Archive for May, 2016

Motivational Speaker

by Katherine Lown

A young Hispanic is on the track of fulfilling his dream to inspire people all over the world.

Adolfo Angel Felix’s dream is to be a motivational speaker. Having spent much of his teenage years living in Mexico, Angel and his family have seen firsthand the dramatic effects that poverty and hardships can have on people.

“People feel like this all the time and sometimes they don’t have anybody…experience in Mexico and seeing how they live, and then here – that’s probably the biggest thing,” Angel said. His passion is to encourage and inspire people who are walking through the rough times in life.

Angel also expresses a lot of compassion for people going through hard circumstances because of a unique view he has as a wrestling trainer. “I wrestle, and cutting weight drags on your mind and body. You’re hungry and exercising…you have to be very mentally strong and you’re in a low state of mind.” He says that being weak in mind can drag a person down a lot and often lead to unnecessary pain.

“In Cancun, a lot of people are poor… there are things harder out there,” he said, realizing that even his stress is light compared to the loads that many carry around the globe.

Recognizing the effects that depression and suffering has on people is what drives Angel to want to be a speaker and motivate others to a better life. He hopes to one day travel the world and have a full time job giving speeches. “I don’t think I’ll be getting paid yet,” he said, looking to the future, “but I’ll be living on my own, helping others, not doing many things besides putting time into what I want to do.”

As a guy balancing work, family, and school every day, Angel knows that young people are capable of far more than most people think. “We are capable of a lot of things and have a lot of things going on in our life,” he said. “Not all of us make such bad choices.”

Those who have made bad choices, however, are who he hopes to inspire. One of the biggest motivators for Angel is that he knows things can get better for everyone. “People are really strong,” he said. “They are the future…they go through tough times and good times. They will make a difference. They got to encourage each other and keep doing difficult things.”

Angel has high hopes of pushing his peers to excellence. “I think we’re going to do a lot of great things – this generation,” he said.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016

Spring Choral Concert Coming to Pellissippi

By Nicholas Walker

Pellissippi State Community College will be holding its annual Spring Choral Concert on April 28.

The annual Spring Choral Concert hosted by Pellissippi is on April 28.

The event will be held at 7 p.m. in the Clayton Performing Arts Center on Pellissippi’s Hardin Valley Campus, at 10915 Hardin Valley Road.

The choir, which consists of the Concert Chorale and Variations Ensemble, is directed by Pellissippi music professor Meagan Langford, who has taught at the school for about 4 years.

  • The Spring Choral is the last of The Arts of Pellissippi and dates back to beginning of the music program itself.
  • The event will feature performances by all female and all male choirs respectively.
  • The Concert Chorale consists of a diverse group of singers.
  • The Variations Ensemble is more acapella-oriented.
  • Various genres will be performed, such as classics dating back to the 1700s, and standards from a wide variety of styles.
  • The choir will perform covers from artists such as Billy Joel and Sting, as well as renditions of spiritual songs from the late 19th century.

Thursday, May 26th, 2016