Posts tagged Dedication
It’s #FGF – Feel Good Friday – and this is the #GraduationEdition! #BrotherWord is giving you a double dose of the feel good. Each year hundreds of high school seniors prepare to walk the stage, receive their diplomas, and embark on a new phase of life. And as common as graduation ceremonies may seem, it is the bright futures and amazing individuals who we will continue to applaud and celebrate.
First up is Boston Latin High School senior, Phillip Sossou. Students are remembered for a myriad of reasons, some good, some bad, but there are certain students who carve out their own legacies, or in this case, draw them. Sossou wanted to make sure that each of his classmates was remembered and at the beginning of the year he began memorializing all 411 in charcoal portraits! His art teacher did not think it was possible but before the last day for the seniors, he displayed his beautiful portraits of all his classmates for the entire school to admire. A school marred earlier in the year by racial tensions, Phillip Sossou used his talents to mend the fences, bring all together, and leave a lasting smile. Watch the video to see more about this amazing #ClassOf2016 graduate.
Our next Feel Good Friday comes from senior Kevuntez King, a three-sport athlete who graduated with a 4.0 GPA and has already earned enough to pay for his entire college education! The senior from Memphis, TN., spent the last five years waking up at 3:45am to sell newspapers. His dedication proved more than fruitful as he has earned enough to pay for his entire college education. Aside from graduating with honors, King epitomizes what it means when drive and dedication result in the manifestation of of our dreams coming true and that is the message he expressed to all his classmates, “Just chase your dreams.” Already accepted into Tennessee State University, King is not resting on his laurels, but staying true to what got him to where he is now and beginning his college career this summer.
We applaud all the graduates of 2016. Never stop chasing your dreams, keep striving for greatness, and no matter what, believe in the impossible!
As each of us sleeps through the night, we can rest peacefully because of the brave men and women who serve our country and the oath they have pledged that reads…
“I hereby declare, on oath, that I absolutely and entirely renounce and abjure all allegiance and fidelity to any foreign prince, potentate, state, or sovereignty of whom or which I have heretofore been a subject or citizen; that I will support and defend the Constitution and laws of the United States of America against all enemies, foreign and domestic; that I will bear true faith and allegiance to the same; that I will bear arms on behalf of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform noncombatant service in the Armed Forces of the United States when required by the law; that I will perform work of national importance under civilian direction when required by the law; and that I take this obligation freely without any mental reservation or purpose of evasion; so help me God.”
Because of their sacrifice, bravery, and selfless acts, you and I are afforded a freedom that comes with a heavy price. On this Memorial Day and every day we salute you and thank you for your continued commitment and dedicated service.
Sometimes the greatest motivation is born from serving others. It is one thing to fight for your own life and to do everything in your power to survive, but it is a completely different thing to defend the life and liberty of others, especially when it may not be recognized or appreciated. You want to witness motivation, speak to a soldier who’s main objective is returning home to their love ones. You want to see motivation, talk to a military veteran who has been in war and had to choose between taking someone else’s life or losing their own. Motivation comes in many shapes and forms and none is more prevalent than in the images, hearts, dedication, sacrifice, and lives of the men and women of the armed services.
Thank you to my dad, uncle, cousins, friends and all those who have served and are currently serving for all you have done and for all you do!
Success only comes through perspiration. It’s a byproduct of the effort your willing to give which is only matched by the will you have to succeed. You are what you believe you are and despite what anyone may say, any obstacles that may arise, any setbacks or difficulties, you are the captain of your destiny. Today I challenge you to challenge yourself; reach deep within and explore parts of yourself that have been dormant or you thought was nonexistent. To succeed is to overcome and you already possess every tool you need.
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