AbbieGator, is a High School Senior at The Briarwood School in Houston. Even though her nickname is AbbieGator, she will not be in the water for the Galveston Swim. Her swimming career went as far as 1st grade on the neighborhood swim team. Abbie will be the “Face on the Shore” and work with P.R. and the Media.
Abbie has a passion for life, traveling, experiencing new things, and for spreading Dyslexia Awareness. She recently earned her Girl Scout Gold Award, earned by only 5.4% of eligible Girl Scouts. Her project focused on Dyslexia Awareness. She planned and hosted a very successful Dyslexic Awareness Night and wrote an inspirational book, Beautifully Different - Dyslexia Success Stories. She was awarded a Girl Scout Gold Award Scholarship for her stellar project. “I love encouraging and inspiring others to believe in themselves, and to work hard to reach their full potential,” says Abbie. She was diagnosed with dyslexia at the end of first grade and due to her learning difference and desire to do well in school, she developed grit and determination and a “never give up” spirit!
In addition to inspiring others and being an Advocate for Dyslexia Awareness, Abbie loves performing in theater and has been on the Briarwood stage in 10 productions. She is an Executive Student Council Member, Managing Editor on the Yearbook Staff, plays Varsity Tennis, is a writer for The Buzz Community Magazine, and is a Spokes Model for Nikki Guest Photography. Abbie is an Ambassador Girl Scout having been in Troop 3068 for thirteen years, and is a member of The National Charity League. She is a busy young lady!
Abbie graduates from The Briarwood School on May 18th, the day before the Historic Galveston Swim. Abbie will attend Texas Tech University in the fall, and will study Human Development and Family Studies with a goal of becoming a Child Life Specialist.
Kerry Yonushonis wrote -
Between May 19 – 21, 2017, weather dependent, a team of student swimmers will attempt a historic open water swim by swimming the length of Galveston Island in the Gulf of Mexico. The distance is approximately 30 miles, with each swimmer completing a portion of the swim in a rotating relay format.
All of the swimmers have dyslexia or have a family member / friend with dyslexia they are supporting. In addition, this event is being organized by Marathon Open Water Swimmer and Stellar Dyslexic, Kerry Yonushonis, along with her Business Partner and Stellar Mother of a Dyslexic, Courtney Turpin.
Each team member will raise funds for NoticeAbility, a non-profit dedicated to helping students with dyslexia identify their unique strengths and build their self-esteem. They incorporate the neuroscience of dyslexia, the best practices of special education, and the technology of Silicon Valley to construct learning curricula and teacher training programs for global distribution.
ABOUT NOTICEABILITY: NoticeAbility is a nonprofit organization that designs and delivers proprietary curricula to students with dyslexia. Grounded in social-emotional learning research, executive function methodology and project management techniques, NoticeAbility offers authentic inquiry experiences in vocational subjects that cater to the neurological strengths of the dyslexic mind: entrepreneurship, engineering, architecture and narrative storytelling (film, literature and stage).
Your donation helps NoticeAbility create curriculum for and by dyslexics.
*TO DONATE BY CHECK*
- Please make checks payable to 'New Profit Inc”
- In memo line mention PLEASE mention 'NoticeAbility Inc'
New Profit Inc.
Attn: P. Dao / NoticeAbility
200 Clarendon Street, Floor 44
Boston, MA, 02116
NoticeAbility will be following Kerry’s preparation and swim this summer on social media.
Kerry's Facebook: Kerry Swims for Dyslexia
NoticeAbility Facebook: NoticeAbility
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