All I think I need to do is play the video… We are so proud of her. We gave her a questionnaire to fill out to help her focus her speech. She answered the questions, then we put it into Keynote as a prompt for the performance! She practiced at school, even with the speech path… Here is it is:
Here is the text from her speech too:
Hey guys thanks for supporting the buddy walk cause, this means a lot to me
I know that this is a big deal for me. I have never done this before. This is my first time speaking in public.
Hi I’m Devon,
I am a 17 year old junior at Nathan Hale High School.
I am a cheerleader a skier and I have Down syndrome
The most important thing in my life is not giving up, it is also the hardest thing.
I love being a high school student because I love learning.
My favorite things to learn this year are Ecology and writing for the year book.
I love math as well, but sometimes its the hardest one for me to do.
Part of why I love the yearbook is that I love writing
I feel like writing is in my blood.
I can express my feelings and myself more clearly through writing.
Every day after school I write in my journal and it makes me feel special and confident.
My mom made me write about myself for our website, then my language arts teacher made me read and write poems.
Writing poetry helped me find my passion.
When I’m done with college I want to write for a living.
Books or stories, poems or plays, I don’t know yet.
When I’m not writing I love cheerleading with my friends and playing piano
Cheering with my friends makes me feel like I belong at Nathan Hale High School and being accepted for who I am.
My love for piano started with my great grandmother. She’s the reason why I wanted to play piano. When I play piano it makes me feel like she is right beside me playing playing piano next to me.
People don’t always understand when I speak, but they understand when I play piano or write.
Love yourself, be yourself, follow your passion.
No one can stop you from dreaming, no one can stop you from growing.
We are like sunflowers basking in the light and constantly growing.
The more we dream the more we grow and touch other lives.
We can touch millions if we try.
There are opportunities in front of you, you just have to believe to make it true.
She is amazing!
Thanks for watching!