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News anchor to students:

'You have the potential to be a superstar'

Posted: February 15, 2011 3:53 p.m.
Updated: February 16, 2011 5:00 a.m.
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WIS anchor Judi Gatson delivers the keynote address during Midway Elementary School’s black history program.

No excuses, no limits, no fear.

That’s what WIS news anchor Judi Gatson told Midway Elementary School students Friday during the school’s Black History Month program.

“There is so much to celebrate, talk about and share. I know you have heard stories from your grandparents and your parents about the Civil Rights movement,” Gatson said to a group of youngsters crowded in the school’s music room. “But now, you guys have your own moment of living history that you will be able to tell your kids about ... we have an African-American president.”

Gatson told students there are several things they can learn from Obama’s ascent to the presidency: never make excuses, don’t accept limits or labels, and never live in fear.

“Life is not fair, and you’re going to learn that lesson over and over again. What you need to realize is that every challenge, every disappointment that you face, that is an opportunity to grow your faith,” she said. “Sometimes God breaks us to remake us. He uses challenges and difficulties to teach us lessons and help us be better prepared for what’s ahead.”

Instead of letting those challenges tear you down, she said, look for ways you can learn lessons and use those lessons to help build your faith.

To further illustrate the importance of never living in fear, Gatson talked about speaking at her mother’s funeral when she was a college student. She said it was the turning point in her life that led to a career in journalism.

Before taking questions from students, Gatson said she wanted to remind them of one more thing: never be afraid to be a superstar.

“You guys have the potential to be a superstar. And that doesn’t mean that you look down on people … it means that you set the example and you inspire others to be the best of who they are,” Gatson said. “Not everybody can be famous, but everybody can be great. So repeat after me: ‘no excuses, no limits, no fear, and I am a superstar.’”



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