Wednesday, November 5, 2014

Day 2

Tonight was the Manhawk Dance Competition at the high school. I (Mom) am entering this for Ammon because he isn't feeling well tonight and went to bed as soon as we got home. When we left the school Ammon said, "This is the best thing that has ever happened to me. It's the best experience of my life."

Girls from cheer, the drill team and the dance company get a group of boys together and teach them a dance and then they perform it and are judged by adult judges. It's a real competition. There were a couple of really great dances. They all had to include something about Ammon in the dance. Some had "We love Ammon" written on their backs. Some came out with cool posters saying "We love Ammon."  He was overwhelmed. His group performed first but before the dances started, they showed part of the CD Jess made when Ammon had all his scoliosis/trach surgeries. It stopped in the middle and wouldn't work so they couldn't finish it and I was sad about that because it really gives a great glimpse to the struggles he has faced. But they saw a little. So the dances began. The students began to chant, "AMMON! AMMON! AMMON!" It was absolutely amazing.

First picture is of the display they have set up and will keep up all year long.
His senior picture -- It's such a nice one and he looks so old!
Part of the display.
A huge sign on the wall at the school.
Ammon's  group dancing to "The Eye of the Tiger."
Other dance teams joining in with Ammon's dance.
 A special guess showed up. The audience could see him but Ammon didn't know who it was until he came around in front of him. The audience was going wild.COSMO!!!
 Cosmo gave Ammon a gift bag that had a great BYU winter knit cap with gloves and a new BYU shirt I've never seen. If Ammon could have jumped out of his chair, he would have. This was a highlight for him.
 So Cosmo is preparing to show some dance moves himself.
 Not a good picture but you can see Cosmo in flight.

 Final hug from Cosmo.
I don't know how to describe this whole evening and week. It's totally overwhelming. Everywhere Ammon went kids started chanting his name again - even when we left the building. Ammon was trying really hard not to cry several times during the night. He was very emotional as were we. An event like this, put on by students (student council) makes it very evident that there are phenomenal youth in this world who are learning how to selflessly serve. I'm so impressed by all of it.

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