To The Class of 2014
I was wondering…how many of you know who Jessica Ennis is? Jessica Ennis is an international track star. Earlier this Summer, she won the gold medal in the Heptathlon at the European Championships. Last year, she also took gold at the World Championships. Jessica Ennis is arguably the world’s greatest female athlete. This young woman can fly…and throw…and jump…etc. She’s Wonder Woman.
Unfortunately, few American girls have ever heard of Jessica Ennis. First of all, Track and Field does not have a very large following in the United States. Secondly, our media doesn’t celebrate women like Jessica Ennis. Instead, we have Kim Kardashian, Lindsay Lohan, and Snookie.
I’ll bet that if you took a survey at your school, you’d find that more than 95 percent of your classmates have heard of Kim Kardashian, and/or watch her show. Let’s not keep up with the Kardashians. The Kardashians (and their like) are not role models for anyone to follow. They teach us nothing, other than to provide a painful example of what pure ego and mindless self-gratification can bring… (nothing of lasting value). To my mind, they are undeserving of their fame and the fortune attached to it.
Okay, enough preaching. I want to offer the Class of 2014 an idea for a project. Why don’t you create a website, “Presentation Presents…” featuring a new role model for American girls to consider? (You could make Jessica Ennis your first subject.) Every month, pictures and text highlighting a new role model could be posted. The site could offer a fresh alternative and resource for Amercia’s youth. You could take the site “viral” through Facebook and Twitter.
Good luck this school year!