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In an era of hyper-global scrutiny, Colorado Community Media wondered how this year’s high school graduates would answer that question. Their responses leave you confident about our future, in the hands of people who want to create a world that is kinder, with more tolerance and compassion for all. Take a moment, in these next few pages, to listen to what the Class of 2017 has to say.
“The opportunities that girls have in STEM fields so that girls can know that they can do anything they put their minds to.Although personally I am not going into a STEM field, I know that the skills that I have learned from being in a competitive STEM environment can push me to to excel, to take risks, and to not be afraid to make mistakes.”— Simone Omg, STEM School and Academy“Global warming and the way we pollute the world in general... because if we could utilize our resources better on our planet we wouldn’t have to worry about looking elsewhere for resources. This is our home and we should take better care of it.”—Sadie Berman, Legend High School“I would try to get people to ask more questions. There are a lot of things that can only be answered through questions — especially expressing people’s point of view. It is only by asking questions that we can fully understand where everyone is coming from. That is how we can actually get to know people.”—Joseph Gray, SkyView Academy“The issue of climate change is one of the most important issues today, so I would absolutely emphasize a shift into clean energy for the planet as a whole. I also feel as if there has lately been a lack of compassion towards minorities and other groups of people, so I would change that as well. I would also change how unequal society is today because I feel as if it is getting out of hand all across the world.”—Conner Hendrick, Rock Canyon High School“I would make it easier for people to understand each other’s points of view because it is important to see others’ perspectives even if we do not agree with them. Understanding how others see situations helps us gain new insights and relate to other people, as well as take new approaches in our work.”—Neha Chauhan, Rock Canyon High School“One thing I would change about our world is the lack of joy and happiness people have. Being to a lot of different countries, you see so much real joy and true happiness. I wish that everyone could experience that in life — especially Americans. We’re always so caught up in beauty or work that we forget to just take a step back and enjoy life, and life is so short we should enjoy it!”— Ashtyn Huppert, Valor Christian
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