Girls Inc. 2016 Member of the Year
Natalye Smith, 9 years old
Accepting the award, in her own words…
Girls Inc. is a one-of-a-kind experience and to be chosen as the Member of the Year for 2016 is truly an honor. Being a Girls Inc. girl means to be willing to live your life to the fullest potential. To be the best person you can be. To say it’s ok to make mistakes, to fail and to fall. But you should always remember to not stay hung up on these things. Being a Girls Inc. girl has helped me become more blossomed. It has changed me from a frail, shy girl to the girl that has the confidence to speak to you all this evening. I know that I have inspired so many faces just by being myself. I never used to do that. Girls Inc. enriched and encouraged me to motivate other girls.
When I inspire others, I feel that I am starting a chain, a chain of purpose and motivation. I feel this will help people make a difference in the world and they will drive other people with their great legacy and the world will ever so slowly become a better place. Thank you for coming here tonight. I hope I have influenced you to make your world a better place.
Girls Inc. 2016 Mary Sampus Literacy Award:
Brooke Adair, 9 years old
Brooke has a strong love for literacy and has proven a level of dedication to strengthening her reading and writing skills. Over her three years attending Girls Inc. of Greater Lowell, she has participated in every Family Literacy Night, and every literacy initiative and reading challenge that we have facilitated and shows great enthusiasm for literacy activities.
In the summer of 2015, Girls Inc. held a nine week reading challenge. Brooke made it a personal goal to read as many books as she possibly could and went on to win the challenge. She was even witnessed reading with younger peers and teaching others to love books and she is often seen sitting in our gameroom reading Roald Dahl books. Following the summer, she participated in our Rudolph Readers Challenge in the winter of 2015/2016 and was the winner once again, reading far beyond the required amount needed to win the challenge. Brooke was also given the opportunity to run her own special program during our December Vacation week. With great enthusiasm, she planned, created and facilitated a stress management and emotional intelligence workshop for other members using inspiration from the movie Inside Out. Brooke has stated in the past that writing is one of her talents and mom believes that Brooke would make a great teacher one day.
Though Brooke’s love of literacy will certainly take her far in life, tonight we are here to recognize how her passion for books has inspired a program-wide commitment and dedication to literacy learning.