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Motivational speaker visits High School West

February 15, 2024

“Live your life with gratitude.”

Those were the words of inspirational speaker Ed Gerety who spoke to students at High School West Thursday morning. Mr. Gerety is an inspirational speaker and leadership trainer who has spoken in all 50 states and across Canada. He teaches life skills that are essential for our youth to develop as leaders in school and in life.

These skills include respect, character, gratitude, leadership, attitude, and making a difference.  At one point he brought up senior James Camilleri and asked him to call one person in his life.

James called his mom and told her he loved her. Mr. Gerety then asked James’ mom if she had any words of advice to the students in attendance.

She replied, “Enjoy these moments because they go very fast and these will be the best moment of your lives.”

Mr. Gerety also handed out copies of his book to students who stayed to speak with him.

A special thank you to the High School West PTSA for sponsoring this presentation!

Mr. Gerety and high school student

Mr. Gerety speaking

Mr. Gerety and high school student

Mr. Gerety speaking to audience