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May 24, 2013

Peak ‘moves’ audience as Hall of Honor speaker

The 20th Mineral Wells High School’s Hall of Honor induction ceremony, Wednesday, seemed to have an athletic, kinesiological theme, but the messages were ones that ring true for all live’s endeavors.

Guest speaker Dr. Kayla Watson-Peak, a 1984 MWHS graduate, offered a message for the sophomores, juniors, seniors and all who were present.

Peak, who was honored as the 2012 University Physical Educator of the Year by the Texas Association for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, now serves as assistant professor in Kinesiology at Tarleton State University and as coordinator of the Kinesiology Graduate Program. She has learned how to move people.

“Almost 30 years ago, I was sitting basically in the same spot you are now and I dreamed about my future,” she told the students. “And, as I pondered what would happen as I left high school and went on, I set my sights on my goals.

“I have to admit, I was confident, but I was scared.

“I was eager to begin my journey, but I was worried about the unknown.

“I was filled with an optimistic spirit, but I secretly dreaded the failure I know would surely come my way.

“I have to say, it’s been a long, exciting journey and I’m still not there. I don’t know that I’ll ever get ‘there’ – I’m not sure where ‘there’ is.

“But I’ve learned some things along the way, and I thought I would share three of those with you today,” Peak said, referring to what she considers to be the top three myths out in the world.

“I would like to bust those myths for you and hopefully help you in your future career,” she added.

The first myth Peak cited, “Practice makes perfect.”

The kinesiologist told her audience, “I have yet to meet the perfect person.”

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