Watching the excesses described on the MTV reality show “My Super Sweet 16” last summer led St. Joseph Central High School sophomore Taylor DiSantis to turn his 16th birthday party on March 3 into a fundraiser for teen activities.
DiSantis, with help from fellow St. Joseph’s students Ryan Storie, Eric Kulpa, Jessica Healy and Courtney Failla, raised $2,200 that they plan to use to provide financial and other mentoring assistance for Berkshire County youngsters between the ages of 5 and 18. More than 100 teens from four high schools attended DiSantis’ party, which took place at the Sons of Italy’s Itam Lodge.
“I was expecting $1,000 at best,” DiSantis said.
04 Jan 2007 Leave a comment
Sweet Sixteen, Quinceanera, Bar/Bat Mitzvah (12 and 13 years old), are birthdays and celebrations we know the best to be special. But we also put a lot of emphasis on 18 and 21 too. All of these mark a transition from childhood into adulthood at different stages of our lives. Photo and Cake, Mamamousse.com
There are also other milestone ages to look forward to as you grow up. Marking the start of decades has a lot of significance to people. You always hear “turning the Big Four-Oh” and other phrases like that at turning 30, 40, 50 etc. These ages have more significance to some people as they enter that particular decade of their lives. Some throw a party at this point but may not make a big deal or even officially celebrate the years in between.
Other countries have birthday and age traditons that differ from the US. Deseret News had an interesting question posed to them and their answer shows you a glimpse into what other countries view as special ages: