An Amazing Day at Marion Center High School

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Standing Ovation for Jeff from students

The students, staff and International Speaker Jeff Yalden had an awesome day during his visit to Marion Center Junior / Senior High School in Pennsylvania.  Jeff reflected on the experience stating, “It was an hour and a half of a great visit where the connection was solid.”

The photo above reflects the feelings of both the students of Marion Center and Penns Manor after hearing Jeff’s inspiring words.  In anticipation of his visit, they had created custom Take Time To Think t-shirts.  Penns Manor students are dressed in blue, while Marion Center students are wearing yellow.


Jeff was touched that the staff of Penns Manor brought their students to Marion Center to hear him speak.  After the visit, he stated, “I was so honored and touched that they thought enough of me to get buses and take so much time out of school.”  They had given up their day’s plans, paid for the gas required to bring the students, and underwent the hassle of moving hundreds of students so that they would have the opportunity to be educated by Jeff’s words.

Image via JAMIE EMPFIELD/Gazette

Image via JAMIE EMPFIELD/Gazette

Jeff admired the students and staff at the school, including Marion Center’s principal, Matthew Jioio, who he connected with greatly.  He believed that they share, “the same vision in life and with youth”, as both of them set out to help young people live to their full potential.

In addition to the students that were sitting in the auditorium, middle school students of both communities were given the opportunity to hear Jeff’s words via live broadcast.  Mr. Jioio then invited his middle schoolers to come hear a personal message from Jeff.


The auditorium was packed, as 800 students, teachers, and even state police watched in admiration.  At the end, they all stood with applause, encoring the words that he had given them.  The picture above reflects the feelings of students that have heard Jeff.  Much of the time, teenagers feel like falling asleep when others tell them how to live their life. However, Jeff connects with teens in a way unlike other speakers.  Students attending his assembly do not feel like falling asleep after hearing him; they feel like standing up, applauding, and changing the lives of others and themselves.

An article entitled Straight Talk, which recapped Jeff’s visit, was also published in the Indiana Gazette.

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Author:Brandon Schmuck, Teen Blogger for Youth Speaker, Jeff Yalden

“I want to put a ding in the universe.” Brandon Schmuck is a senior class president at Rockwood Area High School. He is an ambitious teen with a dream: to change the world. He plans on majoring in electrical and computer engineering and gaining a background in speaking, writing, business, and the arts. He dreams of becoming an influential business leader and changing the lives of millions through his words and products. He is inspired by his parents and his two younger sisters to be all that he can. In his spare time, he enjoys playing guitar as part of his high school’s jazz band and hitting up the greens during the summer. He loves to write and express his opinion and is an active member of student congress, speech, and Future Business Leaders of America. Online, he has an active presence as a teen blogger for youth motivational speaker, Jeff Yalden, and operates his own personal blog. He enjoys having an impact on those around him and is a member of National Honor Society, Student Council, SADD, and Spanish Honor Society, where he helps at local food drives and school events. Brandon was first inspired by Jeff’s words at Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week, where he heard him as a guest speaker. After hearing him, he knew that he had to bring him to his area. Despite the small size of his school, Brandon managed to gather the funding to bring him, while arranging for a neighboring school to come hear him also. Jeff’s words had an enormous impact on his school; students there were inspired to live their lives to the fullest and make the right decisions. Every day as he walks through the halls, he sees the impact that Jeff’s visit had on the students, as many of them continue to carry his messages with them by wearing his t-shirts. Prior to Jeff’s visit, Brandon published an article on his personal blog and his school’s website, describing what he had heard during Jeff’s speech at PFEW and how he managed to raise the funding for his visit. After reading it, Jeff hired Brandon as a teen blogger. Brandon admires the impact that Jeff has on others and hopes to someday carry the same impact himself.

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