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2009 alumnus Andrew Jones speaks to seniors about the importance of health

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Speaking to seniors-- On September 15, Class of 2009 alumnus Andrew Jones spoke to the senior class at the 29th annual Senior Convocation. Jones centered his message around the concept of “self invest” and shared insight from his personal life to the seniors.

Speaking to seniors-- On September 15, Class of 2009 alumnus Andrew Jones spoke to the senior class at the 29th annual Senior Convocation. Jones centered his message around the concept of “self invest” and shared insight from his personal life to the seniors.

Bella Podgorski

Bella Podgorski

Speaking to seniors-- On September 15, Class of 2009 alumnus Andrew Jones spoke to the senior class at the 29th annual Senior Convocation. Jones centered his message around the concept of “self invest” and shared insight from his personal life to the seniors.

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In celebration of their senior year, students in grade 12 gathered in the auditorium on September 15 for convocation. Class of 2009 alumnus Andrew Jones was the honorary convocation speaker and spoke in regards to his experiences after high school and overcoming adversity within his life.

Jones is the President and Founder of “Hearts at Large,” which raises awareness concerning the need for organ, eye and tissue donors. Jones, who is physically active, suffered from heart disease and ultimately was told he needed an immediate transplant. However, with no organs available, Jones was then fitted to an artificial heart and pacemaker.

While speaking to the senior class, Jones focused on the concept of being able to “Self Invest,” elaborating upon the importance of gratitude as well. He emphasized how it is necessary to capitalize upon one’s time throughout high school and to remember that health should always be one’s first priority.

“I really hope I can send a message to students so they can learn how to invest their time. Although they will have more freedom in years to come, they will have more responsibilities and less guidance,” Jones said.

As Jones spoke to the seniors, many reflected on his message and how it is applicable to them today.

“His speech contained a message that must be remembered going forward and is an idea that each and every one of us can learn from. Here in Farmington, we are often faced with things on a daily basis that are seen as obstacles. We are truly fortunate to be able to live in a community like this and be surrounded by those who support us,” senior Leia Ficks said.

   

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