Giving a voice to StrongKids to inspire hope.
StrongKids features high school students who have risen above and as well as those who are working to make a dream come true; who make life better for others, and who model strength of character. It’s purpose is to cultivate a culture of kindness, understanding, acceptance, and respect. The MaryMotivates podcast is produced by the Connellsville Area High School iMedia Center.
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An interview with sophomore, Taney Basinger – This 15 year-old designs and makes her own clothes, sings praise and worship music, and is an entrepreneur. Taney talks about this and what motivated her to stop trying to fit in and start being herself. We’ll also hear who has inspired her as well as what’s next for this #StrongKid.
An interview with Life Skills Teacher, Carrie Douty – Her students with special needs operate the Falcon Fuel coffee shop at Connellsville Area High School. And while they’re serving up the fuel the school community uses to power through the day, these incredible kids are gaining life skills and building relationships. A few of Carrie’s students join us to share what they like best about their roles.
An interview with senior, Ryan Craig I He’s an aspiring filmmaker who collaborates with the best friend he never met in the UK as they write and compose screenplays. As he gets ready to graduate from high school, the storyteller shares his journey and the biggest lesson for future success he’s learned along the way.
An interview with senior, Parker Carte I He has an inquisitive mind and a desire to part of something bigger than himself. This performer, music composer, future neurosurgeon and lead in the high school musical says it’s about exercising the brain and having the full human experience.
An interview with CAHS senior, Nico Munson | This Student Council president and future mechanical engineer shares what it takes to succeed and how his part-time job as a pizza shop manager is helping him to overcome his biggest challenge.
An interview with CAHS senior, Kyle Caravalho | Kyle is using his technology skills to serve others as an entrepreneur, volunteer, and host of “Tech Tip Tuesday”, a segment on the school’s morning news.
An interview with CAHS senior, Trevin Keteles | Trevin, known as TK the DJ, has built an entertainment business on hard work and creativity. And it’s already paid for his college tuition.
An interview with CAHS senior, Laura Becker | Laura talks about the complete lifestyle change she made to improve her health. This future nurse will inspire you to make a healthy goal, keep working at it, and never give up.
An interview with CAHS senior, McCauley Jones. | An entrepreneur since he was 12 years old, McCauley has grown his DJ business into a full-scale entertainment company called Macky D Productions by focusing on the bigger picture.
An interview with CAHS senior, Deven Anderson. | Deven opens up about bullying and shares that it was his family’s love and support that got him through it. His future plans include one day using his gift to repay them.
A conversation on bullying and kindness with Sophia Hamilton, Seth White, and Mareesa Marra | From three different middle schools, these StrongKids share their perspectives on bullying and ideas for creating a kinder culture.
An interview with CAHS junior, Bailee Hiles | Bailee founded a non-profit to make life better for those who are struggling at Christmas. Now this student musical director is able to give to others what she wasn’t able to have as a child.
An interview with CAHS junior, Tristin Szabo | Tristan uses music as a creative outlet. His work ethic and passion have enabled him to rise above adversity and to find success as the rap artist known as Tristin Dare.
An interview with CAHS senior, Taylor Speeney | Taylor shares insight on the choices that led to her sister’s drug use and ultimately, the Heroin overdose that took her life. She also shares the impact and how she is rising above.
An interview with CAHS senior, Jacob Kern | In this first show, Mary Dreliszak interviews Jacob, a senior who is rising above the challenge of life with Cystic Fibrosis. He teaches us to live our best life, despite the obstacles, and to give back.