Middle School

 Middle Schools, Junior High Schools & young teens...

Dear Mr. Karpovich,


     On April 22 you spoke to our Middle School students here in Houghton, MI on the subject of bullying.  You called the presentation "Becoming the Best Generation".  I would just like to say that it was one of the best assemblies I have ever had the pleasure of attending and I have been in education for over thirty years.  The presentation left a lasting impression on the 6th, 7th and 8th graders that attended the assembly.  Rarely do students continue to talk about an assembly for very long.  Your presentation was discussed in a very positive light right up to the end of the school year.  Many parents have spoken very

positively regarding conversations initiated at home by there "middle schooler" regarding you and the lessons they learned from you.


On behalf of myself and the faculty and staff here at Houghton Middle School I thank you.  


You are proof that one person can make a difference.



Bill Polkinghorne , Principal

Houghton Middle School


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"Unlike most people in the world, you know that all children are �at risk� and all children are "gifted and talented" . . . One carefully chosen word or action can tilt the scales to bring out the best in a child! Fair or not, the responsibility for positively influencing the next generation rests on your shoulders."

Every school deals with different issues� one is facing school violence, another substance abuse, then some schools have a high rate of teen pregnancy, and others school dropout � some feel they are dealing with all of these problems! Then there are some schools who insist they are facing none of these problems, however their students have an unhealthy pressure to succeed, the overachieving kids who have threatened or even attempted suicide!

Are we teachers or are we therapists? Everything has changed in schools! While some politicians are �trying to help� by mandating test scores, and performance evaluations � the kids are falling through the cracks with huge personal issues! What should we do to effectively educate the children and still deal with all the issues they bring on the campus?

  Lack of Leadership  

  School Violence

   Substance Abuse



  Diversity Issues


  Learning Disabilities


  Parental Divorce

  Domestic Violence


  Sexual Abuse

  Teen Pregnancy


  School Dropout




There are some amazing curriculums and programs that have proven effective.  Old standard youth programs like Scouts, Boy�s and Girl�s clubs, and 4-H continue to develop the best in kids! Very progressive student programs like S.A.D.D., Teen Institutes, Youth to Youth, PRIDE, even the elementary program DARE have made profound impact on students making healthy choices.

We have known forever that �it takes a village�� unfortunately not everyone in town wants to be part of raising our kids. Nevertheless parents and other adults have found programs that have allowed their involvement in the school whether it is the PTO / PTA (Parent Teacher Organization), Big Brothers Big Sisters or even groups like M.A.D.D. (Mother Against Drunk Drivers).

                   �Every drop helps 

to fill the bucket!�


Everyone seems to be looking for the �magic pill,� the single answer to all of our problems� there is no such thing.  It takes all of these solutions and a lot of other efforts to even begin to address these problems.

There is one thing that all of these solutions have in common� at one time or another every one of these programs have brought in a professional speaker.  Motivational or otherwise � speakers have the unique ability to get parents, teachers and students excited about making positive change.

I have spent the past ten years introducing people like you to Michael Scott Karpovich, Certified Speaking Professional, urging them to consider using him for staff inservices, student assemblies, parent and community programs. The response has been outstanding and we have been steadily booking programs for schools, associations, human service agencies and community groups well into 2006.

Although our calendar fills up quickly, there are still dates available for this upcoming program year. Because of the overwhelming response we have received, however, we felt an urgent need to tell you to call us NOW!

You can�t afford to make this crucial decision without real evidence that Michael really delivers what we promise. So just listen to what some of his clients had to say of his work:

    You would never forgive me if I didn�t offer you this opportunity. . .

    Although our calendar is filling up quickly, there are still dates available for this program year. Because of the overwhelming response we have received, we felt an urgent need to let you know so that you would not miss this opportunity...


    You can host a program for your high school students, your middle school students (Becoming the Best Generation�), your elementary school students (Positive Peer Pressure�), your "at-risk" students (Never Let it Get the Best of Me! �), and your student leaders (Contagious Leadership�) -- all during the same day! But that is not all...

    During that same day, you can offer a program for your staff on preventing burnout (The Art of Taking Care of Yours�), or on the role of a great teacher (Teaching the Best Generation�). After school, you can sponsor another program for community leaders, local service clubs, your hospital or perhaps the local police (Leave a Legacy�). Then, if that isn�t enough, during the evening you can host a program for parents (Raising the Best Generation�) that will feature how to communicate with your children, the three "C�s" of effective discipline, and how to teach self-esteem to your child!

A Speaker That Connects

    Storytelling, humor and high energy are all tools that Michael uses to not simply educate your students but engage them. This is a program they will not soon forget! Some will laugh, some will cry � but all will learn.

    Whether he is speaking about substance abuse prevention, student leadership, self-esteem or his most popular topic -- resiliency skills� Michael�s message will make a difference. His programs will change the entire student body and its school environment. Wouldn�t it be great if kids were nicer to each other?!

    Michael�s ability to connect with audiences of any age, to deliver a powerful message that doesn�t just inspire but changes people�s lives, and to offer programs with value at a cost-effective rate, is unparalleled by other speakers. His message will produce lasting results in your school system, association or community group, and he will work with you in a manner that is professional and flexible.


    Don�t believe me... ask those who have hired Michael. I know that you can�t afford to make this crucial decision without real evidence that he will deliver what we promise. So just listen to what several recent clients had to say of his work:

  1. "Karp...before I heard you talk I didn�t like myself. Now I like myself and I know I can be a leader. You changed my life...you�re my hero." Jennifer Pyle, Tenth Grade Student

  2. "Never in my years of experience have I met an adult that could reach so many young people in such an effective way...Michael is by far the best!" Marlene Gonet, Substance Abuse Counselor, Pioneer High School, Ann Arbor, MI

  3. "(the)...response to his message was so overwhelming. Mike has the unique ability to pick out those students who are in need of a boost, give them a hug, and set an example for all in the room on how to treat their fellow human beings. He can easily peg the class �bully� and the �nerd� and make them see the good in themselves." John R. Ferda, Principal, Croswell/Lexington, MI

  4. "I liked Mike. He was real funny...I hope he comes back again." Bob Burns, 4th Grade, Atlanta, GA

  5. "You were great! Your message and ability to relate to students make you an exceptional presenter!" Rose J. Arbanas, Conference Director, Calhoun ISD, Marshall, MI

  6. "Your presentations to the 350+ students and parents who attended the conference were outstanding and the feedback from participants was overwhelmingly positive! Be prepared, because they want you back again next year for a third time!" Marion Ginopolis, Asst. Supt., Berkley School District, Berkley, MI

  7. "This letter concerns the workshops you did here. They were excellent! The message we wanted you to give came out loud and clear!" Angel Deschaine, Student, Madawaska Middle/High School, Madawaska, ME

  8. "Our students and staff appreciated the positive encouragement of this fine young man. He is indeed a rare commodity in this hurting world!" Betty Mills, R.N., Marlette Community Schools, Marlette, MI

  9. "Michael, I hope you know what a positive impact you are having on our kids today. What rewarding work you are doing!" Zonya E. Foco, R.D., Clinical Nutritionist, Nutricare Nutrition Services

  10. "You really inspired me and I�d like to talk with you more!" Angela - Alternative Education Student

  11. "You were great! GREAT! GREAT!! Thanks so much for your excellent keynote presentation at our Student Leadership Forum. The way you relate to the students is a special gift. Thank you for sharing it with us." JoAnne Miller, Coordinator, Student Leadership Forum, Calhoun Intermediate School District, Marshall, MI

  12. "Mike has a very unique ability to communicate with young people in an effective manner." James W. Goebel, Principal, Marlette Community Schools, Marlette, MI

  13.  "Your enthusiasm is contagious and I can see why your approach is well-received by teachers and parents as well as students. I was particularly impressed with the way you handled the more �active� members of our audience by having them participate in your message." Rhys VanDemark, Prevention Coord, Allegan Co. Intermediate School District, Allegan, MI

  14. "I would not hesitate to recommend your student assemblies to any youth organization. You are entertaining, educational, thought-provoking, and a positive influence on our childrens� lives." Richard Partlo, Counselor, Cass City Public Schools, Cass City, MI

  15. "I want you to know that I have received many positive comments from both our staff and our students. More importantly, the students have taken your message home since I also heard from some of the parents that your presentation had made an impact." M.F. Turco, Principal, Bawating Collegiate and Vocational School, Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, Canada

  16. "I liked your high-energy presentation and the kids had a lot of positive comments on the program. You seem very service-oriented, especially on the day you called me in the middle of a blizzard." Naomi Kitajima, Health Services Coordinator, Foothill College, Los Altos Hills, CA

  17. "It�s hard to find the right words to describe the appreciation I feel for all of your hard work, pounds of emotional energy, and bushels of caring your shared with staff and participants. Your expertise and caring with the Peers was an incredible contribution to the success of the Peer Camp." Beth Deo, Prevention Specialist, Call Someone Concerned, Inc., Adrian, MI

  18. "Your message of �it�s okay to be different� and �yuk makes you stronger� is a meaningful one for kids!" or "You not only remind me of Leo Buscaglia and Robin Williams, but also of Guy Doud." Jan Gorby

  19. "Thank you! Thank you! Thank you for all you gave to the children of the NSA Conference in Atlanta! What a special person your are! The kids could not stop talking about all they learned and felt during their Youth workshops and presentations and I know that you were a big part of that for them." Bertie Synowiec, Director, Positive Support Seminars, Grosse Ile, MI

  20. "As we continue to plan for future staff/student inservices, rest assured that we will be in touch with Michael Scott Karpovich." Jennifer Engle, Curriculum Coordinator, Lenawee Intermediate School District, Adrian, MI

  21. "I rejoice in the wonderful response our young people expressed to your presentation on Substance Abuse. Young people can get bored so easily but you have a real gift in keeping their attention yet getting your message across." Julia Cramer

  22. "It was so refreshing to listen to a positive, humorous speaker. His message was heard and will be remembered because of his style of delivery. He left our students feeling better about themselves, and kinder toward each other. We thank Michael Scott Karpovich for this gift!" Joanie St. John, Counselor, Harbor Springs Schools, Harbor Springs, MI

  23. "The story of your personal experiences as a high school student and your struggle to overcome overwhelming adversity was an inspiration to all who attended." Jacob Froning, Superintendent, London City Schools, London, OH

  24. "Wow! We have received many, many responses from the adults - they thought you were terrific and were so impressed with the impact you had on the kids. And the kids - they all commented about loving you, and themselves." Marlene Ayers, SAGE Chairman, SAGE

  25. "Mike established a unique rapport with students within the first few minutes. The students listened and were impressed with him. He did a fantastic job!" Vickie Merchant, Tuscola Co 4-H Program Aide

  26. "What can I say, �You were marvelous�. Thank you so very much for your excellent presentation at both Whippany Park and Hanover Park High Schools. Very few people have the ability to make pupils and adults not only listen but really hear them. You are one of those people!" - Paula Gallagher, M.A., Student Assistance Counselor, Whippany, NJ

  27. "What can I say! There aren�t enough positive adjectives to describe your work in our school district with all of our middle school students, staff, and parents. You came, you saw, you conquered!" - Sandy Dyer, Drug & Alcohol Prevention Coordinator, Bellevue Public Schools, Bellevue, WA  

  28. "For weeks after his presentation, students, parents, and teachers were complimenting his performance and thanking me for choosing Michael." Glenda Tetemanza, Prevention Specialist, Blackhawk High School, Beaver Falls, PA

  29. "You listened to our concerns and validated our feelings, leaving us with a new sense of hope in working with at-risk students. Your approach was very dynamic and effective!" Kelly Gleason, MSW, Pupil Personnel Coordinator, Hopewell Public Schools, Hopewell, VA

  30. "On behalf of the guidance staff of the Hopewell School Division, I would like to thank you for your presentation. Your approach was very dynamic and effective. You listened to our concerns and validated our feelings, leaving us with a new sense of hope in working with at-risk students."  Kelly Gleason, Hopewell Public Schools, Hopewell, VA

  31. "I believe that Michael Karpovich is one of the best speakers that has addressed students at Novi High School in my ten years here. His ability to speak to students of all academic and social backgrounds was evident...every student was with Michael all the way!" Donald Crockett, Activities Coordinator, Novi High School, Novi, MI

  32. "The issues and feelings you shared were universal and affected many people. Your message hit home and touched many people, even to those who didn�t want to admit it." Charles Schallhorn, Teacher, Munster High School, Munster, IN

  33. "I cannot say enough positive �stuff� to express my satisfaction with the results of having Michael as a motivational speaker for our program. The fact that he is coming back for a fourth year in a row speaks for itself." Jack Foster, Coordinator, Aroostook Teen Leadership Camp, Caribou, ME

  34. "Michael Karpovich is an outstanding presenter who has the ability to inspire people of various ages. He has the ability to adapt to various age groups instantly, reaching out to the timid, involving others, and building a relationship with his audiences." Dr. Ida Basinski, Director of Instruction, Algonac Community Schools, Algonac, MI

  35. "Michael is an extremely energetic and interesting speaker committed to the quality of family life and youth in particular." --"Not only does Michael work well with family members, he works well with professionals. He is a heart-warming speaker who is quite capable of controlling large crowds of young people as well as keeping the interest of adult men and women." Janet Reed, Extension Educator, Purdue University Cooperative Extension Service, Rensselaer, IN

  36. "I have been an engineer at GM for 20 years. I have heard numerous motivational speakers in that time. Not one of them commanded the attention you did." Gordon C. Krieger

  37. "High school students are a challenging audience to address and assemblies can be anxious times for administrators and teachers. Mike entertained and educated our students and staff for ninety minutes. Our students responded with a standing ovation. I recommend Mike and can tell you, from experience, to relax and let the �Karp� weave his magic." Bob Smith, Principal, Wickliffe High School, Wickliffe, OH

  38. "I am thoroughly convinced that Michael Karpovich will go �above and beyond� all expectations you may have regarding presentations on substance abuse and/or self-esteem. His message has truly made a profound impact upon many of the students within Forest Hills Public Schools." Ron Caniff, Prevention Coordinator, Forest Hills Northern High School, Grand Rapids, MI

  39. "Not only were Michael�s words refreshing, but teachers were able to take home practical teaching tools to �revive� and motivate their students in the classroom." Mary Beno, Health Education Consultant, Livingston Educational Service Agency, Howell, MI

  40. "The results of having Michael at our school were positive. Students listen to what he has to say. His catch phrases are still being used by staff and students." John B. Klunder, Asst. Principal, Central High School, Grand Rapids, MI

  41. "Michael, your presentation was wonderful! Your message is clear and positive and makes a difference! Please continue to share your message with our youth." Melinda P. Donna, Student Council Advisor, Sparrows Point Middle School, Baltimore, MD

  42. " Michael, your presentation was great! Teachers, parents, and students commented on the power of your message and said they are trying many ideas that were presented." Suzanne Richardson, Director of Special Services, Prince George County Public Schools, Prince George, VA

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DO NOT GO ANY FURTHER!.... unless you think you may have enough evidence to consider this speaker for your school... If after reading these quotes you are ready to discover more specifics, please read on. 

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    As you can see from all of these comments, Michael Karpovich has a very unique, practical and captivating approach to reaching his audiences. He effectively combines education with entertainment to touch people on an emotional as well as intellectual level.

    So what does Michael talk about and why should you hire him? �

    His most popular program will teach you and your students how to maintain perspective, develop positive self-esteem and find strength from adversity! You and your students will learn how to deal with stress, communicate effectively with family and peers, set appropriate boundaries and limits, and promote an unselfish leadership style. Michael will tailor any of his programs to meet your particular needs or desires.


Michael will offer you these timely and relevant programs at a rate that is reasonable and the best value for your dollar.


He will work hard for you and place your needs and programming agenda as the highest priority.


Michael is not a prima donna, difficult to work with or inflexible.


When Michael comes to your school or your organization, he comes to work� and boy, does he work! He doesn't take breaks, he doesn't eat lunch� he just works! (You will be amazed!)


His goal is to serve you and to provide you with the most powerful and cost-effective programming that will educate, entertain and change lives.

    With all of this offered to you, can you afford not to hire him?!

    Michael has been in demand for youth organizations around the world. He has spoken for The National Honor Society, National Association of Student Councils, 4H, BPA, DARE, DECA, FCA, FFA, FBLA, FCCLA, HOBY, Junior Achievement, Key Clubs International, MADD, NSSP, Peer Helpers, PRIDE, SADD, Teen Institute, Youth to Youth, YADAP, and hundreds of youth camps!

    Michael�s many years of experience as a professional speaker and as a consultant in the education / human service arena make him a speaker who knows how to address the pressing and pertinent needs, issues and problems of today�s children, parents, teachers, administrators and other educational/human service personnel.

    Michael is not just another motivational entertainer who will speak to your group, make you feel good for awhile and then exit, leaving you to feel that it was all "very nice but now what?"

    He will provide you with concrete insights and ideas and offer practical ways to implement them. You will leave his programs feeling motivated to do the work it requires to put your newfound knowledge and insights into realistic action that will make a difference in your life and the lives you touch. When you attend a Michael Karpovich program, you will never be the same!


    Please call now to schedule your programs for your school. Dates fill up quickly each year, especially during the month of October, which is Red Ribbon Month. As a past Substance Abuse Prevention Coordinator in the state of Michigan, Michael is a very popular speaker for substance abuse prevention programming like Snowballs, Teen Institutes, Youth to Youth, S.A.D.D., Pride and Red Ribbon. Time is running out for you to secure him for October!

    Call 1-800-648-3367 now to confirm or place a hold on a date for your student assemblies, association annual conventions, summer camps or other student programs. We are available to take your calls from anywhere in the U.S. or Canada at any time. We can also fax or mail you further information on Michael so that you can quickly make an informed decision on programs for this and the coming school year.


    You have nothing to lose. We know it�s difficult to choose the best speaker for your school system. We also realize schools cannot afford to take risks with ever-dwindling school funds. So�we guarantee that Michael�s programs will provide you with content and value. If you are not fully satisfied, we will completely refund your deposit and your fee.

    You will find it interesting to note that since Michael first offered this guarantee (he has been speaking professionally since 1986), no one has even inquired about it. That is over 1,9500 presentations in 18 years � and no one has ever said Michael fell short! (Frankly, most said that he surpassed their greatest expectations!)


    If you have gotten to this point, and read this far, you are by now ready to bring Michael in to speak to your students. I invite you to be one of the people he works with in this next school year!

    Call now to find out how Michael Karpovich can help you achieve the results you�re looking for. We are prepared to fax or mail you any information you require so that you can quickly make an intelligent decision that will make your next program the best one ever!

    Please note that as the calendar fills up, our flexibility becomes more and more limited, so do call NOW! We guarantee that you will not be disappointed and will refund your money if you are not totally satisfied! We look forward to making this school year and the ones to come rewarding and productive for all of us that serve "The Best Generation."

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 Pamela Sutherland,
Executive Manager
The Meeting Partner

P.S. Substance Abuse Prevention has always been a popular program for schools... for that reason, many schools plan dates in October for Red Ribbon Month. You must call now if you are considering an October date!

P.P.S. This letter contains quotes from satisfied clients. I would be happy to fax you a copy of any of the original letters so that you can call the person who witnessed Michael firsthand!

P.P.P.S. Call us now and we will fax you more information on any and all programs you may be interested in as well as Michael�s schedule of fees. Because we realize that it is difficult to find the funds to do special programming, Michael will immediately take off over $3,000 of his fee for all school programs! Call NOW!!!