NEW HOPE, AL (WAFF) - Former vice-presidential candidate Sarah Palin is headed to the Tennessee Valley.
Madison County Schools announced Palin will be the keynote speaker at the New Hope High School commencement ceremony. The graduation will be May 21 at 8 p.m. at the VBC.
"What an honor for the students of New Hope High to hear such a prominent speaker as Mrs. Palin," said Madison County Schools Superintendent Dr. David Copeland.
The feeling from several residents is that Palin is the perfect choice to inspire students, that she comes from a small town with a humble background and worked her way up to become governor of Alaska, then on to the 2008 Republican ticket.
At Dot's Dairy Den, a few blocks from the high school, folks there have students who attend New Hope High, and some don't, but all think it's a great opportunity for the kids.
"I think it's great, her coming to talk to the kids, and I think it's going to inspire them a lot as far as going to school and giving them the opportunity to move on," said Michael Lee Gwathney, father of a New Hope student.
"I think she's a perfect role model," said resident Ashley Nelson. "She's done everything on her own. She's made her own life, and I think she's someone good to look up to."