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Speaker Inspires Students to Better Themselves

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Bullying is an issue schools are trying to tackle. Senior High School invited a youth motivational speaker to talk about these issues.

Mike Smith travels around the country, using his failures and successes to inspire youth.

"I want these kids to dream, know that it's okay to dream, know that it's okay to get out of billings and do big things or stay right here and help fix billings and make it an amazing community or more amazing than it already is," Mike said. "So for me I just want kids to wake up everyday with passion in their heart and be who they were created to be."

He talks about how he was a bullied, became a bully and then turned his attitude around. Smith encourages students to do something every day to help someone else. Senior High students say they can relate to a lot of what Smith says.

"I thought it was nice how honest he was because it's like we do put up that front and we do that stuff just for the sake of getting other people to like us," said Valerie Wilson, a junior at Senior High. "But the reality is everyone around us is so worried about the same stuff that nobody's noticing."

Students also say even though they don't witness bullying every day, there are students who fall under the radar and the speech inspires them to be better people.

"I hope to see that you don't walk into the cafeteria everyday and that there are kids sitting by themselves," said Kael Gibink, a senior at Senior High. "Because that happens almost everyday and I think that just going and sitting with them, just simple talk. I think that could definitely help."

Mike Smith says the tour is called "Dude. Be nice" because he believes those three words can make the world a better place.

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