Tasha Schuh speaking to students

Community bank hosts motivational speaker for local high school students

April 25, 2023

April 25, 2023, Clinton, IL - Local middle and high school students in DeWitt and Piatt County filled gymnasiums and auditoriums last week to hear from speaker and author Tasha Schuh who educates, inspires and builds resilience for mental and emotional health. The presentation was part of First National Bank and Trust Company’s Promise motivation speaker series visiting 1,015 students in grades 6-12 at Blue Ridge, Maroa-Forsyth, DeLand-Weldon and Clinton schools April 18-19.

Tasha teaches others how to live a life of resilience through her speaking engagements and curriculum. She helps inspire real progress with students' mental health awareness, along with skill-based coping mechanisms.

Tasha pushed through a life-changing theater accident that left her paralyzed from the chest down at the age of 16 and though has struggled with depression has created a vibrant, fulfilling life. She has dedicated her life to helping youth navigate struggles with mental and emotional health.

Pictured above (left to right): First National Bank employees Glenna Rogers, Connie Unruh, Braden Newman, Josh Shofner and Amy Sandage with Tasha Schuh.

"Tasha was an inspiration to our students. She embodies the notion of perseverance and hope that many of our youth today need. What a wonderful message she shares with others," said Jerry Wayne, Clinton High School Principal. 

Tasha's platform helps share the need to be equipped with emotional know-how, for students to get through uncertain times. She reinforces the four keys to resilience which are Purpose, Attitude, Team and Hope. Tasha also encourages anyone to sign up for her free weekly inspirational messages by texting PITCREW to 33222.

"Tasha's story connected with our students immediately and she provided a moving program that inspired our students and staff," shared Brice Stewart, Maroa-Forsyth High School Principal. 

For more information on Tasha Schuh, her books, curriculum or other resources, visit tashaschuh.com.

About First National Bank & Trust Company: First National Bank & Trust Company is a community bank located in Clinton, Illinois as well as Arcadia, Whitehall and Independence, Wisconsin. Dedicated to community prosperity, the First National Bank and Trust Company was chartered in 1872 under the name DeWitt County National Bank and became part of the TS Banking Group in 2017. With $410 million in assets, First National Bank and Trust Company is dedicated to community reinvestment and gives 10% of its net income back to the community. For more information, visit firstnbtc.com.