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The Daily Ardmoreite
  • Tulsa artist speaks to local students about finding talent

  • Area Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members are trying to figure out what their talents are after attending the Southeast Region District II Leadership Training Thursday at Kingston High School.
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  • Area Family, Career and Community Leaders of America members are trying to figure out what their talents are after attending the Southeast Region District II Leadership Training Thursday at Kingston High School.
    "There are two important days in a person's life: the day they are born and the day they find out why," said speaker Richard Hight.
    Hight is a Tulsa artist and inspirational speaker. After drawing a patriotic picture as the students watched, he told the story of how he came to realize his talent was drawing.
    When he was in junior high, Hight's math teacher left the room and he drew a picture over the homework on the chalkboard. After getting away with it, he repeated the action and realized he was better at drawing than math.
    "I was learning it was more important to focus on my strengths than to fix my weaknesses," Hight said.
    The students were captivated by the lively speaker.
    "It was very inspirational," said Kingston Freshman Mackenzie Moore. "I loved his story."
    With all of high school before her, Moore is committing to discovering her talents.
    "I feel better about myself," Moore said. "I'm going to try other stuff to figure out what my talents are."
    The event was attended by 15 schools, including Kingston, Madill and Tishomingo, with about 400 students attending.
    "It's great for kids to come together and see kids from across the area involved," said Carla Campbell, Oklahoma CareerTech program specialist.
    District community service projects were the March of Dimes, No Kid Hungry, Share Our Strength and Toys for Tots.
    "They do community service as a district, which is a great thing to teach kids," Campbell said. "It also helps them see past their local chapter."
    FCCLA members enjoyed the opportunity to gather with their counterparts from other schools.
    "It was fun. I love seeing everybody and meeting new people," said Jacy Germany, Kingston Chapter treasurer.
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