‘Top Model’ visits school

“America’s Next Top Model”  stopped at the Granville high school on Thursday to give a talk to an enthusiastic group of students. Laura James, who graduated from Cambridge high school, stressed to students the importance of education and following one’s dreams.

James said she had recently given a speech at Cambridge and received a good response.

“I wanted to show kids from a small town that you can still do something big,” James said. “I also wanted to tell them how important education is in today’s society.”

James recently graduated from Paul Smith’s College in Brighton with a hotel, resort and tourism major and a minor in business. Though she knew she wanted to pursue a career in modeling, James said she wanted to get an education first.

She also spoke about another topic which is prevalent today in schools across the nation — bullying. She specifically stressed the sometimes fatal dangers of cyberbullying, which is a growing epidemic, and showed a video on the subject.

As a contestant on a reality television show, James has been subject to a lot of bullying on various social networks. She gave examples of this, with comments calling her everything from fat to too thin to evil, and encouraged students to disregard those who treat them badly.

“I guarantee you will have people telling you that you can’t or that you are nothing. Put your blinders up and ignore them. If someone says you can’t, turn around and say ‘watch me’,” James said.

At the end of her talk, James opened the floor for questions, and students asked her about her modeling career and asked if they could pose for photographs with her.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , ,

Classifieds 09/02/15

Charges linger for 10 months, Man in limbo after arresting cop quits

Morrill resignation

By Christina Scanlon When former Granville Police Officer Marc D. Morrill resigned abruptly in April, several cases were still to […]

Trump, Cruz, Carson, Sanders top Washington County straw poll

Straw Poll

By Dan King The Washington County Fair met politics last week, as 737 people came out to vote in a […]

Naval Militia volunteers receive award

Naval Militia

By Dan King A group of seven area maritime veterans, including two from Whitehall and one from Granville, will be […]

First Friday this Friday

This month’s First Friday event, hosted by The Slate Valley Museum and Pember Museum and Library will features an unveiling […]

Teens’ summer jobs pay off

By Christina Scanlon As the summer of 2015 winds down and local youth prepare to head back to school, 50 […]

Hampton primary could decide election

By Christina Scanlon November’s election could be decided next week in Hampton, depending how the votes play out at the […]

Back to school in Hartford

By Christina Scanlon Teachers in the Hartford are headed back to school this week, while students across the district will […]

Backpack program, We Care Project join forces

By Dan King Last November the inaugural Mom Prom raised thousands of dollars for the We Care Project, which is […]

Changes everywhere as school begins today

By Dan King As students arrive at Whitehall Central School today, there will be abundant changes around them. Whether at […]

Bus routes honed as school looms

By Christina Scanlon The floors are gleaming with new wax, while outside the leaves are beginning to turn colors and […]

Earth science a challenge

By Christina Scanlon It takes a 65 on the Regents Exam to pass Earth Science, a course mandatory to get […]