This has been around for a while and you have probably seen it previously, but whether you have or not, let's see how well you can do on this quiz:
1. Name the five wealthiest people in the world.
2. Name the last 5 Heisman trophy winners.
3. Name the last 5 winners of the Miss America contest.
4. Name ten people who have won the Nobel or Pulitzer Prize.
5. Name the last half dozen Academy Award winners for best actor or actress.
6. Name the last decade's worth of World Series winners.
Well, how did you do?
The point is, none of us remember the headliners of yesterday. These are not second rate achievers. They are the best in their fields. But the applause dies. Awards tarnish. Achievements are forgotten. Accolades and certificates are buried with their owners.
Now, here's another quiz...see how you do on this one.
1. List a few teachers who aided your journey through school
2. Name three friends who have helped you through a difficult time.
3. Name five people who have taught you something worthwhile.
4. Think of a few people who have made you feel appreciated and worthwhile.
5. Think of five people who you enjoy spending time with.
Easier, wasn't it?
The lesson: The people who make a difference in your life are not the ones with the most credentials, the most money, or the most awards. They are the ones who care.
Beyond the lesson this email proposes, I think I could guarantee that at least one name you provide for each answer beyond Question 1 is somebody you went to school with at NKHS, and you will list more than one teacher from NK.