Red River Valley students gathered in Love Civic Center today for a morning filled with resources, information and encouragement.
From 9-11 a.m., students were given presentations from local successful entrepreneurs and encouraged to follow their dreams. The event kicked off with Paris Junior College President Pam Anglin, who then introduced Michelle Zook of the office of U.S. Congressman John Ratcliffe. Other speakers included Jacob Choi and Richard Isla of U.S. Patent Office, Darren McIntire and Terese Kane of Campbell Soup Company, Kelli Mallicote of Bodyguard and Stephen Terrell of Print Works.
The speakers encouraged students to follow their dreams and strive for success. McIntire ended his presentation explaining to students that they should not be intimidated to climb the ladder to success. This message resonated deep in one student’s heart.
“This was helpful to me because they showed me that it is possible to start from the bottom and work my way up to owning my own company, if that’s what I decide I want to do,” said Prairiland junior Brooklyn Rose.
Presenters also focused on the importance of being creative and believing in yourself.
“The speakers, especially from Print Works, let us know it is important to come up with our own ideas to achieve whatever we want to do,” said Brooklyn Rose, a junior at Roxton.
Anglin ended the event on a positive note, encouraging students to continue their education — be it through skills training or academic advancement.
“All of these speakers gave a great message to our area students,” Anglin said. “These students are our future and we want great things for them.”