Graduate's funny and touching virtual commencement speech won first prize in global competition
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April Judd, 19, from Quebec, Canada won first price in Greater Good's Girls' Voices at Home Class of 2020 Challenge with a virtual commencement speech on the theme "How the coronavirus affected my final semester."

The contest was open to high school and college seniors and received 379 submissions from girls in 49 different countries.

In her submission, Judd bemoans the fact that she didn't get to put on her final stage production or say goodbye to some friends she may never see again. She also discusses the challenge of moving in with her parents after being gone for two years.


However, during the pandemic she had a powerful change in her mindset that's inspired her to move forward in a bold way.

"I don't want to go back to the way things were," she says. "I want to have a heightened appreciation for all the things that make life full."

April wants to be someone who finds beauty even the "less favorable hands that life deals us." She ends the video with an empowering message for her fellow graduates, "We got this."

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A young boy tried to grab the Pope's skull cap

A boy of about 10-years-old with a mental disability stole the show at Pope Francis' weekly general audience on Wednesday at the Vatican auditorium. In front of an audience of thousands the boy walked past security and onto the stage while priests delivered prayers and introductory speeches.

The boy, later identified as Paolo, Jr., greeted the pope by shaking his hand and when it was clear that he had no intention of leaving, the pontiff asked Monsignor Leonardo Sapienza, the head of protocol, to let the boy borrow his chair.

The boy's activity on the stage was clearly a breach of Vatican protocol but Pope Francis didn't seem to be bothered one bit. He looked at the child with a sense of joy and wasn't even disturbed when he repeatedly motioned that he wanted to remove his skull cap.

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