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Oct 27, 2010 7:26 PM by Melissa Hawkes

Nationally Acclaimed Speaker Visit North Vermilion High

A nationally acclaimed speaker visited North Vermilion High today.

Senior at North Vermilion, Stephanie Picard, said "I saw a lot of tears in the audience so I know he touched a lot of kids."

Picard was one of hundreds listening to Mark Brown, a motivational speaker, who shares a very personal message with students across the nation. Brown said he was bullied 38 years ago, and to this day he still remembers the harsh things people would say to him.

He has traveled to over 200 schools in North America and says that even though the students are different, the message is still the same.

"One school, one child,one teacher, one counselor at a time, we certainly can make a difference," Brown said.

He has a very unique style.

Assistant Principal, Ivy Landry, said"he got silly, he got serious, he got funny, and I think he got to their hearts."

Brown says he got his motivation from watching Disney movies with his kids.

"I used to do voices and read stories to them." he said. "So I drew parallels from cartoons and movies to get kids attention."

He certainly caught Picards attention.

"He remembered how he was bullied 38 years ago, that was deep," she explained.

 

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