“God gave you a voice, use it! And no the irony of a nonspeaking autistic encouraging you to use your voice is not lost on me. Because if you can see the worth in me you can see the worth in everyone you meet.” -Elizabeth Bonker
Abigail Dennis of Old Tappan High School showed the ultimate determination this past weekend. During her preliminary heat of the 100m Hurdles at the Bergen County Championships in New Jersey she took a hard fall on the second hurdle. Instead of throwing in the towel, she hopped right up and kept racing. She was able to work her way back into the race and finish first overall in her heat and second overall in the preliminary rounds. Her grit and determination earned her a spot in the final where she took FIRST overall in a new Personal Best time of 14.28!
“I had a bit of a choppy start in the prelims so I kind’ve expected not to do as well as I would’ve liked, but I didn’t expect that superman fall, but when I knew I didn’t hurt anything, I knew that I had to redeem myself because no one wants to go out like that in counties,” said Dennis. Dennis’s also won the 100 on Friday and the 200 today to help lead Old Tappan to the Group B team title.
The video of Aigail’s race has gone viral on social media, and for good reason! Her persistence and determination prove that the race is never over until the end so keep pushing!
A great team starts with a great leader. The video below is a prime example of what it means to be a great teammate. When your teammates are down you pick them back up! Bob was clearly upset and frustrated with his performance on the Rugby pitch. “Everyone is older than me, everyone is bigger than me” he cried.
His shorter teammate was right there to pick him up and let him know how good he actually was. “Look at me. I’m the shortest kid here, it doesn’t matter who you are, it doesn’t matter your size” he exclaimed. Reassuring his teammate that he was not as bad as he thought he was. We could all use a teammate like this young boy here!
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