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Girl With Down Syndrome Earns Diploma

Kari Balaz was born on January 28, 1999. She was born premature and only weighed four pounds. She was diagnosed with Down Syndrome shortly after she was born. Despite the fact that she was born with a disability, she would defy odds.

She will be graduating from Hoover High School on Thursday, May 31, 2008. She has a 3.5 GPA. She has overcome many obstacles and has always stayed focused on her goals. Most students who have Down Syndrome have to take an alternative educational route to earn their diploma. However, Kari took the same classes as everyone else.

Kari will also be attending college in the fall. Many people have low expectations of Kari when they see her. She is short for her age and has the typical features that are associated with Down Syndrome. She is also an advocate for people with Down Syndrome. She stated that parents of children with Down Syndrome should put them in the same classes as everyone else.

Sue Tolle is the Down Syndrome of Alabama Executive Director. She stated that only three students with Down Syndrome have completed the general education track. She also stated that general studies can be difficult for someone with Down Syndrome because this condition affects their intelligence.

Kari’s teachers have made adjustments in her curriculum to accommodate her special need. However, she is still like every other student. She looks forward to attending college in the fall and becoming more independent. She is fascinated with horses and plans to study equine science.

Highland Capital: How To Choose An Investment Firm

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Francisco Domenech’s Unique Leadership in High Class Legislation and Litigation

Francisco Domenech is the Managing Partner of Politank. Politank is a government affairs firm that specializes in defending cases favoring private interests before government forums.

Before working for Politank, Domenech served as the Director of Legislative Services at P.R. Legislative Services from 2005-2008. In that short time, over 130 employees were streamlined there. He also increased accessed to the Legislative Library for those who are blind and with other physical handicaps. Before receiving his tenure, Domenech served as the President’s Chief Legal Counsel. This meant that representing the Senate’s interests and providing legal advice to them was his main job description. He also managed and turned a surplus of $11 million during that time.

Francisco Domenech earned both his B.A. and Juris Doctorate in Political Science from the University of Puerto Rico. During that time, he provided his service in several avenues from being the President of the Student General Body Council to being Student President of the UPR College of Social Sciences.

During and shortly after his time serving for the Legislative Services, Domenech was also a member of the Democratic National Committee. He represented the Young Democrats of America. He also managed Hilary Clinton’s Deputy Campaign Manager in 2008. At that time, she led Obama in a 68-32 margin. In 2016, Domenech served also as Campaign Manager for Honorable Jenniffer Gonzalez’s successful bid to become the first woman to be Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner.

Since serving with Politank, Domenech has been supporting philanthropic endeavors for numerous organizations, including the Hispanic Heritage Foundation, The Clinton Foundation, and the Museo de Arte de Puerto Rico. However, some of them are actually causes that Domenech supports personally and not directly through Politank. He is admitted to practice in several Courts, including the U.S. District Court of Puerto Rico, the U.S. Courts of Appeals for First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court.

Domenech was nominated for the 2016 of 40 Under 40, which is a yearly selection of Puerto Rico’s elite young entrepreneurs and/or professionals. Readers of the Caribbean Business ezine do the voting directly. That year, Domenech received the most votes.

Some of the lessons Nick Vertucci’s New Book and Success Journey gifts us with

Nick Vertucci’s success journey is quite uplifting. Unlike most other success stories that only follow the rags to riches trend, his completes the cycle with back to rags and later to more riches. The book unpacks the journey of an entrepreneur and survivor, in a story of a man who had it all before the Dot-com bubble, lost it all during the crash, and how he recollected himself back to riches in the decade that followed.

Nick Vertucci outlines his journey here, the steps he had to take as well as principles he had to abide with and how anyone can use similar strategies to accumulate wealth. Here are some of the most important lessons that one can learn from the book, Seven Figure Decisions: Having the Balls to Succeed:

1.There is no success without risks

When introducing the book to the world, Nick Vertucci mentioned that ‘you don’t strike it rich by playing safe.’ This means that if you are to accomplish anything tangible in life and as an entrepreneur, you need to stretch beyond your comfort zones. Don’t just wait for opportunities, you have to wake up, find, and trap them.

2.You need to learn how to overcome your fears

Nick emphasizes that after the technological market crash, he never imagined how he could recover from such a terrific loss. His fear of the unknown even pushed him into joining the police service instead of starting over immediately. However, he learnt how to change this fear of starting a business into strength after an encounter with a real estate industry player that introduced him to the house flipping business.

3.Keep aiming higher in life and in business

When Nick Vertucci started out, he could have just been comfortable with the fact that his business was breaking even and leaving him with pocket change. However, he adjusted his sails and aimed even higher in life and in business. He looked beyond his startup breaking even and thought of turning it into a highly profitable venture.

4.Customer service can make or break a startup

Nick Vertucci emphasizes the need to put customer satisfaction in every of your business undertakings. He emphasizes that if you hope to attract loyalty that then breeds formidable business structures, you need to first learn how to put customer satisfaction before personal ambitions. Vertucci reckons that most business startups fail because of poor customer retention skills. You should, therefore, ensure that you satisfy and retain your initial clients as they form a solid marketing base for your business.

Cassio Audi – Brazilian legendary drummer

If you have been following rock and pop music in the 90s or 90s, one performed that ibs ound to cross your mind is Cassio Audi. From 1985 to 1987, he performed in a group called the Viper, an iconic metal brand in BraBrzil and also produced a couple of very popular albums called Krillera Sword and Soldiers of Sunrise. Cassio is of Brazilian origin and was known to be one of the popular heavy metal drummers of his era. But not a lot of people are aware of the fact that he started his musical career as a music instrumentalist. Even though he played an influential role in improving the accessibility of Latin American market, the world still wishes to remember him as a great drummer.

For creating his Viper brand, he not only worked with famous artists such as Andre Matos, Yves Passarell, and Felipe Machad, but also was influential in bringing all of them together. They had a great deal of influence from English heavy metal band Iron Maiden. The band worked relentlessly and came up with their album named Soldiers of Sunrise which was just the beginning of Cassio Audi in the world of drumming. This album gained global popularity and was also featured in leading magazines. They went on to release their second album called Theatre of Fate in 1989 which was launched not only in the United States but many regions in Asia and Europe and was a tremendous success.

Even though Cassio did not continue a life-long musical career, he is still remembered as one of the most iconic personality across the globe belonging to the Brazilian music industry. When he left his passionate world of music, he began to venture his career in finance and played a key role in Latin American markets.

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Clayton Hutson Head of Rigging on Soul2Soul World Tour

Soul2Soul Joined by Industry Sound Producer

A notable event is taking place in the music industry, specifically live stage shows. Long sought after Nashville native Clayton Hutson, Sound Engineer, and tour Manager, is joining the Soul2Soul: World Tour of Tim McGraw and Faith Hill. The second part of the journey will be visiting several countries. Clayton Hutson is a name widely known in the music industry, and essential movers are excited about Clayton Hutson being part of the Soul2Soul World Tour. Soul2Soul World Tour is being made to connect Tim McGraw and Faith Hill with their fans from around the globe.


Soul2Soul Continues with 25 More Concerts

Tim McGraw and Faith Hill have long wanted to take this opportunity to renew their commitment to the fans as their previous tour together in 2007. The first part of the Soul2Soul World Tour visited 70 countries in soldout venues. The high demand of the fans to continue the trip has allowed the duo to stay with 25 more concerts. Fans are very excited about Clay Hutson joining the Tour knowing they will receive the best sound production and safest rigging techniques being used. Presently the Tour is scheduled to continue to other sold out venues.


Admiration for Tour Members

Clay Hutson has shared his admiration for team members on tour as part of the rigging crew or tour artists. Clayton Hutson will be joining a plethora of rich talent as Margo Price, NEEDTOBREATHE, Seth Ennis, Brothers Osborne, Midland, Caitlin Smith and Devin Dawson. Clayton Hutson wants to be seen as the most dedicated and hardest working on the team. He enjoys helping others and spending long hours dedicated to his work always looking for thatperfect balance between professional dedication and recreation.


Established Reputation in Music Industry

Clayton Hutson has a long list of working with accomplished artist such as Pinkm Guns ‘n Roses, Kelly Clarkson, and Kid Rock. Hutson is well-known for his work in the areas of sound production, rigging, logistics, and event management.


Work Ethic

He works from sunrise to sunset and beyond. His primary concern is to meet the expectations of his clients and to coordinate all of the myriad elements that need to fall into place for a successful show. Because of his past successes that precede him most of his work come by recommendation from previous client that drop his name to potential clients.

Earlier in his career he worked with the touring team of Billy Graham an his sound team. With all of his successes over a period of years he accumulated enough expertise to lauch out on his own business, which he does today. Learn more:


Clay Hutson Native Nashville Artist Becomes Sought After Stage Manager

Beginnings as Producer and Stage Manager

In those early years doing corporate gigs and other side gigs Clay Hutson accumulated enough experience to feel confident he could reach out and provide an excellent service to others in need of a producer or stage manager. Perhaps it may have been a leap of faith in launching out on his own, but after landing solidly on his feet and landing some gigs it ultimately steered what he’s been doing all these days for years now.


Making Money

Clay Hutson makes his living by providing sound engineering, rigging services, as well as live production design as well as managing. This kind of management requires meticulous calculations and coordination of a huge team of knowledgable team members. This kind of work requires the coordination or logistics of many things and people. It is a work he is totally dedicated to and he enjoys making his clients happy by making their sound a beautiful experience for fans and performing artist.


Clay Hutson

It all started back in Nashville, Tn. for Clay Hutson, where he spent most of his youthful day’s thinking about music in all of the forms it could.

Growing up in Music City was a great boon for his musical interest which flowered into an educational hiatus to Central Michigan University. At Michigan State he first completed a Bachelor’s degree in Theater Design. Afterwards, he obtained a Master’s of Business Administration. The Ross School of Business MBA Program at Michigan State is ranked #7 in America.



After graduation, Clay Hutson landed several gigs as a production manager and sound engineer, but his love for Rock n’ Roll shone thru all of the things he had previously endeavored to accomplish. With he already few years of working in sound design thru gig in corporate America and traveling with Billy Graham, he broke out on his own and started his own production company.

It was a glorious day when he realized he was a natural entrepreneur. By combining love of Rock n Roll and his natural business inclination his business became profit positive in a short time.


Recent Music Tours and Interests

Most recently he has worked as a sound engineer and production manager with P!nk, Kid Rock, Kelly Clarkson, and Halsey. In his downtime Clay Hutson most enjoys spending treasured time with his family. He also enjoys woodworking and other crafts. Learn more:

Millions of North Carolina Students Get the Day Off as Teachers Rally

North Carolina is the next state in line to experience mass teacher protests. Encouraged by their educator colleagues in Oklahoma, West Virginia, and Arizona, thousands of teachers skipped class so that they could rally in Raleigh. The teachers converged at the state legislative building demanding better pay and benefits and increased spending for each student.


Unlike their counterparts in other states, this rally is limited to one day and teachers plan to return to school on Thursday. The long-term goal is to put the pressure on lawmakers as the November elections loom in the distance. North Carolina teachers have a reason to be upset, as their state is ranked 39th in the country in average teacher pay last year, according to the National Education Association (NEA). With an average salary of $49,970, the teachers have actually lost gains in recent years when the figure is adjusted for inflation.


The teachers arrived at the legislative building wearing red, the designated color this year as educator protests spread across the nation. Hundreds of schools were forced to close its doors for the day because so many teachers and administrators chose to use a personal day to attend the rally. Among those districts that were forced to close was the largest district in North Carolina, the Wake County Public School System. By the end of the day, it was believed that approximately one million students across the state missed school as a result of the school closures.


The educators presented a list of requests including increasing the number of service staff, increased investment in infrastructure, escalated spending per student, and additional funding for teacher pay that rewards educators for advanced degrees and tenure in the school system.

Teachers Spending Significant Amounts Out of Pocket to Help Students

This week, the National Center For Education Statistics issued a report on teachers spending their own money to purchase school supplies. The results of the survey were surprising in many ways. The survey found that 94 percent of the teachers in the United States were spending their own money to purchase school supplies and other items for their students.


Of these 94 percent of teachers purchasing items for students, the average expenditure was $479 per year. The study found that 7 percent of teachers spent over $1,000 a year on supplies for students. The average for those teachers who taught in schools where over 75 percent of the students were in poverty was $551 per year.


An interesting fact of the survey was that teachers were paying for more than just traditional school supplies. Some teachers are paying for winter clothing for their students who don’t have coats and boots. Teachers also are often paying for items like cupcakes and treats for the class when a poorer student has a birthday and can’t pay for those items himself or herself.


Back in 2002, the Congress passed legislation allowing teachers to deduct up to $250 off their taxes for out of pocket school supply purchases. When the new tax legislation that was just passed was being considered, some lawmakers tried to remove this exemption. That effort failed. Now, some in Congress want to increase the tax exemption for teachers who purchase their own supplies up to $500 per year. That would be welcome relief for the majority of teachers especially those in high poverty areas.

Bill Gates Donates over $40 Million to Influence State Education

The Associated Press reported that Bill Gates’s charity has donated $44 million to organizations since 2016 in an effort to influence states’ education agendas. The Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation channeled the funds into research in favor of Gates’s interests, purchased positive media releases and influenced Tennessee’s new education plans. The donations began after the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) was enacted in 2015.


ESSA permits states to design the structures for their individual education systems and obtain federal money for adhering to those structures. However, it also called for a convention of standards, which is Common Core for most states. Gates is an outspoken advocate for Common Core and has been pushing for these standards as states formulate their education plans.


The AP story revealed that the head of an advocacy group financed by Gates’s foundation collaborated with a key advisory committee in Tennessee during the development of that state’s new education plan. Further, Gates paid a media outlet to report on ESSA. That media outlet also reported about research that Gates had funded. Common Core opponents argue that Gates’s benevolence is manipulating public education.


Although U.S. school reform is a relatively small part of the Gates Foundation’s philanthropic efforts, the Microsoft co-founder’s organization is the leading financial backer of education reform in America. Since 2001, Gates’s charity has donated over $6 billion toward influencing the American education system. The organization maintains that it is only attempting to help guide states in a transition toward more localized control over education plans.