Good evening everyone. You may not have ever heard of a Harvard Graduate named Donovan Livingston. But tonight, as we gather to honor four of Washington’s most renowned business visionaries and come together to commit ourselves to inspiring the next generation to transform “I can’t” into “I can,” I’m here to share some of his words with you. Because I believe they are some of the most powerful words about education ever spoken.
Zoree Jones, a second-generation JA student and a freshman at Patriot High School in Nokesville, Virginia (USA), is used to giving speeches. Over the last two years, she has delivered the winning speech at the Martin Luther King, Jr. Youth Oratorical Contest; she won the Spotsylvania County (Virginia) Great Debate in 2015; and was awarded the Best Female Actor award at the Virginia Theatre Association Festival last year.