That’s right, this girl is! Last year I got the opportunity to travel to Italy with a great group of Gardner-Webb students and this year I plan on doing the same. I walked the streets of Rome, Florence, Assisi, and Perugia and now I cannot wait until I get to walk the streets of Dublin, Ireland! Originally when I received the message regarding the trip I was a little set back on the course that was going to be offered. The course was going to be based off the political science department and the class was going to be on how to make peace amongst countries. Well me being a person for peace and hope to one day to work for an NGO and help bring peace within other countries was all for this course, but unfortunately it changed at last minute. Now I am gong to Ireland and going to be learning about Celtic Christianity. Though this is not anything like the course I was on intending to take, I look forward to attending and experiencing Ireland first hand!
This question has been pressed on the NCAA numerous times and NCAA president does not seem to be budging any time soon. But with times changing and athletes doing more nowadays it doesn’t look like athletes not getting paid will be a forever issue. The debt has always been that college athletes do too much to have time to do anything else and along with that, they are not allowed to have part time jobs when in season. So how do these kids ever get play money? They don’t. The agreement is that the athlete will be paid in “education value”. To some kids this value can have the price tag of about $50,000, if not more. Their pay comes in the form of tuition, meals, room and board, and travel. But the counter argument is that the athletes leave with $100,000 in education, but $120.000 in injury. Also, when athletes are cut from the team caused by injury, his whole scholarship is taken and with no extra money saved up, the student is forced to leave school.
The argument seems to only be argued black and white, but what if there was a compromised? What if athletes received some type of medical benefits that they could encounter once honorably “discharged” from the team? What is they got something in return that wasn’t of exact cash value, but would help them later on?
Today is the Miss Illinois pageant! Though I am not a contestant and may never be a contestant, I get excited about this event every year. Many may think that pageant queens are just a bunch of girls with nice faces competing to see who is the most beautiful, but it is more than that. When you win a title such as “Miss Illinois” or “Miss USA” you have the opportunity to influence millions of girls. Along with that, your title grants you the chance to work with different organizations and help others.
Many people think that being a pageant girl is easy because all they have to do is walk around and look pretty, but it is actually quite difficult. Girls train for months, if not years, to compete for titles such as these and to make sure they are the best they can be. Competition requires determination, self-discipline and a great attitude. Unlike some events where people can get away with over competitive attitudes and self-centeredness, pageant judges are seeking a girl who is genuine, modest, and humble. They are seeking women who demonstrate lifestyles of genuine inner beauty.
this is my friend, Alex Plotz, winning Miss Teen Illinois 2012 our senior year of high school
and the new Miss Illinois USA