Recently I was contacted by Bill Mattox of the James Madison Institute. He wrote:
“I am writing to let you know that you have been selected to be the 2014 recipient of JMI’s Preston A. Wells, Jr. Student Award. This award is given annually to a Florida teenager who shows extraordinary entrepreneurial spunk in launching a successful enterprise.
Needless to say, your can-do achievement of starting a financial website for teens, TeensGotCents, really impressed us. You embody the “thrift ethic” that we seek to promote. So, we are very pleased to select you for this award. You are a most deserving recipient.”
Can you believe it?!? What an honor to be recognized as an entrepreneur! I was so thrilled and surprised when I got the email. I am blessed that they took notice of my project.
Mr. Mattox went on to say that they were going to make a video about my website. What? Me? In a video? YAY!!! Then he explained that it would probably be an 8 – 10 hour day of filming. For a five minute video… And that’s when the adventure really began because that’s when I started getting a little bit nervous…and a lot excited!
March 24th is a day I will never forget. Everyone gets one day where they feel like a star and the 24th was definitely that day for me! Unknown Media from Orlando, Kevin Cate from Tallahassee, Bill Mattox and Valerie Wickboldt from the James Madison Institute in Tallahassee all came to the house that day and we filmed the video.
Michael Horton, the tech reviewer here at TeensGotCents also came to participate along with two readers, Ben Olsen and Genesis Myers. I am so thankful to have such great friends who would give up a good part of their day just to come and help me out!
Later in the day two other friends, Jacob McRae and Crystal Ashley went to the rock climbing gym to climb with me.
I am so proud to have been selected as this year’s recipient of the Preston A. Wells, Jr. Student Award. Having such an incredible video documenting my work here at TeensGotCents means so much to me. I am incredibly grateful, particularly to the James Madison Institute, and hope you will enjoy the video:
In the next few days I am going to put together a behind the scenes look at the making of the video. It was a lot of fun and a ton of work for a whole crew of people. Thank you so much for taking a look at the video and supporting all of my efforts around here!