Without a doubt, it was an emotional graduation ceremony for our family. Months ago we received word that my sister's friends asked if Christi could also receive a high school diploma with them when they graduated. The school agreed and invited our family as special guests. While we were terribly sad Christi was not there with everyone in person, we were very happy for her wonderful classmates and friends! They loved her so much! We fought back tears as we received Christi's diploma and a special escort from the school administration. The students really surprised us by having a balloon release immediately following the ceremony. Christi's name was written on every balloon. Very best wishes to all of Christi's classmates!
Every year since my sister's death, our family awards scholarships in her memory. This year was particularly special as the students were her very own classmates. Because of this, I felt called to give the speech. I divulged the way I remember Christi and reminded them they were such a big part of her life. When she was with her friends she felt just like a normal child, not a child with cancer. Congratulations to this year's winners! We know they loved her too!
The top ten percent of each grade level was invited to be recognized at Columbian High School's Academic Awards Night and I was honored to be in attendance. It's incredible to be commended for the Top 10%! It's an award that reflects a daily performance of excellence and constantly striving for academic achievement. In addition, the Senior class introduced themselves and voiced what college they'd be attending in the fall. Academic Awards Night was a great way to celebrate a year of learning!
I am still glowing from Prom. Dances are my favorite high school event! I had a ball dancing the night away with my friends. The week before Prom our school held a mock car crash to show us the consequences of poor decision making while driving. The entire audience was silent as we remembered those who have passed from car related accidents. I'm glad to say everyone was safe on our Prom night, and I'm having so much fun being actively involved at my school.
The past 72 hours have been bursting with activity. Our school hosted tryouts for the Flag & Dance Team. I was overjoyed when I saw the postings that I had made it again this year. Saturday brought a new experience- my very first voice recital! I sang "I could have danced all night." Later that night I preformed with TriDea Dance at the Ritz. Our dance was a comedy, poking fun at excessive texting, which led us to dance with our cell phones. Finally, I went Zip Lining with the Miss Ohio contestants. It was my first time zip lining and I certainly hope to go again. I feel so blessed to have had such an exciting weekend. God is good!
It was neat to see my "Lemon Ball Dance Party" fundraiser covered in the current edition of Tiffin Life magazine. What a great way to promote the cause of pediatric cancer awareness and research.