I am Phil Smartt’s oldest granddaughter and a recent college graduate. On April 25th, 2014 I walked across a stage and was handed a degree at Brigham Young University. During the ceremony two things were going through my mind—number one, I did not want to trip walking across the stage. Number two, I would not be at that particular moment in my life without the help of so many wonderful people.
One of those individuals is my grandfather Phil Smartt or the man I call my “papa”. He has instilled in me a love of life-long learning. I have never questioned continuing my education because that has never been an option in our family. Education is not easy and it is not obtained merely by attending a credited university. It is a desire to become better and to act upon the knowledge we have gained. A great thinker, Immanueal Kant, once said, “Laziness and cowardice are the reasons why so great a portion of mankind, after nature has long since discharged them from external direction.” He also declared, “Sapere aude!” or “Dare to Know.”
My grandfather has truly been an example to me in my life of obtaining both a secular and religious education. Phil Smartt values education and what it can do in our communities and homes when we take what we learn and put it into action.
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There are some reasons why you should vote for Phil Smartt. First, he is the best Papa ever. Second, he lets me stay the night at his house a lot. Third, he buys me ice cream, and lets me drive his golf cart sometimes. Lastly, he always chooses the right.
He is the best qualified candidate for this job. That’s why you should vote for my Papa.
Kevin Ward, age 10
Mrs. Ball’s 5th Grade Class
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I’m going to tell you all about my Papa, Phil Smartt.
1) He served on the board of education for six years, and he’s the most qualified in education.
2) He helped stop annexation.
3) He’s the only candidate that is against the discretionary fund.
4) He let’s me spend the night at his house whenever I want.
5) He takes me to the Dollar Tree.
These are the reasons you should vote for Phil Smartt.
Lance Ward, age 9
Mrs. Burger’s 3rd grade class
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My name is Jared Ward. My grandfather, Phil Smartt, is currently running for county commissioner in District 7. I wanted to share with the voters out there a few insights into my PaPa's life.
My grandfather has definitely left a legacy for education which is evident in all of his children and grandchildrens' lives. I have spent the last two years of my life on a mission trip to Hong Kong. My grandfather was one of the biggest reasons for me to choose to be a missionary. Because of this service, I have learned two very difficult languages, Cantonese and Mandarin. I am currently studying these in college and I know that this will undoubtedly shape my future career.
It has always been stressed in my family to get an education and to excel in whatever career you choose. I've known ever since I was little that I would go to college. I can trace back this desire to my grandfather and the impression and legacy he has left on our family. He has set the example of putting education as a priority in our lives. He always taught us that one of the best ways to serve others is to get an education.
I hope that the voters in District 7 will see the great man that I see and understand that he is the best candidate because of the decisions that he has made in his life.
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My name is Tyler Ward and I am one of Phil Smartt's grandchildren. In fact, I am the oldest of all of his grandchildren.
Two things that my grandfather has always stressed to us grandchildren, for as long as I can remember, are his religious convictions and his emphasis on getting an education. I would like to say a few words on the latter.
The importance that my grandfather placed on education is evident in his own educational achievements and the educational attainments of his children and grandchildren. Since I was little I can remember my grandfather talking about his experiences at Brigham Young University working towards his bachelor's degree. His example set a precedence in our family of making education a priority. All of his children attended college and many went on to complete professional degrees.
I myself graduated from Brigham Young University last spring and I am now attending University of Tennessee Health Science Center's College of Medicine in Memphis working towards an MD degree. Throughout my own educational journey my grandfather's example has been an inspiration and a guide.
One thing that I have learned through my years of school is that education is not limited to the classroom and is a lifelong pursuit. I can attest that Phil Smartt truly believes in the importance of education and even to this day is an example to me and many others of the value of making education and learning a lifelong pursuit.