Burlington High School, Burlington Junior High, Bethune and Stratton High School Trip
March 10th and 11th were incredible days for Life CONsequences. This was an unbelievable trip and an amazing experience. This was our first official speech in front of middle school students. We have spoken in front of groups with students down to 5th grade but those were large, entire school or camps combined. This was only the 250 middle school student with no other high school students in the audience.
Technology is a love and hate relationship, 5 mins into speaking to this young audience, our laptop shut down. That was a first. After principle Swiatkowski assured me she would get the student back focused, I nervously had to figure out what happened. I was embarrassed with 250 middle school kids probably thinking “this is a joke”. A few minutes later we were up and running. By the end of the presentation we had so many students asking questions that we had to end the Q&A session with nearly 30 hands still raised. I knew I had reached this age group and felt relieved after the wild start to the week of presentations.
After speaking at the middle school then traveling and speaking to Bethune High and Stratton a few hours later, I found myself receiving an unbelievable amount of emails, twitter followers, Facebook followers and conversations with so many outgoing students expressing their thoughts. This is why I speak!!!
Students reached out to say thank you, ask questions and allow me to know their struggles as students. I did my best to help all of them as best I can and will continue to leave the option for dialogue for students to reach out. They know I care for them and I’m not just speaking then leaving them never to be seen or heard from again. I’ve found a new aspect of our mission to help individuals and not just the masses. It’s hard, emotionally draining to speak and then hear of these kids thoughts. It is well worth it, if I can help them at all.
De Beque and Plateau Valley High Schools
February 4-5th was not only a speaking experience with De Beque High and Plateau Valley High school. It was also an eye opening experience for me. I truly believe God is keeping me safe and I’m blessed to have him in my life.
Leaving the night before the speeches on Feb 5th, I drove across the mountains, through the Eisenhower tunnel and passed Frisco in a nasty snow storm. A few miles outside of Frisco, my car hit an ice patch in the middle of I70. Spinning out of control and doing nearly a full 360 degree turn in the middle of the highway, my car slid into a pole in the median, taking out the fence and leaving me in the median, safe and no harm done. I’m so lucky and thanked God for keeping out of harm’s way. This did not prevent me from getting towed out and continue my drive through the snow to speak to the two high schools the following day.
I mentioned to both high schools the event from the previous day and told them, that is how much I care about them and my life mission to help prevent students from my mistakes. Plateau Valley gave me a standing ovation, my first ever and told them how much that meant. Both schools were great and I received great feedback from the students from the western slope of Colorado.
Greeley Central High School's Athletic Department
Speaking to the entire Greeley Central Athletics programs was a treat. There were nearly 500 student-athletes in attendance. Growing up and playing at Poudre High School was were my love for sports grew. Greeley Central was a team we respected and played twice every year. It was a treat and pleasure to go and speak to a school that I competed against so long ago. They were a great group of kids and the staff was amazing to work with.