Parker County Today PCT June 2018 - Page 44

our society: PC’S MOST PROMISING GRADS Meet the Future- Welcome To PC’s Future — Valedictorians & Salutatorians BY KRISTINA REILLY AND DELANEY MCKEOWN If you are someone who classifies people by their generation, then we should be eager to give this generation the reins. The graduating class of 2018, or Generation Z, is surpris- ingly different from their predecessors, the misunderstood Millennials.  It seems that Gen Zs are independent, with an entrepreneurial desire, due in part to the great recession. They also self-identify as being loyal, compassionate, thoughtful, open- minded, responsible and determined. Based on these characteristics, we here at Parker County Today would have to agree whole- heartedly, because what we have to present to you is an astounding group of young people who are ready to take on the world with confidence and kindness. They have never lived without the threat of terrorist attacks, or lived in America without our soldiers at war. They are undeterred by threats of the unknown. They are going to change the landscape as we know it, and they are not interested in following in anyone’s footsteps. And don’t expect them to feel they have to prove anything, because they are looking past proving themselves, because they know who they are. They will lead and they will create change that matters.  42 Enjoy getting to know your Valedictorians and Salutatorians of Parker County. Remember their names because they are not only graduating on top, they believe in their community, they volunteer, and they are ready to rise to the next level. They are the future, and what a future it will be. Congratulations and all our best to the best in Parker County. We commend you.