(Editor's note: The following article was submitted by Tewksbury High sophomore Sydney Sturdevant, a member of the TMHS SADD chaper.)
SADD chapter is at it again. The club welcomed Jeff Yalden, an inspirational speaker, with open arms on November 7, 2011.
Mr. Yalden told his story and gave students a positive outlook on life. Many students and faculty agree he is nothing that they have seen before, and he made an impact on the school community. Jeff spoke about experiences he had in life, and, as a man that had served this great country in the armed forces, he had a lot to share.
After a tough childhood and a difficult divorce, Mr. Yalden joined the Marine Corp. Later he became the two time Marine of the year and played four years for the Marine Corp. football team. After settling back down, he discovered his true passion was working with teens.
After visiting 49 states and 48 countries, and appearing on MTV’s “Made,” Jeff Yalden was a man of many experiences. He shared his wisdom with students, and, along the way, he stopped and told the teens what he learned. Many who sat in the audience would agree his message was received loud and clear: everyone has a purpose, and everyone should strive to be the best in their own eyes.
His presentation was very different from other recent presentations at TMHS. Jeff used humor to successfully relate to the student body, which made his message that much more effective.
“Anger,” he said, “is like peeing your pants. Everyone can see it, but only you can feel it.” Although the audience was left in hysterics at times, Jeff concluded with his catch phrase, “Take Time To Think.” He wants students to think about how they can improve their own lives, as well as the lives of those around them.
SADD was honored to be behind the scenes of such an influential event at TMHS, but this event wouldn’t have been possible without the support and financial backing of the TMHS PAC, who consistently go above and beyond to enrich the lives of the students at the high school.