February 22, 2012 § 2 Comments
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October 20, 2011 § 6 Comments
Thanks to the gracious Ron Courning, I was interviewed this morning on ABC Daybreak as part of my participation in GLAAD’s Spirit Day as well as their Get Amped 5k fundraiser! The interview can be seen when you click the link below, I hope you all are enjoying your Spirit Day and are wearing your purple with pride!!!
and if that link doesn’t work, just go here: http://www.wfaa.com/video?id=132234943&sec=553117
October 9, 2011 § 2 Comments
With the recent suicide of Jamey Rodemeyer, light has once again been shed upon the need to resolve lgbt suicide. A necessity of our progress towards ending teen suicide, GLAAD’s work to improve the media presence of the lgbt community, is not just powerful but is unmatched in its fervor for change. As an athlete whose community seems like a final battleground for achieving acceptance, I recognize the unparalleled impact GLAAD has on youth involvement in sports.
May 2, 2011 § 13 Comments
Happy (early) Monday to all of you! In the past few weeks, you have gotten to learn some more about me through my posts and tweets and I have been fortunate enough to learn more about you all through the comment section, twitter, and email. With all of this (awesome!) communication, I have begun to receive some common questions which I thought you all deserved to know the answer to – and more. What follows is an update on the ongoings of my life and the answers to some of your most frequently asked questions as of late.
College Decision Time: Yesterday marked the last day to send in school deposits and my money was sent to… Georgetown University – where I will be running on their track team and will be working hard to contribute. I am extremely stoked to have the chance to run on such a strong Division 1 track team which has a reputation for it’s strong middle distance program. While I know it wont be easy, what is in life that’s worthwhile?
As far as Majors and Minors go, I am currently planning to get a Chinese Minor (Ni Hao!) though my major is still undecided though I am leaning towards public policy. I would love to hear any recommendations!
Penn Relays: This past weekend my team ran at the Penn Relays, one of our favorite meets of the season and had many growth inspiring experiences to say the least. Our 4×800 which was predicted to be our best race of the weekend missed out on making finals as we ran extremely poorly, yet because of this failure we have grown tighter as a group and are more focused for our upcoming races and are expecting to post some big times soon. Positivity is what it’s all about, along with staying humble and motivated – and that is what we’ll be working on over the next few weeks.
Our 4×400 on the other hand, made it to the Philadelphia area finals and took home two medals and was one of if not the highest placing relay our school has ever had a Penn Relay’s final race so we ended on a very high note!
Student Leadership: With less then a 1.5 months before I graduated, I have begun preparing to leave my school with a few gifts. One of which will be having a few teams sign onto the GLSEN Team Respect Challenge. This is still in the works but progress is being made and I look forward to seeing this project through to the end.
I’m also preparing to counsel at two leadership based Summer camps, of which you’ll hear a great deal more about within the next two months, and I cannot wait to spend part of my Summer with my PASC (Pennsylvania Association of Student Council) peeps and my favorite Spark the Wave Crew! For teens interested in community service/leadership, send me an email and I can provide you with details on how you can attend Spark the Wave – a service based leadership centric camp which can give you the tools to better your community!
Lastly, my boyfriend and I are still together and are happy to be where we’re at. While we are not attending prom together, unfortunately, we will be making up for it with our own semi-formal celebration potentially in the form of a dinner out somewhere, a picnic in the park, or just some time spent together watching baseball (his favorite sport).
And that is what’s new with me! If you have any more questions, feel free to post them in the comment section down below!
April 13, 2011 § 5 Comments
A thousand mouths not uttering a word yet their message will be heard more loudly than ever…
As Friday approaches, thousands of teens prepare for one of our favorite stands against hate: GLSEN’s Day of Silence! Becoming more common in schools across the nation, the Day of Silence is a planned day of protest against lgbt bullying in order to raise awareness while temporarily limiting conversation. But teens are not the only supporters of DoS, many teachers support the cause too though they aren’t always sure how to help. What follows are a few tips to help you (teachers) use the Day of Silence as a catalyst for conversation and spark change amongst your students, or at least shed light upon the tragedies occurring. If you’re a student, try asking your teachers to do some of the following or comment or tweet me and tell us how you think teachers can help!
April 8, 2011 § 12 Comments
Teeming with new experiences, new friends, and new dreams, my past two weekends consisted of an official visit to Georgetown University for track and a weekend spent with my student council friends at LEAD (a national leadership conference for teens.) 4 weeks ago, I would not expect to experience flying rubber chickens, a distance run with my potential future teammates, and the joy of teaching a workshop; three experiences I would never trade for the world. But as I reflect upon my recent ventures, I wonder what made them so great in hindsight when compared to a friend’s depressing recent venture into his school’s GSA for the first time – a club made to benefit him! Why do I smile at the thought of attending school in DC, or burst out laughing when remembering a leadership conference while my friend cringes at the thought of a GSA? What it comes down to is « Read the rest of this entry »
March 23, 2011 § 3 Comments
Imagine this: a resource which details how to improve your high school’s sport climate not just as a student, but as a coach, as an ally, and as an athletic director to benefit all students – including LGBTQ students! Sounds too good to be true, right? Using an easy to follow step by step guide teeming with recommendations and inspirational videos, GLSEN does just this with it’s “Sports Project.” And here are three reasons why you need to check it out: « Read the rest of this entry »