"If you want to be respected in our society as a good person, you need to build your character around good values,” guest speaker noted author   and motivational speaker  William Jenkins told the students of Marvell High School Tuesday afternoon. 

 

 “If you want to be respected in our society as a good person, you need to build your character around good values,” guest speaker noted author   and motivational speaker  William Jenkins told the students of Marvell High School Tuesday afternoon. 
Jenkins has traveled all over the country with a mission “to reinforce the cherished values that we hope have been instilled in each student across America,” Jenkins explained. 
Jenkins, author of “The Good Book,” described how if you choose to live by good values, plus commit to the messages of these values then you would build character.  There are 25 cherished values of the American people that were traditionally defined as Christian values, such as life and human dignity, religion and religious freedom, taking personal responsibility, respect for the elderly and justice and fair play. 
“These values are what keeps this country strong, it’s what makes this country great,” Jenkins told the students. 
Jenkins let some of the students take turns telling him what they value, most of which included life, education, and transportation.  Jenkins went on to tell the students that just as they value these, they should also value what it means to be successful. 
He explained that each of these values, whatever they are, would be the content of your character and the more you practice your values the more your life will reflect them and be defined by them.  By definition, character is the degree to which a person’s actions mirror his/her beliefs or values, “so as you walk to your next class, consider what actions define who you are,” Jenkins said.  “The values that you carry now will ultimately define your success.”