Christopher Duffley inspires local students

Students and staff from Prairie City and Dayville schools gather with motivational speaker Christopher Duffley, seated in center on front row bleacher, Nov. 5 at the Prairie City School gym.

Motivational speaker and singer Christopher Duffley brought an inspirational message and music to Prairie City and Dayville students in grades 7-12 and staff members, about 100 in all.

Speaking at a Nov. 5 assembly at the Prairie City School gym, 17-year-old Duffley shared how he’s faced life’s challenges, including being blind and having autism.

At one point during the presentation, he showed students he could make a basket with a little guidance from Prairie City senior basketball player Syd Holman.

“He mixed some comedy with his real life experiences to help our youth understand that you can do whatever you put your mind to,” said Superintendent/Principal Casey Hallgarth. “I am honored that he would take the time to come to Prairie City School and speak his story.”

Duffley, who is said to have perfect pitch, also appeared at a Healthy Smiles Dental Clinic fundraiser the previous night at the Grant County Fairgrounds pavilion in John Day.

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