Resolution J3176-2013

Paying tribute to Alyssa Rodemeyer upon the occasion of her designation for special recognition for speaking out against bullying

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  • Jun 4, 2013: ADOPTED
  • Jun 4, 2013: REPORTED TO CALENDAR FOR CONSIDERATION
  • May 31, 2013: REFERRED TO FINANCE

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LEGISLATIVE RESOLUTION paying tribute to Alyssa Rodemeyer upon the occa-
sion of her designation for special recognition for speaking out against
bullying

WHEREAS,  Individuals  who give of their time and energies and serve the
best interests of their communities are an asset beyond remuneration and
cannot be sufficiently extolled; and
  WHEREAS, It is the sense  of  this  Legislative  Body  to  acknowledge
outstanding  individuals  whose  lives  serve as an inspiration to their
family and friends, and to the community as a whole; and
  WHEREAS, Attendant to such concern, and in full accord with its  long-
standing  traditions, this Legislative Body is justly proud to pay trib-
ute to Alyssa Rodemeyer upon the occasion of her designation for special
recognition for speaking out against bullying; and
  WHEREAS, A senior at Williamsville North High School, Alyssa  Rodemey-
er,  age 17, is a young social activist who speaks out against all types
of bullying in schools across the country; and
  WHEREAS, In September 2001, Alyssa Rodemeyer lost her younger brother,
Jamey, at age 14, due to a bullying problem; and
  WHEREAS, In late 2001, Alyssa Rodemeyer and her  mother  presented  an
award  to  Lady  Gaga,  the famous pop singer and Jamey's favorite music
artist, for the Born This Way Foundation  (BTWF);  Lady  Gaga  convinced
Alyssa  to  speak out on behalf of her anti-bullying campaign associated
with BTWF; and
  WHEREAS, Overcoming her fear  of  public  speaking,  Alyssa  Rodemeyer
began  making  presentations  against  bullying using Jamey's story as a
powerful example; she stressed the importance of getting involved within
the school community as well as the importance of  human  relationships;
and
  WHEREAS, In May 2012, Alyssa Rodemeyer was a judge to choose the nomi-
nees and final eight winners for the Great American No Bull Challenge, a
youth-led  campaign and video contest throughout America that focuses on
cyber bullying; and
  WHEREAS, On May 8, 2013, Alyssa Rodemeyer spoke out  against  bullying
at St. Joe's Collegiate Institute in honor of the Eric S. Pitman Ripples
of Hope Lecture series; and
  WHEREAS,  Planning to study psychology at the University of Buffalo in
the fall of 2013, Alyssa Rodemeyer's faith in humanity has increased  as
she finds more and more support against teen-level bullying and bullying
in general; and
  WHEREAS,  Throughout  the  entire  period of her outstanding community
service, a period of  constructive  involvement,  Alyssa  Rodemeyer  has
stood  constant  in  dignity,  good  grace and humor, and has earned the
respect and admiration of her colleagues, family and friends; and
  WHEREAS, Rare indeed is the impressive dedication shown by an individ-
ual for the benefit of  others  which  Alyssa  Rodemeyer  has  displayed
throughout her life; now, therefore, be it
  RESOLVED, That this Legislative Body pause in its deliberations to pay
tribute  to  Alyssa  Rodemeyer  upon the occasion of her designation for
special recognition for speaking out against bullying; and be it further
  RESOLVED, That a copy of this Resolution, suitably engrossed, be tran-
smitted to Alyssa Rodemeyer.

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