This past weekend, I had the pleasure of attending the Youth Voice Festival hosted by the Durham Youth Commission at WG Pearson Center in celebration of Durham’s 150th Anniversary. I was extremely impressed by the students who attended this event and by the excellent questions which they asked me relating to politics and the actions which they needed to take to implement policies of concerns. Most of these students were juniors or seniors in high schools, and they were among the very best students in our community. They also represented a number of organizations active in our community such as Students Demand Action. I am certain that these intelligent and enthusiastic young people will be a part of the leadership in the decades ahead. A few of them I’ve actually seen in a number of other events simply in the last year alone. I’m so impressed by their energy and enthusiasm. I wish them the best as they approach their college years.