Well, I have had several interactions with area young people in the 17 months I have lived here, and I must say I am impressed. This month I participated as a judge at the DECA regional competition. DECA prepares emerging leaders and entrepreneurs in marketing, finance, hospitality and management in high schools. The five students who presented to me ranged from very nervous to very polished and all of them put in a good effort.
A week later I participated in mock interviews and interviewed three seniors who all have after school jobs, good academics and in-school activities, and solid plans for after graduation – these kids are busy! The same is true of the Rotary Club Students of the Month. It is always interesting to meet the students and their parents and listen to their presentations. The Club also had a great program by the local Civil Air Patrol cadets, and they returned for the meeting after Veterans Day and did an excellent presentation of colors.
For another meeting, the STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Robotics high school competition team presented a program showing the robot they built and a video of the competition. The team placed third on their first try and have big plans for next year.
So, from where I sit, kids today are doing OK. Keep up the good work!