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Who says you can’t be fashionable and a sporty chick all in one! You can compete for the gold with the best of them and do it all in style. Snowboarding X Games champ and Olympic gold medalist Gretchen Bleiler is changing fashion for female snowboarders and athletes. She is said to be the single most accomplished female snowboarder in the world. She found her passion for snowboarding at age 11, and has been collecting awards ever since.

She accomplished it all while hitting the slopes wearing men’s XS snowboarding gear. Tired of the limited variety, she decided to revamp the women’s snowboarding wardrobe. She teamed up with sporting gear company Oakley to create her ideal snowboarding and outerwear collection. It is currently in stores and the next collection is slated to hit stores in the fall. Her goal was to make fashionable, edgy clothing for females. She spent countless hours constructing the perfect blend of edgy graphics and details in bold and bright colors. The clothing is sporty, yet still feminine. Now you can look sporty and chic while winning a medal or competing.

Check out Gretchen’s interview with Nick Magazine and Ask, Listen, Learn. When she’s not out on the icy mountains, she enjoys surfing, mountain biking, interior design and fashion. She’s active in a number of environmental organizations and helped to create Snow Angels Invitational, a new all-female invitational superpipe competition at Snowmass. You can accomplish anything with a dream and the desire to obtain it!

Go for the gold, ladies!




April is right around the corner and along with spring beginning, flowers and trees blooming, and April Fool’s pranks, April is designated Alcohol Awareness Month. As youth, you can get involved and create your own ideas to reinforce prevention education in your schools as well as your community. Visit Girl Talk’s Alcohol Awareness cause on Facebook and become a member! To learn more, visit The Century Council’s website and educate yourself about the dangers of underage drinking. Recruit your friends and tell them about the Facebook cause as well. Familiarize yourself with the positions of the cause. Remember to spread the word and join the cause!



When you think of spring you think of bright colors, flowers blooming, and bees buzzing. When you think of spring fashion bright colorful clothes come to mind. Spring fashion is all about prints and bright colors to enhance your silhouette! Tighter budgets this season may keep you from shopping as freely as you please and experimenting with every new style, however there are plenty of new styles to pick and choose from. Spring time evokes a feeling of fresh new beginnings. Bright vibrant colors appear and designers include each of them in their new selections. This season introduces a mixture of bright new colors. Put your navy away for fall, Pantone’s spring 2009 color report names Palace Blue the new “it” blue hue for spring 2009.


You can expect to see an array of prints this spring season, such as large fun polka dots or tropical and floral unique prints. Geometric lines will surface as well. As far as colors, black is out this season so make way for bright colors. Metallic, silver, and gold will still be prevalent during this upcoming season. Jump suits are one of the hottest items this season. You can wear them baggy or fitted. Cropped trousers in solids or an assortment of prints are in this season. They can be cute for day and night wear. Textured leggings are also carrying over into spring so feel free to try new colors and patterns! New items to appear will be hooded medieval dresses and hooded outfits so look out for them. If you have been waiting to break out your white, the time is almost here. You can substitute your little black dress with a white goddess-like dress for spring. Asymmetrical dresses, blouses, and shirts are a nice look as well.

Open your mind up to new styles this season. Go for the bohemian style or the Cleopatra look with a jeweled neckline. Big bold costume jewelry is a must-have for this season. Huge chains, large textured rings, thick cuffs and stacked bangles will add as a nice accessory to your spring look. Don’t be afraid to add accessories to your outfit – maybe a nice broche, pin, or a feathered headband in your hair.

You can save money by altering clothing you already own such as jean jackets or blazers. A simple push or roll of the sleeve will keep you trendy this spring season! You can also jazz up your outfits with accessories. Big flowers are in! You can head to your nearest arts and crafts store and make unique accessories to make your outfit just that more noticeable. The destroyed denim look will be in so you can easily cut up a pair of old jeans and create a look that best suits you.

Happy fashionable spring!


Would you like to use your imagination and originality to make a difference by communicating with your peers through a Public Service Announcement? You can relate to your peers better than anyone else, so why not do it in a positive way and make a difference! Teens are faced with a number of difficult choices each day. Peer pressure is one of them. There is a constant battle to “try and fit in.” We’ve all been there and we know it’s hard. So why not put these dilemmas on tape?


McDivitt Law Firm and other organizations are sponsoring a PSA contest, inviting high school student’s grades 9-12 to create compelling and creative PSA’s about the dangers of drinking and driving and to encourage them to refrain from underage drinking. This is your chance to express yourself while conveying a positive message to other teens. Your honest ideas, opinions, perspectives, thoughts, and concerns are wanted about this important social issue which greatly affects you and your peers.

Check out the contest website for facts about the contest, rules and regulations, and resources. Also check out the McDivitt Law Firm sponsor page for a few ideas and suggestions on PSA’s. Entries are due by April 3, 2009. If you have any questions feel free to email or check out their blog.

Grab your camcorder, rally up a film crew, and recruit actors.

Happy filming,



Teens all over are lending a helping hand to their communities. Teens are collectively fighting against underage drinking and getting the message around amongst their peers that, “You don’t have to drink to be cool”.

Students of Neenah High School of Wisconsin created a movie depicting the dangers of drunken driving. The video focuses on the consequences of underage drinking. An area judge recently decided to start using the movie to show first time offenders, in hopes that they will learn a valuable lesson. Teen organizations in Vermont teamed up to participate in a sticker shock campaign. The area’s local organizations, Students Against Destructive Decisions chapter (SADD), and The Collaborative and Our Voices Exposed all participated in the campaign. They decided on a prevention message and a design and printed 2,000 stickers. They put the stickers on every alcohol container they saw. The teens enjoyed getting the message around about the dangers of underage drinking.

There are an infinite number of ways to have fun that don’t involve drinking! Try some alternative activities:

1. Get involved in sports. Try out for the school team or just do it for fun

2. Make up games to play amongst your friends in groups

3. Play board games, monopoly will always be a classic

4. Get together and rent movies or go out to the movies

5. Get involved in your community and volunteer for a cause that interests you

6. Pick up a hobby, such as learning to play an instrument

7. Learn a new craft like knitting or crocheting

8. Visit museums or go to local plays in your area

9. Read a good book

The goal is to have safe fun! Get your friends together and throw theme parties that don’t include alcohol. Ask yourself what you can do to help the fight against underage drinking. The consequences are dangerous so let’s help to prevent any negative consequences.

Keep being positive role models!


Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, are you left wondering what you’re going to do to celebrate? Here are some creative ways to enjoy that day with your friends, a boyfriend, or your family. It can be a fun day to share with those you care about.

1. Try planning a Valentine’s Day party or sleepover, invite your closest friends and ask them to wear reds or pinks for the occasion.

2. Play a game with your family such as Valentine Bingo!

3. Create homemade Valentines for your sweetheart, crush, friends, or family.

4. Make treats, like candy hearts, to share at school.

If those ideas don’t do it for you, check out this site for more great ways to spend your Valentine’s Day! Even if you don’t have a particular Valentine in mind just remember to have fun!



No matter how many times you try to quickly avoid people sneezing or coughing, you always seem to catch at least one cold during the winter season. Whether you are home with your family, at school, or out and about, germs are everywhere. But avoiding germs is not the only way to prevent the common cold. First and foremost, you have to take good care of your body. Start your day off with a well-balanced breakfast. Wash it down with a glass of orange juice to ensure that you are getting a decent amount of vitamin C. It is important that your body has the necessary amount of energy and nutrients that it needs to fight off germs and viruses.

Here are some tips and suggestions to keep you as healthy as possible during the rest of the winter season:

<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>Exercising is important. Try a moderate exercise routine at least 3 to 4 hours a week. This helps to generate endorphins, which strengthen your immune system. Aim towards breaking a sweat without pushing yourself too hard.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Try to at least get 8 hours of sleep. A good night’s sleep is extremely important in keeping your body and mind in tip-top condition.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>3. <!–[endif]–>Wash your hands thoroughly. Wet your hands with warm water and lather soap for 20 seconds before rinsing them.


<!–[if !supportLists]–>1. <!–[endif]–>Make healthy eating choices. Make sure to eat a well-balanced diet so that you get all of the vitamins and minerals you need each day.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>2. <!–[endif]–>Enjoy spending time with your friends and family. Spending time with the people you care about will lift your spirits and help to avoid stress.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>3. <!–[endif]–>Make sure you are getting plenty of sunlight.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>4. <!–[endif]–>Keep your head, neck, and feet covered to stay warm.

<!–[if !supportLists]–>5. <!–[endif]–>Keep hydrated! Drink plenty of water. A nice hot alternative is warm water with lemons or tea..

<!–[if !supportLists]–>6. <!–[endif]–>Try to avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth as much as possible. Keep those germs out

It’s not fun staying home from school with a runny nose, sore throat, or fever. Avoid those miserable colds. And in the event that you do get sick, make sure you have lots of tissues, soup, hot teas, and warm pajamas!

Happy healthy winter season everyone!


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