By Sharon Roper
In today’s world students not only face academic challenges, but they also have to learn to handle issues such as peer pressure, drugs and alcohol, and bullying. These situations can seem overwhelming for students to process.
Principals at Woodland High School and South Central Middle School invited nationally-known speaker Marc Mero, Champion of Choices: Empowering Students to Make Positive Choices, to speak to their students.
“WHS chose to have the Marc Mero assembly as part of our Anti-Bullying and Goal-Setting advisement lessons. Marc’s message covered many relevant topics for youth such as goal setting, bullying, suicide prevention and positive choices. As educators, we may say the same message, but hearing it from an outsider often makes more of an impact,” WHS Principal Melissa Williams said in a news release.
Mero teaches students to set and post their goals and see their dreams in front of them daily. By taking action, students are accountable for the decisions they make in their lives.
“It was very inspirational for our students,” said SCMS Principal Donald Rucker.
Mero describes personal accounts of his life including the tragedies of family loss along with career gains, showing students the power of making champion choices in life.
“Marc Mero is one of the best speakers that has come to Woodland in my opinion! Great message, it was inspirational and taught me a lot,” said Calvin Hayes, 10th-grader.
“Today was such an eye opening day, thank you,” said Haydan Womack, 9th grader.
“My hope is for students to realize their own potential in deciding their destinies. The choices they make, whether positive or negative , will impact their well-being, their dreams and their futures,” said Williams.
WHS would like to thank Lake Point Church for sponsoring this event.
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