Testimonial: Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

whitman-hanson-regional-high-schoolOn April 12, 2012, I had the opportunity to host Mr. Rich Barnes as a guest speaker for my grant-funded high school program for at-risk students as a family dinner for students, parents, and staff members.  Mr. Barnes shares his personal story about his lifelong struggle with drug and alcohol abuse.  As someone who has been clean for a number of years, Mr. Barnes is able to describe the effects his addiction had on his life, including in relationships with family and lost opportunities.

Mr. Barnes effectively delivers his story in a straightforward and honest manner, drawing in the audience with emphasis on key points and utilizing a structure of repetition that helps commit the theme to memory.   He was well received, and in the entire time Mr. Barnes was speaking, students, staff and parents alike were thoughtfully listening – he was able to capture and hold the attention of the 50+ audience members this evening.

I would recommend Mr. Barnes as someone who has a story to tell and who is eager to share it.  I believe he was able to share is message successfully, and several students connected with him after the presentation.  I can only hope that his story may motivate those affected by drugs and alcohol to see that there is a different path available to them.  I believe his story is a valuable one that can help individuals facing similar issuses.

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Lisa E. Hogan, M.Ed.
Whitman-Hanson Regional High School

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