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Kim Stephens, left, head coach of the Glenville State University women’s basketball team, answered questions from the panel Monday with Phyllis Smith, center, news anchor for WTAP, and Jill Parsons, right, president and CEO of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce. . (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

PARKERSBURG — “It is not enough to know the opportunities” keynote speaker Dr. Rosemary Thomas told second- and third-grade girls during Monday’s Empowerment Assembly at Parkersburg High School.

“You should take advantage.”

The Parkersburg Woman’s Club held an assembly Monday at PHS to encourage and empower young women to become the leaders of tomorrow. Alongside Thomas, vice president of Davis and Elkins College, the program included a panel of women who attended the school locally: Parkersburg South High School graduate Kim Stephens, head coach of the women’s basketball team -ball from Glenville State University and the 2022 Mountain East Conference Coach of the Year. ; Phyllis Smith, PHS graduate, evening anchor for WTAP News; and Jill Parsons, president and CEO of the Mid-Ohio Valley Chamber of Commerce.

They discussed with female students ways to improve themselves, encourage and support others around them, and achieve the goals they set for themselves.

When asked how to go from good to great, Parsons replied, “Never say never. You have to work hard, have fun and improve. This is what moves the needle.

Keynote speaker Dr. Rosemary Thomas, executive vice president of Davis and Elkins College, spoke to Parkersburg High School sophomore and third-year female students at Monday’s empowerment assembly. (Photo by Douglas Huxley)

“If you do this, one day you will have a person in the mirror who will look up to you and be proud of.” she says.

“Life comes to you through the seasons”, Stephens said. “You have to deal with everyone as they come. It all depends on how much work you do and how you make the people around you even better.

Thomas concluded with the story of a young woman picking up starfish and gently tossing them into the ocean as the sun rose and the tide went down. A jogging man stopped and asked the young woman why she was doing this when the beach had countless starfish on it and there was no way she could tell a difference . The woman picked up another, gently threw it in and said: “I made a difference for that one.”

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