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
Dear CTEBVI Friends,
My name is Avery Crivello. Thank you for giving me the $500 scholarship. I can’t wait to use it to get better art supplies and start making art. I am really excited!
I got to go to the CTEBVI conference brunch on Sunday, March 12th and sit with Lisa Okikawa. She gave me the Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship with my TVI Dr. Sonja Biggs in front of a lot of people! Lisa was really nice!
My mom bought me some art supplies to start practicing with. I was trying new techniques and painting with spoons instead of brushes. I got the idea from Jeff Hansen who is a blind artist and uses spoons with his acrylic paints. I used spoons instead of forks because forks would probably tear the canvas. My painting had lots of fun stuff on it and I liked it so much that I named it “Surprise Party”. I asked my mom to hang it in the living room. I think next I want to try painting with bricks.
When I went to my teacher – Dr. Sonja Biggs’s- house, she had a painting that her friend made her that was called ‘tactile art’. Tactile art means that you can use three dimensional objects into the art so that you can feel it. I think I want to try and make some tactile art as well and put it in my art studio.
Over the next month I want to practice painting with different techniques. I might try to put paint into a water balloon and throw it against the canvas to make a big splat of paint. Then I can make the splat into something, or maybe leave it alone because it might look cool.
I want to thank my mom for buying me art supplies to practice and my teacher, Sonja, for the art table. I would like to thank the CTEBVI for the Donna Coffee Scholarship. See you next month!
BONUS VIDEO! 2016 co-DCYS winner Chris Serrano plays the bass clarinet he got with his scholarship funds!
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.
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.
Avery Hope Crivello
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.
Meet Angel Mendoza, one of CTEBVI’s 2017 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship recipients in this new vlog!
As the 2016 Donna Coffee Youth Scholarship blogs comes to an end, we thought we’d find out what the experience has been like for our recipients so we asked Chris & Mario to share their thoughts in this fun CTEBVI “exit interview”!
Watch Mario Chitwood’s fun Exit Interview video as he reflects on his time as the 2016 co-DCYS recipient! #CTEBVI17
Hi, I’m back. Haha! 7th grade is crazy insane. Just kidding, it’s really fun. You never know what will happen in Drama, but that’s why I like it. We play different characters and do monologues and the teacher and class are always funny. Going to different classes has gotten easier since August and now it feels normal. I got an award for High Honor Roll for first semester which was a big accomplishment. I’m still running and my dad is going to guide me for a duathlon (running and cycling) next Sunday. It will be the first time for him. I’m being a tough coach. I won’t let him slack off! I’m liking duathlons better because I don’t have to swim. I like swimming for fun, but not so much for competition. I’m looking forward to spring break because we might go to New Mexico. We went there last year and it was great!
Until next time,