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Lyceum speaker has message all should hear

By Victoria Advocate
Feb. 6, 2014 at 5:05 p.m.
Updated Feb. 5, 2014 at 8:06 p.m.


Editor, the Advocate:

I recently attended a conference in Atlanta that featured Wes Moore as a keynote speaker. I remember thinking, "Wes Moore . he's coming to Victoria College in February. I wonder if it will be the same message, and if I really need to go to this session?" I almost walked past the ballroom but didn't, and I am glad I took a seat.

Moore is young and enthusiastic. He seemed a little ill at ease behind the lectern, almost like he'd rather be down with us on the floor. He didn't use a PowerPoint. He didn't use video. He simply talked, and his message came through loud and clear.

We all have choices in life. Moore readily admitted that he made some poor ones, but his message to educators in the room was that someone somewhere didn't give up on him. He had the good fortune to have teachers, mentors and a mother who refused to let him go. Conference attendees were challenged to continue to do what we were called to do - educate - in the hopes that our message and our passion will be heard. He emphasized that it just takes one person to really hear us for there to be an impact.

Is this a message I need to hear again? You better believe it. His story isn't complete, and I find myself anticipating how his message will impact our students and community, how his message of persistence and motivation will challenge our students to use their strengths to be a positive influence on our society, how his message to me will inspire another step toward student success.

The Victoria College Lyceum lecture featuring Wes Moore will be at noon Thursday at the Victoria Fine Arts Center. I anticipate a great turnout from our community and local high school and college students.

Tempi McLeod, Victoria College Quality Enhancement Plan director, Victoria

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