Mark your calenders because history has been made! How does it feel to be a part of such a great advancement?
Yesterday marked the first day of Deferred Action, which prevents DREAMers from being deported. President Obama signed it after a series of hunger strikes & protests began in his campaign offices. This is what happens when DREAMers stick together; They can achieve anything.
Childhood obesity is a growing epidemic that has increased considerably over the years. According to aacap.org, unhealthy weight gain due to a lack of exercise accounts for over 300,000 annual deaths. The annual cost to society for obesity is almost $100 billion. Obesity in children is becoming more common, but there are things that can be done to stop it.
I’ve always been the stand-out, don’t care what anyone has to say kind of girl. I’ve never been afraid to go off and do my own thing, which isn’t always a good thing but it’s never entirely bad either. Some people see me as a “tom boy”, others just see me as, well me. I don’t know how to be anything else. If I had to choose just 3 words to describe me, those three words would be: Sierra. Nicole. Wright. I’m just me (Ha, another 3 words). Because I’m sooo Sierra Nicole Wright, it kind of surprised people when I was accepted into the NAM pageant as a state finalist, but I wasn’t surprised a bit. You’re only as strong and as beautiful as you think you are.
The pageant isn’t until June, but during my pageant journey I have really grown and that growth is evident in my walk, talk, smile, and speech. Even the way I stand is different now. Although those very important aspects of my life have changed (for the better), I refuse to let this pageant change who I am on the inside. When I say the my walk, talk, smile, and speech have changed, I mean that they are a lot more confident. I feel that I can actually win and I’m no longer afraid to speak in front of hundreds of people. I even feel better about speaking Spanish and I don’t care that other people may think it’s weird. This pageant has just proven that it’s actually more important than I thought it was before (and believe me when I say that Spanish is my life). One of my interviews for the pageant was in Spanish!
The theme for this years National American Miss pageant is “I am a girl with dreams”. Instead of speaking about my dreams during the talent section, I will be giving a speech about the dreams of others. Specifically, the dreams of DREAMers because their voices deserve to be heard. I am not the only one that will benefit from participating in this pageant. Not only will I spread the word about the DREAM Act to help DREAMers all across the U.S, but I will also help the homeless. Let me explain, in the state program book there is a section for advertisement for businesses or a where family and friends can say congratulations. For every full page of ads that each contestant can sell, she is awarded one premium prize. One of those premium prizes include a free nights stay at the pageant’s host hotel (which is the Marriot for Indiana). One of my goals in life is to buy a hotel and open it as a homeless shelter. Until I can do that, I have decided that instead of myself staying at the Marriot, I will visit the local homeless shelter and offer each of the free night stays to the person that needs it the most.
Selling 7 full pages of ads (the equivalent to $4200) guarantees me the National Cover Girl title. So whether I win the state queen title or not, I will still have a title if I can raise the $4200. It may seem like a lot of money, but if I can get just 210 people to donate $20 to help me, I can get there. Each of the advertisers names will go in the state program book which will be distributed to hundreds of people during pageant weekend. As the National Cover Girl, I will be featured in over 30,000 state advertising books as well as inside the national pageant program books. The state advertising books will be distributed nationwide during the next pageant year. By selling 7 ad pages, I will not only become the National Cover Girl, but I will also get the official state ambassador crown, banner, and trophy.
Over the past few weeks, several people have come up to me saying they remember me. They remember the way I speak. They remember my confidence. They remember the way I carry myself apart from the other contestants. They have told me to carry my abilities to speak with me throughout the whole competition. Because I love you all so much, I’ll let you in on a secret. I wasn’t able to speak this well before. I didn’t have that confidence. But I figured, hey, if you’re going to do this you may as well show them what you’re really about. You may as well be yourself, 100%.
Pageants aren’t just about the glitz and glam of dresses, nor the beauty of the contestants. They’re about how amazing they make the contestants feel on the inside. I’m going to ask you all a huge favor. If you could please donate whatever you can to www.gofundme.com/irarg, you would all be giving me the chance to live my dream. Thank you so much!
I AM A GIRL WITH DREAMS
Please make a phone call for Yanelli.. she’s a DREAMer that is scheduled to be deported tomorrow that deserves a chance to stay in the US and she needs help. She has already tried to kill herself twice because she has no family in Mexico and they are trying to send her back.. People across the US are standing in solidarity with Yanelli. Have you made a call today? She’s from Ohio and is scheduled to be deported tomorrow, please make the phone call to help her.
Call ICE –John Morton @ 800-394-5855 or 202.732.3000 or 1-800-821-9358
Sample Script: “Hello I am calling to ask that Yanelli Hernadez (A# 205 012 525) be allowed to stay in the U.S. where she needs treatment. Yanelli is suffering from depression, has attempted to take her own life twice and should not be deported. This is wrong.”
I love to meet a large variety of people. I feel that diversity is the key. By knowing a diverse group of people, you are opening many new doors to many wonderful opportunities. How?
Because it broadens your perspective on things. Knowing people who don’t share the same ideas or thoughts as you gives you room to think more creatively. Be friends with people that think differently than you. You don’t want to only be friends with people that think like you or you aren’t growing; you’ll eventually be left behind because the world around you is constantly changing.
Part of this growth includes befriending people that are ‘different’ than you. People who speak different languages or have different cultures. If you can understand their cultures, then you’re already advancing in the world.
For my final Spanish project, we have to write about an aspect of Latin America. Because I love the music oh so much, I decided to write about music from the Dominican Republic. I’ll post more about it later.
What cultures/languages do you find interesting? Do you speak other languages as well?
The DREAM Act, or the Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors, was reintroduced on May 11, 2011. It is a bill giving undocumented immigrants the opportunity to become legal citizens. The bill, however, is not open to all undocumented immigrants. There are set requirements such as the following:
- Must be 12-30 years old at the time of enactment
- Must have arrived in the U.S before the age of 16
- Must have lived in the U.S for at least 5 years
- Must graduate from a U.S high school, or get a GED
- Must plan on going to college or serving in the U.S military for at least 2 years
- Must not have any criminal convictions
As you can see, the DREAM Act is meant for those that are already here. It’s also more focused on children or teens. Those same children, who were brought here at very young ages, may not even know that they are undocumented until they are much older. Now they have to live in fear of being deported from the only place that they know and call home. Many don’t even know their home countries. These same kids have the same hopes, dreams, and aspirations as all other Americans: to succeed and be the best that they possibly can. They should not have to live in fear of being kicked out of the only place that they call home. They are indeed Americans, although not by birth. They are proud to be called Americans. They celebrate our independence day, they attend our schools and churches, and they contribute to our communities, and most importantly, they’ve become a part of us.
DREAMers are full of immense talent, just like everyone else. The only difference is their civil status. Denying DREAMers is like saying that they can’t cure the sick, although they’re perfectly capable of it. That they can’t start a successful business. All because they were brought here over something that they had no control over. These talented DREAMers can and will help our economy prosper, if given the opportunity:
- DREAMers like Walter Lara, an honor student who found out he was “illegal” when he was applying for college.
- DREAMers like Stephanie, who started at UCLA when she was 16 and works two or three minimum wage jobs to pay for her schooling.
- DREAMers like Eric Balderas, a Harvard biology major who has been in America since he was 4 and was detained when flying back to school after visiting his mother.
I’ve recently attended Senator Lugar’s symposium, and while there I was able to ask him a few questions.One of the questions was if he anticipated the DREAM Act being passed any time soon. He told me that it would probably not be passed this year, but he also informed me that 55 of the necessary 60 votes were in favor of the DREAM Act. That’s about 92% of the needed votes.
Come on DREAMers and let’s make this dream a reality! What do we want and when do we want it?
usnews.com has come up with the 2012 list of the top universities. What’s so special about this list? It’s not just limited to U.S universities, but the top universities of the world. This list consists of the top 400 schools, with 13 of the first 20 being American schools, 1 Swiss school, 1 Canadian school, and the remaining 5 of the first 20 being in the UK. I believe this list is well worth your while to check out. You never know, you just may be surprised!