"I would like to thank you for coming to speak to our junior high students for Red Ribbon week. I used your story that very week in my office with a student and his parents. Your message was strong and interaction with students well balanced. I am always cautious to have presentations on this topic because I worry about how and what the presenter will share with my students. You masterfully delivered a heartfelt, powerful message of how easily people can become involved in drug use and how NOT to get pulled in."

*Lisa Cutler, Principal - Summit Academy Independence

"I had James come speak to my health classes, and WOW! Just WOW! My students and I are lucky that we had the opportunity to have him speak to us about the impact drugs had on his life, and how a drug-free life is important. It was very clear, even the day of, how his words and presentation impacted my students’ lives. I have had students come talk to me and email me about how the presenter has helped them and gave them courage. I will request to have James come to my classes every semester. I have taught for six years and this was the best presenter, out of many, that I have had in my classroom. ‘He was entertaining, engaging, and most of all left the classroom with feeling of hope and courage’. THANK YOU James for your courage and charity you have shown my students and myself.” 

*McKenzie Stowell – Maple Mountain High School

“I just wanted to say thank you for coming to speak with the seventh and eighth-grade students at Summit Academy Independence. The students were glued to your presentation. Your message was powerful. I want to have my own boys hear your story. Your story needs to be heard by every student.”

*Dustin Evenson - Summit Academy Independance

“James has a powerful message and story to share. He is very open and up-front with the students which helped my students to connect with him and to really see the realities of how drug use affects your life and the life of others. My students have all asked if he could come back again in the future, and I look forward to having him speak again to my other classes. Thanks James for sharing your message, and for helping to touch the lives of many!”

*Mindy Wettstein – Mount Nebo Jr High 

“James was a fabulous motivational speaker. All of my students enjoyed his story and message. I have already asked him to come back next semester.”

*Kim Arminen – Summit Academy Draper

“Thank you for coming to our school and sharing your message. It’s such an important thing to talk about and I can’t thank you enough for taking time out of your life to talk to my students. Please come again.”

*Brette Nelson – Pleasant Grove Junior High

“James was an amazing speaker. He has a very unique story of addiction to both alcohol and meth, my students hung on every word he said. He has an amazing way of reaching each and every student and leaves them feeling empowered and encouraged that they are strong enough to stand up to the drug world. You won’t be disappointed and neither will your students, the kids love him. My students have already asked if James can come back to tell them more. We are all excited to have him back for our Red Ribbon Week assembly!”

*Amy Brooks – Summit Academy Bluffdale

"James was really great. I think the kids were riveted, and I definitely think that he helped to inform the kids about drug use. I would say that if there was a kid in class that was thinking about drug use or starting to get into it, that they would try anything they could to stay away from it now.”

*Health Teacher – Summit Academy High School