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