Proud Sister

June 18, 2010

in Editor's Corner

The Distinguished Graduate

I noticed that I have not taken any time to talk about my family on this blog. I suppose that is because I do try to keep it focused – to keep myself from getting distracted, and to keep everyone from getting bored. :) The following post has nothing to do with blogging or social media or me. lol It’s just a little tribute because I am honored to be a big sister today.

Today, my LITTLE brother, 8 years my junior, turned 22. I could not be any prouder of him. Do you know those kids they call “genius?” That is him. And trust me that is not an exaggeration!

My whole family is just incredibly proud and wishes Dante all the blessings and successes life could possibly bring. I told him the other day that he was just born under a lucky star.

He recently graduated with a degree in Physics from the University of Virginia, where he had a full-ride scholarship granted through the Air Force ROTC program. He was one of very few students to receive that scholarship. He was commissioned upon graduation as an Officer and begins pilot training somewhere in New Mexico (yay, close to us!) in August.

Below are a few pictures from his commissioning, where he was the only one in his little group there (ha, I am so not up to speed with military terms) to receive the honor of Distinguished Graduate, and was given a personally engraved saber.

Update: the degree is Astro-Physics, and he is in Oklahoma (I think).

Go Dante! We love you!

Commissioning

Sister, Brother, Mom

Mom, Sister and Brother

Distinguished Graduate

Engraved Saber

Engraved Saber

seospidy@Internet marketing August 10, 2010 at 3:29 am

yeah Tia you are proud sister I like this Awesome Story

ashok June 20, 2010 at 2:43 pm

Congratulations! It's quite awesome what he has accomplished; I'm very thankful for his service, and jealous that he can handle Physics. I think I failed the intro course, General Physics, several times :(
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bizchickblogs June 21, 2010 at 4:54 am

Yes, he's a smarty. I never took physics; I was into human anatomy and physiology. I find the human body much more interesting. :)

Trcplanner June 18, 2010 at 11:06 pm

Thanks Tia for posting. Yes, graduation day was a very special day for me as well as Dante. My baby…the last of 5 to make it through to the end and begin a new life journey as an independent adult. We (Dante and I) owe much of his success to you and Adia for being there when I was not and being an example of steadfast determination and motivation. Love to all of you! Yes Mica, you too :)

Rose June 18, 2010 at 7:40 pm

A fine looking young man. Congrats to him. You must be so proud. Lovely family! :)
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adiasvoice June 18, 2010 at 4:45 pm

Tia, how true it is. It was a very proud day to celebrate his accomplishments. I have to say, I am proud of our whole family! Love you.:)

Sire June 18, 2010 at 11:18 pm

Great photos, and I reckon he's as proud of his big sister as you are of him. He's quite tall isn't he, and not a bad looking bloke either, reckon he may have some women chasing him after they see this post.

That saber will always serve as a reminder of that auspicious day.

I notice your the middle child in the family, that is something we have in common ;)
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bizchickblogs June 18, 2010 at 11:29 pm

Sire – Indeed! lol He has always had women/girls chasing him. He has a beautiful girlfriend right now.

I am the middle child, yes! Smack in the middle of two daughters and two sons. I am the middle child, in the middle of two girls, who are in the middle of two boys, and I am 8 years younger than the oldest and 8 years older than the youngest. That is about as middle as it gets. :) You??

Sire June 18, 2010 at 10:51 pm

My brother is 15 months older and my darling sister 8 years my junior. We are a really close knit unit and we have our parents to thank for that.

You're parents had five kids huh? Reckon there mustn't have been too much on TV in those days ;)
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tiasbigsister June 18, 2010 at 10:30 am

Thanks for sharing!! I hadn't seen these pics. It's so cool that we get to brag on our baby bro! And btw, his degree is in Astro-Physics–I just love saying that. lol love you sis. xoxo

bizchickblogs June 18, 2010 at 5:36 pm

Thanks, Mica! OK I thought they didn't have an astro physics degree. It's definitely way geekier. :) Love you, too!

Deana Goldasich June 18, 2010 at 3:42 pm

Y'know, Tia, it really DOES make a difference when we share our personal side. I just ran across a great post on your blog last night and lved what I saw. Now, I get to "meet" you and get to know you as a person. Thanks for the reminder to all of us who get serious in our blogging!
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bizchickblogs June 18, 2010 at 3:51 pm

Aww, thank you Deana! It's confirmation that it was the right choice to post it. I appreciate your comment and am looking forward to connecting with you more! :)

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