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Speakers inspire Canyon students

Posted: March 2, 2010 10:18 p.m.
Updated: March 3, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Jaime Castellanos, superintendent of the William S. Hart Union High School District, talks to Canyon High School students about how he found his career path to education. The speech was part of Canyon's Overcome, Believe & Achieve speaking series.

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Canyon High School students were treated to inspirational speeches from Hart district Superintendent Jaime Castellanos and Canyon senior Justin Wilson on Thursday as part of the school’s Overcome, Believe & Achieve speaking series.

“We geared it for students who don’t know exactly what they want to do,” said Karen Limbaugh, a teacher-librarian, who organized the event. “In order to achieve your goals, sometimes it takes a long time to do that.”

Castellanos, who heads the William S. Hart Union High School District, spoke about growing up as a Latino-American. He related an experience he had with an old friend who, after becoming paralyzed, relied on Castellanos for support in performing even the most basic tasks.

“It taught me about patience, and it taught me to appreciate what I have,” Castellanos said.

The superintendent encouraged students to seek out their passions and pursue them. Castellanos dropped out of law school after two years to pursue a career in education.

The decision went against his father’s wishes, but Castellanos knew it was a personal determination. He hopes students learned that self-fulfillment is of utmost importance.

“Parents are important,” Castellanos said. “But you also have to make your own decisions for what you’re going to do with your life.”

In his talk, Wilson related the story of a severe head injury that threatened to derail his dream of attending Brigham Young University.

As a freshman, Wilson was struck by a golf club during a match. He suffered trauma, which impacted several motor skills including his ability to read.

“I was so confused as to what was happening. I was thinking, ‘What the heck is going on? Why are they treating me so intensely?’” he said. “With the ambulance and the CAT scans and everything I thought, ‘This must be pretty big and I don’t know what it is.’”

Through determination and force of will, Wilson managed to persevere.

Wilson was accepted to BYU and will start there this fall.

“When I first saw that, it was like a monkey jumped off my back,” Wilson said. “It was one of the most relaxing feelings and I was just like, ‘I did it. I did it.’”

Wilson hoped that students realized that his success came as a result of hard work.

“If they put as much work as they can into anything, then they can accomplish it,” the 17-year-old said.

The event inspired Canyon freshman Alex MacDonald, 15, who felt motivated by both speakers.

“Usually I’m a fairly good student. I get Bs and Cs, but I kind of want to go to college so I’m going to try harder,” he said.


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