We all know that feeling of pride. Whether it is for our own loved ones, friends or a personal nature.
The other night I had a great sense of pride when I was covering the Pleasnton City Council and experienced Pleasanton High School students pitch an idea.
These young women and men proposed that the city and the school form a partnership to erect signs to welcome people to Pleasanton.
The presentation was enhanced with the campus Auldio Video Broadcast Class – so there were videographers, photographers and a cadre of support. Caitlin Korus and Jace Llamas dazzled the council and the crowd with their pitch and their Powerpoint presentation. They gave options of designs, offered the district’s willingness to help fund it and they even offered the manpower to maintain it for years to come.
Their direct approach, their professionalism and their enthusiasm makes me feel better about our future with these young people entering the real world.
The real kicker was, for me, to witness one of our former student interns beaming with her own level of pride for her students. Janie (De La O) Olivarri was the Express’ PHS office intern back in the 90s. To see her now as an established educator as well as a wife and mother to two beautiful girls – makes me swell with such pride.
The way I see it, these different levels of accomplishments – pride- should be acknowledged.
Of course the council approved their request – how could they not? Now these young people will be able to see these signs for years to come and be able to say that they were a part of it.
Proud? You bet.
SUE BROWN is the editor of the Pleasanton Express. Contact her at firstname.lastname@example.org or write at P.O. Drawer 880, Pleasanton, TX 78064.