Community Speakers Reaching Out

The students of the Cabell County Alternative School have had the opportunity to listen to and learn from some very special members of the community, each with a unique message to help and encourage our students. 

Hershel Woodrow "Woody" Williams, a retiree of the United States Marine Corps, is the last living recipient of the Congressional Medal of Honor from World War II.  The medal was earned for his heroic actions during the Battle of Iwo Jima.  During his talk with the students, he mentioned that when President Harry S. Truman put the medal around his neck, the president made clear that it was more honorable to earn that medal than to become the President of the United States.  What an experience.  Mr. Williams spoke of fulfilling duties, pursuing dreams, and making positive choices
Beth McCormick, Office of Admissions for Marshall University, visited to discuss the Marshall plane crash and the legacy that proceeded from the tragic event.  She shed light on the strength and the good that can come from people pulling together in the face of great loss.
Terick Thomas, a man who could have used any excuse he chose based on the world he grew up in, decided to overcome the gigantic obstacles in his way to become a healthy person, loving husband and father, and educated professional who worked with Goodwill Industries.  He stayed busy with school and sports to avoid the drug and prison world; and he sure does love and respect his momma!
Rocky Meadows and representatives from The Lifehouse Addiction Resources came to speak about their troubles with drugs and alcohol.  They promoted the idea that although anyone from any walk of life can go down that wrong road, with help, you can change what you do.  And Rocky will not be going to jail again because he has done nothing for anyone to tell on!  Lifehouse can be reached on Facebook or at 631 4th Street Huntington, West Virginia. 

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