The Star Beacon; Ashtabula, Ohio

School Columnists

May 9, 2013

Joel Penton encourages students to reach high

Former OSU football champ shares his story of commitment

CONNEAUT — Joel Penton, a graduate of The Ohio State University, spoke to the students of Conneaut High School on April 30. Penton is known nationally for his athletic ability as well as his motivational speaking. Penton played football as a Buckeye for five years and has been a member of three Big Ten championship teams. Penton also proudly wears his National Championship ring. He has also received an award that is given to only one football player throughout the country, the Wuerffel Trophy for humanitarian work. Penton achieved many things in his lifetime and as a football player at OSU.

During an assembly held in Garcia Gymnasium, Penton shared his story and how he reached his goals. He spoke about how he had made a commitment to football and avoiding alcohol and stuck with it. He overcame obstacles throughout high school and achieved what he had set his mind to. The students had a chance to ask him questions and even win a few prizes. Penton’s story really reached out to multiple students at the high school. Students across the gym loved his energy, his compassion and his helping other people understand how important it is to stand your ground.

“It helped me realize that anything is possible if you set your mind to it and set goals for yourself,” said junior basketball player, Dylan Campbell. “You can’t let anyone impact the decisions that you want to make.”

The students at CHS got more than an inspirational speech at the assembly. Penton brought along a close musical friend, Ryan Holliday. Holliday sang at the assembly and also put on a concert after school at 7 p.m. The concert had an amazing turn out and had many students in awe. Amanda Chadwick, a freshman at CHS and a student who attended the concert, said, “The concert was amazing for me. I loved Ryan and the message he sent out in his own personal songs.”

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