Today, me and my parents stood outside in the freezing cold weather outside the Hess Gas Station in Liverpool on 7th North St. We were giving away the newspaper and collecting donations for the childrens toy fund. At Paparazzi, where I work I sold more newspapers and got more money, then back outside in that nasty weather. After it ended we went to Dinosaur Barbecue for a thank you lunch for doing to the newspaper. We made a little over 300 hundred dollars. It was cool, no it was more than cool, it was freezing, literally and also a blast. I hope these kids have a Merry Christmas now.
I did the polar plunge this year, and it was a fun and freezing. I am a reason for the freezing because I am a special olympic athlete. I wrote a letter to the editor and thanked all my supporters, my soccer coach Doug and my parents. I am waiting for it to come out. Hopefully tomorrow the letter will be in the paper I am excited to see it. I can’t wait.
This morning, I went to Roxboro Middle School and I spoke about my abilities, bullying and the use of the “r” word. I showed them my video. It was very cool, my Aunt Melanie introduced me and it was great. At the end they had awesome questions for me. I had a blast speaking today. When I was finished some of the students came up and gave me beautiful flowers and a card with a gift card. One girl was very excited because she gave me flowers so my mom asked if she wanted to take a picture with me. When my mom started to take it all of a sudden there were about 15 people in it and more coming down the aisles until the teachers stopped them. I felt like a rock star. I am very thankful to Roxboro Middle School for giving me the opportunity to speak in front of the 6th graders. There were about 300 hundred students listening to me.
Today was my last day of college for the semester. I just completed my 7th course at Onondaga Community College. I did take my final test today. I think I did okay but I don’t want to pat myself on my back just yet. I am very excited about being done. I have a 6 week break then I am going to take a class at LeMoyne and I am super happy.
Today was Freezin for a Reason for Special Olympics. Me and my plunge partner Doug Klepper went to Oneida Shores and took the plunge. This is our 4th year doing it. I raised two thousand eight hundred dollars. It was definitely well worth it. I am on news channel 10 going in the water. I had a blast and now I am nice and warm at home perfect! Thank you to everyone that generously helped me get all those donations.
December 8th 2013 is the Special Olympic Polar Plunge and this is my 4th year doing it. I have been collecting donations for about a month. The other day I went to Nichols Grocery Store and stood outside in the freezing cold weather to collect donations, wow were they generous I raised over $350 dollars in two hours. I have also been collecting donations at The Gem Diner, Paparazzi Salon & Day Spa, as well as many family and friends. So far I have raised about $2,000. I can’t wait to take the plunge next Sunday at noon, at Onedia Shores.
A few weeks or so ago my friend Jessica Pensabene asked me to be a judge in a male contest called Mr. Pink. It was a Carol Baldwin breast cancer fundraiser. They wanted local celebrities in the community to judge men to be crowned Mr. Pink. I am honored Jess thought of me as a local celebrity. This is how it was set up. We had a runway and Skip Clark from 105.1 and Jessica were the emcees. The male contestants were from the gym called Cross fit. We had different categories to judge them, like their introduction, they did their own superheroes, and story, happy hour attire, then beach attire and talent and then they each had to answer a question at the end. I loved every moment of being a judge. My parents have been calling me “judge” all day. The contests and contestants were awesome and everyone had a great time, as well as I. It was packed. At the end it ended up as a tie between number 4 and number 5. They shared the Mr. Pink hat. I met Carol Baldwin. She is a very nice lady.
Yesterday I went to Great Northern Mall not to shop, but to take a 5 hour pre licensing driving course. I learned and watched videos about driving, being cautious while driving, the fundamentals and specifics of driving. I did have a half an hour break in there to regroup then go back in. I finished the course, passed and as a result I received my certificate to take my road test. I am a little nervous but excited at the same time. Everyone says a lot of people don’t pass it the first time so I am not going to be discouraged, I will do as I always do and try my best and then keep trying until I succeed.
Today I went to Elmcrest School in Liverpool, NY and I spoke to about 500 students and the Faculty about my abilites and the ablities of others. I also spoke about bullying and how they need to tell an adult. I made a pledge with them about bullying. I showed them my video of accomplishments. I was open for questions and they asked very good questions and I think I answered them pretty well. It was a very good crowd. I had a great time speaking there. Thanks Abigail Sayler.
Today, I had bowling competition in Auburn and I had a little cheering section, my friend Libby, her sister, mom and sister in law came out and supported me. My Mom and Dad were there supporting me too. Me and my friends bowled 2 games. Fun! We were all in different divisions based on our averages from what we bowled each week.The first game I got a 127 then in my second game I got an 106. After we finished we had pizza and got our awards. In our division I came in first place baby! I got a blue ribbon. Man I am very happy and proud of myself. Thank you Libby, Susan, Sara and Faith for coming out. I appreciate the support.