I also want to thank everyone who has given a donation to help Kenzie afford the opportunity to attend. From her efforts on the GoFundME page and scholarships awarded from the Byron Center Fine Arts Boosters and our Parent Group, she is almost there. If you would like to help, please donate here. This is her current message to those who have helped and those who plan to help her get to Carnegie (also her birthday is the week of the celebration - so you could think of your donation as a birthday gift, too):
Dear Family and Friends,
Its hard to believe that two weeks from today I will be in NYC!
For those of you who don't know much about me, I am fourteen years old and currently in the 8th grade. I like school and I study very hard to get all A's. I want to go to college to be a Veterinarian. I have had my fair share of struggles at such a young age, my biological father past away five years ago of a massive heart attack, even though it has been rough at times I have an amazing mom, step-dad and two sisters and a great step-mom and half sister. I was also diagnosed with Crohns disease two years ago and I certainly don't wish that on anybody! Having faced some difficult situations has made me grow even strong in my faith. I made profession of faith in church last fall. I am blessed in so many ways!
I am so excited to have this awesome opportunity to go to NYC. I still can't believe out of 255,ooo pieces of art and writing submitted that I was in that elite 1% who won at the National level. I am the second student from Byron Center West Middle to have ever won at the National level before.
There will be a live webcast of the ceremony on June 6th @ 6pm. I will post a link in a few days for those of you who would like to watch me walk across the stage at Carnigie Hall.
Thank you so much for your support my family and I appreciate it greatly!