David Lawrence Motivates Columbus Students to Strive For the Best
The Mas Family Program at Christopher Columbus High School is known for their high academic standards and countless opportunities. One of those astonishing chance gave explorers a option to meet David Lawrence, a nation-wide known journalist, author, and youth education advocate, on school grounds.
“David Lawrence is here today to talk to the student body about advice students can apply to their studies and their everyday life,” said David Pugh, principal of Christopher Columbus. After school those students who decided to partake in this unique presentation by Lawrence reported to the school’s auditorium and received a free copy of Lawrence’s book. “He is such an amazing person who is truly inspiring. I can tell you that today I saw more than 50 students engaged to what he [Lawrence] had to say, and I know that was going to happen the moment I meet him,” said Pugh.
“I had a great opportunity given to me by my parents as they ensure their education principles were engraved in my siblings and me,” said Lawrence. Being raised in the middle of the Vietnam war, Lawrence’s family knew that school systems were not as stable. Due to his parents influence, Lawrence was able to succeed academic which eventually led him to start realizing that education truly begins from a young age. “I came to speak to students because I truly believe that helping the youth is crucial. The youth is eventually the future to this world and this country. Although I can’t ensure an amazing future, I can say I had an impact on the world that’s yet to come,” said Lawrence.
After the presentation that Lawrence provided to the students, he also supplied a book which he later signed with personal messages. “When I heard that David Lawrence was coming to Columbus, I had no idea who he was nor what he has accomplish. But after the lecture that he gave us, I am glad that the Mas Program was able to bring him,” said Henry Marsh, student of Christopher Columbus. Many students such as Marsh were able to not just gain skills regarding education but life advice that will help them in the long run. “From the movement I met him [Lawrence], I knew that I had to get him to talk to the students. He is just a wonderful person who can help anyone he speaks to ,” said Pugh.
With the help of Pugh and the Mas Family Program, Columbus was able to bring an incredible motivational speaker that deeply impacted the student body. Due to the president Lawrence adopted with the kids, students continue to hope to have speakers such as him spark a fire within.
With contributions by: Marcus Callegari, Lukas Guerra, and Marcel van Hemert