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By Marcus Huff
Staff Writer 

The weight of a thank you

Motivational speaker shares inspiring message with local students


September 9, 2017

Marcus Huff

Worland High School students line up to meet speakerand author VJ Smith after a motivational presentation on Friday.

WORLAND – "If you want to receive, first you have to give," noted author and speaker V.J. Smith on Friday, during a speech to Worland High School students in the Worland Middle School auditorium.

For an hour, students sat transfixed on Smith's stories of appreciation through kindness, with a focus on using "thank you" as a way to validate others.

A 1978 graduate of South Dakota State University, Smith spent the 1980s working for the Allied Signal Aerospace Company in Kansas City, Missouri. He returned to SDSU in 1990 to serve as assistant athletic director for the SDSU athletic program. H...

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