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4 things to watch for -- Wednesday, October 9th

Rhonda Walker: What do these 4 girls have in common?

Their names are Alina Morse, Simone Biles, Greta Thunberg and Kheris Rogers, an inventor, athlete, activist and entrepreneur.

What they have in common is they are all young fearless girls inspiring thousands of other girls with their unique and incredible accomplishments.

This Friday we celebrate the International Day of the Girl and as the founder of a charity for teen girls in Detroit, the Rhonda Walker Foundation, I often highlight to our youth the incredible accomplishments of other girls their age to inspire and encourage them to dream big, fearless and without limits.

This week, toy maker Mattel  released a new line of Barbie dolls. With only 33% of the nation's state judges female, Judge Barbie is meant to inspire young girls to aspire for the profession and perhaps increase the number of female judges in the future.  The doll comes in 4 different skin tones and hairstyles, sure to help all girls see themselves in the judges robe in the future.

I think we under estimate the impact of our young girls seeing images of girls and women depicted in a variety of professions and activities often only depicted by men.

It allows our girls to dream bigger and helps eliminate feelings of inferiority or the perception that some jobs are just meant for men.

I had a motto growing up "I can do anything you can do better." I thank my parents for helping to nurture and instill that fearlessness and confidence that if I work harder, strive for excellence and believe in myself there nothing I can't try, do or accomplishment even in a male dominated arena.

As we approach the International Day of the Girl Friday, here's more on the 4 girls above who are defying odds and limitations placed on girls, standing up and speaking out about what they believe in and turning the tables on bullies and thriving to higher heights in athletics.

Alina Morse from Wolverine Lake, Michigan is the CEO and founder of Zolli Candy Company
Now a 14 years old high school student, Alina founded sugar free Zollipops in 2012 when she was 7.

She is the youngest person to be on the cover of Entrepreneur Magazine.  Alina's sugar free candy line is sold online and in 25,000 stores across the world, it is a multi-million dollar company and recently listed as one of the fastest growing private companies in America by Inc. 5000.

Simone Biles is the greatest gymnast of all time at just 19 years old, she has earned 25 Olympic and World Championship medals, 22 of them gold, in fact she is the first American female gymnast to earn 4 gold medals in one Olympiad.  All combined making her the most decorated American gymnast of all time

16-year-old environmental activist Greta Thunberg has inspired thousands of young people across the world to take action in their communities to protect the climate. Recently she caught the attention of the world when she spoke to world leaders at the 2019 UN Climate Summit. After her passionate speech one UN secretary general hailed it a turning point in the climate crisis fight. Whether you believe her claims or not you can't deny her passion and fearlessness to fight for her beliefs to bring awareness and change globally at such a young age.

13-year-old Kheris Rogers was bullied for her dark skin tone as a child while attending a predominately white private school in Los Angeles, CA. Her older sister posted a photo of her on twitter with the hashtag #flexininmycomplexion that went viral.  Kheris started her own fashion business and clothing line when she was 10 with her big sister called Flexin in my Complexion as a call to encourage confidence, combat racism and colorism.  She has caught the attention and praise from Hollywood elite wearing her apparel, Grammy-winning artists and professional athletes.  Today, the fashion line has hundreds of thousands in sales and inspired thousands of young girls across the country.  Kheris says "if you have a dream, you should just go for it, if you want to be anything just be it, you have the opportunity to do it"  safe to say that is a message for not just young people but all people.

And keeping in this theme the Wednesday morning Rhonda's Brag Book honorees will highlight the accomplishments of 2 outstanding local young girls.  To see all of my Brag Book honorees over the past year or nominate someone new, please click here.

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Here's what's coming up on Wednesday, October 9, 2019 on Local 4 News Today

All Morning --More Sunshine

Wednesday will be a mirror image of today, so get ready for more cool or chilly nights ahead as we dip again into the 30s and 40s first thing tomorrow. More sunshine will help our highs get into the mid and upper 60s with a few of you hitting 70°F both today and tomorrow.

  • Get the full forecast here

Kim DeGiulio will also be watching the roads for us all morning. She'll have any construction updates and traffic trouble spots for the week.

  • Check traffic conditions in your neighborhood here

All Morning -- Rhonda's Brag Book

Do you know a young person who is really making a difference in our community? A standout student, volunteer, star athlete - or all around incredible person?

As Rhonda mentioned, we want you to submit their information on ClickOnDetroit and they could land in Rhonda Walker's brag book! As Rhonda mentioned, she'll show off two incredible students Wednesday.

All Morning -- Help Wanted!

It's one of the most popular parts of Detroit, and they need help! Find out who is hiring and many of the positions start at $14 an hour.

6:40 a.m. -- Wellness Wednesday

A million Americans have a total joint replacement every year, but how do you know if a new knee or hip is right for you? Dr. Frank McGeorge will have four questions you can ask  to see if it's time to say good bye to your aching joints.

           

   ICYMI

Today's Trivia Retake 

Every weekday morning at 6 a.m., we ask you a trivia question on Local 4 for a chance to win a prize.

National Days: October 9th

  • National Leif Erikson Day
  • National Pro-Life Cupcake Day
  • National Moldy Cheese Day
  • National Emergency Nurse's Day 
  • National Bring Your Teddy Bear to Work/School Day 
  • National Stop Bullying Day

History Highlights: October 9th

  • In 1888, the public was first admitted to the Washington Monument.
  • In 1930, Laura Ingalls became the first woman to fly across the United States as she completed a nine-stop journey from Roosevelt Field, N.Y., to Glendale, Calif.
  • In 1936, the first generator at Boulder (later Hoover) Dam began transmitting electricity to Los Angeles.
  • In 1958, Pope Pius XII died at age 82, ending a 19-year papacy. (He was succeeded by Pope John XXIII.)
  • In 2009, President Barack Obama was named the recipient of the 2009 Nobel Peace Prize for what the Norwegian Nobel Committee called "his extraordinary efforts to strengthen international diplomacy and cooperation between peoples."

Celebrity Birthdays: October 9th

Celebrating a birthday Wednesday? Submit a Sunshine Award here and we could say your name on Local 4 News Today during our 6 a.m. show.

Here's who you're sharing a birthday with --

  • R&B singer Nona Hendryx (LaBelle) is 75. 
  • Manager-TV personality Sharon Osbourne is 67. 
  • Actor Tony Shalhoub ("Monk," ‘'Wings") is 66. 
  • Actor John O'Hurley (‘'Seinfeld") is 65. 
  • Singer P.J. Harvey is 50. 
  • Singer Sean Lennon is 44. 
  • Actor Zachery Ty Bryan ("Home Improvement") is 38. 
  • Comedian Melissa Villasenor ("Saturday Night Live") is 32. 

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Matt Morawski

Matt is the Executive Producer for Local 4 News Today. He's a graduate of Wayne State University and has been with Local 4 for more than a decade.