The Cougars 2018 class is comprised of 8th grade students from a private school in the eastern USA. This is our first experience blogging publicly and our first experience with Edublogs. We are hoping to learn a lot about blogging as a means of communication and we hope to interact with students and teachers around the world. Please check out all of the students in the class because some have begun to post and others are more reluctant but hopefully soon will test the waters and see what the 2017 challenge is all about. Our tag line “Writing to learn, learning to lead” indicates that we are striving to become better writers but also want to know how to harness the power of social media to make a difference in the world.