To Whom It May Concern:
Mr. Ted DiBiase spoke to our student body in our high school gymnasium on a Friday afternoon. This is a time of the week when students are more than anxious for the week to end and the weekend to begin. It is nor an ideal time for a speaker to deliver his/her message. I wish those of you who read this letter could have walked into our gym while Mr. DiBiase was speaking, because you could have heard a pin drop. Mr. DiBiase has a very powerful presence and spirit. You feel it when you are around him. Our students immediately welcomed him. With his opening remarks, they read that he was real and that what he was doing was for them. He gave my students respect and they returned it.
Mr. DiBiase spoke from the heart. He spoke from personal experiences of loss, pain, frustration, and anger yet overcoming all odds and obstacles to make a good life for he and his family. He gave my students hope. He shared his life and a piece of himself with our students and staff. I watched my students as Mr. DiBiase spoke. You could see in their eyes that he was connecting with them and they with him. It was a positive assembly.
It is important to note that our school is located in rural Appalachia. Many times money is an obstacle. When I first contracted with Mr. DiBiase, he quoted me a fee. I asked that he consider lowering his fee as our district is strapped for funding. That was no problem for Mr. DiBiase. I thank him for that.
One other thing I’d like to mention. I had scheduled an assembly with a motivational speaker at the beginning of the school year. It was a disaster. The speaker stopped speaking partway through the assembly, handed me the microphone, and sat down telling me that my students were not cooperating. I was left to pick up the pieces. I considered never having another guest speaker. I relayed this story to Mr. DiBiase before he spoke. He quickly put my fear and concern to rest. He is a dynamic, confident, Christian man. He is welcome at Miller High School anytime.
Thank you for your time.
Mike Lollo, Principal
Miller High School