Thursday, 24 October 2013 00:00
Musician Jared Campbell captivated the freshmen class at Massapequa High School-Ames Campus with his humor and relevance as he delivered some sobering topics through a combination of comedy and song.
In a voice and speech pattern similar to actor Jack Black, Campbell drew in his young audience as he showed videos and sang his folksy-rock songs about people in his life that overcame difficult obstacles, such as “Dan” a high school athlete that lost his leg due to cancer and, with a prosthesis, was able to walk, run and eventually play sports and become a member of the U.S. Paralympic Ski Team. He sang about “focusing on your dreams” and the importance of keeping people around you that can give you support, especially in times of tragedy. He also touched on topics such as anti-bullying, respect and leadership.
Campbell’s mission is to “reach the young people of today and encourage them to never stop dreaming and to continue pushing forward to living out your purpose with passion.” An award-winning singer/songwriter, Campbell performed at hundreds of schools and shared the stage with musicians such as Jason Mraz, Gavin Degraw and Journey.
“I loved it,” said freshman Corianna Goldberg,” It kept my attention because it wasn’t boring.”
“He brought humor into serious topics,” said another student, Lindsay Becker.
“It was great,” added Christina Dunn, also a student. “I hope the middle school kids get to see this.”
Assistant Principal Tania Willman reinforced the fact that there is a strong support structure at the school to make it a positive year for all students.