American Idol Finalist Speaks on Bullying at MCHS

American Idol Finalist Speaks on Bullying at MCHS

American Idol finalist, Devyn Rush, visited Michigan City High School on Tuesday, December 1 to inform the freshman about bullying. Devyn is a national spokesperson for a bullying campaign called “Hey U.G.L.Y”. This program was founded by Betty Hoeffner and co-founded by Sporty King. This is an acronym that stands for Unique Gifted Lovable You. At this ceremony Devyn talked about her childhood and how it was a difficult time for her because she was constantly bullied. Devyn says, “I would pretend to be sick and go to the nurse so that I could go home early.” She also mentioned that as a child, all of the things that people said about her, she actually started to believe about herself. She says, “As a kid, I believed everything everyone said about me and I was say it to myself over, and over, and over again.” Rush wrote a song called “I am enough” which talks about how one should always value themselves and their qualities. She has been singing ever since she could talk and she sings Jazz music. Devyn is currently living in L.A. and is working with a Maybeline New York Company. She also has a passion for playing guitar, piano and bass.

This presentation was made possible by the Open Door Adolescent Health Center and the Michigan City Community Enrichment Corporation. It was created to help encourage those that get bullied constantly that they are not alone and to also encourage those that know people who get bullied to stand up for others.

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