Palin to New Hope graduates: ‘Go forth and conquer, but do not be afraid to fail’
Posted by Dr. Fay on May 21, 2014
Governor Palin spoke at the New Hope High School’s commencement this evening. WAFF.com reports:
NEW HOPE, AL (WAFF) – Former Republican vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin visited Huntsville on Wednesday to speak at a graduation ceremony.
Palin’s appearance was paid for by an anonymous donor from the community. No one has released just how much Palin received for showing up. School officials stressed her appearance did not cost the school system.
The students may not have been up on the politics surrounding Palin’s visit – they were fairly young when she was running for Vice President, but quite a few said they were thrilled to have someone of national stature coming to the graduation ceremony for a small-town high school like New Hope.
Sarah Palin’s message to the Class of 2014 was about facing fears, accepting the possibility of failure, and learning from what you experience.
“One piece of advice,” Palin told the seniors at the beginning of her address. “There is no need to remember the speaker tonight… go forth and conquer, but do not be afraid to fail.”
Palin said that things that may seem like failures are things that people can learn from.
“Avoiding failure, shying away from competition so you don’t feel a temporary hurt… that is not success,” she continued. “You have a choice in how to act regarding the less than ideal circumstances. You become bitter, or you become better… God’s got your back.”
“Congratulations, Class of 2014. You bring New Hope to this country,” she concluded.
After her speech, Palin stood among school leaders to shake the hands of each graduate as they accepted their diplomas.
Here is a video of Governor Palin’s speech:
Retrieved from iizthatiiz
This recent article by Brian Kelly at AL.com provides some background on how Governor Palin came to speak at this particular graduation.
Simple: Cathy Maples asked her.
Maples, a Huntsville businesswoman, has struck up a friendship with Palin over the years. And when a special occasion arrived, Maples turned to Palin.
Camden Brewer, Maples’ grandson, is among the 77 New Hope graduates who will hear Palin speak Wednesday night before what’s expected to be a full Propst Arena at the Von Braun Center. Tickets available to the general public were gobbled up a day after the announcement.
Maples confirmed in an email today to AL.com that she asked Palin to speak at the graduation.
“I have met Sarah numerous times and have had dinner with her,” Maples said in the email. “She is the real deal and she is not afraid to speak out about things that are not ‘politically correct.'”
Maples, who is president of R&D Electronics in Brownsboro, bid $63,000 in 2009 to win a dinner with Palin.