State Auditor Joins Alternative School

State Auditor Joins Alternative School for Celebrate Freedom Week
John B. McCuskey, State AuditorThe Alternative School was privileged to have John B. "JB" McCuskey, the state auditor of West Virginia, come to speak for Celebrate Freedom Week.  He began by speaking about what a wonderful state West Virginia is and encouraged students:

"Try to stay here - West Virginia needs you more than you know."  

Auditor McCuskey urged students to make West Virginia a great place to stay.  He explained that students could leave, go to New York, and be an employee.  He also stated that students could stay here and be the boss!  

Auditor McCuskey shared information about his job.  He makes sure people get paid, finds fraud, and sells delinquent properties.

At 35 years old, he has 220 employees who are all older than him.
His philosophy of leadership is:
1.  Be the person I want everyone else to be.
2.  Never ask others to do things I would not do myself.
3.  Do not believe people work for you - they are coworkers - a team that works together.

Finally the conversation turned to the drug epidemic.  The students spoke passionately about the problems.  Auditor McCuskey asked any person who had seen a drug overdose to raise their hand.  The room was full of raised hands.  It was an eye-opening moment.  Auditor McCuskey encouraged the teenagers that they have a powerful voice.  For the next few weeks, the students will be compiling lists of information that is close to their hearts in connection with the drug epidemic.  

10 Worst Things They Have Seen

10 Things An Average Person Overlooks About Them

10 Best Things We Can Do To Stop The Drugs.

The staff of the Alternative School is hopeful and excited to see where this all might lead.  One powerful point Auditor McCuskey made that will hopefully resonate with the students - each of them can choose to not do drugs, to not be the next addict.

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