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by those who support and oppose senator sessions. the washington journal is live at 7:00 eastern on monday morning. .oin the discussion michelle obama gives her final speech as first lady. conversation with sean spicer. and at 11 p.m., in other chance to see q&a with author rosemary stevens. last official remarks as first lady, show obama talked about the educational initiatives. twocalled on the nation's empower themselves with the good education. this is 30 minutes. obama: -- >> thank you to mrs. obama for hosting this.
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[applause] the profession and the students reserve will be forever enriched by the initiatives you have established. as a change in administration occurs, raising directions about the educational take, i can promise you all of our counselors will continue the legacy you have established. [applause] >> we will work to help all students reach their full potential. thank you to the american school counsel association. thank you to what you offer school counselors. i feel so blessed to be part of an association that values members, one that is intentional about offering the tools and guidance we all need to be successful in our profession. thank you. [applause]
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finally, thank you to the other educators for today. i am honored to be here among you. in a profession where we may not always feel gratitude or immediately see results, i want to to go -- i want you to know that your work is greatly appreciated. profession is as deeply fulfilling as that of an educator. so let's be intentional about remembering this today as we are all being recognized for the impact we have on students and family. this impact is multifaceted and critical to our society and communities. about this.dy spoke she said this ripple affect what spread our influence. mrs. obama said plea to be childant of not only the
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that we will transform but the family that that child will one day raise. and ourank our students teachers for the hearts and minds they touch. take about that for a moment. to help oure can anddren reach their goals dreams. i work in michigan. a large portion of my role is helping students determined what those first crucial steps will be after graduation and provided them with the support they need to make the right decision. hardf my students had a time living in herself and sold herself short in many ways. she did nothing she was good enough or smart enough to be successful in high school. she thought that this would someday lead to her life's calling. qualitynot realize the she had that would put her in a position to help others. through our conversation about
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her goals, aspirations, fears and dreams, she realized her potential. she began to find excitement and enjoyment in her learning. her vision of the future came into focus. to the medical bill. helping others while attending classes while earning her nursing degree. when i think of her, i think of the many lives she is changing. this is the ripple effect. this is what mrs. obama mentioned. we will make a difference in our student's lives. we all have stories like this. all of you have stories like this. our students and their stories is why we love what we do. it is why school counseling is less about a career path and about who we are as people. regards as of the grade levels we serve, no student could fall through the cracks on our watch. we must work to limit various to
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their success by ensuring to the best of our ability that all students receive the support they deserve. this applies to those with aspirationsthis applies to thosh aspirations to attaining community college and college degrees and those seeking to go into the military. this applies to first-generation college goers and those who may never go beyond high school because they struggle with , homelessness, or live in communities where drug use and abuse rips away at the family fabric. we did the advocate for the students. and to motivation. we do be the leaders that create systemic change. leave all school counselors with a challenge and a call to action. provide your students with everything you can offer. consistently, and passionately every day. when times are difficult and you feel overwhelmed, whenever why
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you are a school counselor. remember your student's stories and the impact you have. the role to play in growth and development. remember that if it wasn't for all of you, all of you on the stage, many students would not be where they are today. by keeping all of these things in your heart, i know this team of change agents will persevere and continue to do amazing work each and every day. i am honored to be on your team. thank you. [applause] and now, there is no greater honor i can imagine that you introduce to you someone who
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understands the value of great education. our school counselor and change, the first lady of the united states, mrs. of shell -- mrs. michelle obama. [applause] first lady michelle obama: thank you all so much. rest yourselves. we are almost at the end. hello everyone. may i say for the last time officially, to the white house. [applause] michelle obama: we are beyond hereled to have you all celebrating the national school counselor of the year as well as all of our state counselors of
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the year. these are the fine women and a few good men. [applause] who are on the stage and rep. dent: schools from across the country. i would to start by thanking terry for that wonderful -- introduction. and her right on the spot remarks. i will say a lot more about terry in a few minutes. how into a nose a few people who are here. first, our outstanding secretary -- john king. [applause] as well as our former education secretary arne duncan. [applause] i will to take this time to thank you both publicly for your dedication and leadership and friendship.
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we could do this without the support of the department of education under both of your leadership. i'm grateful to both of you personally and proud of all you have done for this country. i want to acknowledge a few other special guests we had in the audience. we have a pretty awesome crew. as one of my staff said, you are all pretty deep. we have with us today said alan, connie britton, andy: -- andy cohen. coach jim harbaugh. and his beautiful wife who is a lot better looking than him. [applause] sparrow, kelly rowland, usher, keep it down. [laughter]
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keep it together ladies. allison williams as well and her mom are here. these people are here because they are using their star power to inspire our young people and i am so grateful to all of you for stepping up in so many ways. but so many occasions. pressured youhave over these years asking time and time again where you will be. can you come? can you do tense -- and you do this? can you rap? can you say? saying -- sing? congratulations on the work that you have done and keep working. i especially want to recognize all of the extraordinary that were teams behind retire from day one.
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this is an on the script so they don't know this. i want to take this time to personally a ballot a couple of people, executive director eric waldo. [applause] where is eric? we have to step out. [applause] eric is acting like he doesn't like it but he likes the spotlight. he is acting shy. i want to recognize our deputy director stephanie sprout. [applause] and he is really not going to like this because he tries to pretend like he doesn't exist at all. but our senior advisor, greg
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garnier. [applause] has been a leader in education his entire life. i have known him since i was a little organize a person. organizer person. it is great to work with all of these individuals. they have worked miracles with hardly any staff or budget to speak of. that is how we roll in the first lady's office. grateful tod and so you all for everything you have done. as give a round of applause. give a round of applause. [applause] recognizey i want to everyone in this audience, our educators, our leaders, our young people.
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they have been with us since we launched retire back in 2014. when we first came up with this idea, we had one clear goal in mind, we wanted to make higher education cool. he wanted to change the conversation about what it means and what it takes to be a success in the country. let's be honest, if we are always shining the spotlight on professional athletes and hollywood recording artist as celebrities, if those are the only achievements we celebrate than why would we ever see kids with college as a priority? so we decided to flip the script. he wanted to shine a bright light on all things educational. for example, we made college national event. we wanted to mimic all of the drama and excitement traditionally reserved for those few amazing football and
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basketball players choosing their colleges and university team. we wanted to focus that same level of energy and attention on kids going to college because of their academic achievement. as a nation, that is where the spotlight should also be. on kids who work hard in school and do the right thing when no one is watching. many beating don't take odds. need -- we launched the need to make room. this gives kids the inspiration to actually complete higher education. and really to try that message home, i debuted my music career. wrapping with jay about knowledge by going to college. [applause] of allre also very proud
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this administration has done to make higher education more affordable. we doubled investment and pell grant and college credits. we expanded loan repayment options for tens of millions of students. we made it easier to apply for financial aid. we created a college scorecard to help students make good education decisions. we provided new funding and support for school counselors. altogether. [applause] altogether, we made in this administration, the largest investors -- investment in education since the g.i. bill. michelle obama: today, the high school graduation rate is at a record high and more young people than ever before are going to college.
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counselorst school like all of the people standing with me on this stage have played a critical role in helping us get there. in fact, a recent study shows that students who met with the school counselors to talk about financial aid or college were three times more likely to they werelege and nearly seven times were likely to apply for financial aid. our school counselors are truly among the heroes of the retired story. that is why we created this and i did two years ago. we thought that they should finally get some recognition. [applause] obama: we wanted everybody to know about the difference that these phenomenal men and women have been making in the lives of our young people every day. and our 2017 school counselor of is aear terry chooses gate
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perfect example. she works at the career center in michigan. here is what her principal set about her and his letter of recommendation. she said once she identifies a systemic need, she works tirelessly to address it. terry's schoolt with failing to apply to higher education she sprung into action to create a schoolwide top to bottom college readiness education. she taught interview preparation. did career personality assessments, they helped to plan a special college week and they organized a military day, hosting recruiters from all branches of our armed forces.
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ofause of these efforts, 75% calhoun seniors now complete key college application steps. is just one small part of what terri does for her students each day. i can go on and on about all of the time that she spends one on one with students of them figure out their life path. terry told us about one of those students and we reset to cairo. here is what she had to say in her own words. that terry has helped me grow to love myself. she helped me with my doubts and insecurities. she said my life has changed for the better. in all aspects. she held my hand through my hardest time. she said terry is my lifesaver.
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that is what she said. [applause] michelle obama: this is what each of you do. every single day. you see the promise in each of your students, you believe in them even when they can't believe in themselves. you help them tirelessly to help them to be what they were truly meant to be. tight budgets, and possible student counselor ratios. endless demand on your time, you all come in early, you stay late, you reach into your own pockets. [applause] obama: you stick with students in their darkest moments. when they are most anxious and afraid. if anyone is done with a college
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senior or junior, you know what this feels like. these men and women showed them that these kids matter. they have something to offer, no matter or they are from or how much money their parents have, the matter what they look like where are they love, or how they worship or what language they speak at home, they have a place in this country. and as i and my time in the white house, i can think of no better message to send to our young people in my last official remarks as first lady. for all the young people in this room and those who are watching, know that this country belongs to you. to all of you. for every background and walk of life. if you or your parents and immigrants know that you are part of a proud american tradition, the infusion of new
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talents and ideas, generation after generation, that has made us the greatest country on earth. if your family doesn't have much money, i want you to remember that in this country, many of people including me and my husband, we started out with very little. but with a lot of hard work and a good education, anything is possible. even becoming president. that is what the american dream is all about. [applause] michelle obama: if you are a person of faith, know that the largest diversity is a great american tradition as well. tot is why people first came this country, to worship freely.
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muslim,you are christian, jewish, hindu, sikh, these religions are teaching our young people about justice. compassion and honesty. i want our young people to continue to learn and practice those values with pride. diversity as states, colors, grades, that is not a threat to to who we are. it makes us who we are. [applause] obama: to the young people here and those out there, don't let anyone make you feel like you don't matter or that you don't have a place in our american story because you do.
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and you have a right to be exactly who you are. but i also want to be very clear. this right isn't just handed to you. this right has to be earned every single day. you cannot take your freedom for granted. just like generations to come before you, you have to do your part to preserve and protect those freedoms. that starts right now when you are young. right now, you need to be preparing yourself to add your voice to our national conversation. you need to prepare yourself to be informed and engaged as a citizen, to serve and to stand up for proud american values and honor them in your daily lives. that means getting the best education possible. critically, sok you can express yourself clearly. so you can get a good job to
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support yourself and your family. so you can be a positive force in your community. when you encounter obstacles because i guarantee you you will, many of you are ready have, when you are struggling and you start thinking about giving up, i want you to remember something that my husband and i have talked about. ever since we first started this journey nearly a decade ago, something that has carried us through every moment in this white house. every moment of our lives. that is the power of hope. the believe that something better is always possible if you are willing to work for it and fight for it. belief inndamental the power of hope that has allowed us to rise above the voices of doubt and division. haveger and fear that we
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faced in our own lives and in the light of this country. we -- if we work hard enough and believe in ourselves, we can believe that every we drink, but god is that others may place on us. that when people see us were clearly -- who we truly are, they beat they too will be inspired. maybe they will be inspired to rise to the best possible selves. that is the hope of students like kaira. who fight to discover their gifts and share them with the world. it is the hope of school counselors like kerry and all of these people appear to guide those students every single day. it is the hope of people like my dad who got every day, did his job at the city water plant.
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the hope that one day, his kid would go to college. and have opportunities that he ever dreamed of. hope thate kind of every single one of us, politicians, parents, preachers, allows that the debate -- all of us need to be provided for our young people. that is what moves this country forward every single day. so, that is my final message to young people as first lady. it is simple. [applause]
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michelle obama: i want my own people to know that they matter, they long. .- they belong don't be afraid, don't be afraid young people. be focused. be determined. ,e hopeful, be empowered empower yourselves with a good education. then get out there and use that education to build a country worthy of your boundless pride. lead by example with hope, never fear. youknow that i will be with , rooting for you and working to support you for the rest of my life. that is true i know for every today andt is here for educators and advocates all across this nation who get up every day and worked their hearts out to lift up our young people. you so grateful to all of
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for your passion and your dedication and all the hard work on the -- behalf of our next generation. i can think of no better way to end my time as first lady then celebrated with all of you. i want to close this by saying thank you. they you for everything you do for our kids and for our country. being a first lady has been the greatest honor of my life. i hope i've made you proud. [applause]
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announcer: tomorrow, the president of teachers get a remark on the future of american education. now incoming white house press secretary and communications director chris spicer talked to david axelrod and former press secretary robert gibbs at the university chicago. this is about an hour. >> good evening, everyone. happy new year. my name is steve edwards, the executive director of the institute of politics at the university chicago.

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