This was the message inspirational comedian Judson Laipply brought to students throughout Wood County as part of this week’s Red Ribbon Week celebration.
Laipply, who earned notoriety through the viral YouTube sensation The Evolution of Dance, told students in the Rossford and North Baltimore school districts on Tuesday that when they are asked, no young child answers that they dream of being addicted to drugs. All of the small choices they make as they experience life, however, influence whether each person will attain the goal or if their life will take another direction.
Laipply’s message that “Life is Change” and that you are the master of your own destiny speaks to the heart of the Wood County Educational Service Center’s “The New Cool” campaign: Just because other people tell you that the only way to be cool is to drink, it’s just not true. Being cool has a lot more to do with who you are, what you do and how you think, than with what you drink.
He illustrates his message with a performance of the Evolution of Dance, a high-energy, entertaining act that shows how dancing trends have changed through the years. The Evolution of Dance was the most-watched video on YouTube in 2007. Today, it remains in the top five. It has earned him guest appearances on Oprah, Ellen, The Today Show, and America’s Got Talent.
Laipply, who was introduced to the student body in North Baltimore by Teen Institute members Tessa Reinman, Madison Fitzgerald, Ashley Baisden, Ashley Quantic, and Cody Switzer, also spoke this week at Perrysburg Junior High School, Otsego High School, Eastwood High School and at the Elmwood Community Center.
His performance was funded by the Wood County Educational Service Center through the Reducing Alcohol Abuse in Secondary Students (RAASS) grant.
For more photos of Judson's visit to North Baltimore, visit http://picasaweb.google.com/WCESCPrevention. To watch part of Judson's presentation, or to see his Evolution of Dance at North Baltimore, visit http://www.youtube.com/user/WoodCountyESC#p/a
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