Polar Plunge 2016

The Polar Plunge: the jump into freezing cold to spread awareness of the Michigan Special Olympics. This year on February 20th, was my first time every doing the Polar Plunge in Mount Pleasant, MI. I did the Polar Plunge in my hometown about six years ago to raise money for our local community pool and swim team, but I swore I would never do it again — but …  Michigan Special Olympics is something worth breaking that oath for.

As a CMU student, I was hand chosen to be on the Student Polar Plunge Committee, which was created to help promote and advertise the plunge. Thanks to all of our committee’s work, Mount Pleasant had the biggest plunge statewide.  Mount Pleasant raised over $70,000 for SOMI (Special Olympics Michigan).

I was on the Leadership Institute team, who raised the most money as a CMU group with $7,220 raised. As an individual I raised $1,205, which I tied with Hannah Rickers for the most money individually raised by a CMU student! I was honored to share this title with Hannah because she is a role model of mine that I always look up too, especially when it comes to being passion about and involved with SOMI.

The day of the plunge we expected over 490 plungers, and that is over 490 people that are advocating for people with and without intellectual disabilities; that’s truly impact. It’s not just about raising money to take a brave jump into freezing cold water, it’s about raising money for the happiest people on this earth. People with physical and intellectual disabilities are outstanding individuals that are worth getting to know, and that’s why I participated in the plunge.

The plunge donations were collected through firstgiving.com, or you could also receive cash/check donations. My site is called http://www.firstgiving.com/fundraiser/megan-nemetz/MtPleasant16. Where people donated and read my story about how I am involved with SOMI.

Special Olympics Michigan is close to my heart, and I am so proud of this community for standing up for this cause. Also I want to thank my friends, family, and my community members for supporting me and helping make it possible for me to raise over 1,000 dollars. My first goal was set at $300, and I was lucky enough to set that goal to $1,000 thanks to all the tremendous amount of support. It was incredible to see family members, old teachers, and old friends donate to my page. I even had strangers donate to my page thanks to spreading awareness by the word oft mouth. I can not thank everyone enough for supporting me with my passion, but more importantly supporting the Special Olympics Michigan.

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Chris Kyle: Current Event Leader

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The story of Chris Kyle is amazing and inspiring to me. Though Chris Kyle isn’t a really a recent current event leader, I still thought of him when I was asked to select one leader from a current event at the state or national level.

When I was in sixth grade we watched this news broadcast everyday in class called channel one. Channel one was how I learned current events, especially events like the Iraq War. I did not really get a grasp on what was truly going on all the time, but it was hitting me at a more person level. When I was in sixth grade my Uncle Tom (or Uncle Z, as I like to call him) was on tour in the Iraq war. I did understand that he was fighting for our country and safety, but I never truly understood what was going on. As I got older I obviously got educated on the event. But when I saw the movie American Sniper on opening day it changed my whole perspective on the Iraq War.

I never knew the story of Chris Kyle, the most successful Sniper in America history. Chris Kyle was a Navy SEAL and served four tours in the Iraq war. He had 160 confirmed kills, and most likely 255 claimed kills, which is from the Chris Kyle website (http://www.chriskyleamericansniper.info). I don’t want to ruin the whole story for you if you have not seen the movie, or read his book, but I highly advise you to do so if you have not yet. I believe without Chris Kyle the Iraq war would of went completely different. He made a significant impact and is a true American Hero. A hero that will will never be forgotten for his dedication and patriotism.

Chris Kyle was so determined to keep his country, friends, and family safe at all times. Being a Sniper for the military is not necessarily an easy job, and not anyone can do it. It takes focus, drive, stability, and passion to complete and succeed at this job. Many say Chris Kyle wasn’t a hero, and that he set bad examples for our society. What those people don’t realize is he was risking his life to protect us, to protect all of us Americans. If you believe Chris is not a hero because of his actions you are wrong. He loved his family, and his country. He made so many sacrifices for our country, and we need to be proud of that. Chris’s behavior and actions sets an amazing example of a real leader. I believe that his story did portray why followers want to follow such a great leader. His whole crew always looked up to him and wanted to be just like him. He was known as the best, but he didn’t brag about it, he just used his skills to help. He embraced what he had, and fought for all he could. He protected so many, and so many followed his actions through out the war. He gave directions and his team always followed them. He had a natural talent for what he did, and that is always something you should look up to.

I just admire what he did for our country so much. His attitude as Navy SEAL was some what unbelievable. I was inspired by his story. He was tremendously brave and so loyal to our country. I believe that is something to admire. He was so passionate about his whole life, yet his life was a scary one. But that didn’t matter to him. His leadership affected me because it showed me you can fight hard and help others everyday of your life. My goal in life is to become a Clinical Psychologist so I can help people every day of my life too, and make myself useful on this earth. I will never have the bravery Chris Kyle had, but I can always strive to obtain that bravery. He taught me to do what you think is right, and even though it may be wrong to others you know deep down inside yourself that it is the right thing to do. And I believe if others watch this film, or read the book they would share the same feelings as me. Everyone in America just should be affected by this story in some way shape or form.

Chris Kyle is a leader that will never be forgotten. Chris Kyle made sacrifices for this country and died because of it, and he will never be gotten in this country. He will be remember forever, and I will always refer to him as one of my greatest heroes.

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RIP Chris Kyle

You are loved by America, Thank you everything you have done.