Valrico man wins $3,000 for anti-bullying message

John Irish
John Irish
Published May 17 2017

VALRICO — John Irish, a 24-year-old Valrico resident, was awarded $3,000 in college scholarship money for his participation in a national campaign by, a global movement for good, supported by Fastweb, the premier online resource for paying and preparing students for college.

Irish participated in "I Beat Bullying," an anti-bullying campaign that asks students to make a sign to share tactics on how they overcame bullying. A total of 43,949 members participated in this campaign with 74,347 tactics shared.

Irish's poster said: I Beat Bullying by teaching myself how to understand, approach and listen to bullies.

"This campaign is important to me because I believe that bullying affects everyone involved, not just the victim," Irish said. "So it is important to me to do all that I can to be a positive influence, and role model against bullying, and bigotry. Having an honest and critical conversation on disagreements is what I want everyone to strive towards, as we try to solve domestic and international issues."

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