Alani Simmons is a thirteen-year-old girl who gathered her courage to enter a speech


competition for the first time. After working hard to write and practice her speech, she


did her absolute best. Despite her best efforts, the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place trophies were


awarded to other students. Though she was disappointed, Alani has discovered ways


that she is still a winner, even though she didn’t come home with a prize. “You Are Still


A Winner” is a guide for kids of all ages to navigate disappointment and learn how


every situation can work out for your good.
 Alani has been learning Mandarin Chinese for over 8 years now. She loves dancing, TikTok, basketball, soccer and tutoring other kids in Chinese.  Alani is the 2017 Texas Black Expo Youth Entrepreneur Award Winner.
Check out Alani’s vids on YouTube! Not only does she teach you how to speak Mandarin, she also does fun crafts, crazy vids and cooking to teach other kids how to join in on the fun!