I love the end of the school year as we endeavor to recognize students. Last night at Worthingway’s Honors Night Principal Nathan Kellenberger told a personal story to wrap up the evening. His message was simple and yet profound. It’s worth sharing with all of our kids in Worthington. You will have people in your lives that say you can’t, and those that say you can. Listen to those that say you can, because they are right. I say you can!
“As we wrap up this evening, I would like to share a few parting words. At the start of every school year, Dr. Bowers holds a District-wide convocation in August, with all school employees. Dr. Bowers uses this opportunity to set our theme and focus for the school year. This year his focus was Your Words Matter. His direction to all of us was to treat all of our students kindly and use our words to empower our students to change the world. I was asked to stand on this very stage and share a story about myself, in which a teacher of mine was not so kind to me. In essence, this teacher told me, as a 17-year old high school senior, that I did not have much talent and that he did not feel I would be a successful Marine. I left that August, for Paris Island South Carolina, to prove him wrong.
I have told this story a number of times. As I reflect, I feel like I’ve given that story and that person, too much credit for my success, when in fact, my story did not end there. As a young private, stationed in California, I was fortunate to meet someone who’s words and actions helped me to become the person I am today.
That person was someone named Steve Lucero. Always Sergeant Lucero to me. Sgt. Lucero built me into a confident and successful corporal in the Marine Corps. Sgt. Lucero always supported me, always expected the best of me, and always held me accountable when I fell short of my best. He was never easy on me. And I cannot thank him enough for that. I know that I am standing here tonight, in front of all of you, because of the words of Sgt. Lucero.
You will have people in your lives that say you can’t, and those that say you can. Listen to those that say you can, because they are right. I say you can!”
-Trent Bowers, Superintendent