Keenan West, a motivational anti-bullying speaker and recording artist from Cincinnati, Ohio, came to Van Alstyne on Feb. 24 to speak to Van Alstyne Middle School and High School students. He started off at Van Alstyne Middle School and then ended the school day at Van Alstyne High School.


West spoke to students about different types of bullying, including exclusion and not stepping in when a classmate is being bullied. He gave solutions to combat bullying, while also building self-esteem and bringing the student body together. The students were engaged and several students and teachers even participated in a dance-off.


This school year, West partnered with Secret Deodorant and their anti-bullying program. More information about West can be found at his webpage: keenanwest.com.