Friday, March 26, 2010

Bragging Rights


OK, fair warning. I'm about to brag about my daughter, Katie. This is not going to be one of the "blogs of substance" I've been talking about lately. And there's nothing wrong with that!

As many of you know, my daughter Katie is a senior in HS. In the last couple of weeks she has accomplished some amazing things and I'm just so proud of her that I can't keep it to myself.

About 2 weeks ago we received a letter in the mail from the HS. This is not that unusual and I didn't think anything about it when I opened it. Well, I was blown away when I read that Katie's GPA qualified her for the Rhode Island Secondary School Honor Society! For some unknown reason, this honor was not on our radar at all. I have no idea why not. Needless to say, this was such a happy surprise and honor for Katie. And we couldn't be prouder.

Then on March 12th, Katie competed for the title of 2010 Rhode Island Future Business Leader (FBLA). FBLA is a national organization for HS students who are interested in pursuing a career in business. Each year the FBLA members take tests in different areas of business (ex. Economics, Communications, Ethics, etc) and the winners at the state level can then compete nationally. This year Katie decided to compete for the top award - Future Business Leader. This involved a rigorous process of testing, interviews and resumes. You know where this is going, don't you? She won!!! What an accomplishment. And we couldn't be prouder.








But that's not all. This past Tuesday, Katie hosted a fundraising dinner at the HS as part of the Interact Club (a community service organize affiliated with the Rotary Club), which she serves as President (yes, yes, shameless bragging on my part). But she didn't just host this dinner. She planned the entire thing - practically single handed (don't get me started on why the rest of the club members didn't help her). The dinner raised over $800 for water filtration systems for a small village in Cambodia. Not only did Katie arrange for a local restaurant to provide authentic Cambodian food, she visited approximately 15 local businesses and asked them to donate items for a raffle, arranged to have traditional Cambodian dancers perform before and after the dinner, invited 3 Cambodian monks (and a translator) to attend the dinner to bless the food, organized her family and friends to supply homemade desserts, created a trifold brochure to hand out to the diners, bought all the tablecloths and paper products, supplied her iPod with Cambodian music downloaded for the dancers and arranged to have the local Rotary Club attend to give a presentation on the work they are doing in Cambodia. And she emceed the entire event. Geoff and I were amazed, not only by the success of the event and all her hard work, but also by her poise speaking in front of such a large group. And we couldn't have been prouder.





















Katie, you are one amazing young lady. I am in awe of all you do and have accomplished. And I couldn't be prouder of you. You rock!






Katie and Madeleine

18 comments:

Gail Foelsch said...

Congratulations Katie! What wonderful accomplishments -- and what a busy month you've had!

Janie B said...

That was a beautiful tribute to your daughter. My daughters mean the world to me, and I know she is happy to have made you so proud.

BONNIE K said...

You have a lot to be proud of! What a beautiful young lady, inside and out.

injaynesworld said...

Congratulations Katie and proud mama Pam... This world needs bright, strong women who aren't afraid to step out into leadership positions. It sounds like Katie has a bright future ahead of her and that the world will be a better place for her presence in it.

Midlife Jobhunter said...

"Katie, you are one amazing young lady. I am in awe of all you do and have accomplished."

Gee, I wonder who opened up the world to her? How fortunate for our world that Katie has made a difference - and will no doubt continue to do so. Absolutely be proud of raising a fine young woman.

MissKris said...

What a wonderful, accomplished young woman she is already! I predict she'll go far in this world. Congratulations!

WaistingTime said...

You have every right to brag! Awesome young lady:)

Elle said...

I love this post. It is quite obvious that you are a proud momma, and you have every reason to be. Congratulations, Katie! What a beautiful young woman--inside and out. That is quite the list of accomplishments, and I think mom can take a little credit for raising such an awesome daughter too!

Andrea (ace1028) said...

She's beautiful! And sounds amazing and incredibly strong and powerful. Like her momma, no doubt. Congrats to her on so many successes. The charitable aspect means the most to me, as that's my focus for much of life. I hope I can raise my daughter to be so strong and charitable, as well. Thanks for sharing.

Anita said...

Wow Katie, I am so touched by all the accomplishments you have achieved. You are hardworking, bright and so giving, what a wonderful combination. Pam, you have every reason to brag, I know your family is very proud of your lovely daughter!

nan said...

Wonderful!!

Esther said...

Wow, that's incredible. Kudos to your daughter. And I know it must mean so much that her parents are so quick to express their pride.

Steve E said...

Well, I am proud of the fact that there are still parent(s) around who raise daughters (and sons) like Katie.

Congratulations to you, Pam, and Katie!

PEACE!

Katherine said...

Your daughter sounds absolutely amazing. You have every right to be overwhelmingly proud. I hope that I can raise my sons to be just as amazing people has you have with your daughter.

Sandy said...

How did I miss this post?

When I say how impressed and proud we are of Katie, it's not just because she's our granddaugther. I would have been impressed by any young woman her age who did what Katie did for the Cambodian fundraiser.

It was very well done. I know how much work goes into putting an event like that together and she did an awesome job. She has a great career ahead of her.

~Kristen~ said...

Girl. this is absolutely a post of substance!!! and you have every reason to be enormously proud of what an obviously incredible young woman Katie is!!! Reading things like this gives me hope for our future, because, sadly, more of than not, most teens and kids I encounter these days, give me anything but hope. It is so awesome to see kids that use their intelligence and talents to make the world a better place, and to make a life that they, and their parents, can be proud of!!! :-)

"Cottage By The Sea" said...

Congratulations to Katie and to her mother who obviously did a fantastic job raising such an accomplished girl who is beautiful on the inside and out. She is an inspiration for her generation.

croneandbearit said...

I love it when parents brag all over their kids - and your Katie is definitely a winner! She is lucky to have you for a mom and I know you are blessed by her. Hugs!

 

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