Former Olympian addresses students

During Columbian High Schools 29th annual academic letter breakfast Wednesday morning, former Olympian Francis Dove Edwin spoke to students and parents about the importance of never quitting on their dreams.

Edwin is a dual citizen of Sierra Leone and the United States, and lives in London. He is to be in Tiffin through May as a visiting senior lecturer for Tiffin University’s school of business.

More than 100 sophomores, juniors and seniors were awarded academic letters, with many students receiving the award for a second and third year. The award is given to those students that have received a GPA of 3.5 or higher.

“A 3.5 is a lot of work,” Edwin said. “In high school, people are expecting a lot from you, but don’t let that deter you.”

“Throughout your life you will face (many) obstacles and there will come a time to face the real-world,” he added.

“The world is open up to you guys, you need to prepare yourself for it. Mistakes are going to happen, but the worst thing that you can do to yourself is to continue to make those same mistakes.”

Edwin said to never lose sight of goals, to forge relationships and spend time with other students that may need a little extra push.

“Don’t quit, dig deep to find that inner strength and stay focused on your goal.” he said.