Football

Pictured: Angel Mendoza in football jersey and helmet - Photo Courtesy of Angel Mendoza

Pictured: Angel Mendoza in football jersey and helmet – Photo Courtesy of Angel Mendoza

I am here with another blog.  I have been doing a lot this year.  I’m doing football this year.  I will tell you how it feels to be in this sport.  Cross country runs with their own weight, but football players carry their own weight plus pads.  I have played in the Varsity team game against the Ravens.  I truly believe I don’t belong in J.V.  The reason why I think that is because I work very hard and make every second count.  If the coach asked me to play on Varsity, I would say yes to his offer.  I am the center for my team.  The center is the guy who hikes the ball.  The things that are good about football is that it is the most popular sport between my friends and I.  Another thing I like is that you can be in contact with each other.  The last thing I like is that you get a bright yellow jersey with a number and the name of your mascot in blue.

Angel

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Sierra Outdoor School Experience

Pictured: Angel Mendoza at Outdoor School Camp - Photo Courtesy of Angel Mendoza

Pictured: Angel Mendoza at Outdoor School Camp – Photo Courtesy of Angel Mendoza

Well, I am back with another blog.  I have something good to talk about.  I’ve taken a three-day trip to a place called Sierra Outdoor School.  When I arrived, I was excited about how it would look inside all of the buildings.  The boy’s dorm had eight steel bunks, a mattress about as thick as a gymnastics mat, showers with a curtain, and a decent sized bathroom.  As I would imagine, the same went for the girl’s dorm.  I did quite a lot of things in the school.  I built shelters, dissected owl pellets, made arrowheads, and did so much more.  I loved how the teachers and staff were so kind to us in Sonora.  I also liked the old historic gold mining town of Columbia.  But before that, I went to a place called Mercer Caverns and went about 160 feet down into the Earth’s surface.  If I could go back I would!

Angel

Art Work

Dear CTEBVI friends,

I am sorry I didn’t do a blog recently, but here it is.

I have created a lot of art work recently and I’ve been giving it away to people to use it to decorate their rooms.

Pictured: (l-r) Avery and her grandma with her artwork -- Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

Pictured: (l-r) Avery and her grandma with her artwork — Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

One person I gave some artwork to my grandma. She moved to a new place recently, and I made her some artwork to brighten her new home. This artwork has a field of beautiful flowers like I usually do. It also has a bluish purple-ish sky and a big sun.  I made this for her because she was moving to a new home, and I wanted to make her a housewarming gift.

Another person I made art for the summer was my great uncle. He got into a really bad car accident and he will be in the hospital for many months recovering. Since he loves to garden and loves flowers, I created artwork of flowers to make him feel better. My Papa gave it to him because he lives far away.  This was fun because I also got my mom involved. We painted a lot of artwork together for our uncle. He really loves it, and so do all his nurses.

Pictured: (l-r) Avery's artwork on the walls of a hospital room -- Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

Pictured:  Avery’s artwork on the walls of a hospital room — Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

My mom even bought a bunch of her own art supplies because she enjoyed it so much. It was fun teaching my mom how to do art and share that time together.

This summer I spent five days at my Nana’s house. On one of those days, we ran a bunch of errands and one of those errands was for me. We went to a little art store and bought the supplies to make a little treasure box, which my Nana recommended. We found all the supplies I needed. The box was fun to make, but I needed help with the little decorations because they were hard to see. My Nana helped me a little bit with the designing of the treasure box. I keep a few jewels in here, including the Dragon tear that I got from the Scottish Highland games.

Pictured: Avery at the Scottish Festival -- Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

Pictured: Avery at the Scottish Festival — Photo courtesy of: Avery Crivello

Right now my art project is painting a skateboard. My mom told me she would build me a swing in the backyard made from an old skateboard, so I wanted to draw a picture to match it. Hopefully she gets my swing done soon.

Well, that’s all for now!

Avery

Sizzling Summer

Pictured: Angel wrestling at a wrestling tournament -- Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Pictured: Angel wrestling at a wrestling tournament — Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

I really enjoy being with my wrestling team. I’ve made some good friends from The Vipers. The Vipers are a wrestling team from Caruthers – a small town south of Fresno. One of my new friends is Hunter and another one is Diego. I met Hunter three weeks ago and I met Diego at our last tournament. They are good guys and I’m glad I got to be friends with them. My younger brother says I can’t hang out with my new friends because they wrestle for a competing team but I hang out with them anyway. I like having a variety of friends and I like getting to know new people so I will still get to know friends from other teams. I have four medals since I started wrestling. I have two second place medals and a third place medal. I wear them on Fridays at school. People ask me where I got them, so it’s a good way to start a conversation. Fridays are my favorite days.

My O&M Specialist took me on a trip to Five Guys Hamburgers at Riverpark shopping center. We took the city bus and I learned how to use bus tokens. I ordered and paid for my own food. The hamburgers were great.

School is almost over and I’m looking forward to summer because I get to rest and do the things I love like swimming and staying up ate and playing Minecraft. I have been playing Minecraft lately and so far I have found a Nether Fortress and a Blazesponder. But, I’m also not looking forward to summer because I won’t see some of my friends I see every day at school.

Have a great summer.

See you later,

Angel

Tactile Art

Pictured: Avery Crivello with her tactile art -- Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Pictured: Avery Crivello with her tactile art — Photo courtesy of Nora Crivello

Hello CTEBVI Friends!

This month I made tactile art. I had a lot of fun making it. Tactile art is when there are cool items popping up from the page or canvas. At my TVI Sonja Biggs’s house she has tactile art with strings of beads that were glued to the canvas and painted over. I did three types of tactile art this month. One was for my mom which was some cool puffy stickers and a blue ribbon on the page. The second was when I went with my friend Mira to an art class. We first painted the canvas blue and then we put grass onto the canvas. We got to choose colors and make 3-D flowers. Mine were yellow, purple and pink. I also added a little detail which was the sun.

Today I made the third. It was my mom’s idea. We made the solar system. First we painted the canvas black; it took two layers. We then added puffy, glittery flowers onto it to represent the planets and the solar system. It may not have any stars, but if you hang it in the light, it has small white spots that represent stars. I like that the planets are represented with flowers. We even added the moons around it. Did you know that Jupiter has 67 moons!

I like tactile art because the cool items on the page puff up and you can feel them. Tactile art is important for people with very low to no vision because they can experience the art if they can touch it.

Over the next month, I’d like to practice with more types of art before I open my gallery this summer. I’d like to practice art using different types and colors of paper. My mom said this is called a collage. I could cut them out and make them into different shapes and flowers. When school gets out my mom said she’ll buy more supplies for me to practice with.

Thank you again for the scholarship!
Avery Crivello

My Wrestling Adventures

Pictured: Angel Mendoza -- Photo Courtesy of KMPH/KFRE/Fox26

Pictured: Angel Mendoza — Photo Courtesy of KMPH/KFRE/Fox26

Hi everyone,

Wrestling has been going great with Coach Blanco! I’ve gone to a lot of tournaments, and my brother “Itchy” is wrestling with me. I took 3rd place in my last tournament. I wrestled in four matches that day. I have a wrestling pal and he always stays by my side the whole time at the match. He gives me tips and helps me feel confident. Nick King from KMPH (a local station) did an interview with me and my family and came to one of my matches to videotape me. He put it all on TV. It made me feel great! Nick is a nice guy and it’s really good for him to acknowledge blind athletes.

I also bowled with my dad last week. It was his last game of the league. I call it his ‘night out’. Bowling and wrestling are the same because they require strength, but wrestling is a little more challenging. I like bowling as much as wrestling and I hope I get to go with my dad again soon!

See you later,
Angel

P.S. Here’s the link to the news story by Nick:

http://kmph-kfre.com/sports/local-sports/being-blind-cant-stop-this-young-wrestler

My First Blog

Pictured: Angel Mendoza - Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Pictured: Angel Mendoza – Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Hi! My name is Angel Mendoza. I’m in 5th grade at Mountain View Elementary in Clovis, CA. I like pizza, Legos, wrestling and Minecraft. Pizza has been my favorite food since I was 6 years old. I really like wrestling. It’s very exciting and I think it’s a good sport for me. The two people that inspired me to wrestle are my big brother and my dad. My dad wrestled when he was in school and he was really good. My older brother wrestled in elementary and he said he liked it and that I would probably like it as well. I wrestled this year and it was my first time ever, and I did pretty good. At the end of the season I got a medal called The King of the Hill at a tournament. I earned it by winning two out of three matches at the tournament. My goal right now is to get better and stronger for next season. I found a place to wrestle in the evenings and my little brother is going to wrestle with me. I’m also going to work hard at P.E. so that I can get in shape. I have enjoyed wrestling this year because it worked out really well for me and it’s fun. See you later, Angel