Nominated by Framingham High School VP Gregory Lagan, Charlie Richards was featured this afternoon on Channel 5's A+ Segment.
Here is the nomination:
Charlie is legally blind with a corrected vision of 20/200. He has bilateral congenital glaucoma, and has gone through 26 surgeries over the course of his life for everything from a spinal cyst, to an eye removal when he was 8-years-old necessitating the use of a prosthetic. In fact, as I sit writing, he had to have emergency surgery suddenly for an unexpected complication from a previous surgery he underwent this past summer. On top of his loss of sight, he has moderate hearing loss in his left hear for which he wears a hearing aid while at school, ADHD, and dyslexia.
Charlie is a friendly, polite, and respectful, a pleasure to have in class. He works hard, earning solid grades in his classes, but he has found particular success in the TV studio. Charlie does a lot for “Flyer News,” our school-wide TV news program. His favorite position is as a cameraman, where he almost never makes a mistake, and goes on special assignments all over the city producing PSAs and other messages that are seen city-wide. On top of that, he also is a great presence to have in the morning. Always says hi to everyone and walks in everyday with a smile on his face despite his daily struggles.
Kudos to you Charlie and thank you for your effort every day!