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Jul 23, 2014
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CBS 11 NEWS – You could call Chrisy Dopson, or “Saber” as she’s known on the road, a real life wonder woman. This North Texan is proud to be the only woman on a team known for amazing feats of strength.

“Ever since I was a little girl, I knew I wanted to do something big with my life”.

The only female member of the “Power Team” can now do things few men or women can do.

One of the most popular, and longest running school assemblies in the country, the power team is more than musclebound — they’re motivational speakers.

“I always tell the kids it’s never a time to give up, quit or cave in as long as you have another day, as long as you have breath in your body. Life can always get better, “ says Dopson.

Power Team president CEO  Todd Keene says prevention programs like this have been cut from many district budgets — but with a rise in anxiety, abuse suicide, their message of hope is more vital.

“The seriousness of it has gone to a whole other level. Now we’re talking life and death — every single day”, says Keene.

The Power Team has traveled internationally for 40 years. It’s a legacy Dobson hopes inspires other young women.

The Power Team speaks not only to schools but to veterans, prison inmates and churches. A free rally kicks off in Arlington at Trinity United Methodist Church in Arlington Wednesday at 7 pm. Events will be held through the weekend.

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Jul 22, 2014
Ann Thompson

Close to 90 Erongo School Girls Pregnant

TWENTY-TWO girls of the Coastal High School at Swakopmund have fallen pregnant so far this year, mostly by local mine workers, a Nampa investigation has revealed.

These pregnancies are part of 89 others reported at eight government schools in the Erongo region this year, where one school – the SI !Gobs Senior Secondary at Omaruru recorded 19 pregnancies – one of these fathered by a school boy.

The Swakopmund Senior Secondary has 16 girls expecting babies, and one of these babies was fathered by a male learner. The Duinesig Combined School at Walvis Bay recorded nine pregnancies – one by a school boy.

The Kuisebmund Secondary School in Walvis Bay and the Petrus !Ganeb Secondary School at the Uis settlement both have eight pregnant learners.

In Karibib, there are six pregnant school girls at the Karibib Junior Secondary School, and one at the West Side High School.

All pregnant learners are still attending school.These statistics were confirmed by Erongo Regional School Counsellor, Marie Booysen, who described the situation as ‘horrible’.

She said these young mothers-to-be are allowed to attend classes until they prepare for delivery, and then they may return to school.

Booysen said her office received complaints from some schools at the beginning of last year that girls are allegedly being impregnated mostly by mine workers.

She then wrote letters to some mining companies at the coast, asking management to caution their staff to refrain from getting involved with learners and making babies with them.

“I did not get any feedback on my letters. There is nothing more we can do in this regard,” she said.

Booysen further said the schools’ management and her office are doing everything in their power to discourage teenage pregnancies by delivering motivational speeches at different schools.

Parents are also brought in to discuss how they can talk to their children, and stop them from engaging in sexual activity and getting pregnant while in school.

“We tell them how difficult it is to have a baby and attend school at the same time. Another topic we discuss with school girls is baby dumping, so they do not dump their babies should they fall pregnant,” said Booysen.

Schools also have “My Future Is My Choice”, a life skills’ training programme which encourages pupils to abstain from sexual activities or use protection to avoid HIV infections, pregnancies and sexually transmitted diseases (STDs).

Booysen said this term nurses, social workers and parents will be invited to different schools again in an effort to talk to learners and discourage teenage pregnancy in the region.

Approached for comment, the corporate relations manager at Langer Heinrich Uranium Mine in the region, Ratonda Murangi-Katjivikua denied receiving such a letter.

Jul 22, 2014
Jane Underwood

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Raise Your Voice: Following nephew’s killing, woman works to stop youth violence

Jul 21, 2014
Ann Thompson

Eric Thomas and Tobe Nwigwe Are Mastering Motivation for Youth Culture

After talking with Eric Thomas, whose motivational speeches have been viewed on YouTube by 50+ million people, I realized one thing: He isn’t just a motivational speaker. Try putting a man who is a best-selling author, a community activist, a Ph.D. student, and minister in one box and you would be missing the breadth of his accomplishments.

We spoke about his latest venture, which may surprise you even more if you thought he was only a motivational speaker as well. He’s now the founder and owner of a record label and his debut artist Tobe Nwigwe has been met with palpable fanfare. “We didn’t want to just be the face of motivation in terms of my presentations on YouTube. We want to make sure that in every form of motivation we had a presence.” Tobe, who has developed a collaborative partnership with Eric in recent years, is certainly making ETA Records‘ presence known.

In less than three weeks, his two-part video has amassed more than 70,000 views and a flurry of encouraging messages in the often-critical YouTube comments. I noticed a parallel to Eric when talking with Tobe. As Eric isn’t just motivational speaker, Tobe isn’t just a rapper. His eight-song EP, which he mentioned garnered 5,000 downloads in the first few days, is the artistic manifestation of what he has been spreading in his community’s youth for years.

“Edu-tainment,” a combination of education and entertainment as you might have deduced, is a phrase that both Eric and Tobe subscribe to and have begun to master. While Eric is based in Detroit and Tobe is based in Houston, they realize adolescents in their respective communities are more responsive to adult advice when it fits into their existing behaviors. So Tobe for instance, wants kids to live with a sense of purpose and the subtle way he is sharing that message is through melodic hooks and lyrical wordplay that most high school students would turn up, as soon as their parents bought them a pair popular Beats headphones.

Tobe doesn’t just talk the talk with music. He’s also known as the go-to guy when it comes to mobilizing Houston’s youth to make a positive impact in the community. As the co-founder and head of a burgeoning nonprofit organization, TeamGini, he and his team have an organizational mission to “make purpose popular.”

An appropriate example of this concept is how he led the charge in gathering Drake fans to volunteer four hours of their time in order to earn a ticket to see the Grammy-winning rapper perform live for a private show. As facilitated by another nonprofit called RockCorps, 1,000 volunteers either distributed food to 2,000 lower-income residents, cleaned up a littered trail, or tended to a community garden. 4,000 volunteer hours later, many of Houston’s youth realized that giving back to their city may have been just as rewarding as the performance itself. Tobe, who was caught in action on the left, intends to create a movement on this very feeling with his style of music.

It’s interesting to know how Eric and Tobe initially connected. Tobe said, “I was crazy enough to call the number that was scrolling across the screen,” when he watched one of Eric’s first viral videos. After professing his enthusiasm about Eric’s message to the woman who answered the phone, he ended the called satisfied that he at least made the attempt to share his passion. An hour later, he received a call from Eric himself and was met with the same, if not more enthusiasm from the man who never seems to run out of energy. “You sound like a young me. You sound like me and my guy when we first started,” Tobe remembers Eric saying. Since that pivotal conversation, they kept in touch and combined their efforts when opportunities arose.

The two are equally motivated to inspire and enrich the lives of their younger counterparts. “So many people say that this is a ‘hopeless generation.’ I’ve seen a different experience,” Eric noted. “Every post I get, every video they send me, every letter I get in the mail, every tweet, ever text inspires me to say, they’re getting it. They do want to succeed. And many of them just don’t have an example. I can be that example.”

Eric and Tobe spend most of their efforts with urban, underprivileged demographics. The pair have seen behavioral trends and have stepped up to the challenge in reaching them. Often times, “this is a generation that would rather be entertained than enlightened. It’s necessary to be plugged into social media,” Tobe said to support his notion to make positive music that is also culturally relevant. Eric added that television was the main medium in his formative years and he often watched shows like “The Cosby Show” and “A Different World” that provided the edu-tainment mentioned earlier. Eric knows that social media is a natural experience his for intended demographic, so he has developed engaging content online and downloadable audio tracks that can motivate them on their mobile devices.

Though the men have endured very different paths, they are similarly intentional about the legacy they want to create. Eric suffered through homelessness, dropping out of high school, and a host of other tribulations before finding his calling, partly due to the words of past and present civil rights leaders. Their philosophies toward self-actualization is a major reason why his ultimate goal is to extend his impact on a global scale and one day be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize for his contributions to society. Along the same lines, Tobe stated that he wants “to see a generation live up to the full potential of their life. I want to help be a part of that.” He intends to make his mark with what he called “life music” and hopefully be awarded with a Grammy of his own one day.

Jul 21, 2014
Jane Underwood

Casper Calendar for July 21, 2014 – Casper Star

Public Library

* Info: 577-7323,

* Tuesdays, 10:30 a.m., Tiny Tot Time at Mills Library.

* Tues., Wed., Thurs. Sat. through July 26, 10:30 a.m., Summer Storytime at NCPL.

* July 22, 3 p.m., Magician Cody Landstrom at Mills Library.

* July 25, 2 p.m., Teen Film Friday at NCPL.

Recreation Center

* Tues. Thurs., 11 a.m., Toddler Time Swim at the Casper Family Aquatic Center. Admission: $3 per person, children 4 and under free with paid adult admission.

* Thursdays and Fridays, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Saturdays, 1-3 p.m., July 25, 7-9 p.m., Public skating sessions at the Casper Ice Arena.

* July 25-26, annual Summer Figure Skating Camp at the Casper Ice Arena. Starts at 5 p.m. Friday and continues through Saturday afternoon. Designed for intermediate to advanced level skaters. Register by calling 235-8484 or visiting the Ice Arena.

* July 28-31, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Teen Camp Horse Week for kids ages 12-15. Three days at Reach 4 A Star riding center, trip to Washington Park, camp activities and more. Cost is $182 for Rec Center members, $194 non-members. Register soon at the Recreation Center, or by phone at 235-8383.

Summer Swimming

* Tuesdays through Aug. 12, Tube Polo for ages 8-18 at Washington Park pool. Regular admission charge.

* July 22, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Double Dipper Dive at Washington Park pool. Bring your inflatables and enjoy two scoops of ice cream. Admission: $2.

* July 23, 9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Beach Day at Washington Park pool.

* Wednesdays through Aug. 6, Water War Wednesdays at Marion Kreiner Pool. Regular admission charge.

* July 25, 5-7 p.m., Christmas in July at Paradise Valley pool and Washington Park pool. Free.

* Aug. 15, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Family Pool Party at Paradise Valley Pool. Free.

Casper College

* July 23-26, 7:30 p.m., July 27, 2 p.m., Casper College Department of Theatre Dance presents “A Little Night Music” on the McMurry Main Stage in the Gertrude Krampert Theatre Complex. Tickets: $12 adults, $10 children/teens ages 5-18. Info: 268-2500,

Fort Caspar Museum

* Info: 235-8462,

* July 23, 6:30 p.m., Summer Lecture Series: “Rest and Refuel Along the Lincoln Highway” with Heyward Schrock. Free.

* July 26, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Caspar Collins Day. Living history demonstrations, mounted cavalry drills, toys, games, and more. Free admission.

* July 30, 6:30 p.m., Summer Lecture Series: “Reshaw” with Jefferson Glass.


* Wednesdays, 12:15 p.m., Bach’s Lunch Organ Recital at First United Methodist Church.

* July 23, 7:30 p.m., Riders in the Sky at First Presbyterian Church.

* Thursdays, 7:30 p.m., Municipal Band Concert at Washington Park.

* July 26, BBQ, Brew Music at Washington Park.

* July 28, 7:30 p.m., Artcore Music and Poetry with Casper College Flute Ensemble and Charlotte Babcock at Metro Coffee Co.

NIC Museum

* Info: 235-5247,

* July 23, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday Night Live: Sister Sparrow The Dirty Birds.

* July 30, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday Night Live: The Locals.

* Aug. 6, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday Night Live: Tom Coryell The Incorrigibles.

* Aug. 13, 5:30-7 p.m., Wednesday Night Live: Andy Hackbarth Band.

* Aug. 27, 5:30-9 p.m., Wednesday Night Live: The Bus Driver Tour, and Screen Door Porch.

Wagon Wheel Skating

* Info: 265-4214,

* Thursday, 1-3 p.m., Friday, 1-3 p.m., 7-9 p.m., 9-11 p.m. Skating Sessions at Wagon Wheel Roller Skating Rink. Admission: $5 with own skates, $7 with rentals, additional $3 for inflates.

* Monday, 1-3 p.m., Skating Session at Wagon Wheel Roller Skating Rink. Admission: $5 with own skates, $7 with rentals, additional $3 for inflates.

Trails Interpretive Center

* Info: 261-7780.

* July 27, 1 p.m., Summer Afternoon Program: Roho Delgado: Military Soldier and Galvanized Yankee. Free.

* Aug. 2, 1 p.m., Summer Afternoon Program: 11th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry. Free.

* Aug. 3, 1 p.m., Summer Afternoon Program: Old Time Pioneer Fiddle Music. Free.

* Aug. 16, 1 p.m., Summer Afternoon Program: Smugglers Delight. Free.

* Aug. 17, 1 p.m., Summer Afternoon Program: Story of the Pony Express. Free.

* Aug. 23, 1 p.m., Summer Afternoon Program: The Art of Rug Braiding: Stories Through Time. Free.

* Aug. 24, 1 p.m., Summer Afternoon Program: Pioneer Clothing of the 1800′s.

Hear in the Dark 5K

* Info:,

* Aug. 15, 7 p.m., Hear in the Dark 5k run/walk at Crossroads Park, sponsored by Wyoming Families for Hands Voices, spreading awareness and fundraising to purchase hearing aids for a young individual. Night time glow in the dark run. Various activities available for children and families before the run starts. Registration fee is $25 per individual, or $200 per team of 10. Register at by Aug. 14 or at Wyoming Athletic Club at 455 Thelma Dr.

Biggest Loser Run/Walk

* Aug. 17, 8 a.m., the Biggest Loser Run/Walk at the Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming, 1701 E. K St. Race will benefit Boys and Girls Club of Central Wyoming. Half marathon at 8 a.m., 5K at 8:30 a.m., kids one-mile run at 12 p.m. To register or for more info: Register by Aug. 14.

Jul 20, 2014
Ann Thompson

Tired old Dodgers need to recharge with new power source: Joc Pederson

His Dodgers teammates had long since disappeared into the warm Midwestern night, most of them slipping quickly out of Busch Stadium and losing themselves in the crowded streets filled with St. Louis Cardinals fans whooping up another victory.

Hanley Ramirez was not so lucky. An hour after the game, he was still in the game, the heaviness of the 4-2 Cardinals victory still lingering in the thick clubhouse air as he stood in front of his locker .

An hour after the game, he was still shirtless with a bag of ice wrapped in a brown bandage on his right shoulder.

He looked at the lone reporter remaining and winced.

“Just one day,” he said quietly, “I’d like to play without pain.”

Saturday was not one of those days. The remaining 21/2 months of the season will not contain any of those days. The man most responsible for the Dodgers’ charge last season no longer has the shoulder for the burden.

Hanley Ramirez, who struck out twice and stranded two runners, has become the symbol of a Dodgers team that suddenly finds itself in need of an injection, and not the kind doctors have twice put into Ramirez’s AC joint.

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With only a dozen runs in their last seven games, they look old. Without a home run in their last six full games, they look tired. With mindless strikeouts and impatient double-play grounders filling Saturday’s score sheet, they look desperate.

With two losses in two playoff-type games with the Cardinals since the All-Star break, with a stretch of 10 more consecutive games against teams with winning records awaiting them, they need to look in the mirror.

“If you’re going to pick any stretch not to have a bad stretch, this is probably it,” said Zack Greinke, who allowed four runs in Saturday’s first inning, enough to give him consecutive regular-season losses for the first time in nearly four years. “Worst-case scenario, this lasts one more series, at most.”

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One more series? Judging from the last two games against an October-style pitching staff, this offense looks as if it could be a grind until winter.

The three veteran outfielders — Matt Kemp, Andre Ethier and Carl Crawford — are scuffling to cover ground, struggling to swing the bat, and untradeable with contracts totaling $307 million.

Then there are the two guys who led last year’s resurgence, two power swingers who have been reduced to shadows. Yasiel Puig has one sore hand and zero homers since May 28. Ramirez has one sore shoulder and two homers since June 1.

The Dodgers think Puig will figure it out, but they don’t know whether the injured Ramirez can. Dodgers Manager Don Mattingly said Saturday Ramirez’s impaired shoulder is affecting his swing, with no sure cure in sight.

“I think, Hanley, his shoulder definitely affects him, to be honest with you,” Mattingly said. “I think he’s going to be battling as the year goes on with that thing.”

Back in front of his locker, Ramirez slowly sat and shook his head.

“I’m not the guy who wants to sit on the bench, I can’t watch the game from the bench,” Ramirez said. “I’m going to keep playing until my arm falls off.”

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If the Dodgers offense continues in this vein, even in the mediocre National League, their playoff hopes could eventually fall off. Despite ranking third in the league in runs scored, their bats have been wildly inconsistent, having scored three runs or fewer in 46 of its 99 games, going 13-34 in those games. This is an offense that needs a burst of energy. This is an attack that needs another July jolt like last season.

In this space previously, the call was for the Dodgers to trade two of their top three star prospects for Tampa Bay star pitcher David Price. Now another mandate has appeared. The one prospect they should keep, center fielder Joc Pederson, should be called up from triple-A Albuquerque immediately to give them that charge.

Pederson is athletic, powerful — with a 1.025 on-base plus slugging percentage — and energetic. Another veteran outfielder will have to be benched to make room for him, but the excitement the kid will provide will overcome any bad chemistry his presence might cause. The Dodgers’ uniformed personnel can’t say anything, but you know they would love to see a kid such as Pederson give a push to the stiff and struggling clubhouse veterans. Mattingly can’t say anything, but you know he’s tired of watching his veteran hitters casually toss away midseason at-bats as if they were pesky pieces of junk mail instead of the precious stuff of championships.

While Mattingly publicly continued to contend he is happy with his current roster, he acknowledged Saturday his team needed a spark and that “sometimes, it happens all of a sudden.”

Sometimes, Ned Colletti, it’s just a phone call away.

Follow Bill Plaschke on Twitter @billplaschke

Copyright © 2014, Los Angeles Times

Jul 20, 2014
Jane Underwood

Column: Motivation evaporates when exposed to heat of summer

To understand motivation, it helps to think of it as a material substance, with characteristic properties like any other material substance. This helps to explain why motivation often is more elusive in the warm months of summer.

Like any other substance, motivation can exist as a solid, a liquid or a gas, depending on the ambient temperature. In terms of its melting point, motivation most resembles

butter. At around 25 degrees Celsius, it melts and becomes more difficult to contain.

Consider what happens to a block of hard butter just out of the fridge when you put it in the microwave for a few seconds to make it spreadable on fresh bread. You give it 15 seconds, say, on low, and it’s still too hard. So you give it another 15 seconds, and it suddenly melts, the whole thing, all at once, causing liquefied butter to run out of the dish and all over the microwave platter.

The same thing happens to motivation when the temperature hits 25 C. It just melts and runs out of the dish. This explains why people on a warm summer day often are found sitting in lawn chairs, drinking gin and juice. Their motivation has melted in the heat and run out of the dish. Mixing drinks is all they can manage.

Some people have within them larger motivational dishes than the rest of us. Their motivation still melts at 25 C, but much of it is retained in their larger dishes. Even on a fine summer day, they still have motivation to draw on when the rest of us are down to seeds and stems. Many of these people work as air conditioning repairmen. God bless them.

Speaking of which, were it not for air conditioning, bustling places like Las Vegas, Atlanta and Dubai still would be sweltering backwaters where people were outnumbered by reptiles. There can be no major development above the melting point of motivation.

At around 33 C, motivation, already melted, now begins to evaporate. Beyond that temperature, any kind of serious work becomes almost impossible. Instead of paying attention to their jobs, people are daydreaming about taking off their shoes and dangling their feet in the river. We still can go through the motions of working when our motivation has evaporated, rather as a chicken with its head cut off still can run around for a time. But in both instances, the thinking brain is not involved. All movement is directed then by the spinal cord.

Have you noticed that motivational speakers never come around at this time of year? That’s because they’re all loafing. That red-hot motivational speaker who whipped up the crowd last spring today is unshaven, shirtless and gathering his strength for a move from the hammock to the sofa. But for the barely detectable pulse indicative of cardiopulmonary activity, you could dissect his body and subject the tissue samples to spectrographic analysis, and you would not find a molecule of motivation. Motivational speakers in the summer themselves need a motivational speaker, but none of them accepts bookings before Labour Day.

We make allowances for depleted motivation in the summertime. This is when most of us take our vacations. We do things then that don’t require a lot of motivation, such as camping. Without motivation, that’s how we would live all the time.

This might not be so bad.

Motivation is a cruel master. It makes us work harder. It makes us work longer. It never is satisfied. What it doesn’t do is tell us when to stop.

Only when motivation evaporates in the heat of summer can we truly appreciate the refreshing alternatives.

Jul 19, 2014
Ann Thompson

National initiative reaches out to young men of color

LAS VEGAS (KSNV MyNews3) — The national My Brother’s Keeper initiative kicked off its Summer Success Academy Friday in Las Vegas.

It’s an initiative to help students who need it most. There were some very personal and emotional moments from our local leaders at the event.

For Congressman Steven Horsford, it is about giving young students hope. “There will be some challenge that you will confront. The question is will you let it define you? Will you let it push you to your purpose?” Horsford said.

Horsford grew up just a few miles from where these West Prepatory Academy students were sitting. His childhood was filled with obstacles, including a mother addicted to drugs and a father shot and killed.

Today Horsford shared his story in hopes of inspiring everyone in attendance to boost self confidence. “These workshops and motivational speeches part of the My Brother’s Keeper initiative providing mentorship, literacy programs, and support services to young men of color,” said associate United States Attorney General Tony West.

Nevada students are already falling below the national average in proficiency according to a nationwide survey, and students of color are particularly struggling to keep up with their peers — all obstacles Clark County Superintendent Pat Skorkowsky says the district is working to overcome.

“Getting students to read by the end of third grade to decrease the acheivement gaps to get more students to graduate and to prepare them for college and careers,” Skorkowsky said.

There are 20 local non profit organizations teaming up with the My Brothers Keeper initiative to continue supporting young men across the valley.

Jul 19, 2014
Jane Underwood

Mentorship program teaches girls they are brilliant, beautiful


Miss Mississippi believes the way to combat issues like teen pregnancy, substance abuse and soaring high school dropout rates is to have more mentors teaching young girls about making good decisions. Jasmine Murray was crowned earlier this month. Her platform is called 13 Going On 30: Teaching Young Girls to Embrace Their Age.

Murray wants teens to have role models teaching them how to handle pressure and bullying and other issues. The 22-year-old is not the only one stepping up.

Some teenage girls said they need someone to show them the right path to help guard against negative influences.

“People try to pressure you to be messy,” said Taylor Capers, 14. “Not focus on your school work. Stuff like that.”

Four years ago, Tabernacle of Faith Church started Girl Power out of concern about problems of low self esteem among young girls. The outreach operates in the church and in a local middle school. With about 80 girls taking part in community service projects, field trips and listening to motivational speakers, organizers say their main focus is teaching the girls they are brilliant, beautiful and bold.

“They are brilliant. They are smart regardless of what anyone says,” said Wanda Anderson, a mentor. “They are beautiful, because a lot of times they suffer with low self esteem. They are bold. No. Just to say no to any opposing force that comes against them to try to take their lives. Broken relationships. Suicide. Negative things can come to destroy them. Peer pressure. Gang violence. It’s destroying our girls because they do not know how to say no.”

“Some girls have come in, and they spoke about molestation,” said Angelus Capers, a mentor. “The most important thing is when they know that their peers understand what they’re going through. They’re not going to talk about them and put them down for what they’ve experienced but actually embrace them and help them get to the next level that they need to go to in life.”

The girls said Girl Power is teaching them to love and take better care of themselves physically, spiritually and emotionally.

“I learned a lot. I learned to be myself, to be a leader because if you are a leader, others cannot just follow you, but they can be a leader themselves,” Taylor said.

“They need groups like this so the girls can talk out their problems, and they can just get it off their shoulders,” said Trinity Thomas, a 14-year-old who admits having a nasty attitude before joining Girl Power.

The girls said when they know how to make better decisions they can share that knowledge with their friends.

Murray will compete in the Miss America pageant in September in Atlantic City. She is not a stranger to the national spotlight. Murray was a finalist on American Idol back in 2009.

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Jul 18, 2014
Ann Thompson

Utah’s Bruno Carneiro on fast track in costly world of karting

Riverton • Selling door-to-door is a tough way for a 14-year-old to support his passion for go-karting.

Bruno Carneiro knows all about it.

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One of the most accomplished young kart drivers in the country, Carneiro raises most of the money needed to compete in his sport by selling gift certificates to the Brazilian steak house chain, Rodizio Grill.

Nearly every night, Carneiro canvases the sprawling neighborhoods that surround his family’s home on the south end of the Salt Lake Valley in an effort to fund his karting.

“You get both good and not-so-good,” said Carneiro. “There are wonderful people out there who are super nice and proud of what you do and want to help you out. And there are some not-so-nice people out there who say something or do something that’s not needed. But that’s part of it, I guess.”

One of Carneiro’s stops remains particularly memorable.

“I rang the doorbell,” he said, “and a man answered the door. He was carrying this little chihuahua. He opened the door a little more and I saw a woman. She had a gun. I said, ‘Wow, this is going to be a tough one.’”

Carneiro is competing in the Rotax MAX Challenge U.S. Grand Nationals this weekend at Miller Motorsports Park. He was born in Brazil in 1999 — one year after Michael Jordan and the Chicago Bulls beat the Jazz in the NBA Finals for the second time.

When Luigi Carneiro moved his family to the United States in 2000, his son embraced racing before he started kindergarten.

“I was always playing with Matchbox cars,” he said, “and I’d watch races with my dad. I always loved it — the speed and how all the little details worked together.”

Luigi Carneiro, who works for the Rodizio Grill chain, bought his son’s first go-kart.

“He saw my passion,” Bruno said, “and it’s gone on from there.”

In those early years, the Carneiros often loaded the little go-kart into a trailer and took it along on visits to Bruno’s grandfather, who lived next to a store with a huge, rolling parking lot.


“I’d floor it and swerve and make donuts,” Bruno said. “That was the first bit of action I had. It’s a really fond memory from the beginning of all this.”

Despite his age, Carneiro has already raced in Italy, Brazil and throughout the United States. He now competes in an advanced kart class against 15- and 16-year-olds from parts of the country conducive to year-around racing.

“Moving to Florida would be better for his racing,” Luigi Carneiro said. “But for us, it would be tough because we have developed so many friends here. … That is an aspect of racing that’s so wonderful.”

Like all levels of motor sports, financing remains a huge part of the equation. That’s why Bruno Carneiro sells gift certificates door-to-door. He also started a driving school for aspiring kart drivers, in addition to giving motivational speeches to large business groups.

“I haven’t spent a penny on his racing,” Luigi Carneiro said. “Well, maybe I put a little gas in the car once in awhile. But, honestly, it’s all him.”

Bruno Carneiro attends the Providence Hall Charter School in Herriman. He enters this 10th grade this fall.

“It gets very difficult during the school year because I have to fund-raise for my karting,” he said. “… I stay pretty busy taking care of my responsibilities.”

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