We had so much fun creating the Spring Prom Spread Photo Shoot this year at Aldie Mansion in Doylestown, PA. We selected our models through Darianna Prom & Tuxedo in Warrington, PA. Their 2016 Prom Queen Winner was also our Prom Spread Winner, and we let her bring her friends to join in the fun wearing dresses from Darianna Prom & Tuxedo of course!! Blue Violet Flowers and Gifts of Warrington supplied beautiful wristlets and bouquets, and Essentials Salon in Spa in Doyelstown did a wonderful job on the girls hair and makeup! The girls looked absolutely stunning with everyone's collaborative efforts. More images below as well as more information provided by each of this amazing businesses in our area!
Aldie Mansion, home of Heritage Conservancy: Heritage Conservancy’s mission is to preserve and protect our natural and historic heritage.
At 85 Old Dublin Pike in Doylestown, PA, Aldie Mansion is a fitting home for Heritage Conservancy, a nonprofit membership organization whose mission is to preserve and protect our natural and historic heritage. Aldie’s story is rich with history, and its survival is the result of a cooperative effort at preservation.
Aldie Mansion began its history as a beloved private residence. Commissioned by William and Martha Mercer as an ode to the English Tudor manor, this stately 1927 mansion evokes a time in America when craftsmanship reached an art form. The Aldie gargoyles, intricate brickwork, antique tiles and charming garden ornaments have been faithfully preserved as part of Bucks County’s unique heritage.
In fact, William Mercer himself sculpted many of the mansion’s architectural details. William Mercer was the younger brother of Henry Mercer, Bucks County's renowned tile maker and concrete sculptor, and artistic talent ran in the family.
William and Martha Mercer were renowned hosts during their years at Aldie, and they regularly welcomed international luminaries into their home. As you stroll about, it is easy to recall the spirited evenings when Groucho Marx joked at the dinner table and the Von Trapp family caroled in the Great Hall.
Essentials Salon & Day Spa is Bucks County's premier salon for prom and bridal services. For over 20 years, our talented and experienced staff of stylists and make up artists have helped women of all ages look and feel their best on these special days! In addition to makeup application and hair services, Essentials offers manicures, pedicures, facials, massages and more! We are an Aveda-concept salon and spa located right in Doylestown Shopping Center where you have access to free parking and are open everyday of the week! Find us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram or visit us at www.spaessentials.net to view our monthly promotions!
Blue Violet Flowers
1345 Easton Road
Warrington, Pa 18976
Girls - want to help your date select the perfect wristlet or hand-tied bouquet for prom? Visit Blue Violet Flowers and fill out a wish list. Your date will thank you for making it so easy!
Guys - ordering your tuxedo for prom this weekend? Visit Blue Violet Flowers, place your order, and check it off your list! Doesn't one stop shopping sound good?
Blue Violet Flowers provides unique and trendy flowers for prom. Wristlets, boutonniere's, and hand-tied bouquets to match any dress. With our special attention to detail, and our outstanding customer service, you don't need to go anywhere else.
We can make you feel like a king or queen on prom night. Add that special touch to your dress or tuxedo by checking out Blue Violet Flowers. If you can imagine it...we can create it!
Pressed for time? Too many commitments? No worries.... www.bluevioletflowers.com, select 'occasions', then 'prom'. Shopping online is easy.
Need flowers for that special promposal? We can make your date smile from ear to ear with a beautiful bouquet to make her day.
Darianna Prom & Tuxedo
1335 Easton Road, Warrington PA 18976
Still haven't picked out a tuxedo yet? We can help you with that! We have the best styles and even better prices!!! Stop in today to find your perfect tuxedo!
And of course, we saved some stunning images for the magazine! We'll save those until the magazine releases in April!
These girls and businesses were so fun to work with! Thank you everyone!
Leslie Conway, The ITM Teen Executive Board of Awesomeness & The Mag Teams
Melonie, a Central Bucks South High School 2016 Senior, is one of our Teen Entrepreneurs and we're so excited to share her delicious story with you!
Growing up, I always enjoyed baking and being in the kitchen. I would help my mom cook dinner or desserts just for fun. As I got older, I thought I could do something with my interest in baking. I decided to start taking classes at Michael’s when I was twelve years old. The classes taught me how to decorate cakes and cupcakes at a more advanced level.
I could not have gotten as far as I have without the help of my mom. Being that I was only twelve when I started, she had to drive me to the classes, and she even took them with me in the beginning. She bought me all the supplies I needed, and just the ones that I wanted because they looked cool. She always encouraged me to try new things and told me I won’t get any better unless I keep practicing. Now that I can drive and am more independent, I can get more supplies and make deliveries on my own but she still loves helping me out and I love getting her help.
In the very beginning, I would just bake for my family parties. My mom is a pre-school teacher; so some of the parents asked me to make their kid’s birthday cakes. I also worked at a summer camp for a while so I would make my friend’s sweet 16 cakes, or graduation cakes. It started mainly with people who I was close with and knew me personally. Through word of mouth and social media more people started hearing my name and seeing pictures of my cakes. This led to people calling me and placing orders. Although I wanted to do as much as I could with my little business, I still had to focus on school and sports, or else I knew it wouldn’t be worth it. I managed to fit everything into my
busy schedule and I enjoyed doing it.
The best opportunity I’ve gotten as a result of my cupcake business is that for the past six years, I have made cupcakes and cakes for Rubey’s Kids. Rubey’s Kids is a non-profit organization that supports over 500 children in four homeless shelters in the Philadelphia area. I wanted to volunteer my time, support, and baked goods to young people less fortunate so I decided to get involved. I would bake for their Christmas party, birthday parties, and every festival. The biggest project I do for them is the Christmas party. They need 550 cupcakes, which is too much for just one person. I decided to get a small team together of close friends to help me out. We all split the work up and after everyone was done, my mom and I would deliver them to Rubye’s Kids.
Each order I get is a challenge in itself. I spend time researching the theme and different ways I can execute it. Most of the orders I get, I have never done before so I have to carefully plan. One of my most challenging orders I received were barnyard animal cupcakes for a little boy’s fourth birthday party. He wanted pigs, cows, giraffes, and elephants. Although it was a lot of work, I got them done and he was ecstatic.
I plan to go to college next year to earn a business degree. Baking and decorating cupcakes will always be a part of my life that I will continue to peruse for friends, family, and fundraisers. As of right now, I am not certain what I want to do when I grow up but I know that I will always have this.
Article and Images by Melonie Shapiro
By Danny Dutkiewicz
St. Joseph/St. Robert School
I started liking football because I was always at my two brothers football games and practices watching them play for Warrington Warriors. I just love everything about the game and that it is a contact sport. Warrington Warriors was my first team and then went on to play for the CYO Saints.
If it wasn’t for the Bux-Mont Saints CYO Football coaches, I wouldn’t be the player I’m today. The Saints taught me discipline, trust and commitment, and I cannot thank them enough. This was my final season with the Saints.
I heard about The Philadelphia Little Quakers through a friend because his brothers played for them. I went to try outs back in September and there were over 100 kids trying out and they only took 36 kids. I was very excited and honored to get selected for such a great team and to get to play one game at Penn Charter High School, 2 games at University of Penn’s Franklin Field and one game out of state.
The best opportunities I get by playing for The Philadelphia Little Quakers is a lot of high school coaches come out to watch us play, and I’m learning a lot more because the coaches are making me an even better football player.
The event I recently had with The Philadelphia Little Quakers was flying to Dallas, Texas to play another all-star team that was really good. While in Texas we visited the AT&T Dallas football stadium, SMU University, and met the football players. We also went to a Rodeo, Dealy Plaza, and did other cool stuff AND had good dinners.
My future plans with football is I want to play next year in high school and one day I would love to play for a really good college team. And of course make it to the NFL someday, every football boys dream!
See below for when we first met Danny - he was a rockstar then and he's been working his tail off ever since!
Article & Images by Maellis Dedieu-Hoessler
The heritage of French fashion is without a doubt one of the richest in the world. And for good
reason. Paris is the cradle of haute couture, and its influence stretches throughout the globe.
What really sets this French look apart? The French youth finds itself bathed by not only the
influence of the great fashion creators with its extravagances and remarkable inspiration, but also
affordable urban and sophisticated brands. Diversity and creativity finds themselves stimulated
by this young generation that pairs and matches classic and elegant with vintage and relaxed.
Chanel meets Naf Naf, Bourgeois meets Burberry, or Zadig et Voltaire meets Timberland.
You can observe the young Parisian relaxed and chic, the student with a casual elegance inspired
by hippie and bohemian tendencies, or a group of young hipsters with a falsely neglected look,
cool and detached, or the skater with his urban style that reflect a little bit of the “streetwear”
style. The rock look becomes classic, the sophisticated turns relaxed, vintage can be modern, and
haute couture becomes affordable to all.
Below are a few examples of some favorites of mine!
Paris in a Day
Travel Guide & Photography
By Amanda Dedieu
Central Bucks South Senior
This past summer I visited Paris for the second time and we did Paris in a day. For a quick tour of the city of lights, this is how to map out your day.
1. Metro ~ Fun way to transport in and out of the city.
2. Les Champs Elysees ~ Must walk down this famous street with lots of fancy shops.
3. Food ~ Take a break and eat lunch on the Champs Elysees.
4. The Arc de Triumph ~ Take a picture in the street in front of it or cross to be under it (watch for cars!).
5. Eiffel Tower ~ You can stay under it but to get the full experience take the elevator to the top.
6. The River Seine ~ Take a stroll next to this famous river or take a peaceful boat ride also known as bateau mouche.
7. The Lock Bridge ~ Famous place for couples but is great for anyone to experience.
8. The Grand Palais ~ Experience this art museum on the way back.
9. The Petit Palais ~ This is the smaller sister building across the street!
Travel Guide & Photography
By Amanda Dedieu
Central Bucks South
Article & Images by Stephanie Litzenberger: CB South HS Senior
The city of water is one place I will truly never forget. From its enchanting waterways, to its magical gondola rides late at night, Venice gave me an experience that I’ll always cherish. Here is what you need to do when you go to this wonderland!
1. Gelatos, gelatos, gelatos! Try every flavor while you’re there because no matter what, it’ll be absolutely delicious.
2. Get lost in the city for the day- My brothers and I got lost in it, just taking random turns here and there, and ended up seeing the true beauty of the place.
3. Get lunch at St. Mark’s Square- jam packed with people nearly all the time, but the buildings, which are all a part of St. Mark’s Basilica are stunning works of art as they dominate the square.
4. Get your gondola ride at night- The gondoliers know how to show the most stunning parts of Venice at night, and are able to show you the parts of Venice you wouldn’t naturally see.
5. The Rialto Bridge- Lined with shops and restaurants, the Rialto Bridge is one of the few bridges that allow you to walk over the Grand Canal, and it’s beautiful to look out at the Canal when you’re standing on it.
6. Murano glass- No matter what shop you go in, I highly urge to buy some type of jewelry or crafted piece made of murano glass. Venice is one of the few places that makes the special glass, and each piece in the stores is absolutely beautiful.
My best advice is don’t have your days planned out when visiting any foreign country, but especially with Venice,
because it’s truly a city that you need to experience, and not force the culture. You need to explore and divulge
yourself in the culture through your own abilities, and meet the people in your own way.
**WARNING: many, many pick-pocketers so be careful!!***
Nick sat down with us and gave us a great interview on what it's like to be Student Body President of such a large high school. Read his answers and watch his video both - they are a wealth of information. Thanks Nick!
Interview by Maria Corr, Video by Carly D'Angelo
How much responsibilities do you have/what are they?
I hold a multitude of responsibilities at William Tennent, which range from attending board meetings, sitting in on our Citizens’ Policy Committee, discussing student issues with our Principal, and, most importantly, helping spread school spirit!
How much are you at school?
All the time, I stay after most days an hour after everyone has left. I’m at school pretty much all the time, even on weekends when need be!
What are your goals?
Some of my goals from the beginning of this school year included getting our school Wi-Fi, having more leniency towards taking Finals as an AP Student, and establishing a class trip.
What's most rewarding?
Being able to speak openly with lots of different people in the school! I feel like it’s easy for kids from every grade level to speak with me, as well as administrators and other school staff!
What's your favorite part?
Believe it or not, going to board meetings and speaking with administrators. It makes me feel great having the ability to “pick the brains” of people who help run our school and our district. Also, admittedly, I love the title of “President”, I mean, who wouldn’t??
What did you have to do to win?
LOTS of campaigning. I campaigned for a couple of months by word of mouth, then about a month before voting I recorded a speech and starting hanging up campaign posters.
How did you decide you wanted to do this?
I love being involved, and I felt like this would be the best way for me to help others in the school with their problems. Also, I love leading groups of people!
Do you plan on a career in politics?
My intended major in political science and a career in politics would be something that I’d love to do! Nonetheless, I don’t necessarily plan on having a career in politics, and whatever career I end up having, I am sure I’ll have fun and make the most of it!
What advice would you give to future presidential candidate?
Be yourself! Ever since my freshman year the Student Body President has done it their own way, which means that it’s okay to be different! Additionally, be confident in what you say, and say what you believe!
Who do you think will win the US presidency?
Bold Prediction: I think the race will be between Ted Cruz and Bernie Sanders, and Bernie will take it all! Hopefully my favorite candidate, Marco Rubio, gets a GOP nomination, though.
Photos submitted by Nick Griffin
We were so excited to have Ms. Braccia check in with us. Crystal helped us out with our very first Fashion Show back in 2011 so keeping up with her over the years and hearing how far she's come with her passions has been awesomely inspiring to so many girls following in her footsteps!
Images & Interview submitted by Crystal Braccia, formally a student at Central Bucks South HS.
What got you into fashion?
At a really young age, my mom has always inspired and influenced my love for fashion. She definitely was the stepping-stone into creating my own sense of style. At the age of 14 years old I was fortunate enough to start working as a sales associate at a small boutique called, Bennick and Company. My boss, Joni, who was a former Vice President of BCBG, took me under her wing and taught me everything I needed to know. I was always so excited to go to work and was soon promoted to store manager. Not only did I learn so much and fall in love with the h business but also I learned so much about myself. I gained a strong work ethic and confidence I never had before. That’s when I knew I wanted to keep pursuing my career in fashion and go to no better school but FIT.
What are you doing now with it? (School, designing? etc.)
I am currently attending The Fashion Institute of Technology where I plan to get my Bachelors in Fashion Business Management. I’m learning everything there is to know about the fashion industry in no better place then New York City.
Everyday I get to combine my creative and business side into all of my work, while being surrounded by people that are just as fascinated and motivated as I am. My classes are all targeted to all different areas of the business but I also get to have hands on experience while interning.
Talk a little about what it was like being at New York Fashion Week. (How did you get to doing New York Fashion Week? Whom did you meet? What did you take away from the experience?)
Last year, I worked at Coterie, which is one of the largest trade shows for women’s ready-to-wear clothing at the Javiets Center. That experience was really exciting, it taught my how that side of the business comes together and I worked with some really great people. I also got to work at a fashion show for upcoming designers, which was my first fashion show. My job was to make sure everything was in its place, gift bags were made, and all the guests found their seats. Seeing first hand how much effort goes into fashion shows and how important it is that everything goes right makes you appreciate the show that much more.
This year I am interning at a PR firm called Factory PR. I started right during fall fashion week where the atmosphere was so exciting and full of energy. I worked at some of their client’s fashion shows. I was the main greeter at the Betsey Johnson Fashion Show, which was such a thrilling experience. As soon as I got back stage, in the craze of all the beautiful models that towered over everyone, hectic showroom managers, workers, djs, props, outfits, and cameras, was Betsey Johnson herself. Despite all of the chaos, Betsey Johnson went on to have an incredible and unique show. Overall, all the shows I have worked at I was able to watch and it is so inspiring seeing everything come to life after seeing all the prep that goes into it before the show.
What do you find is the challenge of being so young in the fashion world?
I think the main challenge being so young in the fashion world would be being taken seriously and really putting yourself out there. At times it can be tough but I’ve learned that you have to be confident and no matter what obstacle you ace take something away from it. At the end of the day it’s all about being positive, hardworking, and really believing in yourself.
What's your favorite part about the fashion industry?
My favorite thing about the fashion industry is how exciting it can be. Since it’s always changing there is no limits to what can happen. From the experience I’ve had I’ve developed a great interest and passion for visual merchandising. I really couldn’t picture myself working in a different area. I do love the business side of things, but something I would never want to give up is being able to be creative and with visual merchandising you get the best of both worlds.
Where do you see yourself in the future?
In the future I see myself living in New York City and working for a big company. I want to contribute to an already established company that I really believe in. I know I want to work for some type of fashion company but one of my dreams it to own my own company one day.
What's your favorite thing about living in New York?
My favorite thing about New York is all the opportunities that are right at my fingertips. There are so many avenues of the fashion industry to try and if one thing doesn’t work out there are a million other directions you can go in. That’s what I find to be so exiting about starting my career here; there really are no limits and there is so much to learn. New York has really taught me how to be independent and how to work really hard for what you want.
It's hard to believe that snow season is almost over! Stephanie's articles in the Winter Issue were fabulous reviews though, so if you have any desire for snow left in what's left of our winter, Steph will remind you where you can find it, and how to Grar in Style.
Shredding the Gnar in Style
Images and Articles By Stephanie Litzenberger,
Central Bucks South High School Senior
Not only do you want to be totally warm when you’re out on the slopes, but also reasonably stylish! The definite necessities to shred on the slopes in warmth are: under armour leggings, wool ski socks, under armour long sleeve. Now that the basics are down, we get into the stylish part of the winter wear!
For the inside layers, I first recommend burton wool socks (they are the warmest!), which also have very cool and funky designs. Also, definitely wear a t-shirt over top the underarmour, and then wear either a long sleeve or sweatshirt. Naturally, the new hot sweatshirt to wear is called Patagonia: semi-expensive, yet totally warm, comfy, and cute for boy and girls. On a side note, Patagonia sells vests also, which are extremely warm for the winter! Patagonia sweatshirts are sort of bulky, so if you’re looking for a more sleek sweatshirt, then you should get a zip-up made by either Burton, Marmot, Neff, or Roxy.
The outer layers are where all the fun comes, where you get to pick the perfect colors and styles. The new looks that you see on the slopes are two different styles. Many are either in two contrasting colors, such as burgundy and gray, or very bright colors, such as neon green and purple. Very different, yet also shows the uniqueness of your style! As a skier, look for pants that have a semi-tightness to the thigh, and then have that boot cut out; as a boarder, get bulkier pants, so that it’s much easier to maneuver when riding. The brands to look for jackets and pants are Oakley, Burton, Volcom, and 686 to offer the largest array of type’s looks. When I’m on the mountain, I personally prefer to stay warm, but I see that many of the snowboarders go without jackets and just get extremely large sweatshirts or they’ll wear XXXL t-shirts over top of many layers. My personally advice, though, is to only do that if you do park because that way you’ll stay warm! For gloves, the new style is mittens, because they are so much warmer than gloves.
For accessories, you need to have your neck and face covered, especially when its near zero degree weather. My personal favorite for “scarves” is the turtle fur brand, because you’re able to not only get any color with warm, fluffy comfort, but they have also recently made infinity scarves that work dually as a face mask as well. I own the infinity scarf, and it’s my new favorite winter wear, because it has two sides to it, and keeps me super warm when I’m on the slopes. Moving up, the only goggles I advise you to get (which you need to get so that you’re not crying from the cold and wind in your eyes) is Oakley. They offer goggles for the daytime and the night time with all colors and designs. For hats, definitely go for a beanie, I say thicker the better, and a helmet if you’re doing park. Get a helmet that coincides with your outfit and beanie, or else it makes the whole outfit look off. A beanie from anywhere nearly works, but if you’re not wearing a helmet then wear any type of warm winter hat you want! I sometimes wear a hat with strings and little ball on top when I know I’m not going in the terrain. I hope you now enjoy your time out on the slopes in style!
Images and articles by Stephanie Litzenberger:
Central Bucks South High School Senior
Top Slopes for Your Winter Fun
The best way to spend your winter days this season should be at these top slopes. Ranging from snowboarder friendly, ski friendly, or novice friendly, you’ll be getting the best details for your winter shredding season!
Blue Mountain: This is one of my favorite places to go to, because it’s completely diverse for all types of boarders and skiers. The mountain has a great terrain park for mainly boarders, to be honest, and its mainly semi-small jumps with many rails, and a half pipe! Another cute touch to the mountain is that down near the terrain park they have a huge jump, and you go flying off of it, but they have a inflated pad for you to land on safely-definitely something fun to do while there for the dare-devils. Blue also has some of the best black diamond’s I’ve been on, that makes your legs burn a little after, because they actually have long trails, which is also my favorite part about the mountain. Huge Mountain with woods, pipes, and great slopes for a great Saturday out!
Elk Mountain: One of my personal favorites again, because it has mainly challenging slopes, and few novice slopes, so if you’re a semi-skilled boarder or skier and hate trying to maneuver around novice learners, then this is a place I recommend for you. The beauty of Elk Mountain is the amount of trees it still has that cover your sight down to the bottom, making the slopes even more magical and beautiful to go down. Elk also has a mainly jumps terrain park, with a really nice half pipe!
Bear Creek: This is the mountain you’ll want a season pass to if you’re large on parks when you’re going skiing/snowboarding. The park has the high jumps, the low jumps, the rails, the boxes, the anything any boarder could dream of basically. Mainly a place for “true” boarders, but also a great place to learn if you’re just starting off! The mountain has the terrain park distinctly separated from the rest of the mountain, so if you’re just learning it’s a great place to start!
Montana is no stranger to Conway Productions Inc., as we were blessed to have her as part of our team throughout her High School Years. We've always been proud of her photographer and fashion skills. In 2014 Montana won the Wearable Art Design Competition at the 4th Annual Winter Showcase, with good reason. Her dress was outstanding!!
We absolutely love the next levels she's taken with her ambitions in fashion. You can read about them below from her page in Issue 2: The Fashion Issue of Inspiring Teens Magazine.
Article by Maria Corr from an interview with Montana:
Kent State University freshman, Montana Moyer, is following her passion and studying Fashion Merchandising in college after years of hoping to do so. She explains where her she draws her inspiration from, and shares her future aspirations.
Even as a young girl, Montana loved “picking out outfits and putting together outfits for other people.” She found comfort and joy in the ability that fashion gave her to express her true self: “I’ve always been able to show how I’m feeling on the inside by expressing it in the way I dress.” This form of self-expression inspired her to study fashion in hopes of one day making a career out of it.
Montana says that overall, the reason she chose to pursue an education in fashion is “because it is something [she] has always loved,” and trusts that it will be a career where she will “always love going to work.” She believes that there is “truly a timeless beauty fashion holds,” and has been motivated to “learn about how fashion has evolved throughout the decades” in order to fully understand what peoples’ fashion sense says about them.
As a freshman in college, Montana admits that her biggest struggle is time management; she finds the most difficulty in finding a balance in life while “juggling homework, studying, and internships, but still have time to nap and (hopefully) watch some Netflix.” Despite her struggles adjusting to the demands of college life, however, knowing what she wants to do in the future, and having a true passion for her studies surely act as motivating factors in school.
Although she is not entirely sure of where her studies will take her, or of exactly what she aspires to do in the fashion industry just yet, Montana hopes to “be able to live in New York City and possibly become a retail buyer for some sort of large corporation such as Saks Fifth Avenue, Macy’s, or Barney’s” in the Big Apple. Her biggest goal is to someday own a photography business where she could photograph high fashion models for magazines.
Have you me the Board?
These 6 girls continued to up the game in Issue 2 in such big ways! I love having them on the team and everything they brought in Issues 1 and 2! They upped their game even more for Issue 3 and we've only just started Issue 4, The Summer Issue. But spoiler alert - they have some AMAZING plans for it!
As we're working on Issue 4, we're developing 3 new teams:
The Ad Sales Team
The Mag Team
If you are interested in joining any of our teams, please click here to learn more:
As we wrap up the 3rd Issue for Print, we're still marveling over how far we've come since releasing Issue 2 for Print. For Example, we went from this small list of school distributors to 5 counties of High Schools and 2 counties of Middle Schools who are proudly placing our magazine in their library and nominating their students as Inspiring Teens! Issue 3 is jam packed full and we're already piling up submissions for Issue 4!
The girls on the Teen Executive Board of Awesomeness have made appearances, speeches, and are going to be on a TV SHOW TOMORROW!!!!!
And we are so honored to have our growing list of sponsors. Without them, we would have a really hard time producing such a beautiful magazine showcasing so many inspiring teens! We are excited to work directly with some amazing businesses who have selected higher levels of sponsorships, as many are forming the relationships and internships our high school and college teens need to graduate!
Some articles from Issue 3 have already been posted and the rest are on the list to get posted soon. We are so grateful to have our teen submissions to keep this magazine going, as well as our amazing Mag Team, Sales Team, Ambassadors and of course the Teen Executive Board of Awesomeness who ties the whole thing together!
Carly D'Angelo Speaks at CB West Parent Council Meeting about her Leadership Roles at Inspiring Teens Magazine
Carly recently was given the opportunity to speak about her Leadership Roles at Inspiring Teens Magazine at the February Parent Council meeting at CB West by her principal, Mr. Bucher. I was really excited for Carly and this opportunity for a few reasons.
The first being it would be an opportunity to Carly to speak in front of a live audience all by herself. After speaking with the rest of the girls at a Student Representative Meeting a couple weeks ago, I felt like this was a great "next step" for her.
The second was because it would be a great opportunity, like Mr. Bucher thought, to have her explain that Leadership doesn't always come in the form of being the Captain of the Basketball team. Leadership opportunities can be found in unconventional places as well. I know teens don't always think unconventionally, and I think this is a great outlet to share that message.
The third was completely selfish. I wanted to hear what Carly had prepared for the parents about what Inspiring Teens Magazine and the CPI Leadership Programs meant to her. The previous evening at the ITM Teen Board of Awesomeness, where Carly is a key member, she had asked how she would answer 2 questions. One about how we are funding the magazine, and one about ... I don't even remember. The point is, she asked very little of me. So when I heard her well thought out speech, followed by her answers to the many parent questions, I was floored by her knowledge and responses.
I was a little emotional with pride for her on my way to CB West High School, but her mom's words afterwards will always stay with me. This morning I told another mom if I could bottle it and sprinkle it like confetti over every teen who walked in my door, I would. Because it was the sense of accomplishment, pride, and confidence that I want them all to have.
I asked her mother if she would write them out so I could share them with others, and she so graciously did. I put them on the website on the ITM Members page, but I also wanted to share them here because they are what every mother dreams for her child.
"My daughter Carly D'Angelo became involved with Conway Productions Inc. and Inspiring Teens Magazine a few months ago.
Carly has always been a very quiet and shy child. I always had to push her to get involved in things. I have watched her come out of her shell and blossom into a bright confident, and very well spoken young lady.
I truly believe it is because of her involvement in the magazine. She recently did a presentation in front of her principal and the parent council at CB West where she goes to school.
She spoke with such pride about what the magazine experience has meant to her, it actually had one of the parents in tears.
Carly was able to talk about the magazine and answered every question from the principal and the parents that was asked of her. If you would have told me a year ago that my child would be able to stand in front of a group of adults and give a presentation, I would have thought you were crazy.
I have to thank Leslie Conway for all of her dedication, time and attention to Carly and the other girls, and this program for making it what is it today.
I couldn't be more proud of Carly and I know that she will graduate and be able to go off to college more prepared because of her experience with Leslie and Inspiring Teens Magazine."
Below is Carly's speech, and I've also included Mr. Bucher's introduction as well.
Mr. Bucher's Introduction of Carly D'Angelo and the Leadership Programs they're starting at CB West.
Above: Carly speaks to the Parents about her Leadership Roles at Inspiring Teens Magazine, both on the Teen Advisory Board of Awesomeness and her Videographer Position.
Below: Carly's Question and Answer session with the Principal Bucher and the parents at the Parent Council