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Centennial High School Presentation

You bet your sweet little bippy, we’re back!

Nick was so excited to get back into a classroom and do a presentation for some awesome students at Centennial High School in Fort Collins, Colorado!

Blythe Johnson, a teacher at Centennial, reached out to Nick via his website, and asked him to come present to her classroom. Her class was doing a section on personal narratives and Nick was invited to come and share his story to her students.

Nick presented a blended version of his Ted X talk and his Why Try speech to the students, who Nick says were “awesome.”

Nick spoke for about 20 minutes about his life growing up in Africa, his hard work to achieve his dreams and goals, and his dedication to changing the perception of the differently abled. The presentation included pictures from Nick’s childhood in Africa, as well as pictures and videos of his various adaptive sporting events including waterskiing and white water rafting.

The students were amazing, receptive to Nick’s message, and asked meaningful questions at the end of the presentation. They also all gathered around Nick to show him pictures of their pets! Nick loved this, and was laughing so hard. One student had pet pigs, and Nick thought this was so funny.

The teacher, Blythe Johnson, was so kind to Nick, and so patient with Awesome in Action as we got back in the swing of in person presentations. It was obvious to Nick and his team that Blythe really makes a difference to her students and really cares about showing them new perspectives of the world.

Nick couldn’t be more grateful for the opportunity to present to the class, and is so excited to get back into in person presenting.

Nick’s next event is Wicked West Expo at the Ranch Events Complex in Loveland, Colorado on April 15th and 16th where he will have a booth, and host a panel where he will give his Anyone Can be a Hero presentation. He hopes you will come and support him and check out the awesome exhibitors!

International Women’s Day!

Today is International Women’s Day!

“International Women’s Day is a global holiday celebrated annually on March 8 as a focal point in the women’s rights movement, bringing attention to issues such as gender equality, reproductive rights, and violence and abuse against women.” -Wikipedia

I want to celebrate the strong women in my life today!

My mom, Susan, is an “awesome mother” and I love her so much! She has made everything in my life possible and she supports me through every adventure. Spending time with her is one of my favorite things to do. She finds me the coolest hats! I love you mom!

Audrey Hendricks, Audg, is my friend and care provider of over 15 years and she is now my Agency Manager at Nick’s Hope. She is AWESOME! She works so hard to make sure everything runs smoothly for me. She worked with me to make Awesome in Action possible and continues to help run the business when we get into hiccups! She is a great mom and a great friend and takes such good care of animals, even scary geese!

Liz Laney is my friend of almost 10 years and is now my Day Program Manager and helps me run my business! I call her “Liz Laney, my beautiful care provider” and it makes her gag! How funny! Liz has a great sense of humor and can always make me laugh.

Annie Schubert works with me as a speech and language pathologist every week. She works hard to make sure I’m reaching my full potential! She is so cool, she has an amazing singing voice and she makes me laugh so hard.

Cindy Peak was my long time speech and language pathologist, and she always made sure I was having fun while practicing my language skills! She and her daughter Jaime helped me film and produce the Awesome in Action documentary about my life, it’s amazing. I’m so grateful for them!

Debbie Hendricks is my friend and now she is my care provider too! She has done such a great job transitioning into working with me. She’s an amazing massage therapist and she works so hard despite dealing with a lot of pain! She is my British buddy and I love her sense of humor.

Kaitlyn Birdsall-Thomas is an art teacher and the incredible illustrator for my 2nd book! She works so hard and her artwork is so beautiful. I feel so lucky to have found her and that she is working with me on my book. Her daughter Willow is so stinking CUTE!

My Cousin Kathy is so funny, she makes me laugh so hard! She loves animals and is such a great mom and friend. I feel so lucky that she moved to Colorado and I get to see her and spend time with her.

All of these ladies in my life are passionate and make me want to work hard and be the best I can be! I love and appreciate them so much. There are so many more strong and powerful women in my life that I haven’t mentioned here and I want to take today to thank them for how much they have done for me!

I hope today you will celebrate the beautiful and strong women in your life for the things that make them special and important to you.

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