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Chris Herren’s Presentation

By: Jaydon Barile/ Junior writer

Blue Ridge School District recently invited former NBA player and motivational speaker Chris Herren over to speak to all middle and high school students. Chris Herren is a former NBA player for the Denver Nuggets and Boston Celtics. During this time, he battled with drug addiction which sadly ended his career early.

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Many students grades 6-12 were interviewed on what they thought about this presentation. Majority of students agree that the presentation motivated them to stay away from drugs. Seventh Grader Chris Kowaleski said, “The presentation was really good and it encouraged me to stay away from drugs.”

Twelfth grader, Stephanie Buerkle also shared, “Herren spread the message really well and helped motivate students to stay away from drugs.”

As you can tell many students agree that Chris Herren did an excellent job at motivating youth to stay away from drugs.

High School teacher, Gregory Bitner, who was also at the presentation, said, “Herren did a great job and spread a realistic message to me, he came across differently than other presenters we’ve had but I like the way he taught.”

This shows that Chris Herren also reached the adult base along with the students. Overall views show that Herren’s message was extremely impactful and had a positive reaction from the school district.

Different Views

Students were also asked about their opinions on the video shown at the beginning of the presentation. There were some mixed views on how impactful it was. Eleventh graders, Connor Blewett and Jesse Robbins both said, “The video was more impactful and got more of our attention.”

However, eleventh grader, Aiden Chopolosky said, “I feel like the presentation taught me more than the video.”

This shows that both the video presented and Chris Herren’s speech were very insightful, but has different opinions on what helped more. The message was very well spread but it is debatable on what was more helpful.


Chris Herren did a excellent job presenting at Blue Ridge. The video he showed helped grab the audience’s attention as well as spreading the message among the audience. This presentation will be remembered for many years to come.

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Jaydon Barile
Jaydon Barile
Jaydon Barile is 16 years old and is currently a junior at Blue Ridge High School who lives in New Milford. He hopes to pursue a career as a restaurant owner. Jaydon Barile is trying to do well in highschool to give him more opportunities to go to college. This is Jaydon’s first year in journalism and he hopes to bring attention to different events that happen in his school.
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