Teach Them How to Say Goodbye
Michelle Obama gave her final speech as First Lady Friday, January 6th at a ceremony honoring the 2017 School Counselor of the year. Obama started this event in 2015 to recognize high school counselors who have shown leadership skills and dedication to their students, as a part of her program promoting higher education, “Reach Higher”. After honoring this year’s Counselor, Terri Tchorzynski, Obama spoke to young people of America. “Don’t ever let anyone make you feel like you don’t matter or like you don’t have a place in our American story, because you do. And you have a right to be exactly who you are.” Obama spoke of the freedoms granted in America, and how important it is to earn them, to pursue higher education and use that to be a positive force in the community. “Don’t be afraid. Be focused. Be determined. Be hopeful. Be empowered. Empower yourself with a good education. Then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless promise.” She ended emotionally, thanking America. “Being your First Lady has been the greatest honor of my life, and I thank you all.”
To hear Michelle Obama’s full speech, click here.