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September 22, 2018

Motivational Speaker Brings Message To Phoenix Students


PHOENIX – Students at John C. Birdlebough High School recently capped off Red Ribbon Week with nationally recognized speaker David Flood.

David Flood addresses Phoenix high school students during a recent presentation in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week.

David Flood addresses Phoenix high school students during a recent presentation in conjunction with Red Ribbon Week.

Standing before an audience of nearly 600 Phoenix teenagers, Flood infused humor and honesty into his motivational presentation.

He touched on a variety of issues such as drug and alcohol addiction, parenthood, respect and compassion.

“We are all alike on the inside,” Flood said as he encouraged students to embrace their individuality. “Stop looking at people on the outside and starting looking on the inside.”

As part of his presentation, he encouraged students to be accepting of people who are perceived as being different.

Students meet with guest speaker David Flood after his motivational speech. In front, from left, are Lanae Ross, Jackie Cooter and Alexis Gabriele. In back, from left, are Principal Thomas Bailer, Ross McFarland, Charles Donovan, Flood, Brittany Hullsman and Sydney Young.

Students meet with guest speaker David Flood after his motivational speech. In front, from left, are Lanae Ross, Jackie Cooter and Alexis Gabriele. In back, from left, are Principal Thomas Bailer, Ross McFarland, Charles Donovan, Flood, Brittany Hullsman and Sydney Young.

Flood challenged the group to ensure that no student ever eats alone at school.

“Loneliness is toxic. It will lead you to do things you ordinarily wouldn’t do,” he said. “We need others to help pull us out of that loneliness.”

The students accepted the challenge and pledged to carry on that theme throughout the school year.

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