Student Spotlight: Keppler

December 13th, 2017 – Reality Changers hosts monthly Speech Tournaments where students share personal stories and triumphs with their peers, tutors, and community guests. Each student is given five minutes to speak using techniques taught by Achievement Coaches and the Chief Inspiration Officer (CIO). Community guests judge the speakers on their execution of the speech techniques. Alex Reyes, Chief Inspiration Officer, opened Speech Tournaments with the prompt, “Where my feet have been will take me to where my head will go.” Seven student speakers competed and impressed the judges, however only one earned the title of Speech Tournament Winner.

Keppler is an 11th grader at Garfield High School and this is his second year with Reality Changers. He is hoping to achieve his dream of becoming a mechanical engineer.

What motivates you?
My little sister and my mom motivate me. My mom has gone through a lot to get me where I am today. [At past speech night], I saw Blair share his story about how he met his mom and dad. He performed his best. And after watching him share his story, I knew that my struggles won’t hold me back.”

What brought you to Reality Changers?
I want to be a first generation college student. To prove to the world that I can make something of myself. I want to be a mechanical engineer and own my own auto body shop. I like being able to make something with my own hands.

What do you want to show Reality Changers?
I hope to show Reality Changers that I can make it and the Achievement Coaches’ help was useful to me.

What would you tell your younger self?
No matter what happens keep moving forward. You might lose a lot of people, but you have to overcome that.


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