Local professionals share success stories with Harrison County students


Harrison County eighth graders attended the fourth annual GRIT leadership class today at Lincoln Middle School. 

The class was based on the West Point study of GRIT and taught students the importance of being passionate and sticking to their goals. Eight speakers including former WVU basketball player and current Fairmont State head coach Joe Mazzulla, Harrison County Schools superintendent Mark Manchin and Director of Athletic Development at Fairmont State University Jessica Sell. 

Other speakers such as John Ebert, who owns and operates 40 McDonald’s locations in West Virginia, Maryland and Pennsylvania and Corporate Strategist Andrew Hendricks said they hope students learned something valuable from their personal stories. 

“Hopefully they got some things that they can actually take action on. We talked about being here now, focusing on the current situation, just how to be successful, how to dig in when things aren’t going well,” Ebert said. 

“One of the main things I discussed today was take one day, a goal that you have and make today day one. Hopefully they picked up on some of the perseverance and other stories the speakers said today and take it home,” said Hendricks.

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