I can’t believe school is out! Here are some of the highlights from this year. During the afternoons, I was always shuttling from my high school over to the local Tech Center for a “Future Farmers of America” class. We learned all about planting and growing crops and flowers in the greenhouse, as well as outside in the garden. During the fall, I got to operate a “bobcat” machine and drive it around the parking lot a little! It was quite an astounding experience for me since I don’t drive a car. We built a chicken coop and raised various breeds of chickens. It was fun collecting their eggs. Another class project involved assembling a fish-farm kit, and we raised tilapia which we harvested and fried for lunch a few weeks ago. We thought that we might get a sheep and put up a beehive, but that didn’t end up working out. It was a fascinating class.
I was also doing a really fun volunteer task at school from time to time: even though I was not actually taking PE class, I was coach-assisting, being the leader of aerobic warm-ups, games, and exercises using an electronic megaphone. Sometimes I would call out things like “rotate,” or “game is over,” or team names and scores. Everybody says I have the “typical announcer’s voice.” I also volunteered for “Circle of Friends” where I would go and hang out with kids that have particularly severe disabilities and can’t be part of the regular school classes.
Then, at the end of April, I had the time of my life at Prom! I went with one of my beautiful friends, and we joined a big group of choir friends to take pictures by a lake, and then to go to dinner and the dance. There, we danced the night away. Then, the after-prom party was a fun Renaissance festival theme, and we all stayed out most of the night before having a sleep-over. At breakfast, I entertained everyone with one of my latest spoonerism stories—my friends were laughing their heads off. I have decided that, along with my autism presentations, I am going to be an entertainer—I’ve been telling my stories and jokes at various parties, and I love to make people laugh and be happy…
Then, during the last week of school, there was a special choir banquet. Three of my friends and I have been singing together, and our quartet was chosen as one of the performance groups for the banquet program. We sang “And So It Goes” by Billy Joel. I sing bass, and I just loved performing with my friends. Some of them are seniors and I sure will miss them at school next year. –by Benjamin