Terrence speaking to teachers

Local bank sponsors motivational speaker Terrence Talley, impacts 375 high school students

September 11, 2023

Tioga, ND, September 11, 2023 - On Friday, September 1, motivational speaker and author, Terrence Talley, traveled to Divide County High School and Tioga High School reaching over 375 students with a message of hope to never give up and create positive life choices.

The presentation was part of The Bank of Tioga's Promise motivational speaker series, and an extension of the bank’s commitment to reinvest 10% of its net income back into the community and specifically impact local youth.

"Terrance has a unique way of connecting with students. He was engaging, funny, and his message really resonated with our students," said Divide County High School Principal, Shana Haugenoe. "His message of 'Don't Give Up' is so important for our youth to hear and to know that there are always people in their corner." 

Divide County High School counselor, Judy Harding added, "Terrence was memorable and did a fantastic job interacting with the students. It is our hope, students will always remember to come to us for a hug and support." 

Today, students face an uphill battle against bullying, peer pressure, family hurts and life altering choices. Terrence Lee Talley helps encourages and unites students to work through trauma with a path to healing and positive choices.

“We are grateful to be able to provide high quality speakers as a way to pay it forward in our local communities and especially for our youth. The power of stories is engaging and emotionally impactful for both students and teachers,” said The Bank of Tioga President, Savanna Hendrickson.

Growing up in the Twin Cities of Minnesota, Terrence uses his childhood and relationship with his parents, heartbreaking moments and now the joy of being a father to help convey an unforgettable message for students. Terrence is a communicator where individuals remember what he said but also, how he made them feel.

“Tioga High School students and staff were treated to an emotional feast thanks to The Bank of Tioga’s Promise program! Words are hard to find in response to the message Terrence shared with us. Uplifting. Motivating. Heartfelt. Powerful. Cherished. These are all words to describe the message shared with our student body," said Tioga Central High School Principal, Brodie Odegaard. "It was a very real presentation that resonated in the hearts and minds of many. We are truly appreciative to TBOT and their continued support of our students and staff.”

To learn more about this year’s speaker, visit www.terrencetalley.com.

About The Bank of TiogaAt The Bank of Tioga, we IGNITE PROSPERITY® by helping our clients do more with their money. Whether it’s saving a little extra cash each month or accomplishing a long-term strategy, our goal is to help you transform your financial life. The Bank of Tioga was chartered in 1951 and was acquired by TS Contrarian Bancshares Inc., an affiliate of TS Banking Group in 2014. With $375 million in assets, The Bank of Tioga is committed to supporting local organizations and reinvests a portion of its net income back to the community. Branch locations include Tioga and Crosby, North Dakota. For more information visit thebankoftioga.com.