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S: For Your Graduation 2010

1: 2001 to 2009

2: "Summit House" All-night Party at YWCA 2-1-02

3: THE JOURNEY HAS BEEN FUN... | Blount Co. Employee Fair | August, 2002

4: 2003 - 2004

6: Graffiti Wall

7: 2005 | Poetry Slam

8: 2005 & 2006

10: Ain't I a Woman?

11: We Are American Women A poem by the writing activity group at Sister-to-Sister 2007 We are American women. We wonder why we are so fortunate. We hear the star spangled banner We see the flag flying We want our troops to come home We are American women. We pretend to like to cook We feel free We touch the hearts of others We worry about the war and everything else We cry at weddings, funerals, and soap operas We are American women. We understand that we have personal rights We say we are women and therefore complex We dream of a clean house and a world of peace We try to sing and succeed We hope people won’t laugh at this We are American women. Activity leader: Malinda Taylor, Maryville College sophomore majoring in English

12: "...Becca (who has been my close Sister to Sister cohort/master planner/emcee for the past six years)..." - Malinda, 11/6/09, Sister to Sister of Blount County Facebook page

13: 2007, 2008, and 2009 | "Thank you for volunteering your time and energy, and you will always be a part of my many happy memories from Sister to Sister :)" - Katie Fair, 11/7/09, Sister to Sister Facebook page

14: Nine years of successful summits!

15: Talk about the issues faced at home, at school, and in the community. Develop a Plan to address these challenges, along with a Message to share with the community.

17: Dear Malinda, One of my earliest and fondest memories of you was in October, 2002. Your mother dropped you off in the parking lot in downtown Maryville as she went to work in the morning. You came to help me set up the Sister-to-Sister “booth” we were running for the Foothills Fall Festival. It was gray and rainy, but you stuck with me the whole day. I knew then that you were something special! Do you remember walking up and down Broadway in the blistering heat passing out the informational bookmarks on sexual harassment? And the thousands we had left over?? You took many back to Heritage High School. Through the years it has been an absolute delight to work with and beside you. I won’t say I watched you “grow up,” as I always felt you were mature beyond your years and served as a wonderful role model for other girls. However, I have watched you change as you have gained confidence and learned to value your own abilities and creativity. You have proven, year after year, that you are willing to take risks and invest your time and talents on things outside yourself. I will really miss you, but am also wishing you much happiness and success as you enter the next stage of your life. Please keep in touch. Affectionately, Harolyn “Harri” Ropp

18: Dear Malinda, You are an example of what is right with young women. You have enriched our lives with your passion, dedication and creativity. You shall be missed, but the echo of your voice will resound in our hearts. Here’s a little graduation poetry slam for your graduation. . . —Affectionately, Charlotte Crawford | "Our deepest fear is not that we are inadequate. Our deepest fear is that we are powerful beyond measure. It is our light, not our darkness that most frightens us. We ask ourselves, Who am I to be brilliant, gorgeous, talented, fabulous? Actually, who are you not to be? You are a child of God. Your playing small does not serve the world. There is nothing enlightened about shrinking so that other people won't feel insecure around you. We are all meant to shine, as children do. We were born to make manifest the glory of God that is within us. It is not just in some of us; it is in everyone. And as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others.” --Marianne Williamson | "Don't compromise yourself. You are all you've got.” —Janis Joplin | "For what is done or learned by one class of women becomes, by virtue of their common womanhood, the property of all women.” —Elizabeth Blackwell | Far away there in the sunshine are my highest aspirations. I may not reach them, but I can look up and see their beauty, believe in them, and try to follow where they lead. --Louisa May Alcott

19: "The horizon leans forward, offering you space to place new steps of change.” —Maya Angelou | “You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself in any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. You are the guy who'll decide where to go.” --Dr. Seuss | “Sooner or later we all discover that the important moments in life are not the advertised ones, not the birthdays, the graduations, the weddings, not the great goals achieved. The real milestones are less prepossessing. They come to the door of memory unannounced, stray dogs that amble in, sniff around a bit and simply never leave. Our lives are measured by these.” --Susan B. Anthony | "Graduation day is tough for adults. They go to the ceremony as parents. They come home as contemporaries. After twenty-two years of child-raising, they are unemployed.” -- Erma Bombeck

20: Malinda, Thank you for always expecting ME to be the best I could be, whether it was your principal, S2S speaker, or Dean of Students. You expect big things of yourself and others, and you have consequently achieved so much and encouraged those around you to be so much. As I look back over these “Ten Tips” for girls that I spoke about at the 2005 S2S, I am struck by the fact that you are a living example of the whole list: A strong, beautiful, powerful WOMAN! Love, Vandy | Photos by Charlotte Crawford and Harri Ropp

21: Kemp’s 10 Tips to Become a Strong Beautiful Woman 1. Always leave things better than you found them. In everything that you do. 2. Live every day by the “Golden Rule”. I have found that the best way to disarm someone who is coming after me with hatefulness and sarcasm is to be kind and courteous. It catches them off guard and they don’t quite know what to do. Imagine what the world would be like if everyone did this. 3. Think about what makes a person beautiful, and discover what is beautiful in you. The secret to being beautiful is doing everything you can to be healthy and strong and fit. Because when you are, you have confidence and poise. And there is nothing more beautiful than a poised and confident woman. 4. Teach in order to learn. When you are trying to learn something, try teaching it to someone else. 5. Anger is always a cover-up for fear. Learn to recognize the angry fear in others so that you can conquer your own. Think about the last time that you observed someone being hateful and angry, and ask yourself, “What was that person afraid of?” Understanding that can go a long way in helping you understand your own feelings of fear and of anger. 6. Don’t doubt yourself. You have the capacity inside of you to get everything you need or want. Find it and use it. 7. Learn that sometimes you have to lead and sometimes you have to follow, and you need to know how to do both. In every situation, take time to think and discover if being out in front is the best for you or if you need to step back and follow someone else’s lead. 8. Seek different-ness. Being around people, places, and things that are very different can be scary but it can also help you to grow as a human being. 9. Find courage in yourself and encourage others. The word “encourage” means to provide courage to others. Expecting great things of those around you is an act of courage on your part and a gift of encouragement for the others in your life. 10. Last, but certainly not least, remember that you are a spiritual being; a child of God, with a soul and a purpose that transcends your body, this place, and time. Think about things that are beautiful and full of goodness. Take time to be quiet and in touch with your spirit. And, through it all, laugh—throw back your head and shout with joy. Let yourself be tickled often, every day.

22: You have been both literally and figuratively poetry in motion for the sisterhood of WEF and AAUW. Thank you for your dedication to making Sister-to-Sister a lyrical experience for all of us. Pat Clark | Sisterhood

23: Dear Malinda --- I am so proud of you and sincerely happy to have known you all of these years. Your active involvement with Sister-to-Sister really kept all of us women motivated to continue with the program each year. It has been a genuine pleasure working with you and getting to know you as both a Sister-to-Sister leader and as a member of our Maryville College community ( I was very thrilled when you decided to come to MC )!!! Although I am very sorry to see you go -- I look forward to keeping in contact with you as you continue on your life journey. You have made such an impact on so many through your talents, skills, devotion, and passion and I feel fortunate to be a part of your life. With affection and in peace, Kathie Shiba

24: Dearest Malinda - You have been such a joy to me from the very beginning. Quiet. Strong. Creative. Firm. Beautiful. Kind. Grounded. Deep water. From that first exhausting all-night lock-in at the YWCA after the first Sister to Sister Summit for girls nine years ago, to your role as an adult student intern on our Planning Team for the 4th East Tennessee Economic Summit for Women this year... you have always been the picture of grace and competence...Then I bumped into you- quite literally- as we both painted a Habitat House earlier this year, and learned of your interest in India. I don't know where the Universe is leading you- but I know that anyone - and any country-- lucky enough to have you in their lives will be blessed. It's been both a pleasure and an honor to know you, Malinda. Here's wishing God's grace and all good things to you as you move on to the next stage of the journey. Please let your Sisters here at home know where you land- and how you are from time to time. We will all miss you. We will all want to know how you're doing... And we will all wish you safe travels. Namaste, ~Wendy (Wendy Pitts Reeves)

25: Degree in hand and ready to go! | Graduation Message | “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams. Live the life you have imagined.” - Henry David Thoreau

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