On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful for the many contributions of Mars Hill College to my life. I had never heard of Mars Hill College; however, my high school speech teacher and school district superintendant, Sam Brissie, thought it would be a great place for me. He called Dr. Hoyt Blackwell, the President), and sang my praises. When we drove up for a visit my parents were sold on the school. Thanks to Mr. Brissie I received some scholarship assistance.

Mr. Brissie was right. It was a wonderful place. I made lifelong friends and acquired a wonderful foundation. I gained the confidence I needed to continue to follow my ambitions. I will be forever grateful for the things I gained there. Our debate team excelled so much so that Furman University gave me a student assistantship to help with their program while Mr. Held pursued his Ph.D. degree at Northwestern University.

On this Thankful Thursday, I am grateful to the administration faculty and fellow students that became such a part of my life at Mars Hill College. Mars Hill College will become Mars Hill University on August 15, 2013.

Thankful Thursday is a day set aside to recognize the contributions of someone to our lives and to let her or him know of our gratitude. Develop an attitude of gratitude. Say Something Nice; Be a lifter. You will be glad that you did.