Hi guys! Welcome to my first blog post! I am Pier Thompson, and this is my first year as a Generation Free Youth Advisory Board member. It has been an amazing experience that has allowed me to meet and work with some fun, cool people. It’s been absolutely wonderful to be able to enjoy so many fun activities and make such a huge impact in my community as well.
The past LEAD Summit was absolutely great and went smoothly. I love that we were able to inform other teenagers about advocacy and the negative effects of tobacco. Advocating and encouraging others in this fight against tobacco products are completely necessary and important, and I am totally grateful that I am able to be apart of this!
To introduce myself, I am a 16-year-old, high school junior at Jackson Academy. I absolutely love my family and friends, especially my dog, Dex—an awesome Airedale Terrier.
In my [limited] free time, you can find me jamming out to the greatest hits of 80s rock (maybe some 60s and 70s; Styx and Boston are my loves. Let’t not forget Led Zeppelin though!). Ultimately, I am an avid fan of Supernatural as well as Marvel & DC, and currently, I am freaking out about Infinity War (May 4, 2018. Here I come!).
Another large part of my high school career has been playing the flute and piano in the JA band. In addition, I am the pianist for my church, and at school, I work on the JA yearbook and book club, am manager for our tennis teams, work backstage during plays & other performances, and during the spring, I plan to join the archery team. I am also a fencer and swimmer. I work at Backyard Burgers, and academic wise, I am apart of Mu Alpha Theta, National Honor Society, Rho Kappa Social Studies Honor Society, and the South Central Diocese Leadership Institute.
Also, large amounts of my time is spent volunteering. I have done multiple food ministries for a number of churches in which I help pack up foods and serve them to those less fortunate. However, the most rewarding of these volunteering experiences has been volunteering at the Jackson Zoo. I want to be a veterinarian so I spend my summers volunteering at the zoo which has been so exciting. Reflecting on how much I enjoyed helping treat animals and maintain the zoo really encourage me whenever I feel like giving up my academic studies. It takes hard work to maintain a 4.0 GPA to attend the top Vet School in America: UC Davis. Which is why I look forward to the holidays when I can finally relax—for at least two weeks, before the pounding pressure of school return with a burning vengeance.
Back to the happy side of things (LOL), my favorite holiday is most definitely Christmas. I have Christmas concerts and parties that I love to attend each year. From spending loads of time with my family to the delicious food prepared for the day, I cannot be let down by the season.
One of my favorite holiday activities revolves around the Christmas tree. Every first Saturday of December, my family and I go to a store like Lowes or Home Depot to pick out our tree. We take this very seriously, so we are tedious when picking out a tree. We choose a healthy green, large tree, and the worker trims it a little. Once he’s finished, we pay, and we haul the bad boy home. Once the tree’s home, we trim some more and set it up on the tree stand. For the rest of the month, we can smell the sweet scent of evergreen bringing in the holiday season. On Christmas Eve, the fireplace is lit and fills the house with a comfortable warmth that complements the holiday season well. We turn on the Christmas tunes and decorate the tree. The music has got to be another favorite of mine: my favorite secular songs include Wonderful Christmas Time by Paul McCartney, Wham!’s Last Christmas, and Christmas (Baby Please Come Home) sung by Mariah Carey. My other faves include Carol of the Bells (Trans-Siberian Orchestra), Mary Did you Know, and What Child is This. My family seems so happy in this season, and I think the uplifting holiday music really raises spirits. It especially adds to the holiday atmosphere when we are decorating our tree. We have ornaments we have collected over the years and fondly reminisce over the memories.
Over the days leading to Christmas, my church will go caroling. It is absolutely delightful to be able to cozy up with my choir, clad in thick winter coats, scarves, and gloves, and sing to our hearts’ content around the neighborhood.
Another favorite of the holiday for me has got to be the food! Prior to the day, we cook the food so we can spend the Christmas day chilling. Christmas dinner is held at my family’s house, and the day is filled with joy as my extended family pile in as we enjoy conversation and catch up. We pig out on turkey, ham, chicken, dressing, greens, macaroni & cheese, mashed potatoes, green beans, fruit salad and a copious amount of desserts: sweet potato pie, banana pudding, banana bread, bread pudding, cheese cake. And the highlight of it all: carrot cake. My mother’s carrot cake is legendary within our extended family as well as our church. After we eat, we huddle around the fireplace and drink hot chocolate or eggnog. After it all, we still have loads of leftovers that just might feed our entire city (LOL; not really).
Soon, I would like to add “The Nutcracker” and Ice Skating to my list of favorite holiday activities!
I absolutely love this time of year! And this pretty much sums up my fave activities of the season.
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Peace out guys & Happy Holidays!!
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