I’m Headed Back to Nationals This Year

I’ll be heading to Alabama soon to compete in the National Speech & Debate tournament again this year. I am so excited! Here’s an article that ran in Pine Views last year that I never posted. It gives you some additional information on the tournament. Wish me luck!

Minnah Stein Awarded the Pine View Principal’s “Sharing of Gifts” Award

Osprey, FL – On May 23, 2016, Dr. Stephen Covert took to the Pine View auditorium stage to announce the recipients of his Sharing of Gifts award given to one high school student in each grade. In recognition of her fierce determination to make a difference by giving back through her extensive community involvement and national volunteer efforts, sophomore Minnah Stein was a deserving recipient of this distinguished Pine View award.


I Designed This Year’s GYSD Logo

CYD contacted me awhile back to see if I’d like to do the design for the t-shirts, posters, etc., for Global Youth Service Day (GYSD) for the third year in a row. I was honored and immediately started working on two new designs.

GYSD is the world’s largest day of service. This year’s theme is disabilities. I am attaching both of the designs for you to see.

They ended up choosing “Don’t Dis My Abilities,” which made me super happy because that one was my favorite. I’m also attaching a photo of some of the individuals from an organization we will be helping at GYSD. Judging from their huge smiles and numerous thumbs up, I think they like it! That’s a really great feeling!

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Minnah Stein Awarded Pine View’s 212 Award


At 211˚ water is hot. At 212˚ water boils to produce steam. With steam you can power a train. One degree makes all the difference. The purpose of Pine View’s 212˚ philosophy is to create a level of awareness and accountability that inspires and challenges all of us to try harder, give more, and (ultimately) to enjoy more. Our 212˚ Wall of Fame recipients do just that.

Nominations are received from grade level and/or classroom teachers. One student from each grade is selected to receive the award. This recognition may highlight Moral Character (Citizenship, Gratitude, Kindness, Responsibility, Honesty, Respect, or Good Sportsmanship) or Performance Character (Personal Improvement, Risk-taking, Diligence, Independent Learning, or Enthusiasm).

Students may be recognized for a specific action or for demonstrating the 212 Every Day-Every Way spirit.

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(This article has been adapted from the February 2016 issue of Pine Views. Other recipients were omitted to protect their privacy.)


Minnah Stein Poised to Make a Countrywide Impact Serving on the National SSAIS Advisory Board

Minnah Stein PhotoSARASOTA, FL (Nov. 2015) – Minnah Stein, sophomore at Pine View School and Founder of Empower U (a student action group), has been named to the advisory board of the national non-profit Stop Sexual Assault In Schools (SSAIS). Stein has formed a strong and passionate community activism voice that captured the attention of SSAIS. “We value connecting with grass roots advocates like Minnah across the nation. She is passionate about the cause and is doing great work to bring about change,” shared SSAIS founder, Esther Warkov. “We support change wherever it is happening until change happens everywhere. We are thrilled to welcome Minnah to our advisory board and can’t wait to see her work for our shared mission.”

The SSAIS sexual assault prevention programs, trainings, and youth engagement programs are designed for students, families, organizations, and schools anywhere in the U.S. “I am so honored to be working with SSAIS,” said Stein. “They are bringing a national voice to a problem that has been silenced for too long. By starting the conversation in schools, students can understand the risks of sexual assault and how to stay safe as well as their rights. And, victims will know they are not alone.” Stein will be working with SSAIS on national school outreach initiatives as well as promotional material designs.

In 2014 Stein formed EMPOWERU, a program designed to provide the education, resources, and tools to get high school students to take a stand and take action on issues important to them – like sexual assault. She launched EMPOWERU with a weeklong pledge drive, encouraging high school students countywide to take a pledge against sexual assault. With the help of her school Ambassadors and Community Youth Development, over 200 students throughout Sarasota County took the pledge. Her efforts were awarded the Global Youth Service Day grant. And, she has been hard at work trying to launch a new countywide sexual assault initiative for April 2016, which is national sexual assault awareness month. At the time of printing, those plans were not confirmed, so no further details are available yet. (Minnah has also designed four other upcoming community events that tackle important issues. Log on to empowerusrq.com to learn more.)

For more information on EMPOWER U, log on to empowerusrq.com or e-mail minnah@empowerusrq.com.

For more information on Stop Sexual Assault In Schools, log on to ssais.org or e-mail info@stopsexualassaultinschools.org

And The Winner Is…

I recently attended my second speech and debate tournament in Palm Harbor. This time I was way less nervous; however, I was still shocked when they called my name for first place!

UPDATE: June 2016 – I finished my first year of speech and debate in humorous interpretation with two first-place wins and three second-place wins. And, I qualified to go to nationals in Salt Lake City, which was an amazing experience.

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