Mike Smith Live

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Emma Lockhart

“Chase passion not paper,” speaker Mike Smith said. Smith believes making a difference one school at a time, we can change the culture in our schools.

“I did learn a lot more than I think I would have, but the one thing I did take out of it is that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything that you want, and it’s good to help others and really be aware of people you may not know, but people are thinking different things and you might be thinking about them, and people have different lives than they just do at school.” Kyle LaHie Grand Blanc West Middle School 7th Grade.
Kali Roskowski
“I did learn a lot, more than I think I would have, but the one thing I did take out of it is that if you put your mind to it, you can do anything that you want,” Kyle LaHie of Grand Blanc West Middle School said. “It’s good to help others and really be aware of people you may not know. People are thinking different things and you might be thinking about them. People have different lives than they just do at school.”
Zabrina Yannella
Zabrina Yannella

The Harbor merchandise from the Josten’s Renaissance Back to School Tour was available for purchase after the event.

Captivated. After listening to speaker Mike Smith discuss school culture, students realize there are things much bigger than themselves.
Zabrina Yannella
Captivated. After listening to speaker Mike Smith discuss school culture, students express there are things much bigger than themselves.
Emma Lockhart
Emma Lockhart

To wrap up the Mike Smith conference, a sing along to Journey’s “Don’t Stop Believing” was performed, creating an uplifting vibe among the crowd.

Compelling speaker Mike Smith discusses the engaging topic of school culture. Relating to his audience, Smith explains ways they can create a positive change in their school environments.
Emma Lockhart
Compelling speaker Mike Smith discusses the engaging topic of school culture. Relating to his audience, Smith explains ways they can create a positive change in their school environments.
Getting down on the dance floor, sophomore Gabriel Millen, the panther mascot, represents Stockbridge High School at the Mike Smith Conference by showing off his moves in the dance competition held at the beginning of the event.
Kali Roskowski
Getting down on the dance floor, sophomore Gabriel Millen, the panther mascot, represents Stockbridge High School at the Mike Smith Live conference by showing off his moves in the dance competition held at the beginning of the event.
Knowing Smith is credible in the sense that he became successful through chasing his passion of wanting to make a difference, students indulge in every word Mike Smith has to say.
Anna Baird
Students indulge in Mike Smith’s final words of the day. Smith earned their credibility in the sense that he became successful through chasing his passion of wanting to make a difference.

 

Showing off their school spirit, students and teachers groove to the beat of the music on the dance floor in order to hype up the audience. Students selected by Smith advanced to the next round, in which they earned a piece of free Merchandise from the Back to School Tour.
Emma Lockhart
Brave, rythmic and spirited, students and teachers groove to the beat of the music on the dance floor in order to hype up the audience. Students selected by Smith advanced to the next round, in which they earned a piece of free merchandise from the Back to School Tour.
“You know how they call kids ‘brace-face’ or ‘four-eyes’? I never really cared about all that stuff. It never really mattered to me.” Brionna Lovejoy University High School Academy 10th Grade.
Kali Roskowski
“You know how they call kids ‘brace-face’ or ‘four-eyes’? I never really cared about all that stuff. It never really mattered to me,” Brionna Lovejoy University High School Academy of the 10th grade said.
Meeting new faces, students were instructed by Mike Smith to move seats and sit by someone they did not know. Smith made the students realize they were all there not only to make a difference in their community, but to have every unknown face become recognized.
Emma Lockhart
Meeting new faces, students were instructed by Mike Smith to move seats and sit by someone they did not know. Smith made the students realize they were all there not only to make a difference in their community, but to have every unknown face become recognized.
Gathered together to hear Mike Smith speak at the Josten's Renaissance Back to School Tour, the Breslin Center stadium is packed with student leaders and teachers from all around Michigan.
Shelby Zeigler
Gathered together to hear Mike Smith speak at the Josten’s Renaissance Back to School Tour, the Breslin Center stadium is packed with more than 4,500 student leaders and teachers from all around Michigan.
Highly interested in what Speaker Mike Smith was saying, students silently take every word into consideration. The sound of a pin drop could be heard in the room.
Shelby Zeigler
Highly interested in what motivational speaker Mike Smith was saying, students silently take every word into consideration. The sound of a pin drop could be heard in the Breslin Center.
Capturing a mass selfie to post on his snapchat, speaker Mike Smith encourages all students and teachers to gather in the frame of the picture.
Shelby Zeigler
Capturing a mass selfie to post on his Snapchat, speaker Mike Smith encourages all students and teachers to gather in the frame of the picture.
Silence. Student leaders and teachers are astonished by what Speaker Mike Smith had to say about the relevant issues that exist in schools today.
Emma Lockhart
Silence. Student leaders and teachers are astonished by what speaker Mike Smith had to say about the relevant issues that exist in schools today.