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January 18, 2010

MLK Youth summit centers on power of education



“You never know where your talents start to develop. I grew up in Burnett. Growing up in the country, we would swing on the vines and get a stick and try to get across the creek, so those skills developed into pole vaulting,” he said.

He also signed with and participated in one spring training camp as a defensive end for the Dallas Cowboys.

“I really don’t like football, but because of God-given talent I was able to participate. Everything that you do doesn’t mean you like it, but you work hard at it because it opens doors for you,” he said.

“You have to acknowledge your talents,” Hill said. “You have all heard, ‘Ask and it will be given to you.’ But let me remind you, that doesn’t mean that God is your own personal genie, that ‘my wish is your command.’ It means, how can I match up my talents, my skills, the God-given abilities given me — how do I match those up with His desires so that I can perform at my very best?

“Acknowledge your talents; never settle on just being average,” Hill said. “You can learn something every day.”

Terre Haute South Vigo High School athletic director Tony Brewer conducted another workshop Monday. Brewer had served as coordinator for the Academic Opportunity Program at Indiana State University and had been director of the Ronald McNair Project at ISU, a program to help low-income, first-generation college students prepare for doctoral studies. He is a 1987 graduate of Terre Haute South Vigo High School and holds a bachelor’s degree (1992) and two master’s degrees (1997) from ISU.

Brewer said the importance of education can easily be seen from earned income. Citing 2008 national statistics, he said a person with a bachelor’s degree will earn $29,138 more annually than people without a degree. That equates to more than $1.2 million over a lifetime.

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