by Meghan Orkins (2016)
You may know Marc Mero as former WWE and WCW Wrestling champion, but his real legacy lies within his continual presentations at schools all around America and the messages he conveys through his motivational speaking.
Mero visited Wethersfield High School on and while his presentation only lasted about an hour, the sting of his heartfelt, tear-jerking speech resonated with the majority of the students.
The presentation was geared around his life story, his experiences with bullying, and the tragic losses of his family members and the regrets that followed. Mero drew into focus the meaning of family and how important it is to “un-burn bridges” if you will. Detailing aspects of his life like drug abuse, fame, fortune, and bullying really put a lot of student’s lives into perspective.
As a student who witnessed the presentation and even got the chance to speak with Mero at the end, I can honestly say the meanings denoted in his speech really put life into perspective. Meagan Humphrey, a senior at WHS, notes that “so many people were crying.” Maddie Giolito, also a senior at WHS, adds: “it was an emotional roller coaster.”
Marc Mero’s presentation was more than just a presentation. Students left with more than just an hour’s worth of holding back tears, they left with a new way of thinking and an appreciation for things previously disregarded.