Tennessee State University Associate AD for Academic Services Dr. Johnnie Smith returned to her alma mater, Russell County HS, to speak to the class of 2016 graduates last week.
On Monday, May 16, Dr. Smith served as the keynote speaker for the Senior Achievement Banquet in Seale, Alabama.
Smith, who returned to Russell County for the first time since 1980, was honored to have the opportunity to speak at the event.
“My topic was, Life Will Happen,” said Smith. “I shared tips with the seniors to consider as they transition into the next chapter of their lives. I encouraged them to make good decisions, establish good work ethics, give back to the community and pull strength from their faith.”
More than 300 people were in attendance and there were 137 graduating seniors, including 75 honors students.