Despite some controversy over whether or not to show the President's address at local school districts Tuesday, once President Obama started speaking the students were all ears. “You want to be a doctor, or a teacher, or a police officer, you want to be a nurse or an architect, a lawyer, or a member of our military, you're going to need a good education for every single one of those careers,” the President said. About 40 eighth grade students at Cape Fear Center for Inquiry took notes as President Obama stressed the importance of trying your best in school. “It really boosts confidence when you have someone so high up just talk to you instead of talk over your head,” said eighth grader Sebastian Simonsen. The students identified with the President, who offered his own experience to show how a "goof-off" can take advantage of a good education with some training, work, and learning. The President urged struggling students not to give up on their country, their families, and most importantly themselves by setting attainable goals at school. “He said to never give up until you do your school work and talk to your teachers and that kind of stuff you're never really going to know what you're good at,” Joslyn Valente noted. President Obama made it clear that education is the key to opening doors in the future. “I think it will just make me smarter overall, so I have an open field to do a lot of stuff in whatever I want pretty much,” Sebastian added. After the address, teachers led a discussion about the importance of education and some of the main points of the speech. Students seemed focused on the fact that trying their hardest and never giving up on an education is the biggest key to future success. Despite some parents' concern about the content of the speech before it aired, there was no political discussion following Obama’s speech at CFCI.
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