“proud to go to a school named after Madison”

“[Rawlings] made me proud to go to a school named after Madison.” That’s a quote from Amy Cerminora, 23, of Waynesboro. She was interviewed for the “Daily News-Record’s” report on the speech by Hunter Rawlings, president emeritus of Cornell University, at last week’s James Madison Day ceremony.

I say “Amen!” Rawlings speech emphasized Madison’s considerable achievements, but even more importantly in my eyes, his depth of personal integrity. A meek and patient man, Madison would not compromise his principles even in times of war. Rather than seeking personal glory, he opted for getting things done.

If you need inspiration for doing the right thing, listen to Rawlings’ speech and learn some valuable lessons from Madison’s life.


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