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Seattle Seahawks Player Terry Poole Returns as Commencement Keynote Speaker

Seattle Seahawks Player Terry Poole Returns as Commencement Keynote Speaker

Thursday, Jun 2, 2016

Contact: Jessica Hull / Communications and Public Relations Officer  831.784.4245 (o), 209.679.4858 (c)


Salinas, Calif. – Terry Maurice Poole, an offensive tackle for the Seattle Seahawks, and a Seaside native will return home to encourage and motivate graduates as the keynote speaker for the Monterey County Office of Education Alternative Programs Commencement Ceremony on Thursday, June 2, 2016 at 7 p.m. at Sherwood Hall in Salinas. Poole’s message will focus on how students can create a positive image of themselves, become active, positive citizens, and find their place in society.

A 2010 graduate of Monterey County Office of Education’s Alternative Program at Salinas Valley Education Center for incarcerated youth, Terry has returned to Monterey County several times to meet with at-risk youth, tell his story, and provide encouragement. His message – that teens who make poor decisions can recover – is a personal one, mirroring his own high school struggle with incarceration.

After graduation from Salinas Valley Education Center, Poole attended Monterey Peninsula College and San Diego State University, majoring in Criminal Justice with the intention of working in a career to assist at-risk youth in turning their lives around. In 2015, he was drafted in the fourth round by the Seattle Seahawks.