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Kids Doing Good Stuff: Skyview students share their stories to inspire each other

Students perform the Black Eyed Peas song "Where is the Love" in sign language at Skyview High School as part of its Building Our Legacy Together, or BOLT, program. (KATU Photo)

The students at Skyview High School are promoting a program called BOLT, which stands for Building Our Legacy Together.

They recently took their talents and unique life stories to the stage in a Ted-Talk format made to inspire each other.

Through music, dance and the spoken word, students tackled subjects as personal as death and loss.

In the spirit of the event, Spencer Sudmeir asked classmates to support and love each other a little more.

“I just want to make sure everyone I know and those who know me knows they are loved,” he said.

There was entertainment consistent with the evening’s theme -- like the Black Eyed Peas tune “Where is the Love” performed in sign language.

Meredith Wales, a teacher at the school, guided the group through several months of rehearsal to get the best out of everyone.

“I think it’s empowering. I think there aren’t many opportunities for students to take ownership, really feel proud of it and accomplish what they didn’t think possible before,” she said.

Yazmin Gomez spoke from the heart about her experience coming to America.

“I was born in Mexico. I came into the country as a baby,” she said. “My mother did all she could with what she had. Resources were limited as a child and it had been financially difficult.”

Last to speak was junior Renee Rose, who aspires to become a professional actress. She implored the audience to never lose sight of their dreams.

“As children, we’re often told we can be anything we want,” she said. “My goal for this entire speech was to show people that even though we have so-called impossible dreams, we can still achieve them,” she said.

When the show wrapped, the entire leadership group at Skyview let Mrs. Wales know its appreciation, an expression she gladly returned.

“There’s something within them, a spark, they want to change the world, they want to change themselves, and they really want to empower other people,” she said.

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