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Motivational speaker William Harris gave the concluding talk in a Leadership Series at Arlington Memorial High School.

ARLINGTON >> As part of the year-long Leadership Series at Arlington Memorial High School & Middle School, motivational presenter William D. Harris spoke to students about character, respect, peer pressure, and stepping out of their comfort zone to make a positive difference. In two 40-minute presentations, Harris barely took a breath, as he challenged the students to "get serious about life" and to "allow weaknesses to become strengths, give respect to everyone, and not wait for others to make you feel good about yourself." Harris stressed that each student needed to bring "urgency, energy and effort" to school every day, noting that anything less than their personal best meant they were cheating themselves.

Arlington Memorial Principal Tim Stewart has spearheaded the Leadership Series.

"We have brought in many guests this year to talk about leadership, integrity, and character," he said. "Mr. Harris' presentation was powerful and a great way to end this part of the series. Mr. Harris told the students, 'if you don't challenge yourself, you are cheating yourself, and that it's not about being popular, it's about being productive.' Those are messages young people need to hear, and they heard that loud and clear today."


Harris will be back at AMHS in the fall to speak with student-athletes about sportsmanship and teamwork and to work with the new AMHS Student Leadership teams. For more information about the AMHS Leadership Series, contact Stewart at or 375.2589, extension 109. For more information about Harris, visit