Jefferson City – Rep. Jason Grill, D-Parkville, recently offered words of wisdom and encouragement to the St. Pius X High School graduating class of 2008. Rep. Grill gave the address over a breakfast at the Embassy Suites Northland, which took place on Sunday, May 18.
“I have fond memories of my time at St. Pius X and it was an honor to be able to come back and celebrate this momentous occasion with the graduating class of 2008,” said Rep. Grill, who graduated from the school in 1997. “These young men and women are on their way to becoming successful adults and it was exciting to be able to share a few of my own experiences and thoughts with them as they get ready to take that next step.”
Approximately 1,000 people were in attendance for the graduation breakfast. Rep. Grill’s speech focused on persevering and overcoming obstacles to achieve success. He used examples from the life of Winston Churchill as well as some from his own experiences to encourage the students to remain determined and never give up. He informed students that they had 86,400 seconds a day with which to succeed and improve the lives of others. In addition, he presented each graduate with an official certificate of recognition from the Missouri House of Representatives.
“I know St. Pius X has prepared each of these young people to succeed in college and beyond and I am grateful I was able to play a small role in wishing them well as they move on to the next phase of their lives,” said Rep. Grill. “They have accomplished so much already but their best days are ahead of them and we all look forward to seeing the many contributions they will make to this community, this state and this nation.”