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Patch Whiz Kid of the Week—Vladic Grabot

Russian adoptee overcomes great challenges, such as a vision disability, through perseverance, he says.

Vladic Grabot, Age 14

Homeschooled

Accomplishments:

  • Learned the English language in six months
  • Learned to read, even with having a reading disability
  • Learned to play sports like baseball and soccer with a vision disability
  • Qualified for nationals in the 2010, 2011 and 2012 Bible Bee
  • Semifinalist in the 2011 National Bible Bee
  • Climbed eight states' highpoints

Key to Awesomeness: "All the time, people ask, what is the secret?" wrote Vladic in an email interview. "To me there is no secret and no easy way out. To accomplish what I have accomplished, I have needed to persevere. I have gone through times when I felt like giving up, but I needed to press through. I have a vision disability, yet I play sports like baseball and soccer, playing positions like catcher and goalkeeper. I've participated in the Bible Bee since 2009, and it's been a hard journey. But God has helped me to persevere, to press on until the end."

Proud mom Sherrie Grabot said Vladic was adopted at age 6 from Russia and praised her son for his mastery of the English language and reading, calling it a "huge accomplishment" given his vision disability.

Irene Aida Garza-Ortiz November 01, 2012 at 06:09 AM
High KUDOS to you Viadic! Keep up the Good Work!
Sheila Sanchez (Editor) November 01, 2012 at 02:34 PM
Impressive, Vladic. You should be proud! Thanks to you and mom for letting us profile you.
Michelle McIntyre November 01, 2012 at 05:04 PM
The Bible Bee sounds interesting! Vladic, you are a positive role model for other children and people who read this story will probably also want to adopt a child from Russia. I think that's a great thing. Keep up the hard work. Please let us know later where you end up going to college! You can write a blog about it!
Melissa Grabot November 02, 2012 at 10:33 PM
Awesome Job Vladic!!!

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