Wall Street Journal Courageous
The Wall Street Journal
Courageous Leader Award was presented to Mr. John Bain from
Union City High School in
Union City, Michigan, at the Courageous Persuaders® Awards Celebration on May 15, 2012. Mr. Bain is a Video Productions teacher and made Courageous Persuaders® an integral part of his own curriculum. He's been described as not only an amazing teacher, but an inspiration to many, many students. It is clear to the student who nominated him that he really cares about his students and does everything in his power to make a difference. Lindsey Fisk, the student from Union City High School who nominated Mr. Bain said, “Our teacher, Mr. Bain, showed us the Courageous Persuaders® website and helped us to create our video. Anytime we needed something he would be there. I'm very thankful and happy to be able to have the tools to make the video we made.” He is a true Courageous Leader.
“My broadcasting students at Union City High School have created over a 100 Courageous Persuaders® videos over the past 5 years. Usually in pairs, students compete against each other to come up with the most creative idea to get the message across to middle school students to discourage them from underage drinking. Each year I show my students the top finalists from the Courageous Persuaders® contest to inspire them to step out of the box and come up with a video that is original and inspiring. Many of my students have siblings in middle school so they see it as a chance to make a positive impact on their lives.
Being named the Wall Street Journal Courageous Leader is something that every teacher that encourages their students to create a video for this great cause deserves. It is inspiring to see how much middle school students‘ attitudes towards drinking has changed in part by the Courageous Persuaders® program is inspiring. I would like to thank Lindsey Fisk, a Union City High School junior, for nominating me for this award. Also, I would like to thank all of the sponsors, the people behind the scenes who make this great event happen and the Wall Street Journal.
- Mr. John Bain
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