Alexis Hyman, left, and Hydea Shaw, right, were guest speakers at a recent motivational workshop for young girls sponsored by Timiya Murphy, center.

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Alexis Hyman, left, and Hydea Shaw, right, were guest speakers at a recent motivational workshop for young girls sponsored by Timiya Murphy, center.

Workshop aims to motivate young girls

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An Edgecombe Early College High School student recently sponsored a motivational workshop for young girls at the Edgecombe County Library in Tarboro.

Senior Timiya Murphy, 18, hosted the workshop designed to help encourage girls to stay motivated and focused on reaching their goals.

The workshop featured two guest speakers, Alexis Hyman and Hydea Shaw, and was attended by a dozen local girls.

Hyman, a sophomore at Tarboro High School, is an honor student, band leader and member of JROTC. She spoke to the girls about the power of believing in God and his plans for their lives, staying focused and not allowing boys to get them off track. She left them with her favorite quote, “If you want to influence people, you have to learn their language; and if you want to change people, you have to speak their language.”

Hyman will be entering the National Guard this summer on a part-time basis and will continue full time after graduating from high school. She is the daughter of Ntanyha Hyman.

Shaw, a senior at Tarboro High School, is an honor student, vice president of the junior choir and a member of the National Honor Society who has severed as a missionary in Haiti. She spoke to the girls about balancing school, spiritual life and social life. She encouraged them to be mindful of the people they surround themselves with and not be afraid to remove the people from their paths who aren’t on the same journey as they are. She shared her favorite quote, “Always do your best because what you plant now you will harvest later.”

Shaw will attend the University of North Carolina-Pembroke in the fall to study physical therapy. She is the daughter of Levon and Chonell Shaw.

Murphy will graduate this month and plans to attend Campbell University as a pre-med student. She is the daughter of Timothy and Tiffany Bridgers.