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Speaker aims to challenge, entertain community

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Public invited to TCHS presentation

By Janet Robb

TELL CITY - Good decision making, leadership roles and doing things better are just a few of the things speaker Keith Nord will discuss with students, staff and community members.

Canceled because of the ice storm, Nord will make up his visit to Tell City High School April 23 and hold three presentations. The first will be with students and staff of the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp., where he said he'd focus on several things, including making good decisions.

"Sometimes teenagers make decisions to please people and not for themselves," he said, adding that he tries to make his presentations fun and entertaining while getting a message across.

Later in the day, Nord said, he will speak to a select group of student leaders and challenge them to step up, lead the school and be good examples to other students.

Nord will hold a presentation from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. April 23 for the community and parents of students in the Tell City-Troy Township School Corp. It's not just for high-school parents, Amy Kehl, TCHS Renaissance sponsor, said.

The No. 1 thing parents should do is develop and protect their connection with their children, Nord said. "If parents don't focus on the connection with their children, they won't have any influence over them later in life."

Nord said he wants people to feel entertained while receiving his message and to feel challenged. "I want them to look at something they're doing and see how they can do it better, differently," he added.

In a Jan. 22 News story Kehl said she was "excited about the potential impact" he will have on not only students and staff, but on the community.

She first heard Nord speak at a conference in Orlando, Fla. "His message really inspired me," she said, adding that when she sent several students to a conference in Phoenix, Ariz., "they came home bubbling about him."

According to his Web site, www.keithnord.com, Nord travels the nation talking to students, teachers and communities about leadership, decision-making, character education and personal excellence.

He graduated from St. Cloud State University and played with the Minnesota Vikings for seven years. During that career he was team captain and was awarded five game balls, the highest compliment a team can give to a team member.