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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!

Anyone Can Be a Hero at Johnson Elementary

Nick and Mrs. Morris’ 1st Grade Class

On May 21st Nick joined Mrs. Morris’ class of 1st graders at Johnson Elementary to engage them in his “Anyone Can Be a Hero” presentation. Nick worked to show the kids that anyone can be a hero when they harness their inner superpowers, and that special abilities come in all shapes and sizes.

Nick and Job Coach Liz
Nick enjoyed demonstrating his speech device for some of the students!

The students were respectful and engaged in learning about Nick’s message. Nick talked to the students about focusing on what they are good at and what makes them happy, and not letting failures or challenges stop them from trying.

Nick told the students about his own experiences and the unique challenges he has faced in his life and used these examples to show the students that they can do anything if they use their own superpowers.

Are they good listeners? Good at sports? Good artists? Nick encouraged the students to think about their own abilities and how they can use them to help themselves and others.

The students worked to make their own superhero masks with the help of Nick and his job coaches Liz and Audrey. Nick loved seeing the many different masks the students worked hard to create. The masks reflected the students abilities, and Nick and his job coaches helped the students create a superhero name.

The students working on their alter egos!
The students made creative and unique masks that highlighted their abilities.

Many of the students were very interested in learning more about how Nick communicates. Nick answered their questions using his speech device, PRC, while they avidly watched his screen.

Everyone was eager to hear what Nick had to say!

Nick was able to give the students new perspectives on abilities and what it means to be a hero in their community. And he made some new friends too.

If you or someone you know would be interested in Nick’s exciting and interactive “Anyone Can Be a Hero” presentation or any of his other engaging presentations in their classroom or gathering, contact him for more information via his email or Facebook.

Thank you to Jennifer Morris for welcoming us into her classroom and allowing us to present to her respectful group of students.

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