Writing

Free Falling by Ashly McNally

Making progress isn’t about not making mistakes. It’s about making a mistake, but learning to fall forward, not backward. This is the message The World Champion of Public Speaking, Darren LaCroix, has been spreading since he first performed his award-winning speech “Ouch!” in 2001. He uses physical humor, inspirational words …

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Darren LaCroix by Amanda Friedman

Darren LaCroix literally fell on his face twice. LaCroix told his award winning speech to 2,000 people at the O’Connell Center about how falling down is how to move forward in life. He demonstrated this by physically falling on his face in front of his audience. LaCroix said he realized …

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Bethany Marsh profile by Danielle Ivanov

Bethany Marsh sat slightly bowed in her chair, nervously fiddling with her pink bra strap. It was the same pink as the silver-studded purse she held on her lap and the same pink as the side frames of her glasses. She said that pink was her favorite color, and that …

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Esteemed Women by Arianna Carter

Five women sat on a stage in front of over 150 high school students talking about what it means to be a leader. Ashlee Rice began reading a speech telling how she graduated high school at 16 and would be attending UF in the fall the same place. The same …

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Face planting future by Victoria Marie Filippi

During his speech Thursday Darren LaCroix fell to the floor twice-on purpose-recounting his past failures and how he pushed through them to make his career. LaCroix gave award-winning speech called “Ouch” about failure and falling. He said he faced his own share of obstacles in his journey, even doubling his …

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Fiery Passion by Arianna Carter

Samuel Bogle is passionate about what happens especially about the current immigration situation. “It’s infuriating, depressing, and shameful” Bogle said. “I felt shameful of my own government after learning of this.” Aspiring investigative student journalist, Bogle, 17, comes from a small town of around 1,000 people, a “two stoplight” town. …

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Falling on your face with Darren LaCroix by Nora O’Neill

Darren LaCroix’s parents remained silent. LaCroix was no stranger to adversity. He had graduated from college only to purchase a sandwich shop he then transformed into a non-profit organization. A choice which backfired and doubled his already $60,000 debt. So, it was no surprise to him that his parents didn’t …

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Leadership in the newsroom by Nora O’Neill

GAINESVILLE, FL- Editor of the “Miami Herald” Mindy Marques Gonzalez has a perfect recipe for coping with the stress of her leadership role: “Wine and chocolate.” “Sometimes Cheetos if it’s really bad.” She laughed. Gonzales was one of four women journalists speaking on a panel on what it takes to …

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