Updates

Since I haven’t been posting in a while (and I mean a while) I thought it would be fitting to catch you up on the major events so far.

Spelling Bee

I made it to the spelling bee once again and lost once again.

Photoshoot

A local magazine came by for their Top Ten Teens list and came across me, even though I’m 11. I had a photoshoot and will be featured on the Ventura Boulevard magazine.

Science Fair

This year, the 6th grade science fair is optional, and I decided to do it. My project is about making concrete out of Martian soil and testing it against normal concrete.

Micromanage Mars!

I’m writing code for a new game called Micromanage Mars! You are the director of Mars operations, and you have to make sure all your meters never reach zero throughout the course of your mission. Throughout the Hab and the greenhouse, experiments, crops, and life support systems beg for your attention. Keep your crew alive and they’ll thank you!

Second Year of Alopecia

As of last weekend, I have had alopecia for two years. It started out as universalis, then dropped to totalis. That means I’m getting closer and closer to hair!

OPI Trip

This hasn’t happened yet, but it will in about two weeks! I’m going to the Olympic Peninsula Institute with the rest of the 6th grade for a week to learn about the forces of nature.

Math Competition

I recently won 7th place in the Math League competition at Mirman School, along with two of my friends who got 9th and 5th place with me.

Swim Meet

In a recent swim meet, I broke all of my personal records in the 50 freestyle, 50 breaststroke, 50 butterfly, and 100 IM.

What Doesn’t Kill You Makes You…Taller?

I’m officially taller than my mom now. Yay!

Braces

I now have both top and bottom braces in. Hopefully they’ll stay in for two years.

That’s mostly it for the past six months. Well, I hope you enjoyed this post and check out more from peytonpecia.

Alopecia Spotlight: Leah Hayes

Recently, another huge milestone for alopecia youth has come to NAAF in the form of Leah Hayes, who won Sports Kid Of The Year (SKOTY) at Sports Illustrated Kids. The award goes to kids who have shown exceptional sports talent.

Here’s what Sports Illustrated has to say…

Leah Hayes wins. A lot. The 13-year-old swimmer almost never loses when she races near her hometown of Sugar Grove, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. She owns six national age-group records, two of which she set this year. In some longer local events, she laps her opponents. Winning fuels her. “Who doesn’t love winning?” she says.

But as much as she loves winning, she hates seeing other people down. After a victory, Leah will often swim over to a competitor who is taking the loss hard and console her. Officials tell her coach how impressive Leah’s sportsmanship is. And she wants to make others better. Her relay times are sometimes faster than her individual ones.

There was a period, however, when Leah wasn’t so confident. When she was six, she began to suffer from alopecia, a disease that causes hair loss. After struggling with its effects, she now embraces her look—and uses her success in the pool to spread a message: “Don’t let anything hold you back. Be confident in everything you do.” Her ability to win races makes her a great swimmer. Her ability to do it with grace and positivity makes her the 2018 SportsKid of the Year.

This story appeared first at sikids.com.

Scratch

If you need a good foundation for block coding and/or want to join Programmers Coding Baldly, this is the website for you. Subscribe to Sprocket today!

Sprocket actually made a typo–the URL is scratch.mit.edu.

 

Sprocket

Scratch, is a computer coding website created by MIT, is great for all levels of block coders. It is fun and easy to do. On scratch there are easy tutorials and on youtube.  There are various types of games, from catch games, to mazes. If you are interested in block coding I would recommend this website. This is the link for Scratch. http://scratch.mit.edu.org

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Programmers Coding Baldly

Hello! I’ve decided to create an alopecia community based on coding in Scratch, the block-coding programming language that has been a hit for anyone who likes to code. It’s called Programmers Coding Baldly, and I’ll be partnering up with Sprocket, run by my friend and colleague Ella, to bring STEM and coding to the world of alopecia. Scratch is a website where you use colored blocks to form code, which you can then run and share to the world. With Scratch, alopecians can get a new kind of courage–one that comes from the knowledge that they don’t have to be Bill Gates or Elon Musk to create something special. My Scratch account is Staria07, and you should definitely check it out. Anyway, I hope you liked this post. Make sure to join Programmers Coding Baldly and check out Sprocket!

One Year Anniversary

Coming up soon (December 4th, mark your calendars) I’m going to be selling $0.50 alopecia pins to celebrate. It might be trivial, but everything is going to the NAAF or National Alopecia Areata Foundation. Only a little will help!

Alopecian President? Oh yes!

I am running for Student Council President this year. I think it’s a breakthrough, because I may be the first alopecian girl to run for President. This is great especially since I have an edge: Even if they don’t remember the name, they’ll remember the baldness.

My motto is Hemann Makes It Happen, because I plan to do lots of things past presidents have said they would do, but none have ever done it. The post has been short, but sweet. Here is my speech:

Presidential Speech

Some of you know me, Peyton Hemann. Last time I did this kind of thing, it was a pretty big occasion–One Friday in 4th grade, I took off my wig, conducting a Q&A with Steelers NFL player Ryan Shazier to teach students about alopecia, the disease that made me bald. Well, here I am again, this time with a big goal in mind, and I’m asking YOU to vote for me for President of the Student Council. Every year, we have the same old things in the student store. Pencils, pens, erasers, pencil cases. Well, I’m making that better. Here’s to new items, better items, and more fun items. For example, I would put in ”keychain games”, little games that can go anywhere with you. They are fully functional and fun. In addition, I’d introduce new clubs–the Leadership Club, empowering kids to become strong leaders, and the Community Service Club, cleaning up our community one step at a time. Another cool idea is to let students play Minecraft Education Mode in Technology, an amazing learning (and fun) tool that is safe and helps the teaching process. When it comes to qualities, I am productive, trying to get things on my agenda done very quickly, keep my colleagues on track and on schedule, and listen to your opinions and ideas. I would post an Idea Box, so anyone can come up with an idea and drop it there. I’d be open to anything. Robotics club, Unicorn club, Fortnite club, you name it, the sky’s the limit! If you want cool items, exciting clubs, and a president who listens to your ideas, just remember to vote for me, Peyton, because Hemann Makes It Happen!

Thoughts About peytonpecia

I haven’t been posting on this blog for a long while–almost a month– and I know you’re wondering why. However, if there’s one thing I know, it’s that I’m still just an 11-year-old student operating a business from my living room. In addition to this website, I also have to juggle schoolwork, piano, and competitive swimming. I try to post, but things don’t always turn out. Please forgive me for my lack of posts, and I will try to come back.

Sincerely, Peyton