Batesville Herald Tribune, Batesville, Indiana

Youth

May 9, 2014

Well-known speaker encourages students

Overcoming mistakes, accepting personal responsibility for choices, making a positive difference and other issues facing youth were the focus of “Be Part of the Solution,” a dynamic presentation by nationally-known speaker Ted Wiese. He spoke to Batesville Middle School and Batesville High School students April 3 during Choices Program convocations.

Wiese answered the question “How can students learn to be part of the solution instead of part of the problem?” He also discussed turning failures into stepping-stones for success.

At Wiese’s urging, three students put on blinders and goggles so they couldn’t see. He talked about eating Canadian newts as an appetizer when he was young. He then had the students hold their hands out as he put a gummy worm soaked in water in them (if they would let him) and then tried to get them to eat the “animals,” all the while they were thinking about newts. “Once they took their blinders off, they realized what it was and how the outcome would have changed had they known it was a gummy worm,” reports CHOICES director Cindy Blessing.

Blessing said that she has received nothing but great feedback about the convocation from both students and teachers alike. “Ted definitely has a knack for speaking with our youth and keeping them engrossed in his message. I’m always pleased when I see students staying after to have a conversation with our speakers. This was definitely the case with Ted.” More information about Wiese is available at www.hearTEDtalk.com.

Blessing thanks Franklin County Stayin’ Alive and the Ripley County Local Coordinating Council for grant dollars that helped pay for bringing in this and other speakers, as well as funding alternative, fun activities for area students. She notes, “Without those dollars, Choices would not be able to provide the services it does for the youth of our community.”

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