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Motivating high school kids: Is it possible?

We here at Awesome in Action are not sure it is….but we gave it a good college (high school?) “try” this morning at Greeley’s University Schools.


We had an awesome time in Mr. Hatfield’s advising class with 31 students….the subject of the presentation: “Why Try?”


Nick spent 1/2 hour explaining to the students how he keeps himself motivated to reach his goals.


He talked to them about PERSPECTIVE, and the impact thoughts have on our feelings about upcoming events.  IMG_7232sm


Nick explained that he feels nervous sometimes about his events, but he always tries to change his attitude so that he gains the courage to try.


We hope the high school students of University Schools in Greeley came away from the presentation believing they can make a change in their life.



As a bonus, Nick was able to visit with Greeley University School’s principal, Holly Sample, a great friend and mentor who has been in his life for over 20 years. Nick loves

her laugh!



Ciao, Bulldogs!  IMG_7268sm.jpg




An Awesome Time Pumping up the Black Belt Candidates of Ripple Effect!



It may have a been a bit scary to see 50+ black belt candidates performing a powerful set
of karate skills as they slowly advanced upon us, but the experience was well worth it.












The Awesome in Action team was privileged to meet with these dedicated students and to present to them the “Why Try” speech, a motivational talk that helped encourage the participants to get through their challenging weekend full of testing to earn their black belts!


The warm-up exercises alone looked exhausting!!

master macey

Master Macy ensures the students are stretching properly prior to testing


kickMaster Macy had the students balance mid-kick for a 50 count!  “1 sir, 2 sir, 3 sir…”



Nick Karate move

Nick got to practice along with the students! He is hoping to earn his white belt soon with Ripple Effect.



In addition to Nick’s speech, the students did some of their form testing (Scroll down to videos to see some of their impressive techniques), and participated in a combat workshop. Their entire weeken was full of extraneous testing and physical activity. These are some resilient folks!


Cameron and Reece

Cameron and Reece were visiting from Mile High Karate to participate in a combat workshop








All geared up and practing…steer clear of these two tough kids!







John and Alletta Harres with their son, Jack


Many families train and attend Karate Classes together. The Harres family also came from Mile High Karate, an affiliate of Ripple Effect, in order to participate in the workshops and observe the testing process.


It was Awesome to meet many new friends.  Some of them are pictured below:


Olivia Baker

Olivia Baker, age 7

Marcus Edwards

Marcus Edwards








Tristan Matthew

Tristan Matthew and Nick

Blake Carsrud

Blake Carsrud



Thank you, Greg Macy and Mark Brady, for including us in this Awesome Event! We are excited to be part of the Ripple Effect family!



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