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One of the biggest takeaways I have is to never give up. Just when things start to seem impossible is right when you should push through if you want to be successful. I have also learned how important it is to do what you love. It's not worth it to try to make other people happy if you personally aren't passionate and excited about what you're doing.
— Clare Dougherty, Cherry Creek High School
What troubled me throughout my high school career was getting caught up in trying to ensure everything was perfect. However, what this distracted me from was enjoying the best things about my high school career — everything you learn from messing up. I remember getting the first B in my life during my sophomore year, and I thought the whole world was coming down on me. But what I learned from that experience helped me to balance my classes and succeed throughout the rest of my high school career. Imperfection and mistakes are what make you who you are. If you live in fear of making mistakes, you prevent yourself from reaching your full potential.
— Stryker Lewis, Cherry Creek High School
My AP Lit teacher Mr. Feld taught me that our avocation and vocation should be the same. We should do what we love regardless of the money status it earns us.
— Julia Woolley, Cherry Creek High School
No matter how old you are or what you think you are capable of, you can do a lot more. So if you have something you're passionate about, don't waste time doubting yourself. Just do it with your whole heart.
— Isani Singh, Cherry Creek High School
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