones in a set. Collections have included Smurfs, Minions, cars, figures, stationary, and even small robots. Kinder has also partnered up with companies like Walt Disney and Universal to promote the eggs.
C. Ferrero wanted to make a product that would “surprise” children every day. He wanted to follow the Easter tradition, but his employees insisted it was unlikely that anyone would buy chocolate eggs outside of Easter. Ferrero also wanted to have a higher milk content because he thought this would appeal to mothers who wanted to give their children more milk in their diets. In 1968, he commissioned William Salice to bring the concept to reality and in 1974, Ferrero began manufacturing Kinder Surprise.
D. Since its debut, Kinder Surprise has been sold everywhere and are popular sweets. Although the rest of the world can enjoy its treat and toy, the United States have banned the chocolate since the late 1990s. The Federal Food, Drug and Cosmetic Act prohibits all candy containing a “non-nutritive object”, which includes toys. This is further complicated in 1997, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission found the parts of the toy to be unsafe for children under three years old when it claimed to be for all ages. Kinder Surprise was banned from importation as a result and it wasn’t until 2017 that a toy-free Kinder Surprise was allowed for sale in the United States.
E. Not found in any of the given paragraphs.