Middle School

Pictured: Angel Mendoza wrestling — Photo Courtesy of: Angel MendozaHello again, I am doing another blog. Today, I want to talk about how I’m going to get around in middle school and how it is different. These are the things that keep me going in life. My plans for middle school are playing on the Football team, Wrestling once again, and making a lot of new friends. I am going to ask my brother Eddie if he would get me a football paper. The reason why I would ask him to get me a form is because I would not be at Rayburn just yet. The middle school will be handing out some forms for anyone interested in football and any other fall sports. I heard that they will be handing papers out in late June. If I plan on doing football, I would have to get things done and do my work so that I can play sports. I would have to decide quickly because camp is coming up soon. I will get a Wrestling paper after that.

The biggest challenge that that I am thinking about right now is the school work that I would have to do and get used to. The other things that I would have to think about is keeping up with my school work. If they have a place to go for homework, I would try to get into it if it is not during after school so that I would have time for sports and other after school activities. If I do all of those things, I would be able to do the sports I plan to. Whenever I am thinking about things in middle school I would go to my brother Eddie for some advice.



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.


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!


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,

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


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

Introducing 2017 DCYS Recipients!!!

This year we received some incredible applicants for the Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship that we AGAIN awarded TWO students scholarships! We’d like to introduce you to Avery Crivello and Angel Mendoza our 2017 recipients. Please give them a warm welcome to our CTEBVI blogosphere!  Below are the essays both Avery and Angel submitted as part of of their application process.


Pictured: Avery Crivello, 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipient -- Photography by Mike Steelman

Pictured: Avery Crivello, 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipient — Photography by Mike Steelman

My name is Avery Hope Crivello and I want to be an artist when I grow up.  I would also like to open an art studio.  The school I go to is Hollister Prep and I’m in first grade, almost second grade.  My braille teacher is Ms. Sonja (Biggs), she is very fun.  My orientation and mobility teacher is Ms. Madi (Sipe).  I like to do martial arts.  I have an amazing family which is my mom, her name is Nora and my dad, his name is James.  And my wonderful, awesome, sweet brother is Michael.  He is in second grade.  I am learning braille but it’s really hard.  My nickname is Avery Braavery.

If I were to win the scholarship, I would use the money to create art and start an art studio.  Some of my art would be made from braille so that I can teach my friends about braille using art.  I would do paintings, sketches, coloring and some crafts.  My mom said I could do an art showing at our house and invite everyone over.  My dad would make pizza in our pizza oven and my brother would serve the pizza like he usually does.

I want to do this project because I love art and want to be an artist when I grow up.  Anyone can be an artist, even if they are blind because anything is possible.  I learned about Jeff Hanson who is a really, really, really great artist and he is also blind.  I adore his artwork and I think it’s fantastic.

The scholarship would go to buying art supplies such as paper, crafts, paints, paintbrushes and frames.  this would allow me to create my first gallery and put on an art show.

I want to win the scholarship because I can do this project and teach people about visual impairments.  I want them to know that it doesn’t mean I have to live a different life.


Thank you!

Avery Hope Crivello

Pictured: Angel Mendoza, 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipient -- Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Pictured: Angel Mendoza, 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipient — Photo courtesy of: Angel Mendoza

Hi, my name is Angel Mendoza.  I would really like to be considered for the Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship.  I am 11 years old, and I’m in the 5th grade at Mountain View School in Fresno, Ca.  I like Minecraft, pizza, legos, and wrestling.  This year I asked if I could go out for wrestling.  Some people thought I could not do it, but by the end of the season I proved that I could.  By the end of the season I had 3 certificates, a medal, and a plaque.

If I get this scholarship I would use it for private wrestling lessons so I can get better and better.  I also want to bowl with my dad and his team.  I like to stay active because I would like to stay fit and healthy.  I also think it helps me be more disciplined in school.

Thank you for considering me for this scholarship.


Angel Mendoza