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FCC has kicked off the second season of the popular Moving Mountains speaker series, after a successful inaugural year. The free monthly series features inspiring professionals who share their life experiences and encourage teens and young adults to set the bar high in all areas of their lives.

The 2016-2017 October to May lineup features an eclectic mix of speakers from business, journalism, music, finance, nonprofit and education arenas. Presenters include National Geographic Creative photographer and student workshop leader Eric Kruszewski, NBC4 Meteorologist and Middletown High graduate Amelia Draper, and veteran and SoldierFit CEO Danny Farrar.

The speaker series is free and open to the public – seats are first come, first-served. Teens and young adults of all ages are encouraged to attend. Programs are 7:00 to 8:00 p.m. in the Jack B. Kussmaul Theater, Visual and Performing Arts Center, at FCC. Six sessions will be on a Wednesday evening, while the March 21, 2017, program is a Tuesday. Students who attend four events will receive a certificate of participation and leadership.

The seven-part series includes a brief introduction, half hour to 40-minute presentation, followed by a question-and-answer session. Teen musicians will also perform at select programs.

The 2016-2017 speakers include:

October 12 - Eric Kruszewski
National Geographic Creative photographer and student workshop leader

November 9 - Danny Farrar
U.S. Army Veteran, CEO of SoldierFit, President and Co-Founder of Platoon 22

January 11 - Kristine Yaroschuk
Helicopter pilot with the Maryland State Police 

February 15 - Jason Lee
Business owner and community leader

March 21 - Amelia Draper
NBC4-Washington Meteorologist

April 12 - Mia Russell
Financial expert and educator with University of Maryland Extension

May 17 - Maurice Arenas (with musicians)
Studio musician and performer and TrueFire artist

For more information, contact Mike Pritchard at 301.846.2417.

Past Speakers (2015-2016)
  • Tony Checchia, businessman/owner of the Frederick Indoor Sports Complex
  • Charlie Smith, Frederick County State’s Attorney
  • Janette Goodman, Retired Lieutenant Colonel
  • Julie Gaver, professional/motivational speaker
  • Bob Viti, longtime Frederick County educator, coach, cancer survivor
  • Matthew Lesko, entrepreneur
View the Moving Mountains session featuring Bob Viti.
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