On October 2nd, twenty-five students, from Walker High School, in the new Focus Club went on a trip to Montgomery to attend the 9th Annual Alabama Youth Council. They got to hear speakers talk on many different topics related to teenagers stepping up and changing lives. Among the various speakers was Brian Earley, he talked about being unloved, uncared for, and beaten by his parents in his early childhood. He goes on to share the story of his future wife being his first friend and how the night before they met he was trying to think of anyone that cared enough for him so he could address his already written suicide letter to. Many of the speakers told stories of how it only takes one bad choice to ruin your life; whether it is drugs, bullying, sex, or distracted driving. Barbara Hurst talked about how her daughter was the victim of distracted driving and died at the young age of 15. The main point the Focus Club walked away with was that you can make a difference in many people’s lives, all you have to do is care enough and you can do it.
By: Taran Naramore