9 San Antonio kids who went beyond in 2021
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Children say the craziest things, as the saying goes. But, given the opportunity, they’re also doing amazing things.
Over the past year, many children in the San Antonio area have gone beyond what can truly be described as hard times – to help both those around them and those they know. do not even know.
Adults say Christmas is the time to give. Now, these kids sure understand that. Here are nine of San Antonio’s most memorable and positive children’s stories from 2021.
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1. 9-year-old girl buys and donates hundreds of Christmas toys to children in need
We start the list with a 9-year-old girl who shows her passion for giving is bigger than life this holiday season as she collects hundreds of toys to give to children in need.
Bethany Aguilar is a sweet fourth grader who enjoys reading and playing with her Barbies.
But Aguilar also embarked on a mission to help other children and decided she was going to fundraise to buy and donate hundreds of toys to a nonprofit organization.
âI saw a boy on TV and he was actually doing the same thing and I said I wanted to do the same and that’s how it all started,â Aguilar said. âThe children he helps are going to feel good too and I thought I wanted to help too. He was there to choose toys and I was like I wanted to choose toys for the kids too and that’s why I said I wanted to do the same.
When not busy with this or her home schooling homework, she continues to think about ways to give back to others. Well done, Bethany!
2. Meet a teenage beekeeper from Castroville who owns his own business, BeeSpace
A teenager from Castroville took what started out as an interest and turned it into a full-fledged and successful business venture.
âI had found old boxes that my grandfather used to keep bees in the 1980s,â said Trent Anderson, 16, owner of BeeSpace.
When Trent was 13, he cleaned the boxes and built his first beehive.
âIt snowballed from there,â Anderson said.
This interest has since evolved into a full-fledged beekeeping, bee killing, and honey business, called BeeSpace.
Trent, now 16, hopes to have 1,000 beehives in two years. Its objective is to take the money earned thanks to BeeSpace and finance a reforestation project to improve the environment.
3. A high school student in San Antonio uses skills learned in the classroom to fix pipes at home
A San Antonio high school student used what she had learned in class and put her skills to use when the pipes at her family’s home burst.
Tracy Sinha and her family had to stay with loved ones after losing power and water due to the winter storm that hit most Texans. Sinha said her daughter, Meadow Quigley, 15, knew exactly what to do when she saw their pipes burst.
Quigley, a second year student at the Construction Careers Academy, studied plumbing, piping and welding.
Quigley solved the problem and the family had running water. She said she can’t wait to help others fix these types of issues.
4. Stone Oak Girl Invented Manual Device to Help ALS Patients and Veterans
13-year-old Jane Moody is a teenage girl who invented a mechanical hand after being inspired by an ALS patient.
Moody was only 10 years old when she learned that her father’s best friend Joe Holt had been diagnosed with ALS, also known as Lou Gehrig’s disease. Coincidentally, one of his teachers had also given him an assignment on how to help people during this time.
âAfter about five or 10 minutes of brainstorming, I developed a writing device for people with dexterity issues,â Moody said.
Moody’s invention is described as a mechanical hand, which allows users to maintain a grip on objects. She knew the device would be handy, as her father, Marshall Moody, would often talk about how his friend’s ALS decreased his ability to cling to objects.
Moody continues to work on perfecting the device and so far has obtained two patents. She hopes that one day injured veterans or patients with ALS will be able to use it.
5. San Antonio, 12, combines his talents to win statewide competition
A multi-talented San Antonio grade 6 student combined her performing skills to create a PSA that landed her first out of 200 Take Care of Texas campaign participants.
Sofia Ramirez wrote and starred in a 30-second Texas Aquifer Awareness video. She said it was a cool experience that incorporated the things she loves.
âI always like to do my best at the things I love to do,â said Sofia Ramirez.
Ramirez is bilingual and can also play the piano. She said that one of her biggest passions is the theater.
âI still love things that have to do with theater, film and writing, so I hope to go in that direction for my future career,â said Sofia Ramirez.
6. Junior angler catches record blue catfish in Lake San Antonio
Junior angler Colt Franke finally got his big catch after trying for three years.
Colt managed to bring back a 33.5-inch, 24.5-pound blue catfish to Lake Calaveras, according to Inland Fisheries San Antonio District with the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. This breaks the previous junior angler record for a blue catfish caught in Lake Calaveras weighing over two pounds.
Colt said he and his father actually released many fish as big or bigger than his record, but the fishermen wanted those fish to spawn.
So what happens next? Well Colt said he’s looking to get his name on the Texas Elite Angler list.
7. 8-year-old boy shows stellar accordion skills after GarcÃa brothers invited him on stage
An 8-year-old boy shows that the future of Conjunto Tejano’s music is bright after showing his skills alongside the GarcÃa brothers.
Hector Llamas is a big fan of the GarcÃa brothers, who made their debut at Eagle Pass. Hector’s love for the accordion and style of music is due to his grandfather, who introduced him to the instrument when he was only three years old.
âEvery time I came home from school, I practiced three hours a day, (sometimes) four hours,â Hector said.
Her grandfather was there to witness the special moment (on stage). Hector’s mother said she was proud that her son was helping to preserve part of their culture through music.
8. San Antonio 3rd grade animal lover now published author
If you ask 8-year-old Nicholas Buell what he wants to be when he grows up, he finds it hard to narrow it down.
An astronaut, a pilot and a bestselling book author are all in his plans.
But the third-grader is already on the verge of achieving at least one of these goals. This year he published what he hopes will be the first book of many, a self-illustrated story called “The Adventures of Husk”.
The book tells the story of a man and his dog, an Alaskan Husky named Husk. Nicholas says he was inspired after meeting a neighbor’s blue-eyed Husky, Tito.
Nicholas says it took him about six months to write and illustrate the book. He said he donates part of the proceeds from the sale of books to charities that help them.
9. A 7 year old girl in San Antonio creates âblessing bagsâ and donates to those fighting homelessness
A pair of smaller hands also creates a change across San Antonio.
7-year-old Ella Fall has started fundraising to fill bags with essentials for those battling homelessness. The Fall Blessing Bags have already benefited 150 people across the city.
âWe’re setting a timeline for who’s going to pick up the bags,â Fall said. “I feel a little special and happy that they have it.”
The project dates back to when Ella started making colorful popsicles from paper to raise funds. She continues to raise funds in various forms, including online to help those in need. Her bags are filled with different items including snacks, toiletries, socks and season specific items including a beanie and gloves.
For Ella, it’s all about the smile she receives in return from those she helps.
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