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Nonspeaking valedictorian with autism gives moving commencement speech » “God gave you a voice. Use it.”

Elizabeth Bonker »

Personally, I have struggled my whole life with not being heard or accepted. A story on the front page of our local newspaper reported how the principal at my high school told a staff member, ‘The retard can’t be valedictorian.’ Yet today, here I stand. Each day, I choose to celebrate small victories, and today, I am celebrating a big victory with all of you.

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How Jacky Hunt-Broersma ran 104 marathons in 104 days running on a prosthetic leg: ‘Just focus on the next step’

In 2020, when amputee ultra runner Jacky Hunt-Broersma saw that Alyssa Amos Clark had broken the record for running 95 marathons in as many days, she thought to herself, “Well, that would be interesting to try and do. Especially running on a prosthetic leg …”

Two years later, in late April, 46-year-old Hunt-Broersma broke the record, which could take up to a year for Guinness World Records to ratify, with 104 marathons in 104 days, including the Boston Marathon’s para-athletic race (which was Day 92).

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100-year-old Walter Orthmann holds Guinness World Record for working at same company for 84 years

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Walter Orthmann (Brazil) has been working at the same company for 84 years and 9 days, as verified on 6 January 2022.

His passion, discipline and commitment motivated him to keep doing what he loves and, eventually, become an official Guinness World Records title holder for the longest career in the same company.

On 17 January 1938, Walter Orthmann started work as a shipping assistant when he was fifteen years old at a textile company in Santa Catarina, Brazil called Industrias Renaux S.A. (now known as ReneauxView).

Walter has always been very enthusiastic when it comes to learning something new. He was born in Brusque, a small town in Santa Catarina, Brazil which has a large German population.

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