BROOKSVILLE – A scholar at Nature Coast Technical High School will be making a speech to a gaggle in Orlando in mid-July, the Hernando County School District stated in a press launch.
Robert Kordon, a junior, will be the featured scholar speaker at the Community Anti-Drug Coalitions of America’s twenty first annual Mid-Year Training Institute on July17-21 at the Gaylord Palms Hotel and Conference Center in Orlando.
“It actually is such an honor. I really feel very blessed and really completely satisfied,” Kordon stated. Although he isn’t certain what the subject of his speech will be about, he’s hoping to “contact on the massive points, like vaping,” he stated. “So many turn into addicts earlier than they graduate highschool. Peer stress — that ‘s the primary purpose for it.”
Kordon is 16, however first attracted the eye of the Hernando Community Coalition when he was a fifth-grader at Challenger K8.
Jennifer Bliska was working because the challenge director for the coalition when she met Kordon. He was within the fifth grade then and a member of Students Working Against Tobacco, a faculty membership overseen by HCC.
She stated she instantly observed how he was completely different from the opposite fifth-graders.
“Robert has always stood out,” Bliska stated. “He is a go-getter, willing to try new things and go the extra mile to make an impact. He truly wants to make a difference.”
When the Hernando Community Coalition started making its plans, Bliska reached out to the nonprofit group to see if it will cowl or waive Kordon’s registration charges so he may attend.
After studying about Kordon’s work with HCC and inside the group, the group not solely agreed to cowl the fee, however requested him to be the featured scholar speaker.
“It is superb,” Kordon stated. “Now I’m working with the coalition immediately. I get to contact on a broader scope — not simply tobacco, however medicine and alcohol, too. … I’m speaking to individuals and getting to know their tales. It’s an ideal manner for me to assist make a change locally.”
At faculty, Kordon is concerned with the ImPACT (Positive Action Change Team), a program provided at the center and excessive colleges. Students within the membership work to make constructive adjustments in areas equivalent to psychological well being, substance abuse and bullying. They additionally encourage constructive habits, equivalent to being sort, uplifting different college students and volunteering locally.
“These teams and golf equipment usually are not solely to preach, however good way to make pals, life experiences, and serving to with public talking,” Kordon stated. “It’s a good way to develop nice life abilities whereas making change.”
For details about the Hernando Community Coalition, go to https://hernandocommunitycoalition.org/.
To be taught extra about CADCA, go to https://www.cadca.org/